Snakes on a Plane

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Bloody B-movie spoof isn't for kids.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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).

Sex

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.

Language

Many uses of "f--k," in addition to multiple uses of other curse words -- including "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell," and "goddamn."

Consumerism

Red Bull.

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."

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written bygood parent74 April 2, 2011

DON'T LET YOUR KIDS BE EXPOSED TO THIS CRAP!

this movie is horrible.My kid copied every move from the movie.
Adult Written byagenthappyman July 20, 2012

Potty mouthed movie is not for children

The movie has lots of violent, bloody content. Along with swear words like "I'm tired of these motherf--kin snakes on this motherf--kin plane!" S... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byVivian_L July 30, 2009

Pretty stupid~

Very few parts of it were actually funny, it was mostly just stupid. It really wasn't entertaining in any other way either. :/ A lot of violence, sex, and... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bymovieloverman1234 July 16, 2009
This movie i found actully very funny. Dont know if thats what it was ment for but oh well. Although this movie has soem strong language, drinking,violence and... Continue reading

What's the story?

Hawaii vacationer Sean (Nathan Philips) witnesses a drug kingpin (Byron Lawson) murdering his legal prosecutor. Instantly targeted for death himself, Sean is rescued by federal agent Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson), who arranges to escort him back to the States to testify. Within minutes, snakes that have been smuggled on board the plane are awakened and let loose.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fear that planes generate. Why are snakes scary (and how are they exaggerated here to seem slithery, cold-eyed creatures)?

  • How does the film use clichés and stereotypes (the fat Asian woman, the selfish black rapper, the gay-seeming flight attendant, the noble female flight attendant, etc.)? Are they funny or offensive?

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