Reviewed by: Misty Wagner
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|Featuring:||Anna Faris, Craig Bierko, Carmen Electra, Leslie Nielsen, Simon Rex, Regina Hall, Shaquille O’Neal, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw|
|Producer:||Robert K. Weiss|
|Distributor:||The Weinstein Company, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Dimension Films|
“Bury the grudge. Burn the village. See the saw.”
The fourth installment in the “Scary Movie” legacy is exactly what one would expect. Parodies of pop culture, political and entertainment icons along with more recent blockbuster sci-fi and horror films make up the loosely sewn plot. This film bounces around in parallels and storylines taken from such movies as “War of the Worlds”, “The Grudge”, “Saw”, “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Village”. Fans of the other three Scary Movies are will probably find entertainment and laughter in this latest release, though there are times when it seems as if the filmmakers are reaching too far and trying a bit too hard to gain a laugh from the audience.
Although I enjoyed some of this film, I don’t feel the need to sit through it again. There were other Scary Movie installments which I found much more comical and entertaining.
As a spoof film, there isn’t much one could hope to gain by seeing “Scary Movie 4”. It is designed for people who enjoy cheap shots taken at other popular films.
As with the other three Scary Movies though, there is a lot of content that many will find offensive (Scary Movie 1 / Scary Movie 2 / Scary Movie 3). The language is strong, both in profanity as well as sexual dialogue. The sexual references and crude sexual humor are extreme and constant throughout the course of the film. There is fake gore and ridiculously over-done violence. There are also a few scenes mocking “Brokeback Mountain”, and though they are done for the sake of a laugh—poking fun at the gay cowboy-themed movie—some will find it offensive.
The bottom-line is that if you are weak at heart, unfamiliar with the other Scary Movies, or easily offended, then this movie is not for you. Parents should be strongly cautioned as this film is only PG-13 and does seem to attract a middle school crowd. Sex is handled very lightly throughout, with casual and heavy talk of homosexuality, oral sex, masturbation, STD, etc. So parents, BEWARE. If you typically allow your teens to see over the top, parody humor, then I would simply encourage you to screen this film before allowing them to see it.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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