Scary Movie

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -4

In recent years, the popularity of teen slasher movies has really taken off with such films as the SCREAM and I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER series. Written and directed by the Wayans brothers, SCARY MOVIE attempts the comic spoof of those type movies. Based primarily around the SCREAM story, the main plot has teenager Cindy (Anna Faris) stalked by someone wearing a mask and using various sharp instruments as weapons of dispatch. One by one, Cindys friends fall to the killer in a variety of odd and often hilarious ways. Of course, in the midst of the mayhem, the Wayans find time to add scenes spoofing other popular films such as THE MATRIX, SIXTH SENSE, and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. In the end, SCARY MOVIE piles joke upon joke for 90 minutes straight. And while often done in funny and clever ways, the films extreme sexual content could turn off a significant segment of viewers.

Sexual content is one of the primary reasons for a strong negative rating. Full male frontal nudity is used as comic relief three times. The nudity is not particularly sexual in nature, but all three are sure to shock audiences. There are also numerous, explicit references to all kinds of sexual acts, conventional and unconventional. Of course, all the jokes are done in traditional over the top fashion as is common with spoofs, but some of the phrases seem lifted straight from a hard-core pornographic movie. And even as a spoof on slasher films, violence is often graphic with gory stabbings, shootings, and similar acts. The dialogue also spews out over 50 obscenities along with 36 moderate crudities and several strong profanities. Unfortunately, what starts with some clever ideas to spoof some current popular films turns into a forum for way over the top sexual humor, vulgar language, and violence.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Dimension Films(Miramax), 375 Greenwich, NY, NY 10013

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (39) times - Mild 3, Moderate 36

Obscene Language: Many (51) times - F-word 16, s-word 25, other 10

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 7 (GD 3, J 2, C 1, C sake 1); Exclamatory 1 (Oh my God)

Violence: Many times Moderate and severe (people beaten with bats, people hit by car, people punched and kicked, people stabbed, severed head shown, severely broken leg, woman falls down stairs, man shot)

Sex: Several times Implied and graphic (unmarried teen couples - no nudity, on bed with graphic motion, implied and partially shown unconventional sex)

Nudity: Several times (male frontal in non-sexual /comical ways, male rear in locker room, obscured female breast in background, pornographic magazine with female breast); Near Nudity - Many times (cleavage emphasized, women and men in towels, men and women in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (numerous references to conventional and unconventional sex, monkey doll seems to gratify itself, exaggerated male sexual release)

Drugs: Many times (cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana)

Other: Ethnic comments toward blacks, urination for humor, flatulence sounds

Running Time: 90 minutes (est
Intended Audience: Adults

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