A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie doesn't make any effort to convey positive messages; it's all about shocking viewers with over-the-top action and comedy.
Positive Role Models
No one worth emulating here -- the villains are brutal, the victims are ignorant and killed crazily (to shock and entertain viewers), and the heroes are obnoxious. Plenty of stereotypical comments and jokes.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent bloody violence that's graphic but obviously fake; villain kills prosecutor by smashing head with baseball bat (blood sprays on villain, victim off-screen); a scene with wild gunfire; on the plane, snakes bite ferociously, at various body parts (eye, penis, breast, neck, etc.), usually drawing blood; when a child is bitten, his swollen hand produces grotesque pus; characters die on screen, their bodies left in frame as "props" to indicate the snakes' ongoing threat; characters fight back with axe and fire extinguisher (to chop/smash snakes, and produce blood and gore).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Three Gs signs a fan's breast (and holds it); on the plane, a couple has sex in the bathroom, stripping off each other's shirts (close-ups show legs, the man's chest, and the woman's passionate face); seen from behind, a man pees ... and a snake jumps up to bite his penis; several references to masturbation and sex.
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Many uses of "f--k," in addition to multiple uses of other curse words -- including "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell," and "goddamn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A couple smokes a joint while having sex in bathroom; a woman drinks from a flask; a nervous flyer asks for a gin and tonic; hearing that the snakes are responding to pheromones sprayed in the plane, Flynn calls them "Snakes on crack."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the film isn't for kids. It features frequent jump scenes, with snakes falling or darting out of compartments or from under the camera frame. On-screen or implied deaths are frequent and bloody (man killed with baseball bat, shoot-out leaves bodies, many characters bitten by venomous snakes, producing swelling wounds and visible blood). A couple has sex in the bathroom (and also disable the smoke detector so they can smoke a joint), and are immediately killed by snakes. Infant and children are threatened by snakes; a little boy is bitten, producing gross wound from which a woman sucks the poison (leading to crude comment from observer, who also wants her to suck his hand). Characters chop and smash snakes. Characters use frequent bad language, especially "motherf----r." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
True to its title, SNAKES ON A PLANE doesn't offer much beyond this basic plot point. The chaos is episodic and ridiculous, producing lots of swollen, bloodied bodies as well as stiffly delivered bad dialogue. Flynn and the sensible flight attendant Claire (Julianna Margulies) are plainly the couple-to-be, and they valiantly fight off the menace posed by the snakes and the mostly idiotic (that is, set up to die) passengers. They are helped in their efforts by the many-times-bitten copilot Rick (David Koechner) and rapper Three Gs (Flex Alexander)'s video game fanatic bodyguard Troy (Kenan Thompson) (you can guess what role he'll play by film's end).
As kooky and deliberately "bad" as Snakes tries to be, it's mostly just unimaginative. The main action is more repetitive than clever (snakes slide and bite, victims clutch wounds and gasp). For a movie that seems aware of its predecessors, you'd expect more intelligence concerning what made those B-movies so much fun. Their cheesiness was not arrogant or presumptive; it was strange, shrewd, and unexpected.
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