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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.
Carmen Electra Drew Decker
Dave Sheridan The Killer/Doofy Gilmore
Frank B. Moore Not Drew's Boyfriend
Giacomo Baessato Trick or Treater #1
Kyle Graham Trick or Treater #2
Leanne Santos Trick or Treater #3
Mark McConchie Drew's Dad
Karen Kruper Drew's Mom
Anna Faris Cindy Campbell
Jon Abrahams Bobby Prinze
Rick Ducommun Cindy's Dad
Regina Hall Brenda Meeks
Marlon Wayans Shorty Meeks
Shannon Elizabeth Buffy Gilmore
Lloyd Berry Homeless Man
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Producer: Eric L. Gold,Lee R. Mayes,Keenen Ivory Wayans,Marlon Wayans,Shawn Wayans
Writer: Shawn Wayans,Marlon Wayans
"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 plethora of websites now shut down. The goofy drug-addled Shorty jumping up and down in front of the news cameras saying this was better than the time he was on "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, and 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 Keneen Ivory, Marlon (Shorty), and Shawn (not-gay Ray) putting down their considerable talents to the enterprise. I like Cheri Oteri here, too, though the other characters are pretty cardboard, even for a farce.

Ultimately this movie is a blend of two better films, the classic "Airplane" and, more obviously, "Scream." Sometimes it works, like in the solid opening 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" in theaters. But the movie quickly drags into a series of elongated, who-cares refs to such lesser fare as "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Dawson's Creek." The more it runs, the more you're reminded of how it's been done better before.

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 the 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 planet 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 Skylab.

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 laugh 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 moments not worth spoiling by enumerating here.

Maybe I missed this one by a generation, but I'm not sorry I did. "Airplane" and "Kentucky Fried Movie," even "The Cheap Detective," were pretty good for its day, and I guarantee you will hold up better 20 years later than "Scary 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), and the whole Doofy experience leaves an uncomfortable aftertaste.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 5.7
Musician: David Kitay
Running time: 88 min
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Last modified: 2008-01-02 11:01:19