Scary Movie 3 (2003)
USA / English
"Reload for a third shot "In the third installment of the Scary Movie franchise, Cindy has to investigate mysterious crop circles and video tapes, and help the President in preventing an alien invasion.
The Video that Haunts
I like movies. I like to talk about and think about movies. And I
believe that nearly all movies are about other movies anyway. So when
any movie comes along that is explicitly about movies, I'm in the
ticketline. I really liked the first one because it referenced dozens
and dozens of movies. The fact that they could be blended relatively
seamlessly was part of the joke, but there was also the game of
recognizing the source.
The second one was no improvement on the invention of the first. But
this installment is a completely different beast. It is as different
from the others as any in the 'Alien' is different from the others.
The Wayons are comics in the old-fashioned, standup sense. They make
fun of life. When they poke fun at black stereotypes, they are poking
fun at how things really are. So they have a big following in that
community because their comments often 'ring true.' I really liked
their work because it gave me double value for all that money I spend
on bad movies.
But the Zuckers are film comedians, a wholly different species. When
they poke fun, they are poking fun not at life, but at the movies. Its
a completely different sort of humor. The opening, for instance. In
previous films, the dumb blond jokes were about dumb people. In this
one, the jokes are about characters and are particularly complicated.
Pammy pokes fun at herself, especially herself in the famous porn
video. And all is in the context of a tape that haunts.
Indeed, 'Ringu' was a movie about movies, and it forms the basis for
this. Layered on that is '8 Mile,' a performance about a performance,
here parodied by another layer of performance.
Sheen and Nielson are there to poke fun at their prior appearances, and
their skits are as deliberately (I think) as flat as the white
rapper's. To further the film-about-films idea, we have a parade of
outside references: the Michael Jackson bit as a Scoopy Doo character
is pretty prime stuff.
This kind of structure means that you have to make the targets
deliberate. So instead of ratatat touching on over a hundred films,
they focus on 3 or 4, so you know the score.
I laughed a few times. But I laughed more when scanning the web and
being reminded of certain skits, like the wake, which is a minor
masterpiece of editing. My only regret is that the Weinsteins decided
to de-raunch the whole thing. I would have tolerated the few score
childish jokes for the few really clever, cutting ones that would have
made it through.
Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
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