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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sharknado 5: Global Swarming is a 2017 deliberate B movie in which Fin and the gang battle sharknadoes once again, this time all over the world. The formula that initially worked and rapidly dwindled as the law of diminishing returns took effect is in full force here. Sharks kill and maim humans (often D-list celebrities) in a variety of ways, said D-list celebrities make endless groan-worthy one-liners, and the inherent stupidity of the premise is embraced to the fullest extent. There's also obnoxious product placement, some sexual innuendo, and some mild profanity ("bitch," "damn," "ass"). There are also frequent explosions, destruction of buildings, and a decapitation.
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What's the story?
Nova (Cassandra Scerbo), on a fact-finding mission near Stonehenge to stop the Sharknado attacks at what she believes to be the source, unwittingly unleashes a global sharknado attack in SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING. Fin (Ian Ziering), his robot wife April (Tara Reid), and their son Gil also happen to be in England, meeting with the UK Prime Minister (Chris Kattan) en route to a NATO meeting. But instead, they must now battle the sharknadoes everywhere they turn up, especially since Gil has gone missing inside one of the sharknadoes. The battle takes them all over the world -- Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Egypt, etc. -- but even with the encouragement of Queen Charo, Pope Fabio, and a horrendous attempt at rock and roll from Bret Michaels, the global sharknado attacks appear on the verge of destroying the planet.
Is it any good?
Are there any good "Part 5" sequels? No. "But the Sharknado movies are so bad, they're good!" you might say. While this might have been true when the first Sharknado wreaked havoc on Southern California in 2013, the same stale gags and cheesy CGI-infused battle scenes and terrible dialogue and D-list celebrity cameos in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming are so beyond played out, you just wish the franchise would stop already. Please.
Unfortunately, it's strongly implied that, of course, there's going to be a Sharknado 6. It's also strongly implied that this sixth movie might be the one that ends it once and for all. But maybe that's just wishful thinking.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sequels like Sharknado 5: Global Swarming. Why do sequels get made, and why are they often worse than the original movie?
The Sharknado franchise has a definitive style of over-the-top action violence, bad dialogue, even worse jokes. Think of other movie franchises with several sequels. What are some of the hallmarks of those movies?
Why do you think movies that are "so bad they're good" have appeal for many?
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