Picture from Piranha 3-D

An earthquake tremor does more than just shake up the bottom of Lake Victoria. It also releases a pack of prehistoric piranha intent on making up for their long famine. The local authorities (played by Elisabeth Shue and Ving Rhames) become aware of the hungry man-eaters about the same time as crowds of scantily-clad partiers hit the beaches to celebrate Spring Break.

Why is Piranha 3-D rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Piranha 3-D is rated R for for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use.

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Frequent portrayals of graphic violence.

- Frequent disturbing scenes.

- Frequent, detailed, gory and grotesque images.

- Pervasive, brutal animal violence (blood, gore and detailed wounds depicted).

- Frequent portrayals of mutilated corpses (gruesome detail shown).

- Several scenes of explicit violence depicting dismemberment, disembowelment and decapitation.

Sexual Content:

- Several scenes of nudity (depicting breasts, buttocks and genitalia) in non-sexual contexts.

- Limited instances of nudity in a sexual situation.

- Infrequent portrayals of crude sexual performances.

- Fondling.

- Embracing and kissing

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Crude content


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in a sexual context.

- Frequent use of scatological slang and cursing.

- Slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Portrayal of drug use for recreational purposes.