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Review: 'Piranha 3DD' Dutifully Fails To Be In On The Joke

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 31, 2012 2:19 PM
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  • 11 Comments
If you're gonna go for it, go for it. That was the philosophy Alexandre Aja pursued for the bleakly funny "Piranha 3D," an orgy of death and dismemberment that indulged in the hedonism of spring break before letting loose swarms of genetically-superior fish that were decidedly playing for keeps. As much as Aja's characters had tongue firmly planted in cheek (see: Jerry O'Connell as Joe Francis), his committment to tearing these characters apart like cheap confetti never wavered, orchestrating a straight-faced massacre that might as well have been "Saving Private Ryan" for the "Jersey Shore" generation. Aja, like the piranhas, saw the youth of today and tasted blood in the water, not so much with a smile as much as a predatory grin.

Dan Aykroyd Was Nominated For An Academy Award? The Oscar Nominations That Time Forgot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2012 2:47 PM
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You would think that an Oscar nomination would be a total career-changer once you get it. The top prize from your peers, even just a nomination can see you offered all kinds of new opportunities. But sometimes, that can be a short-term effect: looking over lists of past winners in the major categories, all but the most comprehensive film nerd or awards buffs will find more than a few films and performances that they never knew existed, let alone gone anywhere near the Academy Awards.

Gary Busey Will Take A Bite Out Of 'Piranha 3DD'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2011 5:59 AM
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Though it may make James Cameron weep blue "Avatar" tears, the delightfully dumb "Piranha 3D" was a box office hit, taking in over $80 million worldwide which of course means we're getting a quickie sequel. But God bless the filmmakers as they're not trying to reinvent the wheel the second time around, getting a mostly low-rent cast together for a movie that only recently started filming for a November release date.

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