A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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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?
The writers often go for the cheap laugh in this movie, 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.
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.
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- In theaters: July 7, 2000
- On DVD or streaming: 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
- Last updated: September 17, 2020
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