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"FINAL DESTINATION 3"
(2006) (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor Extreme Heavy Extreme Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate Mild Extreme None Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme None Minor Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Horror: Various high school students try to avoid being the next victim when Death comes calling following their unlikely survival of a deadly roller coaster accident.
PLOT:
It's senior night at the local amusement park for students from McKinley High and the main attraction for most is the huge Devil's Flight roller coaster. That is, except for Wendy Christensen (MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD) who's there with her best friend Carrie (GINA HOLDEN) and their respective boyfriends Jason (JESSE MOSS) and Kevin Fischer (RYAN MERRIMAN). Wendy, who's taking photos for the school yearbook, is already nervous and refuses to sit in the front with Jason, thus ending up in the back with Kevin. But when she has a vision of a horrible and deadly derailment, she freaks out, thus causing a number of students to get off the train.

Jason and Carrie aren't among them and despite Wendy's efforts to stop the train, she's removed from the platform, only then to see her vision come true. As a result, those left on the train are all killed. Feeling overwhelming grief and guilt, Wendy just wants to graduate and be done with everything related to what occurred, but Kevin feels the need to take care of her since he promised that to Jason before the fateful ride.

Kevin also brings up previous events where the last-minute survivors of other deadly accidents ended up being killed one-by-one in the order they should have originally died. With clues apparently in the photos Wendy took that night at the amusement park, she and Kevin try to figure out who might be next and how they'll be killed.

Among those who got off the coaster before it crashed is the lascivious Frankie (SAM EASTON) who's obviously attracted to the elitist beauties Ashley (CHELAN SIMMONS) and Ashlyn (CRYSTAL LOWE). Jock Lewis (TEXAS BATTLE) thinks Wendy and Kevin are crazy and subsequently taunts Death to take him, while Goth student Ian (KRIS LEMCHE) and his girlfriend Erin (ALEXZ JOHNSON) are similarly skeptical, which also holds true for Wendy's younger sister Julie (AMANDA CREW) who had crashed the seniors only event. When the deaths start occurring, Wendy and Kevin do what they can to warn the others, all while taking steps they hope will protect themselves.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the first two films, it's a good bet they will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong horror violence/gore, language and some nudity.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD plays a self-proclaimed control freak who foresees the roller coaster accident but can't persuade everyone to get off before disaster strikes, thus leaving her feeling guilty and depressed. Once she learns that Death is after the survivors, she does what she can to warn them and protect herself. She uses some strong profanity.
  • RYAN MERRIMAN plays her best friend's boyfriend who becomes her unlikely ally in her quest.
  • KRIS LEMCHE plays a Goth-like student who doesn't believe Wendy and Kevin's dire warnings of pending fate.
  • ALEXZ JOHNSON plays his girlfriend who shares the same response.
  • SAM EASTON plays a lascivious student who's constantly after Ashley and Ashlyn in a sexual manner.
  • JESSE MOSS plays Wendy's boyfriend who doesn't survive the coaster accident, just like Kevin's girlfriend played by GINA HOLDEN who uses some strong profanity.
  • TEXAS BATTLE plays the jock who thinks Wendy and Kevin are full of it, aggressively challenges Death to get him and uses strong profanity.
  • CHELAN SIMMONS and CRYSTAL LOWE play the elitist beauties who tan while nude or mostly nude in tanning parlor.
  • AMANDA CREW plays Wendy's younger sister who clashes with her and initially isn't nice about it.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated horror film. Profanity consists of at least 35 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Some sexually related dialogue is present, mainly from a lascivious male student eying and harassing two female students. We later see various topless views of the latter in a tanning parlor (as well as one in a thong, while the other is apparently fully nude). Violence consists of various people being killed in all sorts of gruesome, bloody and gory ways. Those scenes and the prolonged supernatural moments leading up to them might be suspenseful or scary to viewers.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while various actions or other behavior might be enticing for some kids to imitate. If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's some of that late in the film.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's some roller coaster footage at the beginning of the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • There's no actual use, but hearing Wendy and Kevin's theory, Lewis tells them they're on crack.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • During the roller coaster ride gone disastrous, a person is seemingly decapitated (we briefly see something very bloody -- at night -- and blood splatters onto Wendy), but we then see that all of this was just a vision Wendy had.
  • Two girls' skin begins to burn up (as in a bad sunburn) when they get trapped in malfunctioning tanning beds. There's some blood from that as well as from broken glass inside those beds.
  • A truck lands on top of a car and something from it (presumably part of the engine) repeatedly scrapes the driver's head, killing him, with very blood results. The truck then lurches forward a tiny bit, making that part grind away half of the dead guy's head (with even bloodier and gorier results). We also see a little blood on a small figurine the dead man was wearing and then another brief flashback image of that head grinding.
  • Somewhat concerned about his pending fate, Kevin inquires if it's anything embarrassing, asking if there's anything "up my ass."
  • Two large weights from some exercise equipment swing down from either side and crush a student's head (with very bloody/gory results).
  • A girl ends up backing into a store aisle where her head hits a nail gun that then repeatedly fires into the back of her head (with blood results on both sides, including nails sticking out of her face).
  • A large pole impales a girl through her torso, killing her (with bloody results, including her body starting to slide down that pole and her blood splattering onto others).
  • A very tall sign falls down and seemingly cuts a student in half (we briefly see the impact and then his bloody body, but it was hard to tell exactly what we were observing).
  • During a subway train wreck, one girl appears to be pulverized by something that hits her (with brief, but very bloody results) and another person is sucked out and killed (we see blood on the windows). At the end of that, many people are lying inside the tunnel, dead and bloody, while Wendy has a bloody leg wound, but all of that turns out to have been a vision.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Kevin uses Wendy's camera to take a picture up a girl's skirt as she passes by him. In response, Wendy comments about such a "camel toe" shot and the yearbook. He then spots two girls whose thongs are showing from the top of their low-riding jeans (seen from behind them) and says that a shot of that would sell yearbooks.
  • Julie gives "the finger" with both hands to Wendy (her sister).
  • Spotting two girls, the lascivious Frankie tells them that they're "smokin.'"
  • Frankie checks out some girls' clothed butts, videotapes them and yells out, "Show me your t*tties."
  • Following her panicking on the roller coaster, Lewis has a bad attitude toward Wendy and Kevin, with the two guys briefly confronting each other.
  • Frankie uses the term "fun bags" for breasts.
  • Some viewers might not like when Wendy shows a photo of the World Trade Center with the shadow of a jet on the building (shown as part of a series, including one of Abe Lincoln with a crack in the photo across his head where he was later shot).
  • Frankie gives the finger to Kevin and Wendy (when they honk the horn at him to make him move his car).
  • Some boys set off firecrackers to scare a horse at a festival.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence," "Blood/Gore" and "Jump Scenes" may be unsettling, suspenseful or scary to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • For those unsettled by such imagery, various props with the roller coaster include a huge devil figure as well as various skeletons and skulls.
  • We see part of the roller coaster dripping some sort of fluid. In direct relation, those scared of roller coasters might not like the footage leading up to the ride, the ride itself (include some high views of the park at night) and then the disaster that occurs.
  • During the roller coaster ride, Frankie accidentally drops his camera that lands and wraps around the track. When the train runs across that, it breaks a hydraulic fluid line that then causes the shoulder harnesses to pop open and parts of the train to come off, including some of the wheels. The kids try to hold those shoulder harnesses down, but some fall out and half of the train breaks away and goes flying through the air (we don't see the impact). The other half continues down the track, with one guy dangling from the train and trying to hold on, but he flies off and slams into some of the support beams. The train then ends up stuck upside down in a loop and the kids try to hold on while dangling from it, but fall out one by one. The train then comes loose and hits one person, seemingly decapitating them (we briefly see something very bloody -- at night -- and blood splatters onto Wendy). We then see that all of this was just a vision Wendy had.
  • She then freaks out and is let out of the train, with Lewis being upset and Kevin coming to her defense, with the two guys ending up struggling before being separated. Wendy tries to get the others off the train, but is removed from the platform. As she and others walk past the attractions, they see half of the train break away and fly off the track. We don't see the impact, but later see that at least 6 people were killed (we see the dead students' photos in a memorial at school).
  • As two high school girls go into a tanning booth, we know something bad is going to happen and it's not long before it does. As the owner of the parlor ends up being locked outside, the girls lie down on the tanning beds. We then see moisture from one's beverage cup dripping down onto the electronic control, causing the voltage and room temperature to increase. As things get hot, various objects then fall onto the tanning bed covers, trapping the girls inside them. The temperature and intensity continues to increase, with the girls getting burned from both the rays and temperature of the beds. They scream and struggle, but can't get out as the glass starts breaking inside the beds and eventually fires erupt and engulfs the two girls (the final shot is an overhead one showing flames coming out of the closed tanning beds).
  • A strange wind starts to blow and the lights start to flicker in Wendy's room as she looks at photos on her computer. It also blows in other scenes when Death seems to be nearby.
  • Distracted while driving, Kevin nearly drives into a parked truck and its driver has to hop out of the way.
  • Various piece of electronic equipment (a drive-thru's sign, the car radio) go haywire as Kevin and Wendy sit in a drive-thru. They then spot a truck backing up quite close to them until it eventually pins their car against the wall. They then see an out of control truck racing down the hill toward them. Unable to go forward or backward due to vehicles in their way, or get their doors open, Kevin kicks out the windshield (as the vehicle behind them quickly backs away) and the two scramble out just as the truck crashes into their vehicle and then partially lands on top of the car in front of them. Something from that runaway truck (presumably part of the engine) repeatedly scrapes the guy's head in the first car, with very blood results. The truck then lurches forward a tiny bit, making that part grind away half of the dead guy's head (with even bloodier and gorier results). We also see a little blood on a small figurine the dead man was wearing and then another brief flashback image of that head grinding.
  • After Wendy and Kevin have warned Lewis about his pending fate, he doesn't believe it and even mocks death. As he does so, we see a series of events that appear to be leading up to something bad, mainly focusing on two ceremonial swords in a display case above the weight machine where he's working out. That series then comes to a head, with the swords falling and nearly hitting him. As he celebrates that, two large weights from the exercise equipment then swing down from either side and crush his head (with very bloody/gory results).
  • For those unsettled by violence against animals, Ian uses a nail gun to try to kill several pigeons and he hits at least one that we see fall to the floor of the home improvement store where he works.
  • Wendy and Kevin warn Ian and Erin about their pending deaths, with neither believing them. We then see a series of events in the hardware store where they work that appear to be leading up to something bad, resulting in Ian slipping and nearly falling into a large saw he's operating. After that, all sorts of things fall off the shelves (with Wendy getting Ian out of the way of a box of falling stakes), including plywood that lands on them. As they scramble to get away from that and other objects, Erin ends up backing into an aisle where her head hits a nail gun that then repeatedly fires into the back of her head (with blood results on both sides, including nails sticking out of her face).
  • Wendy's car radio starts going crazy, all while just one song plays on the radio and she sees a truck following her at night.
  • A spooked horse races through a crowd and runs into various people, with a rope and ground spike trailing behind it, nearly hitting people. That spike nearly hits Julie, but the rope does get her around the neck and starts yanking her along. The horse stops for a moment, but then races toward and jumps over a combine, meaning Julie is being pulled toward its spikes. Kevin then grabs a sword and cuts the rope just in time.
  • Worried that the now deranged-looking Ian is the one responsible for her pending death, Wendy and others try to elude him.
  • A large flame flares up and nearly gets Kevin in the face, but Wendy gets him out of the way just in time.
  • Another series of events begins unfolding at a nighttime festival, where we assume one or more people are going to die in some grisly fashion. At the end of that, a cart of fireworks tips and they fire at one person, barely missing him. But a very tall sign behind him then falls down and seemingly cuts him in half (we briefly see the impact and then his bloody body, but it was hard to tell exactly what we were observing).
  • Various clues begin to make Wendy believe that a trip on a subway car is ill-fated. We then see a rat get shocked on electrical wiring that then causes the subway track to shift. The subway train then derails and crashes with many people inside being tossed and then thrashed about. One girl appears to be pulverized by something that hits her (with brief, but very bloody results) and another person is sucked out and killed (we see blood on the windows). At the end of that, many people are lying inside the tunnel, dead and bloody, while Wendy has a bloody leg wound. She then sees a train approaching her, but all of that turns out to have been a vision. She and the others then try to pull the emergency stop device, but it doesn't work. We then hear the wreck starting, but don't see it as the film ends.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Ian uses a nail gun to try to kill several pigeons and he hits at least one that we see fall to the floor of the home improvement store where he works.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Get the f*ck back," "F*ck that," "What the f*ck?" "F*ck you (Ben Franklin)," "F*ck moi?" "I f*cked up," "F*ck no," "F*ck death," "F*cker," "Piece of sh*t," "Gives me sh*t," "Oh sh*t," "I'm full of sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "You scared the sh*t out of me," "Show me your t*tties," "Fun bags" (breasts), "You're a complete bitch," "Devil's balls," "Freaked out," "Payback's a bitch," "Control freak," "We're in a hurry, Yuri," "Sucks, bitch," "Shut up," "Idiot," "You're G*ddman right" and "Pinhead."
  • Kevin uses Wendy's camera to take a picture up a girl's skirt as she passes by him.
  • Julie gives "the finger" with both hands to Wendy (her sister).
  • Spotting two girls, the lascivious Frankie tells them that they're "smokin.'"
  • Frankie checks out some girls' clothed butts, videotapes them and yells out, "Show me your t*tties."
  • Wendy wears a top that shows part of her bare midriff. Separately from her, Ashley and Ashlyn also wear midriff-revealing tops.
  • One high school girl has a pierced tongue.
  • Frankie gives the finger to Kevin and Wendy (when they honk the horn at him to make him move his car).
  • Ian uses a nail gun to try to kill several pigeons and he hits at least one that we see fall to the floor of the home improvement store where he works.
  • Some boys set off firecrackers to scare a horse at a festival.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • The various sudden deaths might startle some viewers (although they're heavily foreshadowed).
  • Wendy and Kevin suddenly pound on a gate to get Ian's attention.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful and ominous music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 35 "f" words, 24 "s" words, 1 slang term using male genitals ("d*ck"), 3 for breasts ("t*tties" and "fun bags"), 2 asses (1 used with "hole"), 1 damn, 7 uses of "Oh my God," 4 of "God," 2 of "G-damn" and 1 use of "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Kevin uses Wendy's camera to take a picture up a girl's skirt as she passes by him. In response, Wendy comments about such a "camel toe" shot and the yearbook. He then spots two girls whose thongs are showing from the top of their low-riding jeans (seen from behind them) and says that a shot of that would sell yearbooks.
  • A comment is made about the devil's "balls" and then one is made about a "d*ck."
  • Spotting two girls, the lascivious Frankie tells them that they're "smokin.'"
  • Frankie wears a metal figurine that's in the same shape of the reclining woman (no details) often seen on truck mud flaps.
  • Frankie checks out some girls' clothed butts, videotapes them and yells out, "Show me your t*tties."
  • We see a poster of a shirtless guy in a tanning parlor where Ashley and Ashlyn go to get tanned. They then strip to get on the tanning beds and we see both of their bare breasts and one in her thong (the other is apparently nude as she comments on the other still in her underwear). We then see various views of their bare breasts (and otherwise mostly nude bodies) in the tanning beds (both relaxed and then panicked as things turn deadly).
  • Julie shows some cleavage.
  • Frankie uses the term "fun bags" for breasts.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Julie gives "the finger" with both hands to Wendy (her sister).
  • Wendy says that since she can't talk to mom and dad (possibly meaning they're dead -- we never see or hear anything else about them), Julie (her younger sister) is all she has left.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Death and dying.
  • The comment that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
  • Following the others' deaths, Wendy is depressed, stating that she's alive and doesn't care.
  • Wendy says that the one place that doesn't make her believe in life after death is a cemetery.
  • Wendy states that fear is a presence, like a living thing that's always with her.
  • VIOLENCE
  • During the roller coaster ride, Frankie accidentally drops his camera that lands and wraps around the track. When the train runs across that, it breaks a hydraulic fluid line that then causes the shoulder harnesses to pop open and parts of the train to come off, including some of the wheels. The kids try to hold those shoulder harnesses down, but some fall out and half of the train breaks away and goes flying through the air (we don't see the impact). The other half continues down the track, with one guy dangling from the train and trying to hold on, but he flies off and slams into some of the support beams. The train then ends up stuck upside down in a loop and the kids try to hold on while dangling from it, but fall out one by one. The train then comes loose and hits one person, seemingly decapitating them (we briefly see something very bloody -- at night -- and blood splatters onto Wendy). We then see that all of this was just a vision Wendy had.
  • Lewis and Kevin then end up struggling before being separated. Wendy tries to get the others off the train but is removed from the platform. As she and others walk past the attractions, they see half of the train break away and fly off the track. We don't see the impact, but later see that at least 6 people were killed (we see the dead students' photos in a memorial at school).
  • Two girls end up trapped in tanning beds where the temperature and intensity keep increasing, causing the girls to fry. They scream and struggle, but can't get out as the glass starts breaking inside the beds and eventually fires erupt and engulfs the two girls (the final shot is an overhead one showing flames coming out of the closed tanning beds).
  • Wendy slaps Frankie when he leans in to try to kiss her.
  • A truck lands on top of a car and something from it (presumably part of the engine) repeatedly scrapes the driver's head, killing him, with very blood results. The truck then lurches forward a tiny bit, making that part grind away half of the dead guy's head (with even bloodier and gorier results). We also see a little blood on a small figurine the dead man was wearing and then another brief flashback image of that head grinding.
  • Two large weights from some exercise equipment swing down from either side and crush a student's head (with very bloody/gory results).
  • Ian uses a nail gun to try to kill several pigeons and he hits at least one that we see fall to the floor of the home improvement store where he works.
  • All sorts of things fall off the shelves at a hardware store (with Wendy getting Ian out of the way of a box of falling stakes), including plywood that lands on them. As they scramble to get away from that and other objects, Erin ends up backing into an aisle where her head hits a nail gun that then repeatedly fires into the back of her head (with blood results on both sides, including nails sticking out of her face).
  • Kevin pushes a person down as he tries to catch up with Julie.
  • A spooked horse races through a crowd and runs into various people, with a rope and ground spike trailing behind it that nearly hit various people. That spike nearly hits Julie, but the rope does get her around the neck and starts yanking her along. The horse stops for a moment, but then races toward and jumps over a combine, meaning Julie is being pulled toward its spikes. Kevin then grabs a sword and cuts the rope just in time.
  • A large pole impales a girl through her torso, killing her (with bloody results, including her body starting to slide down that pole and her blood splattering onto others).
  • A very tall sign falls down and seemingly cuts a student in half (we briefly see the impact and then his bloody body, but it was hard to tell exactly what we were observing).
  • Various clues begin to make Wendy believe that a trip on a subway car is ill-fated. We then see a rat get shocked on electrical wiring that then causes the subway track to shift. The subway train then derails and crashes with many people inside being tossed and then thrashed about. One girl appears to be pulverized by something that hits her (with brief, but very bloody results) and another person is sucked out and killed (we see blood on the windows). At the end of that, many people are lying inside the tunnel, dead and bloody, while Wendy has a bloody leg wound. She then sees a train approaching her, but all of that turns out to have been a vision. She and the others then try to pull the emergency stop device, but it doesn't work. We then hear the wreck starting, but don't see it as the film ends.



  • Reviewed February 7, 2006 / Posted February 10, 2006

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