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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The messages presented here aren't meant to be positive.
Positive Role Models
Promotes "diversity" in that race, gender, sexual preference, and handicaps are all made fun of equally, and all become the butt of the jokes and physical comedy. Stereotypes rule here. Girls often are braver than their male counterparts.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of violence that is never meant to be taken seriously. The hapless teens trapped in the haunted house are attacked by: a ferocious cat, a skeleton, an out-of-control marijuana plant, a cackling ghost, dueling wheelchairs, an invisible rapist, blow-up breasts, furniture and chandeliers, and a disfigured caretaker. Spooky music, slamming doors, fog, screaming, and ghoulishly-leering characters are meant to heighten the phony suspense. Creepy images: a man with the top of his head cut off, a vomit contest, weird protruding nipples, a demon girl in dire need of an exorcism.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Continuous farcical sexual images, innuendo, and dialogue. Extended simulated sex, including oral sex, masturbation, homosexual and heterosexual foreplay, occurs throughout. Three girls wear sexy bikinis in one scene, and one young woman wears revealing clothing all the time. Young men grope and grab at the women's breasts in several scenes.
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Countless obscenities: "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "t-ts," "ass," "bitch," "butt," "penis," the "N" word, and more. Characters vomit, fart, pee, and even poop on camera, and the bodily function jokes (including ejaculation) are non-stop. In addition, there is a foul-mouthed cockatoo who constantly comments on the story, an image of large artificial testicles, and a priest who likes to smell young women's underwear.
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Products & Purchases
Caterpillar construction equipment, Cheese Puffs.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug use, smoking, and drinking are used as comic devices. A young man wears a tee-shirt with "Weed" emblazoned on it, along with small drawings of various plants. A marijuana plant grows so rapidly that it overtakes a part of the house. Characters occasionally smoke cigarettes, drink wine, and some marijuana smoking is implied.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SCARY MOVIE 2, the first sequel to Scary Movie, is a send-up of slasher movies, ghost stories, and haunted houses. Exaggerated cartoon violence -- falls, fierce fights, in-your-face scares, blood, monsters and skeletons, burning, gunfire, gross-out wounds -- is continuous, with no serious injuries or deaths. Obscene language and swearing is also non-stop (i.e., "f--k," the "N" word, "s--t"), with jokes and sight gags about racial discrimination, religion, disabilities, ejaculation, rape, penis enhancement, homosexuality, masturbation, and more. There are multiple scenes depicting simulated sex (including oral and anal) -- all with comic intent. Alcohol consumption and drug use are also treated as farce. Not to be left out, vomiting, peeing, farting, and pooping are awarded lots of screen time. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though a slight improvement over the original, Scary Movie 2 is the same hour and a half of easy, dumb humor. The inane insults, pop culture references, and political incorrectness are all there -- along with gallons and gallons and gallons of bodily fluids. It's not enough to simply insult someone or make a politically incorrect comment or drown someone in excretions. That's the easy part. The tricky part, and the worthwhile part, is to make those things funny, and this movie misses so often that its hits seem almost inadvertent. So what we have is a lot of fake and lazy attempts at humor. They may have the rhythm and cadence of jokes, but there is nothing really funny inside.
On the other hand, the movie is so cheerfully unassuming about being in the worst possible taste that it is hard to be bothered by it. Woods and Tori Spelling (!) should get good sport Oscars, but the other cast members are mostly forgettable.
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