Scary Movie

Movie review by
Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
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This movie will only frighten you with its crudeness.
  • R
  • 2000
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 100 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No role models here.

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.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 15, 15, and 17 year old Written by79awesome August 22, 2013

funny

Really funny I saw it a while ago on netflix not bad a little gross humor and bad language. I give it 4-5 stars because of the penis parts eww
Adult Written byTheGoodParent April 9, 2008

It's only humor...

Okay, many parents complain about the graphic sexuality and crude humor in this movie. It is not graphic, it should be considered as a minumum, because it is on... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAmovieFAN August 21, 2011

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.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMeForever December 22, 2010
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 li... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love real scares

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