The holiday weekend’s just hours away, and we’re mighty spent from a long week of writing and tending to Microkhan Jr. So we’re gonna outsource this week’s Bad Movie Friday to the late Richard Jeni. His target? The egregiously awful Jaws: The Revenge (aka Jaws IV).
As Jeni rightfully points out in his routine, there are all sorts of logic problems with this movie. (Would you really become a marine biologist if your family had been tormented by sharks on multiple occasions?) But nothing in the film is more head-thunkingly stupid than the sequence in which the titular shark follows Lorraine Gray‘s plane to the Bahamas—and actually beats it there. Yes, when the plane lands, we get a shark’s POV shot of the arrival. We absolutely kid you not.
We can buy a lot of absurdities in the pursuit of a fine shark-eats-man flick. But a great white capable of traveling at over 500 miles per hour? And with the navigational sense to follow a plane located 35,000 feet above the ocean? We gotta draw the line somewhere.
The really sad part? Michael Caine wasn’t able to accept his Oscar for Hannah and Her Sisters because he was off making this abomination. They were supposed to be finished in time, but they had some technical problems getting the animatronic shark’s eyes to roll back. Yeah, like that was the big hurdle to cinematic greatness.