Sometimes there is so much wrong with a movie that it’s hard to pinpoint where the disaster began. I imagine the script would have foretold the future here, what with SIX writers in all, but nonetheless it’s a real film conundrum when the acting, the direction, the writing and the casting are so bad all at once. Oh where or where to begin. SCARY MOVIE educes such a problem. But the saddest thing, no doubt, about the film is that it thinks it’s SO funny. An embarrassment to director Keenen Ivory Wayans who at one time was inventive, entertaining and talented with his unique comedy show IN LIVING COLOR. Yes, the show that discovered Jim Carrey, no less. What a pity. Wayans rips off all the SCREAM films, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT – how many times is it funny to see an exaggerated amount of mucus pour out of a girl’s nostril while she says, “I’m so scared,”- and THE MATRIX all to no avail.The big question is how can you parody a film that already parodies itself like with the SCREAM films? The answer – you can’t. A point obviously lost on Wayans. To begin to explain the premise of SCARY is a waste of time. Every single scene in the film is stolen and then re-vamped in an attempt at humor. There’s nothing original about the film. The pretty model in the film is named Buffy after the part Sarah Michelle Geller played in LAST SUMMER ... ha ha ha. Not too creative guys. The leading lady is named Cindy instead of Sydney like Neve Campbell’s character ... ha ha ha. And Dewey, played humorously already by David Arquette in the SCREAM films, is now Doofy with slobber, stench and masturbation jokes galore.
By the way, how funny is it to throw your grandmother down some steps and hear her yell, “oh my hip.” Or have a guy kick the crap out of a girl – Wayans doesn’t leave it at that - and then when she’s on the ground in a fetal position he thinks it’s even funnier to have the guy continue to kick her while she cowers beneath him.I could go on but I don’t want to kick Wayans while he’s down. After the film opens and he sees the reviews I am sure he will feel down enough. - Pamela Harland - http://www.ifmagazine.com