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Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Comedy,Horror
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.
Pamela Anderson Becca
Jenny McCarthy Kate
Marny Eng Tabitha
Charlie Sheen Tom
Simon Rex George
Jianna Ballard Sue
Jeremy Piven Ross Giggins
Anna Faris Cindy Campbell
Timothy Stack Carson Ward (as Tim Stack)
Elaine Klimaszewski Elaine
Diane Klimaszewski Diane
Camryn Manheim Trooper Champlin
Drew Mikuska Cody
Regina Hall Brenda Meeks
Darrell Hammond Father Muldoon
Director: David Zucker
Producer: Robert K. Weiss
Writer: Shawn Wayans,Marlon Wayans
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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Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
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Imdb rating: 5.3
Musician: James L. Venable
Running time: 84 min
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