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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Michael Small's score, which is a highpoint of the movie even without taking into account his excellent arrangement of the Creator/JohnWilliams main theme.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Many of the town attending Sean's funeral considering what happened in his death.
* FanonDiscontinuity: As bad as the third film was, many fans still prefer to acknowledge it as the true sequel to the first two films, if only because Sean doesn't die a gratuitous death in ''3-D''.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoment: Creator/MichaelCaine's incredibly nonchalant OhCrap when the shark is charging at him.
* HarsherInHindsight: Creator/JudithBarsi plays Michael's daughter, who is almost killed thanks to Michael neglecting to warn his family that there's a shark nearby. She almost died because of her father, [[TearJerker yeah...]]
** Even harsher, she was suffering considerable abuse from her father at the time she was filming this movie, who threatened to kill her if she did not return from the Bahamas when filming was complete.
** It gets worse. [[http://articles.latimes.com/1988-08-07/local/me-382_1_child-abuse Her mother told Child Protection]] about her husband's threats against her and her daughter three months before, but they closed the case a month later. This, despite neighbors stating that her father had made at ''least'' 500 threats against her. He stated that if he killed his wife, he'd have to kill his daughter, too. It ended up as a MurderSuicide.
* HilariousInHindsight: The heroes use the shark's electroreception to confuse and enrage it. A few decades later, it was discovered that great whites and their relatives, such as the mako shark, have a weak sense of electroreception, which means their plan shouldn't have done much to the shark.
* MemeticMutation: The tagline.
** In a meta-sense, Michael Caine's famous MoneyDearBoy quote about the film--"I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
* {{Narm}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqiWWmAEfTA A roaring shark?!]]
** The supposed suspense of the attack on Thea is ruined by the terrible acting of nearly everyone in the scene.
* NarmCharm: Creator/MichaelCaine's OhCrap moment was probably not meant to be funny, but it sure as hell beats the rest of the film.
* NeverLiveItDown: The scene where Michael Caine reemerges from the water after somehow outrunning the shark and his shirt, "[[Creator/GeneSiskel is as dry as if it had just been freshly laundered!]]"
* {{Sequelitis}}: The film is considered to be the worst ''Jaws'' film, and it's frequently placed on "Top 10 Worst Films" lists. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic appropriately dubbed it "the unnecessary sequel to the unnecessary sequel of the unnecessary sequel." Also, when opening the ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' review, Creator/RogerEbert snarked, "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater."
* SignatureScene: [[{{Narm}} The]] [[SpecialEffectFailure shark]] [[MadeOfExplodium exploding]].
** Or the shark ''[[ArtisticLicenseBiology roaring]]''.
* SoBadItsGood:
* SpecialEffectFailure:
** The very obvious models used when the shark explodes.
** The shark itself, which is only ''slightly'' better than that featured in [[Film/Jaws3D the previous movie]]. In several shots you can see the rod used to move the mechanical shark.
** The film was shot in Super 35, which meant that it was shot in 4:3 and matted for widescreen. When the BBC aired the film in the late-1990s/early-2000s, the mattes were removed, revealing the most notorious cases of this trope. In the scene where the shark chases after Michael, audiences can now clearly see [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbv9IybXyKQ a pole sticking out of the beast's chest in every other shot!]]
** During the first attack, blood can clearly be seen in the water before it has begun to maul Sean.
* TearJerker: Sean's pleas of "God help me!" as he's being torn to shreds by the shark, while the blissfully unaware locals on the dock continuing to sing Christmas carols, thus drowning out his cries for help, can actually be very moving.
** There's a sad moment on the beach where Michael regrets how he resented Sean always trying to tag along with him when they were kids.
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