Parents' Guide to

Sharknado

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Original cult hit has blood, gore, stereotypes.

Movie NR 2024 90 minutes
Sharknado Poster Image: Giant sharks swirl in a storm cloud, with wreckage in the background

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 18+

absolute cracker

this movie was so violent my arms fell off
age 13+

The best one in a series of cheap, stupid entertainment!

I loved this movie when I first saw it and wanted to go deeper into the series, but unfortunately, the other ones were too stupid to watch again. This is the only good one. If you are looking for something that’s too stupid to be real or believable, this is your movie: a tornado of sharks killing anyone and everyone that is in their way! I’d still be willing to watch this one to this day. Just beware of MANY casualties and LOTS of blood throughout, as well as some language.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (62 ):

If you go in with the right frame of mind, this film is pure entertainment. True, the special effects, the dialogue, and the very premise of the story are completely ludicrous, but that's all part of the fun. You don't watch Sharknado to bask in a cinematic masterwork; you watch it because it's hilarious and mindless, a deliberately campy romp of a cheesy creature feature.

Does it even make sense within the world it's created for itself? No. It's a fun B movie -- pure and simple -- one that basks in the conventions of the form. Even stereotypical moments, such as Latino and Asian villains and women as damsels in distress, are likely to inspire an eye roll rather than deeper affront because no one is taking any part of the film seriously. Yes, it's bad -- but that certainly doesn't make it unwatchable. Just be ready for blood and gore, making this more appropriate for teens and older. But even people who fear sharks should find this film more laughable than scary.

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