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My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 3

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bodies pile up in gory horror series' third installment.

Movie NR 2012 83 minutes
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The violence is gratuitous and far-reaching, there's some underage drinking, and the plot is thin and predictable. Anyone who's seen the previous two movies knows what comes of ill-fated Sweet 16 parties among this crowd.

To be fair, horror films aren't expected to offer a stellar plot or top-notch acting, and teen-geared horror films rarely attempt to meet any kind of industry standard. In that respect, this third installment in a story based on a subpar reality series makes the grade. There's a distinctively sexy nature to the movie, both in physical contact that implies sex between teens and in how Alex uses her appeal to manipulate her admirer's actions. What's more, the movie spends very little time getting newcomers up to speed on the characters' background, which makes some of the story's more intricate aspects unnecessarily confusing.

If there's anything positive to be gleaned from the story, it lies in Skye's inexplicable aptitude for overcoming the compounding tragedies of her life. It's certainly not relatable to viewers on a similar scale to Skye's, but there's something to be said for her determination to put the past behind her and make something of herself. This is a very minor consolation prize for enduring the tragedy that is this movie, but at least it makes for a modest silver lining.

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