Shark Night 3-D (2011) is meant to resemble grindhouse movies of the ’70s, which is to say it’s disgustingly low and stupid. Its PG-13 rating, though, is just about right: it features neither the F word nor bona fide nudity.
It must be that an American Idol culture sooner or later produces a flick like this, which co-stars an utterly hot but badly performing Katharine McPhee, an Idol alumna. Superior acting issues from Sara Paxton and Dustin Milligan, who are also utterly hot. The thing is, if Shark Night were a song routine, Simon Cowell would deservedly savage it.
Make a grindhouse movie if you will, but a useless mess is–probably–all you’ll end up with.