Scary Movie

  • Review Date: July 10, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2000

Common Sense Media says

This movie will only frighten you with its crudeness.
  • Review Date: July 10, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2000

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Just about everyone is the butt of a joke or two--including African Americans, the elderly, homosexuals, the mentally handicapped, and overweight people. One gag involves semen. Jokes about virgins, pubic hair, and sticking a penis in a vacuum cleaner.

Violence

Many bloody stabbings. A girl is electrocuted. Characters are killed for laughs. One is beheaded. Another kills himself. The costumed killer chases his victims, although it's more silly than scary.

Sex

Countless references to oral sex. Graphic photographs of a penis, a pair of bloated testicles, and an erect penis in a gay character's ear. The characters all have sex, and we see lots of groping. A male gym teacher cross-dresses to have access to female students.

Language

Frequent extreme profanity, with the majority of it sexually-themed.

Consumerism

Product placement is prevalent.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Everyone from the sometimes drunk and stoned killer to Cindy's drug-dealing criminal father indulges. Drug use is prevalent.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that just about everyone is the butt of a joke or two -- including African Americans, the elderly, homosexuals, the mentally handicapped, and overweight people. Frequent extreme profanity, with the majority of it sexually-themed. Every character acts questionably, from the sometimes drunk and stoned killer to Cindy's drug-dealing criminal father. Drug use is prevalent. Countless references to oral sex. Graphic photographs of a penis, a pair of bloated testicles, and an erect penis in a gay character's ear. One gag involves semen. Jokes about virgins, pubic hair, and sticking a penis in a vacuum cleaner. The characters all have sex, and we see lots of groping. A male gym teacher cross-dresses to have access to female students. Many bloody stabbings. A girl is electrocuted. Characters are killed for laughs. One is beheaded. Another kills himself.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

SCARY MOVIE is a spoof of the Scream movies, which themselves lampoon traditional horror flicks. That would make Scary Movie a spoof of a spoof. The plot, such that it is, revolves around a bunch of stereotypical teens targeted by a crazy killer determined to dispatch the whole gang.

Is it any good?

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A costumed killer chases a flatulent, underwear-clad character and stabs her, piercing her breast implant. A grandmother is thrown down steps to impede a killer's progress. A retarded deputy soils his pants. Are you in hysterics yet? If not, Scary Movie will only frighten you with its crudeness. But not all the movie's humor is as juvenile as it might seem; some jokes -- like a scene in which a group of guys and the costumed killer re-create the famous "Whassup!" beer commercial -- evoke hearty laughter from the teen target audience. Such humor, however, has its limitations -- if you don't know the references that were made fun of, you won't find it funny.

The writers often go for the cheap laugh, frequently at the expense of minorities. And the scenes involving male organs and bodily fluids feel like reheated Farrelly brothers (There's Something About Mary) without the laughs. While Scary Movie's thin plot mirrors scenes from Scream, the comparison ends there. All three Scream movies relied on witty dialogue and engaging characters, something that Scary Movie desperately lacks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what's funny, and what's offensive and/or stupid. Why do different people find different things funny? Why do parents and kids often laugh at such different things?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 7, 2000
DVD release date:October 13, 2001
Cast:Marlon Wayans, Shannon Elizabeth, Shawn Wayans
Director:Keenen Ivory Wayans
Studio:Dimension
Genre:Horror
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong crude sexual humor, language, drug use and violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byAmovieFAN August 21, 2011
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10
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Not So Bad

OK,yes this movie is gross(sexually,and booger gross),but i found it stupid,fun,and I think if you skip the mild sex scene,it's not so bad.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byRedSoxFan798 February 19, 2009
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15
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Stupid Not Worth Wasting Your Time On

Stupid movie use your time to watch a better movie.

Teen, 14 years old Written byMeForever December 22, 2010
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12
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Ok I watched this cause I thought it was 14 a and not r but it was really funny but probably the most inappropriate movie ever made. Watch it if u can handle like fifty gross sex scenes and ull laugh till u cry but if u can't than it's not for u. I'd say iffy for twelve because it really depends on what u think u can handle.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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