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When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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We're gonna need a bigger chopper! See more (251 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ian Ziering ... Fin Shepard

Tara Reid ... April Wexler

John Heard ... George

Cassandra Scerbo ... Nova Clarke (as Cassie Scerbo)

Jason Simmons ... Baz Hogan (as Jaason Simmons)
Alex Arleo ... Bobby

Neil H. Berkow ... Carl Hubert

Heather Jocelyn Blair ... Candice

Sumiko Braun ... Deanna
Diane Chambers ... Agnes

Julie McCullough ... Joni Waves

Marcus Choi ... Palmer

Israel Sáez de Miguel ... Captain Carlos Santiago

Tiffany Cole ... Derek
Trish Coren ... Nurse Holden

Charles Hittinger ... Matt (as Chuck Hittinger)

Aubrey Peeples ... Claudia

Michael Teh ... Weinstein

Connor Weil ... Luellyn

Christopher Robles ... Collin (as Christopher Wolfe)

Steve Moulton ... Convenience Store Clerk

Robbie Rist ... Robbie the Bus Driver

David Bittick ... Nada the 2nd in Command

Derek Caldwell ... Driver (as Derek Ian Caldwell)

Adrian Bustamante ... Kelso
Petunia ... Petunia
Paul Addicott ... Background
Michael Alferoff ... Background
Tanisha Allen ... Background
Dion Anders ... Background
Mo Cohen Arazi ... Background

Omari Bailey ... Background
Paul Banashek ... Background
Robert Barlow ... Background
Bobby Barron ... Background (as Robert Barron)
Elizabeth A. Bauer ... Background

Justin Beahm ... Background
Rasheed Beckles ... Background

K.D. Beebe ... Background
Eric Bergman ... Background
Gunita Jansone Black ... Background
Kazue Blackwell ... Background
Thomas Boomer ... Background
Branda L. Borst ... Background
Nathan Borsinger ... Background (as Nathan Bosinger)
Aqua Boyance ... Background (as Aqua Boyancé)
Robert Bright ... Background
Brett Brinkman ... Background
Michele Burch ... Background
Roman Bykov ... Background

Danice Cabanela ... Background
Mercey Campbell ... Background
Martin A. Carlin ... Background
Kenneth Chan ... Background
Jimmy Chang ... Background
Lee Christian ... Background (as Raymond L. Christian)
Tara Cirillo ... Background
Jason Cook ... Background
Shamus Cooley ... Background
Angel B. Cordero ... Background
Faith Craig ... Background
Michael Christobal ... Background (as Michael Cristobal)
Lindsey Danas ... Background
Arthur Darien ... Background (as Arthur Darien Darien)
Jonathan Davis ... Background
Jordan Davis ... Background
Daniel de la Rosa ... Background

Jeffrey Decker ... Billiards Player
Melissa Dennison ... Background
Peter Diaz ... Background
Sydney Dismukes ... Background

Denny Dormody ... Background
Cheryl Easley ... Background

Damond Easterwood ... Background
William Engleman ... Background
Dana Eriksson ... Background
Kerith Erkman ... Background
David Estes ... Background
Richard A. Fanter ... Background
Alisa Fedele ... Background
Willard Ferguson ... Background
Jeffrey J. Fernandez ... Background (as Jeffrey Fernandez)
Keaton Forde ... Background
Laura Fortier ... Background
Jamie Francisco ... Background
Hovig Galian ... Background

Elizabeth Gallagher ... Background
Kathleen Galloway-Rogan ... Background (as Kathleen Gallowayrogan)
Caleb Garcia ... Background
Stacy Ann Garcia ... Background
Geralynn Garrick ... Background
Jason Gatti ... Background
Jarrod Gayer ... Background

Sara Geralds ... Background

Scott Gochis ... Background
Allie M. Goodwin-Ford ... Background
Brittany Goss ... Background
Andrew Graczyk ... Background
Alan Green ... Background
Jahesryell Joy Griffin ... Background (as Jahesyrell Joy Griffin)
Brittany Gross ... Background
Victoria Guenther ... Background
Alan Gutierrez ... Background (as Allan Gutierrez)
Steven Haddadian ... Background
Raquel Hakel ... Background
Reana Han ... Background
David Hardman ... Background
Tasha Harper ... Background
Kleene Hawke ... Background (as Keene Hawke)
Jacklyn Hernandez ... Background
Jose Herrada ... Background

Roshanda Hill ... Background

Adam Hochstetter ... Background
Christopher Hodge ... Background
Larry Hughes ... Background
Christopher Jackson ... Background
Victoria Jacob ... Background
Ciara Jiana ... Background

Dave Johnson ... Background
Daniel Johnstone ... Background
Sarah Luanne Jordan ... Background
Toni Junard ... Background
Ekaterina Kazarez ... Background
Alex Keeme ... Background

David Dustin Kenyon ... Background

Sun Jae Kim ... Background
Roger King Jr. ... Background
Laura Kinney ... Background
Bruce Kirkpatrick ... Background
Teresa Cordts ... Background (as Teresa Klaban)
Rebecca Kralle ... Background
Angelo Laguna ... Background
Tim S. Lang ... Background
Miok Lee ... Background
Olga Leontera ... Background
Melody King ... Background (as Devon Ligus)
Jorge O. Lopez ... Background
Brian Love ... Background
Paul Loverde ... Background
Nancy Lucca ... Background
Hugh MacAlister ... Background

Bianca Mihailov ... Background (as Bianca Mahailescu)
Erica Malloy ... Background
Willie R. Malloy ... Background (as Willie Malloy)
Rich Mario ... Background
Rudy Marroquin ... Background
Antwan Martin ... Background
Tony Martinelli ... Background
Thanhthuy Mathiason ... Background (as Thanhthuy Mathiasen)
Edward Mauldin ... Background
Carl McFarlin ... Background
Natsko McKissack ... Background
John A. Medina ... Background
Melanie Lynch ... Background (as Melanie Melanie Lynch)
Adrian Mendoza ... Background
Vanessa Miller ... Background
Lashanae Monroe ... Background
Carol Montgomery ... Background
Melony M. Moreno ... Background
Daniel Morgan ... Background

Krystal Beyer ... Background (as Krystal Mula)
Dorothy Mullen ... Background
Rozália Muzsnai ... Background (as Rozalia Musznai)
Amir Namdar ... Background
John Napoleon ... Background
Ekaterina Naumova ... Background
Sergei Nazarenko ... Background
Zachary Ngo ... Background
Heather O'Neill ... Background
Elizabeth Oakes ... Background
Serena Ong ... Background
Christopher Palle ... Background
Mikaela Pascal ... Background
John Patterson ... Background

Natalie Pellegrini ... Shark Victim
Bryce Penwell ... Background
Felix Perez Jr. ... Background
Tram-anh Pham ... Background
Hayley Pruett ... Background
Samantha Rafanello ... Background
Meldrick Raguirag ... Background
Shamara Rayner ... Background
Johnathan Retamoza-Deliva ... Background
Kevin B. Reyes ... Background
Hallie Richman ... Background
David Rickabaugh ... Background
Rachel Rivera ... Background

Amber Rivette ... Background
Juan Rodriguez ... Background
Viviana Rogers ... Background
Jose Roque ... Background

Lucy Rust ... Background
Chris Samuels ... Background
Janette Santos ... Background (as Janete Santos)

Eric Schroeder ... Background
Joseph John Schuenbach II ... Background
Tyler Schwartz ... Background
Tammy Schweitzer ... Background
Romeo Armand Seay ... Background (as Romeo Seay)
Tom Seth ... Background
Lisa Y. Sheeler ... Background
Elfreda Sideroff ... Background
Daniel Slezak ... Background
Michael K. Smith ... Background
Robert D. Smith ... Background
John Smutny ... Background
William Snider ... Background
Arthur Sonzogni ... Background
Will Starks ... Background
Darryl Stewart ... Background
Keenan Stott ... Background

Ryan Stroud ... Background
Darya Syntk ... Background (as Darya Sytnk)
John Telfer ... Background
Debbie Thame ... Background
Susan Tischler ... Background
Valeria Titkova ... Background
Zack Turnquist ... Background (as Zachary Turnquist)
Leah Tuscano ... Background
Lauren Valencia ... Background
Penny Vandermolen ... Background
Sarah Vannest ... Background
Chris Vassek ... Background (as Chris Vasek)
Daisy Villa ... Background
Lisa Ann Vombrack ... Background
Angelique Walker ... Background
Nikki Wanjala ... Background
Anthony Warne ... Background
Tristan Warr ... Background
Anthony Washington ... Background
Brian Webb ... Background (as Bryan Webb)
Chelsea West ... Background
Tad Whaley ... Background
Paul R. Widegren ... Background
Latoya Williams ... Background
Eddie Williams ... Background
James Williams ... Background
Emily Windler ... Background
Allan Wong ... Background

Abigail Wright ... Background
Shinobu Yoshida ... Background
Paul Yurick ... Background
Michael Zacharski ... Background
Yu Zhu ... Background (as Yu Zhuo)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Foott-Stephens ... The priest

Ryan Budds ... Beach Victim (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony C. Ferrante 
 
Writing credits
Thunder Levin (written by)

Produced by
Paul Bales .... co-producer
David L. Garber .... associate producer
David Michael Latt .... producer
Geoffrey Mark .... producer: second unit
Karen O'Hara .... associate producer
Cody Peck .... behind the scenes producer
Chris Regina .... associate producer
David Rimawi .... executive producer
Thomas P. Vitale .... associate producer
Devin Ward .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Ramin Kousha 
 
Cinematography by
Ben Demaree (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Boodell 
 
Casting by
Gerald Webb 
 
Production Design by
Vincent Albo 
 
Art Direction by
Ashley Hasenyager 
 
Set Decoration by
Moana Hom 
 
Costume Design by
Amber Hamzeh 
 
Makeup Department
Megan Areford .... key makeup artist
Corinne Foster .... makeup department head
Tara Lang .... additional makeup artist
Avery Ota .... additional makeup artist
Despina Scandalis .... additional makeup artist
Alondra Excene Shields .... assistant makeup artist (as Alondra Shields)
 
Production Management
Julie Richheimer .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cristy Arboleda .... second second assistant director
Maximilian Elfeldt .... second unit director
Esther Elise Johnson .... first assistant director (as Esther Johnson)
Geoffrey Mark .... second unit director
John Mehrer .... first assistant director: second unit
John Mehrer .... second assistant director
Tim McDaniel .... second assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mike DiGrazia .... key art designer
Mike DiGrazia .... logo designer
Susan Donner .... set dresser
Heather Drouillard .... carpenter
Anvesh Gandikota .... art assistant
Naoko Inada .... property master
Reed Johns .... art assistant
Ian Kronenberg .... carpenter
Marc Munoz .... carpenter assistant
David Offner .... foreman
Alicia Peterson .... carpenter assistant
Fernando Valdes .... carpenter
Steve Gijrath .... set dresser (uncredited)
Avery Ota .... set dresser (uncredited)
Roland Trafton .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Hardman .... adr recordist
Michael Hardman .... foley editor
Andy Hurtado .... sound effects editor
Alexander X. Hutchinson .... sound mixer (as Alexander X Hutchinson)
Cody Lawrence .... sound mixer (as Cody T. Lawrence)
Craig Polding .... re-recording mixer
Lisa Ries .... sound effects editor
Lisa Ries .... supervising sound editor
Joel Valder .... 2nd engineer: Music
 
Special Effects by
Ryan Jenkins .... special effects technician
Matt Langford .... rain effects (as Matthew Langford)
Alex Rondon .... rain effects
Sandy Zywocienski .... rain effects
Joseph Cornell .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Josh Foster .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ken Brilliant .... creature modeler
Sasha Burrow .... visual effects artist
Glenn Campbell .... visual effects artist
Steve Clarke .... visual effects artist
Michael Davidson .... visual effects artist
Pierre Drolet .... vehicle modeler
Aine Graham .... lead compositor (as Ainé Graham)
John Karner .... visual effects artist
Paul Knott .... visual effects artist
Joseph J. Lawson .... visual effects supervisor
Geoffrey Mark .... on-set visual effects supervisor
Emanuel Rosario .... visual effects artist
Emile Edwin Smith .... visual effects supervisor
Neal Sopata .... visual effects artist
Sandell Stangl .... visual effects coordinator
Jason A. Suarez .... visual effects artist (as Jason Suarez)
Aaron Witlin .... visual effects artist
Randy McWilson .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Casey Adams .... stunts
Kristina Baskett .... stunts
Cheryl Bermeo .... stunts
Sean Christopher .... stunt coordinator
Geo Corvera .... stunts
Chris Daniels .... stunt coordinator assistant
Chris Daniels .... stunts
Talia K. Dillingham .... stunts
Jeremy Fitzgerald .... stunts (as Jeremy Fitzgerlad)
Matt Flanagan .... stunts
Kevin Foster .... stunts
Garrett Hammond .... stunts
Jacob Hugghins .... stunts
Kris A. Jeffrey .... stunts (as Kris Jeffrey)
Mario Perez .... stunts
Ryan Ryusaki .... stunts
Elana Savko .... stunts
Spencer Stone .... stunts
Chelsy Swenson .... stunts
C.C. Taylor .... stunts
Nancy Thurston .... stunts
Dan Webb .... stunts
Glen Yrigoyen .... stunts
Vaia Zaganas .... stunts
Michael Caradonna .... stunts (uncredited)
Diane Chambers .... stunts (uncredited)
Kristina Coker .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Garrett Hammond .... stunt double: Jaason Simmons (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aram Aramyan .... first assistant camera: second unit, "b" camera
Paolo Arriola .... best boy electric
Chase Jonathan Azimi .... second assistant camera: second unit, "b" camera
Eric Ballew .... grip
Eric B. Ballew .... grip intern
Jim Bayer .... key grip
John Paul Bennett .... key grip
Taylor Beumel .... first assistant camera: second unit, "b" camera
Taylor Beumel .... second assistant camera: second unit, "b" camera
Joe Bou .... second assistant camera
Dan Chapman .... gaffer (as Daniel Chapman)
Benjamin Cumming .... best boy
Benjamin Cumming .... gaffer
Brandon Diaz .... electrician
Christopher Robin Faulkner .... best boy electric (as Christopher Faulkner)
Ben Goldberg .... gaffer
Brett Graybill .... camera production assistant
Temma Hankin .... still photographer
Ian Havermale .... grip (as Ian P. Havermale)
Jake Humbert .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jeremy M. Inman .... digital imaging technician
Robert Kraetsch .... director of photography: second unit (as Rob Kraetsch)
Keenan Kusnierczyk .... grip
Jessica L. Lopez .... camera operator: second unit, "b" camera (as Jessica Lopez)
Jessica L. Lopez .... day player: steadicam operator (as Jessica Lopez)
Tony Magaletta .... first assistant camera: "B" camera
Tony Magaletta .... first assistant camera: additional photography, "A" camera
Tony Magaletta .... steadicam assistant: "B" camera
Nick Medrud .... first assistant camera
Paul Monroe .... key grip
Will Myers .... grip
Louis Normandin .... camera operator
Dennis Noyes .... steadicam operator
Aaron Pong .... grip
Rob Richards .... grip
Ari Robbins .... steadicam operator
Ben Salvetti .... gaffer
Jacques Shy .... grip
Matt Allan Smith .... second assistant camera
Spencer Smith .... best boy
Dean Smollar .... steadicam operator
Robert J.D. Spaulding .... first assistant camera: second unit, "b" camera
Robert J.D. Spaulding .... second assistant camera: second unit, "b" camera
Conner Vandeer .... crane operator
Brian Weber .... director of photography: second unit
Stephen Winders .... jib operator
Allan Wong .... grip intern
Kate Wurzbacher .... digital imaging technician
 
Casting Department
Skyler Barrett .... extras casting (uncredited)
Cambria Hankin .... casting associate (uncredited)
Jon Kondelik .... casting associate (uncredited)
Heather Sirota .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Barber .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Rachel Anderson-Lebron .... additional editor
David Block .... colorist
Maria Cardoza .... closed caption coordinator
Maria Cardoza .... contract coordinator
Chris Conlee .... additional editor
David Courtice .... director of post production
Ana Florit .... additional editor
Bob Muir .... assistant editor
Chris Ortiz .... on-line editor
Cody Peck .... post-production coordinator
Mark Quod .... post production supervisor
Judith Ramirez .... post-production: traffic manager
Quinton A. Reynolds .... assistant editor
Steve Gijrath .... editor: Behind The Scenes/EPK (uncredited)
Anders Hoffmann .... additional editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Michael Meilander .... location manager
Mike Moody .... location manager (as Michael Moody)
 
Music Department
Navid Hejazi .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
David Bouchard .... driver
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator (as Robert Ellis)
Brooks Ellis .... transportation captain (as Brooks G. Ellis)
Bryan C. Ordman .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hannah Ajmani .... voice over talent
Alaina Allen .... production assistant
Rachel Anderson-Lebron .... marketing assistant
Rachel Anderson-Lebron .... voice over talent
Kendall Anlian .... director: worldwide sales
Sarah Balboa .... production assistant
Jose Barba .... voice over talent
Marie Bertonneau .... publicist
William Boodell .... voice over talent
Collin Brantmeyer .... production assistant
Ryan Budds .... production assistant
Sasha Burrow .... voice over talent
Danice Cabanela .... stand-in
David Courtice .... voice over talent
Jamie Day .... Animal Trainer
Vickie Day .... Animal Trainer
Nancy Ehlert .... production accountant
Donald A. Estrada .... security: LAPD
Catherine Felty .... voice over talent
Nora L. Ferris .... insurance broker
Salvador Gallegos .... security: LAPD
Steve Gijrath .... voice over talent
Jeff Groff .... production assistant
Courtney Hagen .... executive director
Courtney Hagen .... voice over talent
Maeve Harris .... associate: worldwide sales
Elver Hernandez .... production assistant
Kyle Hess .... production staff
Kyle Hess .... voice over talent
Jon Kondelik .... production assistant
Alex Litke .... production assistant
Tim McDaniel .... key production assistant
Brad Moore .... production assistant (as Bradley Moore)
Joshua Nelson .... production assistant
Bryan C. Ordman .... production assistant (as Brian Ordman)
Chris Ortiz .... voice over talent
Rob Pallatina .... voice over talent
Corey Parsons .... production assistant
Cody Peck .... voice over talent
Anna Rasmussen .... development assistant
Anna Rasmussen .... voice over talent
Antonio Reed .... production assistant
Brian Rozzen .... set medic
Micho Rutare .... development executive
Samantha Rutherford .... production assistant
Don Schlegel .... controller
Sarah Schultz .... script supervisor
Chris Kane Serafin .... set medic (as Chris Serafin)
Tricia Sherwood .... craft service
William Snider .... craft service: second unit
Julie Stein .... set medic
Maurice Steven Felty .... voice over talent
Shawn Stevens .... security: LAPD (as Police Officer Shawn Stevens)
Cesera Suarez .... voice over talent
Malia Suarez .... voice over talent
Virginia Vera Suarez .... assistant production accountant
Jack Watts .... dvd author
Ryan Aarstad .... designer: dvd motion graphics (uncredited)
Michael Biggie .... boat crew: Irving Johnson (uncredited)
Steve Gijrath .... epk: director (uncredited)
Timothy Schwalk .... assistant dialect coach (uncredited)
Jason Swearingen .... additional artwork (uncredited)
William Tims .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Alene Devore .... special thanks
Richard Devore .... special thanks
Bob Ellis .... special thanks
Catherine Felty .... special thanks
M. Steven Felty .... special thanks
Juliana Ferrante .... special thanks
Pamela Ferrante .... special thanks
Jay Frasco .... special thanks
Jacob Hair .... special thanks
Brandon Harland .... special thanks
Bryan Harland .... special thanks
Doug Harland .... special thanks
Jeff Harland .... special thanks (as Jeffrey Harland)
Michelle Harland .... special thanks
Rachel Harland .... special thanks
Susie Harland .... special thanks
Hannah Horowitz .... special thanks
Jonny Horowitz .... special thanks
Matthew Isbell .... special thanks
Jon Kondelik .... special thanks
Nate Price .... special thanks
Jenni Rosen .... special thanks
Kate Strother .... special thanks
Delaney Ward .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
86 min | UK:97 min (Blu-ray Extended Edition)
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Trivia:
The opening sequence at sea looks like it takes place on one boat but was actually two boats. They filmed on a sailboat for one day during principal photography. The film needed pick-ups and they rented a cheaper boat to double for the hero boat. You can tell they don't match in certain shots as the original boat was longer and had a mast and large ships wheel.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: There are several scenes showing patrol cars marked "State Police." The California State Police was a very small force that primarily operated around the state capitol in Sacramento. They merged with the California Highway Patrol in 1995.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Captain Sanitago serves a bowl of shark fin soup to an Asian businessman named Palmer]
Captain Carlos Santiago:Enjoy.
Palmer:[tastes the soup] It's good. Not great. But seeing that you are a businessman, Mr. Santiago.
Captain Carlos Santiago:Captain.
Palmer:Captain. My associates and I are willing to negotiate with you a reasonable price. $100,000.
[Santiago laughs maniacally]
Captain Carlos Santiago:[serious tone] One million for the whole catch! Not a penny less!
Palmer:One million dollars is such a steep price for such a small catch.
Captain Carlos Santiago:A pod of 20,000 sharks is to migrate through this direction. When we're through with the catch, one million dollars will look like a bargain.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Spreeshark (2013)See more »
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BruceSee more »

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55 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
We're gonna need a bigger chopper!, 17 July 2013
Author: bobmaloogaloogalooga-712-778813 from Newcomerstown, Ohio

Let me just say that I watched this movie to be entertained—not enthralled or hanging on the edge of my seat but just distracted and carefree for a couple of hours. I got what I wanted. Only, I didn't expect to laugh so much. I'm thankful for the laughter, though, because it kept at bay any sort of aesthetic sense that might have interfered with my viewing pleasure.

Regardless of genre, most movies are a construction of thoughtfully planned scenes, each of which presenting plot points and character motivations that, together, form a plausible narrative, allowing for the proverbial "suspension of disbelief." Such careful craftsmanship is never more important than at a film's beginning. The creators of Sharknado didn't bother with any of that.

There is an opening sequence involving a fishing boat on a stormy sea. On board a greedy captain in a raincoat and an Asian man in a three- piece suit squabble about money (presumably for some nefarious service performed by the captain). Handguns are soon brandished, bullets are fired, and chomping sharks are washed on deck by the waves (à la The Perfect Storm). People are shot or eaten, and a massive water spout filled with digitally-rendered sharks stretches into the sky. Then the opening credits begin rolling, and it's as if that scene never happened. Other than the brief preview of the "sharknado" to come at the end of the second act (yes, I'm taking some liberties by using standard film vernacular to describe this storyline), it was as if this scene was jumbled together from leftover footage of some other SyFy shark movie. Did this bother me? Nope. In fact, it wasn't until after the movie's end that I even remembered the ship's captain and the shootout on the water. By then, I was still grinning too much to care.

One grin-evoking moment occurs when Nova, the leading female character played by Cassie Scerbo, stabs a shark to death with a cue stick in a bar. While this isn't the first shark encounter for the protagonists or even the first shark-on-land encounter, it does seem to set the tone for the rest of the movie. Anthony Ferrante, the director, wants everyone to realize that this is not—and does not aspire to be—Jaws.

Though he need not worry about anyone mistaking this shark movie for Steven Spielberg's classic, Ferrante repeatedly makes references to it. I won't use terms such as "allusion" or even "homage" to describe these references. Perhaps "farcical" might be more appropriate, or maybe "comic relief," but even those terms lend themselves to a more contemplative critique than I am attempting.

I think Ferrante's purpose was to preemptively counter all would-be critics who might say things like "This is no Jaws." He could have just titled the movie Another Killer Shark Film That Is Not Jaws. But that would have been too self-effacing and certainly not as much fun.

In carrying out this strategy, Ferrante doesn't waste much time. Moments after the sharks begin plopping onto the streets and docks, Fin—a bar-owner, father and former pro-surfer played by Ian Ziering of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame—makes quick work of one by shooting a diver's air tank that is jutting out of its gullet, causing it and the shark to explode. Remind you of anything? Yep, there's even a corny one-liner: "That's what you get for trying to eat me."

Later we have a quasi-touching expository scene that reveals Nova's pre-established hatred of sharks. The character of Fin's son, Matt, played by Chuck Hittinger, notices an unusual scar on Nova's thigh. To get her to talk about it, he lifts up his shirt and reveals a scar on his abdomen and explains its not-so-dramatic origin. When he asks Nova how she got her scar, she says she had a tattoo removed. Not buying it, Matt prods further and Nova tells a story about going fishing with her grandfather and his friends when she was a little girl. She says that their boat sank and sharks began to circle and attack them. The men managed to lift her out of the water and onto something floating nearby, but a shark still managed to take a hunk out of her leg. In summation, Nova says: "Six people went into the water and one little girl came out. The sharks took the rest."

The scene in Jaws in which Robert Shaw's character Quint tells the tale of the sinking of the USS Indionapolis is arguably one of the most memorable scenes in film history. Ferrante knows this. Nova's scar story, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, serves to again make the director's statement: "I am aware of Jaws, as is everyone in the civilized world, and this is not that movie!"

Later, this same point is made again, this time even more comically and pointedly. After fabricating some propane bombs, Nova and Matt take to the skies in a helicopter to hunt the tornadoes. Matt flies perilously close to one of the funnel clouds so that Nova can toss one of the bombs into it. She sees an enormous shark coming straight at them and declares: "We're gonna need a bigger chopper."

If you want to be moderately entertained, then I don't think you will be disappointed with Sharknado. Don't expect too much going into it—and bring with you a willingness to suspend your own sense of disbelief. Most important, keep in mind that this is not Jaws. I don't think that fact will slip you mind, however. The director made sure of it.

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