2013 TV-14 1h 27m DVD


2013 TV-14 1h 27m DVD
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When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks are swept up in tornadoes and deposited all over the city, where they terrorize the shocked residents. Among them is bar owner Fin, who must rescue his estranged wife and daughter.
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassandra Scerbo, Jaason Simmons, Alex Arleo, Neil H. Berkow, Heather Jocelyn Blair, Sumiko Braun, Diane Chambers, Julie McCullough, Marcus Choi
Anthony C. Ferrante
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Sharknado is a 2013 made-for-TV movie that is so bad, it's brilliant. The gore and the blood -- sharks eating people whole or biting off their limbs -- make this one to avoid for younger kids, but for older teens and parents looking for something campy and mindless, you could do much worse. The dialogue, the "special effects," and the very premise of the story itself are -- intentional or not -- so ludicrous, it needs to be seen to be believed. Aside from this, there is some drinking throughout -- the main character is the owner of a beachside bar -- and a tasteless and gratuitous joke made by one of the characters about how the first floor of a house flooded with bloody water looks like "that time of the month."

Sexual Content

A drunk man at a bar makes frequent sexual advances toward the cocktail server.


Unrealistic and ludicrous violence. Frequent bloody shark attacks. Characters are shown getting limbs bitten off by sharks. Characters are shown being eaten alive by sharks. A character is crushed to death by a Ferris wheel that rolls off its foundation during a hurricane. Another character is killed by a giant piece of debris.


"Hell." After sharks attack the first floor of a house, kill one of the characters, and leave the house a mess of bloody flooded water, a character says that it looks "like it's that time of the month down there."

Social Behavior

Perhaps an argument could be made that these characters show through talk and discussion the importance of being prepared for every kind of emergency, but the utter ridiculousness of the story line makes this argument both difficult and absurd.


Banners advertising J.C. Penney are prominently displayed on a half-pipe being ridden by skateboarders.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The main character, Fin, owns a bar, where characters are shown drinking and behaving in an intoxicated manner.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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