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Piranha 3D (2010)

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After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.


Alexandre Aja


Pete Goldfinger (as Peter Goldfinger), Josh Stolberg
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2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Matt Boyd
Ving Rhames ... Deputy Fallon
Elisabeth Shue ... Julie Forester
Christopher Lloyd ... Mr. Carl Goodman
Eli Roth ... Wet T-Shirt Host
Jerry O'Connell ... Derrick Jones
Steven R. McQueen ... Jake Forester
Jessica Szohr ... Kelly
Kelly Brook ... Danni
Riley Steele ... Crystal
Adam Scott ... Novak
Ricardo Chavira ... Sam
Dina Meyer ... Paula
Paul Scheer ... Andrew
Brooklynn Proulx ... Laura Forester


After a sudden underwater earthquake, that releases thousands of prehistoric piranha just in time for spring break. As the spring breakers party at Lake Victoria the piranhas attack and local police, friends and family must work together to stop it. Written by Lachlan Reck

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't Scream...Just Swim! See more »


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piranha 3-D See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Havasu, Arizona, USA


Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,106,872, 22 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,188,165, 14 June 2011
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was shot in 2-D and converted to 3-D using the Reali-D conversion process developed by the company, Inner-D. Unlike other 3-D converted films, this movie was always planned to be 3-D. See more »


The ski rope that was used to rescue the girl from inside the 'sinking' boat suddenly became dozens of feet longer than it was, enough to stretch clear across the boat and down the other side under water and back up into the boat. There was only a few feet of extra ski rope when it was first tied off to the boat railing. See more »


[first lines]
Matt Boyd: Oh boy, that's a fast fish.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits a severed partially skeletal head is shown sinking to the lake floor. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also released in a 2D version. See more »


Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.25 (2011) See more »


I Am Not A Whore
Written by Stefan Gordy and Skyler Gordy
Performed by LMFAO
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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For the Demographic Too Shy to Murder Its Own Girls
22 August 2010 | by rhinocerosfive-1See all my reviews

In the minus column:

A hackneyed plot. Banal dialogue. Perfunctory characters. Action without consequence. Good actors in bad roles. Bad actors in bad roles, especially many annoying performers who do not die early enough, or who do not die at all, including two dull children whose only purpose in the film is to be eaten by piranha, and who are not. Plus a weak story as an excuse for various types of titillation.

The pluses:

Various types of titillation, including the violent deaths of Eli Roth and Jerry O'Connell. Come on. That's some big pluses.

This movie more or less performs its primary directive, which is to teach young boys how to masturbate to softcore sex while simultaneously enjoying hardcore violence. Or the other way around, maybe; does it matter? At least "Piranha 3D" is unpretentious in the structure department. It doesn't bother making its fish expert a scientist, but rather a guy played by a guy who used to play a scientist. On one level, that's lazy filmmaking. On another, though, it's pretty efficient shorthand.

However, the movie does make the strange choice of looking down upon a character whose job is to make pornography. Since this movie's job is to be pornography, I'm confused. Is that a metaphysical statement? Is this creation talking back to its maker? Or is it just unselfconscious enough not to notice that it contains all the dirty stuff its villain wants us to see?

Besides all that, the movie offers up several kinds of wish fulfillment: underdog heroism; blonde girls who would never sleep with you getting their hair caught in outboard motors; and the greatest gift of all, that it is soon over.

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