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Overall Rating
2.81

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 25.71%
Average37.14%
Pretty Bad: 30%
Total Crap: 7.14%

7 reviews, 28 user ratings


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Scary Movie 4
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by Doug Bentin

"My funny bone is getting harder to find."
3 stars

I’ve been sitting around all afternoon trying to figure out just why “Scary Movie 4” doesn’t work as well as it should. Part 3, the first one of the franchise handed over to director David Zucker after it was hoisted on its own penis jokes by the Wayans brothers, was pretty funny. At least, that’s how I remember it. Part 4 is amusing, but it’s not the knee-slapper I was hoping for.

Going into the plot is less than useless as it doesn’t really have one. The film is just a series of comic sketches inspired by the dishwater slate of horror movies that have haunted the googleplexes since Part 3 went to that great video rental store in the sky.

And that’s the answer to the dilemma—the parody isn’t particularly funny because the originals weren’t particularly scary. “The Village” wasn’t scary, and “War of the Worlds” wasn’t intended to be. Was it?

SM4 also pokes a finger into the bellies of “Saw” and “The Grudge,” but even with these the targets were too obvious to create sustained laughs. The stronger the source material, the stronger the burlesque, potentially at least.

The much underrated Anna Faris returns as Cindy Campbell, who finds disaster and horror wherever she goes but survives it all with the luck that seems to be granted to the extremely dim. Faris is a cute blond who plays unsupportable optimism beautifully, making Cindy a sort of sexless Little Annie Fanny of horror. Faris is particularly fun because she never lets on that she knows she’s in a silly movie.

Leslie Nielsen, who has an extended cameo as President Harris, is the master at this dead serious approach. Harris first hears that the earth is under attack by aliens while he is in an elementary school classroom listening to a little girl read a story about a duck. He wants to hear how the story ends before taking action, and then spends the rest of his time on screen worrying about the fictional fowl.

This is funny, in a painful sort of way, but, like the not-as-funny potshots taken at “Brokeback Mountain” and “Million Dollar Baby,” it has nothing to do with scary movies. Maybe, if there isn’t enough parody-able material in current horror films, it’s time to end the franchise.

Craig Bierko is also on hand to rip Tom Cruise’s performance in “War of the Worlds” and, more mercilessly, on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” His “I love her” routine is sharp as a knife but it goes on so long it wears out its welcome.

Regina Hall is funny as Cindy’s slutty friend, and a few laughs are to be found in bits by Michael Madsen, Cloris Leachman, Shaq, Dr. Phil, Charlie Sheen and Bill Pullman. Carmen Electra might have been funny as the blind girl from “The Village” but her jokes are far more painful than amusing.

I can give “Scary Movie 4” a pass, but not an unqualified recommendation. I think I’m just so desperate in 2006 for a farce that makes me laugh, I’ll accept anything that comes even close.

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originally posted: 04/29/06 00:49:07
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User Comments

3/18/16 Charles Tatum Meh. 3 stars
4/20/13 How did this shit get made? Seriously. 1 stars
9/06/08 Connie Lingus This movie really smelled alot 1 stars
8/22/08 PAUL SHORTT THREE'S A TRILOGY, FOUR'S A BORE 2 stars
3/25/08 Isaac M. Baranoff Please stop making these movies. 2 stars
8/11/07 fools♫gold Quite clever and funny (and even underrated) compared to the previous 3. 4 stars
2/28/07 Beau Could have been a lot better! could have exaggerated spoofs more. Im a fan of anna faris 3 stars
2/18/07 David Pollastrini so bad it's scary 2 stars
10/31/06 Jacko wacko shit storyline,but good 4 stars
10/24/06 Phil S.M. 1 = good, 2 = crap, 3 = O.K., 4 = rubbish, rubbish, rubbish! 1 stars
10/06/06 Kara Typical Scary movie theme, great 1 liners 2 stars
8/28/06 action movie fan continuation of horror movie spoof==znay and loud.spoof micheal jackson too 3 stars
8/18/06 Mike I think I'm giving up on the Scary Movies unless the Wayans Bros. come back. 2 stars
7/04/06 Cheryl Mayfield Seein Dr. Phil cut his foot off & hearin Carmen Electra take a monstr dump make it worth it 4 stars
5/29/06 saiid not bad 2 stars
5/17/06 Sheen Krist It was better then Scary Movie 3 but still wasn't all that great. 3 stars
5/10/06 y2mckay The same old shit - funny in spurts, but completely disposable humor. 3 stars
5/09/06 Tranquil Worst of the series. No laughs to be found. Good recreation of spoofed movies visually. 2 stars
5/04/06 Littlepurch Was expecting it to be crap but was pleasantly surprised. Regina Hall was best, as usual. 4 stars
4/30/06 jonathan_223 Worse than even the second installment. 2 stars
4/27/06 Mase Regina Hall is the secret weapon of the series, she may be worth the price of admittance. 3 stars
4/21/06 Becky Bierko is the "oh I know that guy from where?" but he's great! Pretty damn funny flick 4 stars
4/18/06 sean Hey, Mel, be fair, it wasn't Damon Wayans, it was Keenan Ivory 2 stars
4/18/06 KingNeutron Some LOL moments, but it fell short of my expectations. Nothing in teh credits 2 wait 4. 3 stars
4/16/06 Ole Man Bourbon Some funny jokes. Funny scene with Charlie Sheen and a bottle of vodka. 4 stars
4/15/06 Eevil Wolfie It's ok i guess. Could have been better.. 3 stars
4/15/06 Duffyboy666 Packed with jokes. Some funny, some stupid but it makes you laugh and thats the main thing! 1 stars
4/13/06 Sean Crap 1 stars
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USA
  14-Apr-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 15-Aug-2006

UK
  14-Apr-2006

Australia
  13-Apr-2006



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Directed by
  David Zucker

Written by
  Craig Mazin
  Pat Proft

Cast
  Anna Faris
  Regina Hall
  Craig Bierko
  Leslie Nielsen
  Carmen Electra
  Shaquille O'Neal



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