Scream 3

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

In this third and final (?) installment of the Wes Craven directed series, numerous references remind viewers that this is a trilogy. Fledgling film director Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) takes the helm of a film within the film "STAB 3," a third installment about the original killings in the town of Woodsboro from the original SCREAM. But actors playing the Woodsboro characters start dying violently. This draws reporter Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox Arquette), one of the original survivors of the Woodsboro event, to the Hollywood set. There she find Dewey Riley (David Arquette), another survivor, working as technical advisor. The killer apparently wants to draw Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), heroine of previous SCREAM films, out of hiding to finish the job he started with her mother in the original movie. Craven once again combines humorous film references with enough violent horror to please fans of his previous works.

Keeping up with the times, almost everyone carries a cell phone, which provides both clues and humor, but no one seems to know how to dial 911. Less gory than expected, there’s still plenty of bloody bodies, knife slashing and stabbing to satisfy the genre. Also in keeping with tradition, one victim shows obscured female rear nudity through a shower door. Although no sex is shown, several references are made to getting movie parts by ‘sleeping’ with someone. A past group rape is also mentioned. It’s difficult to understand film’s fascination with the f-word, but it appears at least 30 times. Frequent profanity, both regular and exclamatory, expands the less than eloquent dialogue. Thankfully, the trilogy is ending, just three films too late.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
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 (21) times - mild 12, moderate 9

Obscene Language: Many (52) times - F-word 30, s-word 20, other 2

Profanity: Many (34) times - Regular 17 (GD 4, J 6, G 6, Swear to G 1), exclamatory 17 (OMG 14, OG 3)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (hits w/club/ frying pan/ chair, stabbings, hits, kicks, explosion, punches, fall through window, bloody bodies, knife slashing, throat cut, shootings)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once (Obscured female rear through shower door); Near Nudity - woman in slip, low cut blouses

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Suggestive phone call, woman adjusts clothed breast, references to ‘sleeping’ with men, reference to past group rape

Drugs: Cigarettes, alcohol

Other: Numerous film industry references and jokes, reference to supernatural killer

Running Time: 92 minutes (est
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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