Scary Movie 4

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Still more insipid movie spoofing. Enough already!
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 81 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Typical of this broad comedy franchise, ludicrous behaviors and moral failings.


Various stabbings, punchings, shootings, one seppuku, a crotch-whomping; Dr. Phil hit in head with pipe and ceiling chunks, then saws off his own foot; child appears in photo with automatic weapons; shipyard container splats foreman; Asian woman is missing half her face (coworkers slam her head like a stapler); healthcare manager tries to drown ghost-child; Cindy hit in head with baseball and football; Tom accidentally hits daughter, slams her head in car door, and throws her violently; Million Dollar Baby spoof features multiple necks breaking and Mike Tyson lookalike biting off a pile of ears; Tom shoots himself by accident; alien tripods zap victims; Lil Jon's car crashes; Tom and two others hold gun and knife on one another; fake monsters in village; knife in Henry's chest.


Several open-mouthed kisses between primary couple; movie opens with Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" over jiggling microbes (scene ends with man on bench itching his crotch); Charlie Sheen wakes up with three porn stars, then overdoses on Viagra (causing gigantic erection); Brokeback Mountain spoof; photo shows woman lifting up shirt (nonexplicit); Cindy says she's "taken balls to the face" Cindy appears in shower (shoulders up); village feast table features two roasted pigs in fornicating position; two village members are gay; Carmen Electra wears a corset and fishnets; zap-ray turns evaporates clothes off UN members and U.S. president (he spends minutes not quite showing his butt and front, covered by obstacles; he says he thought his penis was a "zipper," and pulled it up and down); alien snakey-robot appears to fornicate with vacuum cleaner; one torture device has missile pointed at Tom's butt; one bit of torture involve "t---y"-twisting; wiping her lips, Brenda has apparently had oral sex with scary Saw puppet off-screen; Mahalik and CJ show bare butts as they wear chaps; president in bed with a duck.


Right on the edge for language: one f-word; several s-words; slang for sex and genitals; assorted other language ("hell," "pissed," "damn it," "bitch," "snow ho," "ass clown," "turd," "Rumpleforeskin," "p---y").


Vaseline; Yahoo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character drinks vodka with bottle full of Viagra; characters drink beer in a bar; two young black males note a "weed" in the woods (with smoke puffing around them); rap lyrics "blaze up them trees").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the film includes assorted violent acts, exaggerated for comedy, such as stabbings, shootings, collisions, car crash, seppuku, a hit to the crotch, running into trees and a building, boxing, necks breaking, Mike Tyson lookalike biting off ears, vehicles and shipyard containers slamming into people, alien tripods zapping people into electricky dust, and U.S. military blowing things up. Tom hits his daughter with suitcase, slams her head in car door, and leaves her outside to be zapped by aliens. Saw spoof includes saw to cut off leg, knife to cut out eyeball, toothy torture helmets, and other mechanical threats. Very little blood visible throughout the film, exaggerated sound effects for breaking bones, some screams of comedic terror. At film's end, Tom ("the man who saved the world") appears on Oprah, where he eats the sofa, punches Oprah (she punches back), smashes her with a chair, breaks her hands, and generally destroys the set. Characters drink vodka and beer; characters refer to "weed." Characters make sexual references (language and some images, with immature joking about nakedness and genitalia). Lots of profanity. In the context of not liking kids, the president says, "Remind me to sign that abortion bill."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRichManGold December 20, 2020
Adult Written November 11, 2019
Teen, 14 years old Written byJavieraguirreb April 23, 2020
Teen, 17 years old Written byMrman123 April 19, 2020

What's the story?

In this sequel, Cindy (dauntless Anna Faris) yet again endures a series of physical abuses inspired by several film plots. She starts off in The Grudge, working as a home-caregiver for Mrs. Norris (Cloris Leachman)and a dark-eyed ghost-boy (Garrett Masuda). She and handsome neighbor Tom (Craig Bierko) meet cute when he hits her in the head with a baseball intended to slam into his rebellious son Robbie (Beau Mirchoff). They trade sad romantic histories. When the alien tripods pop out of the ground (from War of the Worlds), everyone runs in different directions, so they can run into a few hip-hop artists scattered over the landscape (Chingy, Fabolous, and Lil' Jon). Cindy reunites with Brenda (Regina Hall), her best friend from early Scary Movies. The girls end up in The Village, where they're beaten up by a couple of girls whose old-timey dress they try to steal. More madness and mayhem ensue.

Is it any good?

Another movie comedy mash-up, SCARY MOVIE 4 suggests the franchise has run out of steam... again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the point of movie spoofs. Do you need to know the original films to get the jokes? Why is this movie series so popular?

Movie details

  • In theaters: April 14, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: August 15, 2006
  • Cast: Anna Faris, Craig Bierko, Regina Hall
  • Director: David Zucker
  • Studio: Weinstein Co.
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 83 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude and sexual humor throughout, some comic violence and language.
  • Last updated: September 21, 2019

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