Scary Movie (2000)
USA / English
"A killer comedy. "A year after disposing the body of a man they accidently killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer.
"Airplane" on one engine
The preview for "Scary Movie" was a pretty popular workplace download back
in 2000, when you could pull the latest commercials off of one of a
of websites now shut down. The goofy drug-addled Shorty jumping up and
in front of the news cameras saying this was better than the time he was
"Cops" was just one highlight of one of the funniest minutes ever put
together on screen.
Unfortunately, the makers of the movie had to fill some 90 more of them,
this they could not do too well. "Scary Movie" isn't bad bad. It has funny
sections throughout, an unattractive but capable newcomer in lead Anna
Faris, and three of the Earp Brothers of comedy, the Wayans, director
Ivory, Marlon (Shorty), and Shawn (not-gay Ray) putting down their
considerable talents to the enterprise. I like Cheri Oteri here, too,
the other characters are pretty cardboard, even for a farce.
Ultimately this movie is a blend of two better films, the classic
and, more obviously, "Scream." Sometimes it works, like in the solid
with Carmen Electra, a banana, and the funniest non-cameo cameo I've ever
seen. That scene works because it plays off the recent memory of "Scream"
theaters. But the movie quickly drags into a series of elongated,
refs to such lesser fare as "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and
Creek." The more it runs, the more you're reminded of how it's been done
2000 wasn't all that long ago, but a lot has happened since, and this film
feels as lost in time as a high-tech IPO. Take one bit this film has in
common with "Airplane," the commercial parody. I still laugh when I hear
woman in "Airplane" think to herself how "Jim never has a second cup of
coffee at home" not just because I'm one of seven people left on the
who still get that joke but because it's over and out fairly quickly. The
"Wassup" gag in "Scary Movie" just goes on and on, a memorial to a
commercial that lost gravity faster than Spuds McKenzie on
I really want to lambaste this movie, but it's hard. I liked Faris, as I
said (she's prettier in "Scary Movie 2", maybe because she isn't sharing
that one with Shannon Elizabeth), and the film's eagerness to make you
does win you over, at least a little. Even the stupid "Riverdance meets
Matrix" fight scene makes me chuckle, and there are some actual good
not worth spoiling by enumerating here.
Maybe I missed this one by a generation, but I'm not sorry I did.
and "Kentucky Fried Movie," even "The Cheap Detective," were pretty good
its day, and I guarantee you will hold up better 20 years later than
Movie" will by the time Bill Gates is ready to retire.
Really high raunch factor here, too. Did they really need to have scenes
like Ray in the men's room and Carmen losing her implant to get laughs?
Buffy's final scene is just too sado-bizarre (probably unintentionally),
the whole Doofy experience leaves an uncomfortable aftertaste.
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