You have to wonder why they didn't merge Scary Movie 3 and 4 into one movie parodying the wave of Asian horror movie remakes. While the third installment spoofed "The Ring", this film is partly based on "The Grudge". Both movies could have perfectly combined into a plot, along with "Dark Water". All three flicks largely feature the same plot elements, ghosts of children and a female protagonists. The first film of the series was largely based on teen slasher movies, the first sequel on haunted house films. However, like "Scary Movie 3", this sequel look beyond the horror genre in the search of material to make fun of. While "The Grudge" and "Saw" make a great fundament to base a horror spoof on, "The Village" and "War of the Worlds" seem randomly jammed in. Yes, since the very begining of the series there were scenes that spoofed other genres, like "The Matrix" or "The Usual Suspects", but not only were they better placed, they only took little screen time. Therefore "Scary Movie 4" is more a parody of then-recent blockbusters than a horror spoof, throwing the main premise of the saga overboard. During its 80 minutes of running time, it has its funny moments, but it doesn't have the impact of its predecessors 1 and 3. Some of the best moments include several scenes fearuring Toshio from "The Grudge", some of the worst include an apathic old lady from the same movie. Throughout the movie, the elderly woman gets her head shaved by a fan, cleaned up with a sponge drenched in urine, hits a wall, etc. It feels a lot like the disfigured butler from Vol. 2, but not quite that obnoxious. However, its best gags aren't quite as good as Scary Movie 2's. And while it has the same problems as the third installment, it doesn't make it up in being constant fun like said movie. /////
"Scary Movie 4" includes no graphic sexual content or nudity. It, however, features frequent sexual talk and language, most of which are done by Brenda, but also several instances of sexual innuendo and crude comments by some of the characters. In a "Brokeback Mountain" parody, sex is implied as the tent is shaking. In the opening scene, a man accidentally swallows an entire can of viagra and his pants bulge out unrealistically. The language is more sexual than strong. There is some comic violence. In a "Saw" parody, a foot is severed, but it looks very fake and the scene is light-hearted. Cindy pulls out her glass eye. A character from "The Grudge" is shown who is missing her lower jaw. However, unlike in the original movie, where this scene was graphic and gory, this here looks very silly and fake, and you can actually make out that she still has her jaw. Several people's necks snap by accident. A Mike Tyson parody bites off the ears of several characters; no blood. A cat is thrown out of a window. After "Scary Movie 2", this is the second least violent of the movies. It should be stated that there is one slightly homophobic scene as a character comments negatively about a partnership of two male members of the village. It should be okay for teens and up, this is the tamest of the movies, its violence looks very fake and is always clearly comical, the sexual content isn't as graphic as in all the previous movies, the language is not too bad and there is no drug content.