Directed by: John Gulager
MPAA Rating: R
Piranha 3DD is the direct sequel to the Piranha remake Piranha 3D. This time the action is centered on the Big Wet water park, far enough from Lake Victoria to assume they are safe. The park has fallen into the hands of Maddy’s (Panabaker; Sky High, Friday The 13th remake) step-father Chet (Koechner; Anchorman, Thank You For Smoking) who has made a large portion of the park into an adults only water park. Maddy along with her friends must try and stop the piranha from attacking on the opening day.
I really loved Piranha 3D. They really got that movie right. They got the comedy and the campiness and the gore and everything to just make it an over the top movie that was incredibly fun. I was actually really glad they were making a sequel for it. And this sequel brings us more of what we got last time. If you go into this expecting a serious horror film, you’ll be very disappointed. But if you want some fun and cheesiness, you’ve come to the right place.
The idea of the adult water park is brilliant and hilarious, as is Koechner’s lecherous character who is played to perfection. The setting also really reminded me of the plot of Jaws 3 (also originally in 3D), which is held at a Sea World-esque park. So bonus points for that reference. There is an enormous amount of all the things that make a B-movie like this great. Lots of nudity, lots of humor, and lots of gore. Just tons and tons of gore. The absolutely most memorable scene in the movie involves Katrina Bowden’s character (3o Rock, Tucker & Dale vs Evil) and is just totally insane. Also what’s a B-movie like this without David Hasselhoff as himself? He should be given a lot of credit for the wonderful self parody he does here.
Returning as their characters from Piranha 3D are Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, and Paul Scheer. Sheer and Rhames are now a team that go around traumatized by the events of the first film, Rhames now without legs. And Lloyd serves as the mad scientist who explains lots of the plot. He’s actually a much bigger character in this one and lays out a ton of exposition really well.
The movie is really just non-stop fun and I recommend checking it out as soon as you can.
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