Scary Movie 4

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Cast: Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko, Carmen Electra, Shaquille ONeil, Dr. Phil, Bill Pullman, Chris Elliott, Leslie Neilson. Comedy spoof. Directed by David Zucker.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The irreverent comedy series continues with Scary Movie 4 spoofing the latest box-office blockbusters. This time out, the filmmakers focus on War of the Worlds, The Grudge, The Village, Saw and Saw II, Million Dollar Baby and several others, along with biting lampoons of George Bush and Michael Jackson. Legendary comedy director David Zucker takes aim at some of the best fright films, the latest box office hits, music and pop culture. The storyline, what there is, concerns Anna Faris and Regina Hall returning as the dim-witted Cindy Campbell and her self-serving, sex-crazed pal, Brenda, joined this time around by Craig Bierko (Cinderella Man), as they battle to save the world from a ruthless alien invasion.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I dont know how this has happened, as I have been reviewing films for over eighteen years, but somehow I missed Scary Movie, Volumes One, Two and Three. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, the most recent addition to the series being helmed by David Zucker (Airplane!, the Naked Gun franchise), and I must admit, I laughed at several quips, parodies and slapstick buffooneries, but I soon became uncomfortable with the nonsense I was putting in my head. There is no limit, no area of life that goes unscathed in this film. The bawdiness becomes raucous, the scatological humor disgusting and the politically incorrect jokes mean spirited. I understand that very often comedy relies on the outrageous, but a great many of this film's laughs were drawn out of audience members by the sheer audaciousness of its filmmakers. Case in point; a blind Carmen Electra entering a fellowship hall, thinking it is her outhouse, sitting on what she thinks is the toilet seat and, well, lets just say, the scene is an extended one where crudity seems too tame to describe the action.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Dimension Films

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Crude Language: Dear Reader, while I will give a few examples in order to give you an idea of the no-boundaries raunchiness of this film, I am not going to go into much detail in the subsequent categories. I see no reason to put certain imagery or words in your minds. As for the crudeness, one of the female leads is supposed to be a nymphomaniac. She refers to her vagina by using the p-word. This is just one example of vocabulary used to shock the audience. The film is rife with crude visuals and language.

Obscene Language: One use of the f-word, five or so of the s-word, including some from TV guru Dr. Phil, who begins to mouth an even harsher obscenity before getting knocked out.

Profanity: There are three misuses of Jesus' name.

Violence: Certainly played for laughs, but theres a great deal of slapstick brutality including a man sawing off his trapped foot, only to discover hes cut off the wrong foot. Theres a lot of crotch-grabbing, running into things. In one scene a man beats up an elderly woman, thinking she has become a zombie. Theres another scene where a Tom Cruise-like celebrity gets into a fist fight with an Oprah-like talk-show host. A man accidentally shoots himself in the rump while placing a gun in his pants. Transferring it to the front, the gun goes off once again. The film also contains several scary moments.

Sex: The sexual content ranges from a visual of two pigs humping to Carmen Electra posing provocatively in sexy underwear.

Nudity: Backside bareness of Leslie Neilson as he accidentally shoots himself with a ray gun than doesnt harm the individual, but disintegrates the clothing. He then aims the gun at members of the UN. De-clothed, they run amuck, camera angles and props covering their private parts.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: The film is full of sexual innuendo and suggestiveness.

Drugs: I caught no drug references.

Other: In one scene a Michael Jackson look-alike is gathering children together in order to protect them from invading aliens. The implication is that he is a child molester. The films vulgarity goes on and on.

Running Time: 83 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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