If there's one thing that "Scary Movie 5" does better than 3 and 4, it is that it, like the first two installments, largely sticks to the horror genre. It is based around "Mama", "The Cabin in the Woods", "Paranormal Activity", "Evil Dead" and "Black Swan" and more. Sure, one could argue that the latter is more of an artful drama than a horror flick, but it definitely fits the dark mood. Indeed, this movie again succeeds in recreating a dark atmosphere, and then turning it to something silly. However, almost all of the jokes are terribly executed. Not only is it hard to understand certain jokes if you have not seen the original movies (which was not the case with the other Scary Movies), several of the gags are unpleasant to watch. It focuses on toilet humour, has a very cheap visual appeal, features prolonged repetitions of gags that were lazily written and executed in the first place, and, most of all, lacks the spirit the saga had up to this point. Replacing Anna Faris with Ashley Tisdale doomed the movie, mostly due to her new character being mean-spirited an not likable, in contrast to naive and clumsy Cindy Campbell. Overall, "Scary Movie 5" feels more like a fan film than a real sequel. It falls flat on comedic timing, something neither the Wayans Brothers nor David Zucker had to face, whether the jokes worked or not, everything was well placed and fit into the series' overall sense of humour. This fifth installment feels oddly clumsy, as if the director didn't understand the humour of the series and tried to adapt the Zucker screenplay his own way. Unfortunately, the outcome looks an awful lot like an amateur film. ////
This movie is more on the R-rated end of a PG-13 than Vol. 3 and 4. As with all of the series, there is frequent sexual talk, with several references to various ways of intercourse. A prolonged female on female lesbian sex scene uses metaphoric images like two tacos being rubbed against each other to depict sex. During the same scene, one woman lying on the bed looks down on her to see the other one going down towards her lap but then several other characters like Ted, a sports team, herself, etc. come back up. A rubber penis is found by a child. A 50 Shades of Grey parody shows several toys. A dog has sex with a hover. A silly clothed sex scene between Charlie Sheen and Lindsey Lohan. Several other gags, but nothing worse than that.
This has some more graphic scenes of comic violence, unlike the Zucker movies, who looked entirely fake. During a parody of "Evil Dead", a group of teenagers cuts off several of their own body parts, with dark gore splattering everywhere. One girl cuts her tongue in half (we only see the result), later it is severed as she is lurking through a trap door which is stepped on), another one bites a bird's head off. Their clothes are all bloody, and we see severed limbs. In another scene, a chicken is slaughtered in the background with exeggarated blood gashing. Several other instances of milder slapstick violence, like people getting hit with objects.
There is moderate PG-13 language, and the c-word is almost written on a wall, but the person gets stopped before writing it down. There are some drug references and Ecstasy is consumed in one scene. Overall, this pushes the limits of the PG-13. It is okay for older teenagers who are used to outrageous raunchy humour and propably have also seen the first two installments. If they handled them, they can easily handle this one.