A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As usual, jokes are based on stereotypes, poop jokes, and bodily humor. Characters never seem to learn anything, let alone demonstrate awareness of what's going on.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters seem pretty dumb and don't really listen to or relate to others around them. Children are treated badly and more or less ignored.
Violence & Scariness
In one scene, a clueless aunt and uncle punch a couple of little girls in the face (the girls punch back). A baby's head is bashed on a door frame and is also accidentally set on fire. In a scene spoofing Evil Dead, characters saw off their limbs and slice their tongues -- it all happens off screen, though lots of blood is shown. Two characters draw and fire guns. Lots of slapstick falling, characters getting clocked in the head, and comical fighting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tons of sexual innuendo, imagery, and banter. Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan make a "comical" sex tape in the opening scene. There's an additional sex scene, though no graphic nudity. Dogs are shown copulating. There's a "party" of pool vacuum cleaners, and they're shown in sexual positions. Crude drawings of penises are briefly shown. A woman performs a sexy pole dance. Two women in bikinis are shown showering together, soaping each other. 50 Shades of Gray is mentioned. A "naughty nanny" is shown, along with a "crotchless" Santa Claus. A sex toy is shown. A porn website is shown (no nudity).
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One use of "f--k" and several uses of "s--t," plus the "N" word, "bitch," "slut," "penis," "vagina," "balls," "hell," "ass," "crap," "damn," and "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Mentos are shown in one scene (a girl eats them, drinks a soda, and then shoots across the room like a rocket).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one scene, a bunch of "haunted" pool vacuum cleaners have a huge party and are seen "drinking" and snorting cocaine. In an early scene, Snoop Dogg and another character are shown stealing an enormous joint; they also talk about drugs. Two women take Ecstasy in a nightclub.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scary Movie 5 is the latest in the increasingly tired series of horror movie spoofs begun in 2000 by the Wayans brothers (and now continued by others). Like the others, it's filled with vulgar, rude humor and relies on slapstick, stereotypes, crude bodily jokes, and sexual innuendo for laughs. It also includes some horror violence, notably a scene of dismemberment (out of Evil Dead) that's filled with blood. There are also meant-to-be comical scenes of parents punching and smacking children (both accidentally and on purpose). Though there's no graphic nudity or sex, innuendo is very strong, and there's plenty of racy stuff. In the opening sequence, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan make a sex tape, there's a lesbian sex scene, and a pool party sequence shows haunted pool vacuum cleaners drinking and doing drugs. Language includes one "f--k" and many uses of "s--t." Some teens may be interested, but otherwise, this series has run out of steam. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If SCARY MOVIE 5 isn't busy lazily riffing on specific shots from its source movies, it fills in the gaps with the expected bodily fluid jokes, sexual innuendo, and stereotypes. It also throws in several cameos, including Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan in the opening scene. Only Snoop Dogg seems to be relaxed enough to get some laughs in. This is a big waste of time, drawing one more gasp out of a series that should have given up the ghost long ago.
The fifth installment in the Scary Movie franchise has been taken over by Malcolm D. Lee -- Spike's cousin and the director of the very funny Undercover Brother. The writers are David Zucker and Pat Proft, who were responsible for the very funny Naked Gun movies. None of that former humor comes through in this lazy effort, which smacks of a routine attempt to replicate those wonderful old MAD magazine movie spoofs.
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