Scary Movie 3
PG-13
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -3

Back for a third round, Scary Movie 3 makes fun of virtually every recent thriller from The Matrix to Signs. In a mixed up plot that exists solely to provide for the films crude humor and physical comedy, this installment tells the story of Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris), a news reporter with an interest in the supernatural. When Cindy becomes acquainted with strange crop circles in Tom Logans (Charlie Sheen) corn field, she has a hunch that its more than a hoax. Pulling together a crew of interested, yet out-of-place, friends from rappers to the President of the United States (Leslie Nielsen), Cindy and her love-interest, George (Simon Rex), investigate the mystery. After avoiding dangers, visiting a prophet (Queen Latifah) and meeting the Architect (George Carlin), they end up halting an alien invasion and saving the planet from uncertain destruction. Phew!

Scary Movie 3 is definitely on the lighter and funnier side of recent releases. It wont take much brain power to get a chuckle out of the pervasive one-liners and physical comedic stunts. The film doesnt take itself or the films that it spoofs too seriously. While there is a lot to laugh at in Scary Movie 3, the merging of a dozen or more plot lines into one makes it a little difficult to follow. It also keeps the jokes very simple, which means that the filmmaker often reverts to crude language and bathroom or sexual humor to get laughs. While some parts are funny, some are inappropriate, especially for the targeted youth audience. Perhaps the most objectionable element of the film is a tacit reference to the Roman Catholic sexual abuse scandals. Whatever ones take on the issue, pedophilia isnt joke material. Preview suggests that you find a cleaner comedy.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Distributor: Dimension Films

Summary
Crude Language: Many (35) times mild 9, moderate 16, strong 10
Obscene Language: Many (23) times (F-word 1, S-word 22)
Profanity: Many (14) times regular 8 (G 5, J 2, JC 1); exclamatory 6 (OMG 5, MG 1)
Violence: Many times moderate (several exaggerated unrealistic fist fights and other physical comedy, women hit one another with various objects, boy hit by car twice, boy hit and raised into ceiling fan, boy hit with bat, man is shot, men shoot each other, man kicked in crotch twice, man hits head on a light, men abuse and dismember a corpse trying to resuscitate it, etc.)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: One time (camera from toilet exposes rear as a person sits) Near Nudity: Few (2) times mild (woman removes shirt to show her bra, several women are shown in their underwear)
Homosexual Conduct: Few (2) times mild (man implies that he is attracted to another man on at least two occasions)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times moderate (many crude references to sex and sexuality, women talk about looking for good sex in a relationship, man refers to being sexually aroused, several references to pornography, reference to self-gratification, implied reference to pedophilia, man propositions a woman)
Drug Abuse: Few (2) times moderate (parody of beer commercial, reference to use of drugs and alcohol while pregnant)
Other: Crude humor showing animals defecating and having sex, death threats, bathroom humor, ethnic humor, parody of recent horror/action/thriller films
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Youth and Adults

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