JERSEY SHORE SHARK ATTACK
Jersey Shore Shark Attack has been amusingly conceived as a conceptual mash-up between a killer shark film and a parody of tvs Jersey Shore (2009-12), a reality series about a group of housemates in a summer rental home at Seaside Heights on the Jersey Shore. The series became a hit for the hilarious dysfunction and stupidity of its players, and an equal amount of controversy from Italian-American groups for its promoting the idea of guido and guidette culture guys dressed in a macho manner and girls in an overly trashy way. The film has a character called Nooki who is clearly based on the shows breakout star Nicole Snooki Paluzzi, even wears the same furred ugh boots, while the hero who is nicknamed The Complication is a parody of the shows Michael The Situation Sorrentino.
Fairly soon in, Jersey Shore Shark Attack surprises on its low expectations. The film takes its lead from the remake of Piranha (2010) and plants its tongue entirely in cheek. Quite a bit of the running time is spent poking fun at the caricatures of guidos and guidettes (although given the preponderance of Italian names on the credits, one wonders whether this is not so much parody as celebration of a certain culture). There is some hilarious dialogue Melissa Molinaros Nooki is wont to coming out with brain-dead lines like Youre saying he got drownded? or when the scene where the guidos discuss how a boat became covered in blood and shrug Its probably just spaghetti sauce, before launching into a monologue about how it is common to take pasta for lunch when going fishing. There are side-splitting pieces about the argument in favour of throwing a power bar into the water to distract the sharks Nothing is going to resist peanut butter power pack crunch, followed by the scenes of them trying to despatch sharks by throwing firecrackers. Maybe one of the funniest scenes is the cameo appearance from former N Sync singer Joey Fatone (looking decidedly beefy and no longer a teen idol) who in a completely absurd scene is attacked and devoured in mid-performance by a shark that leaps across a concert crowd and snatches him in its jaws. In a later scene, the shark is caught and an expert is asked to prove it is the same shark that killed Fatone whereupon he reaches into its jaws and produces the microphone.
Outside of the humour, the basics of the plot are fairly much a copy of Jaws the mayor (Paul Sorvino) wants to keep the beaches open because it is July 4th, the greedy developer (William Atherton) who only looks to self-interest, while there are near-identical scenes where the mayoralty sanctions a shark hunt and the wrong one is caught. The scenes of the hero having to conduct a rescue of a girl while she is trapped at sea with a group of teens and menaced by sharks on a sinking boat is one twist that was introduced by Jaws 2 (1978). As with many of the shark attack films listed above, the shark scenes are all represented by cheap-looking CGI here even the blood in the water is depicted via CGI.
Director John Shepphird has mostly made video and cable-released films in a variety of genres beginning with Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde (1993). His other genre works include the sf film Firestorm (1997) and the monster movie Chupacabra Terror (2005).