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YMMV / Jaws: The Revenge

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  • Awesome Moments:
    • Ellen, having about enough of the shark's bullshit, going on her own with Jake's boat to end the thing. Bonus points for finishing off the shark with completing her late husband's Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
      (Flashback) Martin: Smile, you sonofa-
      Ellen: -bitch!
    • Jake surviving, as implausible as it may be.
  • Awesome Music: Michael Small's score, which is a highpoint of the movie even without taking into account his excellent arrangement of the John Williams' main theme.
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  • Better Than Canon: While it’s still in the realm of unrealism, many have agreed that the alternate ending where the shark bleeds to death was a more believable and conclusive end than the thing just blowing up out of nowhere.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Jake, who has most of the film's (intentionally) memorable dialogue and is much more likeable and charismatic than the nominal leads. He was so popular with test audiences that the ending was reshot to let him survive the film.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: 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.
  • Fight Scene Failure: Sean's death, and, later, Ellen's Nightmare Sequence both depict the shark attack with a really fast montage of close ups of shark teeth, blood in the water, and glimpses of other shark parts, with a bunch of clothes tearing sounds and screaming dubbed in. You also have to wonder how the shark can bite Sean when he's not still leaning over the edge of the boat, unless we're meant to assume it chewed a hole through the bottom of the boat,
  • Funny Moments: Michael Caine's incredibly nonchalant Oh, Crap! when the shark is charging at him. Also when questioned on his day job, he dryly states "I deliver laundry" without another word said of it.
    • On the Quotes section of the movie's IMDB entry, the very first entry:
    Shark: Roar!
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Judith Barsi 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, 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. 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 Murder-Suicide.
    • Lance Guest was one of her pallbearers at her funeral.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Many of the town attending Sean's funeral considering what happened in his death.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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.
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  • Idiot Plot: The film has been mercilessly mocked for the notion that the shark was actively seeking revenge against the Brody family for the deaths of the sharks to come before it. It isn't helped by the Brody family's decision to vacation in the Bahamas so soon after Sean's death, as many a viewer is simply left wondering why the family hasn't straight up left the coast altogether after all they've already been through.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The tagline "This time, it's personal".
    • In a meta-sense, Michael Caine's famous Money, Dear Boy 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:
    • A roaring shark?!
    • The supposed suspense of the attack on Thea is ruined by the terrible acting of nearly everyone in the scene.
  • Narm Charm: Michael Caine's Oh, Crap! moment was probably not meant to be funny, but it sure as hell beats the rest of the film.
  • Never Live It Down: The scene where Michael Caine re-emerges from the water after somehow outrunning the shark and his shirt, "is as dry as if it had just been freshly laundered!" Reportedly his shirt dried between takes in the Caribbean heat, and when no one else seemed to have noticed, Caine opted to stay comfortably dry rather than point it out and get hosed down.
    • The shark roaring.
  • Older Than They Think: As this review points out, the main things this movie is mocked for (the shark roaring and the shark seeking revenge) were actually present to some degree in the previous films (E.G in Jaws 2 Martin points out it's weird they are being attacked by another shark and half-seriously suggests it might be looking for revenge. However, the whole idea is only brought up in one scene to be shot down and forgotten about.) Why this film is so reviled is mainly because it takes those two story elements and brings them Up to Eleven, as if someone was deliberately trying to take the most ridiculous bits of the Jaws universe and make them stand out as much as possible.
  • Sequelitis: The film is considered to be the worst Jaws film, and it's frequently placed on "Top 10 Worst Films" lists. The Nostalgia Critic appropriately dubbed it "the unnecessary sequel to the unnecessary sequel of the unnecessary sequel." Also, when opening the Siskel & Ebert review, Roger Ebert snarked, "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater."
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  • So Bad, It's Good: The film comes with a ludicrous plot (a shark that has a personal vendetta) and very poor special effects.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The very obvious models used when the shark explodes.
    • The shark itself, which is only slightly better than that featured in the previous movie. In several shots you can see the rod used to move the mechanical shark.
    • The shark oddly seems to tilt to one side while moving in a lot of the scenes, possibly due to the prop not being weighted properly.
    • 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 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. You can also see the outline of the actor’s arm under his jacket after it’s bitten off.
      • Also doubles as Stock Footage Failure, as the shot of the shark appearing out of the water was clearly taken from later on in the film when Michael, Jake and his crew were chucking chum in the water, explaining why the water was so bloody to begin with. That and it looks like the sun is out when the shark appears when it’s night time when it attacks Sean.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • 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.
    • Michael's reaction when the shark takes Jake. Pretty wrenching to realize this thing has killed his brother and his best friend within a few weeks.


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