Sharknado 2: The Second One



Ironic sci-fi howler packed with over-the-top gore.
  • Review Date: July 31, 2014
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are acts of heroism in all the silliness, such as when a man goes to incredible lengths to return a ring with sentimental value.

Positive role models

Characters are always trying to save each other, but they make a lot of stupid mistakes and don't act like real people.


Violence and gore are high and may terrify younger kids. A woman is decapitated; another has her arm bitten off, which is surgically replaced by a dangerous machine. Sharks attack victims in unlikely places. Many (clearly CGI) sharks are killed in various bloody ways including bludgeoning and death by chainsaw. A woman is bitten on the head and face, we see her horribly mutilated skin, with blood.

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There are constant, knowing cameos: anchors from famous morning shows, gossip writers, characters from other movies.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sharknado 2: The Second One is an intentionally goofy sci-fi movie about a storm that makes killer sharks fall from the sky. It's funny, and older teens likely will find it hilarious; parents will enjoy watching along for the mock-serious lines and cameos from '80s- and '90s-era celebrities. Younger or very sensitive children, however, will be terrified and possibly traumatized by the frequent shark attacks that push the limits on prime-time gore. Characters are suddenly and unexpectedly maimed and killed; limbs are bitten off and bloody bone thrust into the camera; a shark jumps out of the water and bites a woman's face terribly; and we see mutilated flesh with lots of blood. Children who are unable to distinguish between reality and fiction and between CGI and live-action film scenes may be particularly frightened of sharks who can seemingly get them wherever they may be, even places nowhere near the water.

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What's the story?

Picking up just after the events of the first Sharknado, SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE is set in NYC with the deadly storm that causes man-eating sharks to fall from the sky. Our hero Fin Shepherd (Ian Ziering) and his doughty wife April Wexler (Tara Reid) are en route to Manhattan when a freak sharknado attacks their plane, causing April's hand to be bitten off by a shark in mid-air. While waiting for her to recuperate, Fin meets some friends for a baseball game in the city, including his brother-in-law Martin Brody (Mark McGrath) and his son Vaughn (Dante Palmenteri), old flame Skye (Vivica A. Fox), and old friend Bryan (Judah Friedlander). Surprise -- a sharknado attacks the ball game! Now Fin must lead his loved ones to safety and find April, his sister Ellen (Kari Wuhrer), and his niece Mora (Courtney Baxter) somewhere in the city.

Is it any good?


In a Rocky Horror sort of "so bad it's good" kind of way, Sharknado 2 is pretty fun in its silliness. Ian Ziering is great when he delivers lines such as "I hate the subway" after a devastating underground attack. There's also a choice scene between Tara Reid and Ziering after her encounter with the hand-eating shark: "That shark! It was like he knew who I was!" Reid emotes. Ziering looks deeply into her raccoon-eyelinered eyes and says, "If he'd known who you were, he would have been running the other way." After all, she is the author of the book How to Survive a Sharknado, which, the screen's helpful chyron tells us, is available at bookstores now.

Yes, Sharknado 2 is very knowing about its cleverness. When cutting away to commercials, Syfy flashes a bumper screen that displays amused tweets from viewers live-blogging the show. But it's all fun enough that it comes off as silly and not smug. If you're the kind of person who enjoys the thought of watching Kelly Osbourne's head get eaten off by a flying shark or Al Roker explaining why a whirling tornado of deadly sharks could really happen, Sharknado 2 is for you.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the makers of Sharknado 2 are in on the joke. Did they intentionally make a bad movie? Why?

  • Watch the old Saturday Night Live skit "Land Shark." How does Sharknado 2 take this premise from a comedy show and transform it into the center of a dramatic movie?

  • Do you recognize any of the actors in Sharknado 2 from any other movies or television shows? Does that affect how you view their performance in this movie? Do you think this is why they were cast in the role?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 7, 2014
Cast:Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath
Director:Anthony C. Ferrante
Studio:Asylum Home Entertainment
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Ocean creatures
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written byWalkingdead13 February 14, 2015

Better than the first

This one had better special effects than the first one. It seems like this one is even more violent than the first, though, but anyone 13 or older can probably handle this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old August 1, 2014

sow bloody and a shark jumps up to a girls face and bites it off and no bad words.

What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old August 16, 2014

even worse than the first one

its hillarous and terrible at the same time with awful one liners if your into funny horror movies this is one too see
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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