In the third installment of the Scary Movie franchise, news anchorwoman Cindy Campbell has to investigate mysterious crop circles and killing video tapes, and help the President stop an alien invasion in the process.
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by Dane Youssef
DO YOU LIKE SCARY MOVIES? NO, NOT ANYMORE.
"Scary Movie 3" marks the end of an era. The first was a funny romp, worthy of the Zuckers (and Abrhams) and the Farrelys.
The entire Wayans clan coming together, roasting popular movies like franks on a bonfire. Gay, s**t, d**k, pee, cum and r*tard jokes galore. It was near brilliant.
The best part of it was that it was a collage of stupidity, cleverness, goofiness, vulgarity and pop culture, like the Wayans' "In Living Color," the first "Scary Movie" proves that the Wayans' are a tribe of talent.
The second in the series, "Scary Movie 2" (after promising there would be no sequel-- Marlon was quoted as saying, "We sold out. The offered us money and we jumped at the chance"), opened with a premise so brilliant and so hilarious, the movie could never live it down.
The ingenious opening on "The Exorcist" before the opening credits with James Woods and Andy Richter was a legendary moment in comedy. "The Exorcist" has been spoofed countless times before (many, many times before... but I can honestly say, never this well. The way it's written, the way it's directed, the way it's played, the way it's planned... this movie achieves some kind of feat for building so much out of such an over-worked premise. That one opening sequence almost makes the movie at least worth renting.
"Scary Movie 3" is largely a fault of the studio. The house has been brought down, the curtain calls have been had... but Miramax just won't find a new franchise. It's just so sad. Everything, EVERYTHING that was once good and pure is no long gone. Even the Wayans themselves. Zucker is just back doing what he does best... or maybe just often. This is his invention and no one does it better than him, but maybe the problem is the machine-gun spoof (called so because jokes fire on automatic like out of an automatic gun) has just been run into the ground. Maybe the problem is that this movie just wants to goof and imitate and and laugh to itself whereas the original "Scary Movie" (and a lot of Zucker's earlier stuff) was directly there to attack.
You can tell from the ads alone that this will not be a funny movie. Everyone steps up, references big hits and then makes fun. Not in an attacking sort of way, but just acts goofy and silly. They're all just having fun, not making fun.
And because it's directly from the co-inventor of this entire genre, he brings his own people to the table. Leslie Neilsen, Jenny McCarthy and many of the instruments that he used since he started out.
You know, it's so funny and strange. MAD magazine can do this forever. SNL... well, USED to be able to do this, but it now it seems like SNL should close down itself. For some reason, some spoof artists can just keep going till' the drop. Others should just cash in their chips and quit while they're ahead. No sense in beating a single note together.
The problem with "Scary Movie 3" is the same thing that's wrong with Miramax and perhaps even David Zucker. These people don't seem to realize it's time to move on. That it's over. They're beating a dead horse. Trying to milk a dead cow. The Wayans have moved on. Zucker, Miramax and we should, too.
I look foreword to their next endeavors in art and life, whatever they may be. Their stretching, but this is like an old once-hipster jacket that has been worn down to a few threads.
Enough already. Remember when the Itallion Stallion didn't know when to throw in the towel.
"Do you like 'Scary Movies?'"
SPECIAL NOTE: Legendary screenwriter Kevin Smith, rumored to be one of the finest scribes in all of Hollywood is credited with this screenplay. What a dent in the armor. He's rumored to be difficult to work with. Maybe he just works better alone. I hope he sticks to solo projects, this and "Coyote Ugly"... no wonder he doesn't work well with others.
by Dane Youssef