Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Movie review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Movie Poster Image
It's raining sharks again in this tongue-in-cheek gorefest.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

An argument could be made that Sharknado 3 sends a positive message about friendship and the importance of being prepared in the event of a natural disaster. But making that argument would be almost as silly as a movie about tornados full of killer sharks.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Friends sacrifice themselves life-and-limb for one another (in most cases, literally), but it's portrayed in such an over-the-top way that it doesn't have any real impact.


Many weapons are utilized throughout, from machine guns and grenades to bombs and chainsaws. There is copious blood, gore, and guts -- though much is very cartoonish CGI. 


Sharknado 3 is heavier on violence than it is sex, though one female character spends most of the movie fighting in tight leather pants and what is basically a bra. In one scene, a man and woman emerge from a lake in their underwear, and there are some gratuitous shots of the woman's rear end.


"Hell," "damn."


The product placement in this movie is extremely over the top. In one scene, a character kills a shark by loading a machine gun with Benefit mascara instead of bullets. The movie takes place mostly at Universal Studios in Orlando and is full of on-screen logos: Subway, NASCAR, Miller Lite, Xfinity, and more.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is the latest installment in a series of films about freak storms that cause bloodthirsty sharks to fall from the sky and feast on humans. Little ones may be scared by the strange premise and by the nonstop, teeth-gnashing violence, but older teens and adults will recognize the fakery of the low-rent special effects and the utter ridiculousness of it all. Best enjoyed by those with strong stomachs (not only for violence but also for groan-worthy jokes) and a high tolerance for camp. There's also a ton of product placement in this film, which at times comes across like a none-too-subtle promotional video for Universal Studios theme parks.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8, 14, and 17-year-old Written byFernando V. August 7, 2018

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No Review

My favorite one out of the entire franchise. Probably the most self-aware one after the second one! Horrible CGI as always, you can't expect too much fro... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous November 27, 2018
Kid, 11 years old June 19, 2019

They can't possibly be serious...

In this now "raining sharks" trilogy, you begin to wonder if it's meant to be a joke, or just a really bad film. There is some mild kissing, and... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byLori R. August 10, 2017

What's the story?

Even viewers who haven't seen the first two Sharknado films will have zero trouble following the basic premise here: Sharks can somehow survive in tornados and rain down hellish violence wherever they go. It's up to the heroic efforts of Fin Shephard (Ian Ziering) and his now-pregnant wife April (Tara Reid) to save the day by any means necessary -- and those means are usually completely ludicrous and over the top, in true B-movie style. The "plot" of these movies is always the same, and only the locations change: This time it's the entire eastern seaboard that's under attack, with most of the action centered in Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Florida.

Is it any good?

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! fully embraces its so-bad-it's-good status as a camp sensation and wastes no time getting to the action. The first "sharknado" touches down before we even hit the 10-minute mark. The problem is, after three installments of these movies, the schtick is losing some of its bite. The filmmakers were clearly aiming to make a cheesy movie, and in that regard they succeeded brilliantly. The cast is rife with washed-up, Z-list celebs giving stiff line readings, and as with the previous go-rounds, there are cameo appearances from a surreal array of completely random folks including Ray J, Jerry Springer, Ann Coulter, Chris Jericho, and even disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner playing the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- probably the closest he'll get to a government position again.

The special effects in Sharknado 3 are so low-quality that you'll see more realism in almost any modern video game, and they actually appear to use stock footage in several parts -- and even show the same footage more than once. There's also far too much time spent showing off corporate logos and overselling Universal Studios as a terrific theme park, which could have been better spent on more action, laughs, and B-movie shark butchery. And though we all know that most folks choosing to watch a film like this aren't looking for believability or to find a new Emmy contender, the question is whether the schtick still has sea legs now that the novelty's wearing off and we know exactly what to expect.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Did the scientific aspects of this movie seem to have any basis in reality? Could flying sharks really happen?

  • Did the characters in Sharknado 3 always make smart decisions? What could they have done differently?

  • Was the violence in this movie funny because it was so over-the-top and unrealistic? How would the tone of the movie change if it weren't being played for comedic effect?

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