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David R. Ellis' Shark Night 3D gets a PG-13 rating

Jun. 22, 2011by: Alex DiVincenzo

I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity guy. When it comes to movies, I try not to judge them until they're playing in front of me. Further, I usually don't let a rating influence my opinion. As we all know, there are plenty of great horror flicks that are rated PG or PG-13.

But when you get the guy behind SNAKES ON A PLANE and FINAL DESTINATION 2 - that's David R. Ellis - to helm a flick called SHARK NIGHT 3D, I expect some R-rated carnage. I know the reserved approach worked flawless for JAWS, but no film will ever top that. Why not have some fun with it like the folks behind PIRANHA did?

Unfortunately, that will not be the case. The MPAA has rated the film PG-13 for violence and terror, disturbing images, sexual references, partial nudity, language and thematic material. Rumor has it that the higher ups at Relativity Media and Rogue were pulling for that rating. Whatever the reason, the news is likely to disappoint many.

The flick, written by Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg, his theaters on September 2. Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Joel David Moore, Katharine McPhee (below), Sinqua Walls, Chris Zylka, Christine Quinn, Damon Lipari, Gill Monties and Donal F. Logue star.

Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast.

But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land.

Extra Tidbit: Does the rating deter you from the film at all?
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2:45PM on 06/23/2011

Not that big a deal

Lest we forget that JAWS was rated PG? It was one of the scariest creature features ever made. I know that Shark Night won't come close to that classic, but if Ellis is going for suspense over carnage, I'll take it. Teenagers should be able to be scared too and if that means taking out the boobs and gore, then I'm okay with it. I love creature flicks when they're done right and if this one has a good story then I'm all for it. Definitely giving it a chance.
Lest we forget that JAWS was rated PG? It was one of the scariest creature features ever made. I know that Shark Night won't come close to that classic, but if Ellis is going for suspense over carnage, I'll take it. Teenagers should be able to be scared too and if that means taking out the boobs and gore, then I'm okay with it. I love creature flicks when they're done right and if this one has a good story then I'm all for it. Definitely giving it a chance.
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3:23PM on 06/23/2011
Yes, forget Jaws was rated PG - it would likely be R today if the exact same cut was submitted. Too much blood for a PG-13.
Yes, forget Jaws was rated PG - it would likely be R today if the exact same cut was submitted. Too much blood for a PG-13.
2:33PM on 06/23/2011
What saddens me is that this will actually make money - PG-13 Prom Night did - and this targets the same demo and looks a lot better. What happened David "R" Ellis? Man. At least the Conan remake got an official R rating.
What saddens me is that this will actually make money - PG-13 Prom Night did - and this targets the same demo and looks a lot better. What happened David "R" Ellis? Man. At least the Conan remake got an official R rating.
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4:09PM on 06/22/2011
Whelp, I DID have high hopes for this one...
Whelp, I DID have high hopes for this one...
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2:35PM on 06/22/2011
In this case, yeah, the rating is not good. PG-13 and 3D means I'll pass on this one and will only check it out on DVD if there's a uncut version (and REALLY uncut; not 10 seconds of added footage).
In this case, yeah, the rating is not good. PG-13 and 3D means I'll pass on this one and will only check it out on DVD if there's a uncut version (and REALLY uncut; not 10 seconds of added footage).
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1:42PM on 06/22/2011

have to admit this doesnt bode well.

however i will give it a shot even though it will get awful reviews and prob not be that good.It is a movie where sharks go ape shit so Im in by default. The R rating would have at least made it fun, imagine Piranha without the R rating?
however i will give it a shot even though it will get awful reviews and prob not be that good.It is a movie where sharks go ape shit so Im in by default. The R rating would have at least made it fun, imagine Piranha without the R rating?
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12:12PM on 06/22/2011
And there goes any interest I had.
And there goes any interest I had.
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12:02PM on 06/22/2011

Yes

Piranha 3DD is looking more promising.
Piranha 3DD is looking more promising.
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11:22AM on 06/22/2011

Yup....

passing on the theater now. Maybe an unrated, uncut, blood & boobs DVD rental, but definitely no theater viewing for me.
passing on the theater now. Maybe an unrated, uncut, blood & boobs DVD rental, but definitely no theater viewing for me.
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