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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Selfish and narcissistic behavior is displayed. But due to circumstances, people are forced to show courage, perseverance, and teamwork to help friends in need.
Positive Role Models
A group of teens steal some jet skis, which results in an accident. Nat is kind and honest, but taken advantage of by others. Tyler is reckless but brave and tries to save his friends. Other characters are frequently selfish and vain. Tom recognizes this in himself and tries to change.
Gender-balanced main cast and more than one language spoken. Some ethnic diversity.
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Violence & Scariness
Character shows legs scarred and removed from below the knees because of a shark attack. Bloody and graphic injury. Shark attacks swimmers. Teeth marks and bones exposed on bodies. One character bitten in half. Blood in the water. Dead bodies with bloody injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing and petting over clothes. Characters pose suggestively. One flashes their breasts at a group of people, but not shown on camera. Beach goers seen in their swim shorts and bikinis. Couple shown in bed together. References to sex and infidelity.
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Language used includes "f--k," "asses," "motherf----rs," "s--t," "a--hole," "f---ing," "son of a bitch," "damn," "hell," and "goddamn." "God" and "Jesus" used as exclamations. Character curses by extending two middle fingers in jest.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Revellers drink beer and do shots as part of spring break celebrations. Reference to hangovers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shark Bait (also known as Jetski) is a horror thriller set at sea with graphic shark attacks, gory injuries, and strong language. When a group of five friends, who are celebrating spring break, become stranded in shark-infested waters following a jet ski accident, they must try and get to shore. The characters are mostly selfish and narcissistic, but Nat (Holly Earl) provides some balance as the most conscientious member of the group. Though the violence and terror are occasional, the threat is constant. When the shark attacks do occur, they are gory and bloody, with characters suffering various injuries. The most graphic of these is a leg injury where the muscle and bone become exposed. There are also large gashes and teeth marks visible on some victims. Swearing is frequent, as characters react to traumatizing situations. Variations of "f--k" are used often, including "motherf----rs." Characters flirt, kiss, and pose suggestively for photos. In one instance, someone flashes their breasts, but this isn't shown on-screen. There is drinking at a party on the beach and characters reference being hungover. But none are actually shown drinking to excess. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There have been a steady stream of B-movies that have tried to have some fun with the shark-attack genre perfected by Jaws back in 1975. Joining those ranks is Shark Bait (also known at Jetski), which sees a group of five friends end up unmoored to two broken jet skis after an adventure goes awry, and then … not much happens. The all-British main cast -- playing Americans to help broaden the movie's appeal, presumably -- do their best to spark off each other. But some love-rat partners aside, there's not much to link them to each other at all, so the audience has little to do other than wait for the Great White predators to find something a bit meatier to sink their teeth into.
In the absence of any new plotting or a more generous special effects budget, movies such as Shark Bait at least need some decent one-liners to stay afloat, but none are forthcoming. The dueling jet skis sequence is the movie's high watermark. The rest is forgettable, as characters have little to do other than pant, gasp and occasionally get eaten alive. Lead couple Nat and Tom manage a redemptive arc of sorts, but for a movie that takes place all at sea there's an awful lot that remains stuck in the shallow end.
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