Not So Scary Movie

Not So Scary Movie

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The Scary Movie trilogy is a spoof of scary and not so scary films. The first of the three movies to date was released in 2000. The movie was based on the scary movies that were released at that time. These movies included: Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Sixth Sense, and The Blair Witch Project. As the movies progressed they seemed to add parodies of not so scary movies such as Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible II. Even though these movies did not seem to fit into the title, they were still creatively incorporated into the second movie. Then, there is the highly anticipated third movie with spoofs of all the movies that have made it big recently. So, of course this seemed to be the best of the three featuring The Ring, 8 Mile, Signs, The Matrix, and even an "appearance" by the king of pop, Michael Jackson.

With all of these great influences, how is it that a formerly great series turned so terribly wrong? Well, this is where I think they went wrong. The original writers of the first two movies were obviously nowhere to be found in this attack on recent flicks. Instead, this movie was passed on to Pat Proft, writer of Police Academy, Hot Shots, and Naked Gun, and David Zucker, writer and director of the Airplane and naked gun Movies. Granted, all of these movies are extremely funny, but they were made for a different generation.

The first two movies are rated R and are full of sexual situations, pot smoking, and alcohol consumption. I know that it may sound wrong, but that is what is expected in movies now, especially when the two predecessors were full of this. In the first movie, Shorty (Marlon Wayans) is constantly smoking and even shares a bit with the killer. Although this is not okay for real life, it is perfectly fine and amusing in the movie.

I also think that most of the jokes in the movie were hit-or-miss. The good funny jokes balanced out the less successful ones. Basically, the parodies of The Ring and Signs were hilarious, but I definitely could have dealt without anything pertaining to 8 Mile or The President. These jokes just were not funny; they did not seem to blend very well with the other movies. In the first two of the series, the jokes were coming at you constantly.

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So, if one did not do so well, there was no time to sit and dwell on it because you were already laughing at the next one. In the third movie the jokes just did not seem to make it beyond the people that wrote them. They were too slow. The Wayans slogan, "279 laughs, no waiting," did not survive Scary Movie 3 without them there. Another thing, they must have expected the movie to not do so well because they packed on plenty of two-second cameos to make the movie look beefed up with plenty of stars.

It seems that I am not the only one with this opinion. TV guide, The Orlando Sentinel, Joblo.com, and the people that I saw the movie all basically said the same thing, "catch it on video, and don't expect much (joblo.com)."

Basically, I do not recommend this movie to anyone, especially if you are looking for a good laugh. This is the type of movie that requires a special kind of humor to be fully appreciated. If you enjoyed the first two movies, then you probably will not enjoy this one. It all depends on what type of comedy you like, the mood you are in when you see it and how old you are at the time. If you were a young adult at the time of the Naked Gun and Airplane movies, then chances are that you will enjoy this movie, but if you are in that age bracket now, do not waste the seven bucks. My recommendation is to just wait until it goes to the dollar theatre or until it has been out on video.
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