Scary Movie 5

  • Review Date: April 12, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013

Common Sense Media says

This dumb, raunchy series should have given up the ghost.
  • Review Date: April 12, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As usual, jokes are based on stereotypes, poop jokes, and bodily humor. Characters never seem to learn anything, let alone demonstrate awareness of what's going on.

Positive role models

Most of the characters seem pretty dumb and don't really listen to or relate to others around them. Children are treated badly and more or less ignored.

Violence

In one scene, a clueless aunt and uncle punch a couple of little girls in the face (the girls punch back). A baby's head is bashed on a door frame and is also accidentally set on fire. In a scene spoofing Evil Dead, characters saw off their limbs and slice their tongues -- it all happens off screen, though lots of blood is shown. Two characters draw and fire guns. Lots of slapstick falling, characters getting clocked in the head, and comical fighting.

Sex

Tons of sexual innuendo, imagery, and banter. Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan make a "comical" sex tape in the opening scene. There's an additional sex scene, though no graphic nudity. Dogs are shown copulating. There's a "party" of pool vacuum cleaners, and they're shown in sexual positions. Crude drawings of penises are briefly shown. A woman performs a sexy pole dance. Two women in bikinis are shown showering together, soaping each other. 50 Shades of Gray is mentioned. A "naughty nanny" is shown, along with a "crotchless" Santa Claus. A sex toy is shown. A porn website is shown (no nudity).

Language

One use of "f--k" and several uses of "s--t," plus the "N" word, "bitch," "slut," "penis," "vagina," "balls," "hell," "ass," "crap," "damn," and "oh my God."

Consumerism

Mentos are shown in one scene (a girl eats them, drinks a soda, and then shoots across the room like a rocket).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In one scene, a bunch of "haunted" pool vacuum cleaners have a huge party and are seen "drinking" and snorting cocaine. In an early scene, Snoop Dogg and another character are shown stealing an enormous joint; they also talk about drugs. Two women take Ecstasy in a nightclub.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Scary Movie 5 is the latest in the increasingly tired series of horror movie spoofs begun in 2000 by the Wayans brothers (and now continued by others). Like the others, it's filled with vulgar, rude humor and relies on slapstick, stereotypes, crude bodily jokes, and sexual innuendo for laughs. It also includes some horror violence, notably a scene of dismemberment (out of Evil Dead) that's filled with blood. There are also meant-to-be comical scenes of parents punching and smacking children (both accidentally and on purpose). Though there's no graphic nudity or sex, innuendo is very strong, and there's plenty of racy stuff. In the opening sequence, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan make a sex tape, there's a lesbian sex scene, and a pool party sequence shows haunted pool vacuum cleaners drinking and doing drugs. Language includes one "f--k" and many uses of "s--t." Some teens may be interested, but otherwise, this series has run out of steam.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Loving couple Jody (Ashley Tisdale) and Dan (Simon Rex) adopt their three nieces, who were missing and finally found in a cabin in the woods; unfortunately, they've also brought along a mysterious entity known as "Mama." Meanwhile, Dan works at a lab experimenting with intelligent apes, and Jody has won the part of the Black Swan in a local ballet production of Swan Lake. Strange things continue happening, and Jody must venture into a cabin in the woods to find the "Book of the Dead" and the magic words to make it all better. But will it be enough to get rid of "Mama" before she destroys the young girls?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The fifth installment in the Scary Movie franchise has been taken over by Malcolm D. Lee -- Spike's cousin and the director of the very funny Undercover Brother. The writers are David Zucker and Pat Proft, who were responsible for the very funny Naked Gun movies. None of that former humor comes through in this lazy effort, which smacks of a routine attempt to replicate those wonderful old MAD magazine movie spoofs.

If SCARY MOVIE 5 isn't busy lazily riffing on specific shots from its source movies, it fills in the gaps with the expected bodily fluid jokes, sexual innuendo, and stereotypes. It also throws in several cameos, including Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan in the opening scene. Only Snoop Dogg seems to be relaxed enough to get some laughs in. This is a big waste of time, drawing one more gasp out of a series that should have given up the ghost long ago.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Scary Movie 5's sexual humor. Who is that type of comedy intended to appeal to? Does it succeed? Is there anything here on that subject that can be taken seriously?

  • Is the movie actually scary? How can it use images from traditional horror movies and take most of the fear out of them?

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  • Did you notice any stereotypes in the movie? Were they reinforced or dispelled? Is it ever OK to use stereotypes to get laughs?

  • What's the appeal of this franchise, which has been going since the year 2000?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 12, 2013
DVD release date:August 20, 2013
Cast:Anna Faris, Anthony Anderson, Regina Hall
Director:David Zucker
Studio:Dimension
Genre:Horror
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug material, partial nudity, comic violence and gore

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Kid, 12 years old Written byTorcomblaze April 13, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

I Love it!

I liked this movie! I saw it in the cinemas today, It is very raunchy but hilarious! a part that made me embarresed was the lesbian sex part. there are lots of funny scenes and swearing the f word is only used once.

Australian Raiting:
M (mature)

American:
PG-13

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd April 15, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

avoid this movie at all costs even if someone pays you to watch it

Personally I never seen the movie but I know it's gonna be stupid based on the concept/plot and the trailers and another thing all 5 movies in the series are dumb,stupid,idiotic even though I have never seen any of them

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bySkifcha April 16, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Boring and not worth the money.

I saw this movie with my husband and it was pretty boring.
There were a group of children sitting in front of us probably not much older than 12, and they were laughing at everything. Part of me thinks this movie was made for that age group simply because all of the adult humor is so dry and bland no one who could understand it would laugh and anyone else wouldn't get the joke and wouldn't laugh either.

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

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