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Scary Movie 2

Dumb humor, insults, and gallons of bodily fluids.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

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.

 

What's the story?

SCARY MOVIE 2 begins with a brief parody of The Exorcist, with James Woods in the Max von Sydow role as the title character. This is the highlight of the movie, especially when Veronica Cartwright, in the Ellen Burstyn role, segues from singing "Hello Dolly" with her friends to a rousing chorus of "Shake Ya Azz." But it ends with tragedy, and we skip ahead to a year later, when a professor (Tim Curry) and his wheelchair-bound assistant take some students to the mansion where it took place for some paranormal experiments. The rest of the movie is just an avalanche of parodies of everything and anything, from Monica Lewinsky's dress to "The Weakest Link," and violations of every possible standard of good taste. Not one but two handicapped characters are played for laughs (with extended comic use of a withered hand), and there is something to offend everyone.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the process and role of parody and satire in helping us to see what we take for granted in a new way. How does this movie poke fun at thrillers?

  • What is the appeal of gross-out humor? Who does it appeal to most?

  • Did you understand all the pop culture references, or are they out of date now?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 3, 2001
DVD/Streaming release date:December 18, 2001
Cast:Anna Faris, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans
Director:Keenen Ivory Wayans
Studio:Dimension
Genre:Comedy
Run time:83 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:extremely graphic and gross material and some violence

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Teen, 16 years old Written by3344 April 20, 2009

OK

this was ok. It is just like the first one.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byChase1111111 January 11, 2015

Very funny!

First off. DO NOT WATCH THIS IF YOU ARE 14 AND UNDER!! It has swearing, a lot of swearing. Plus they have sex in this movie. Just to warn you.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byemmastanley August 2, 2015
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking