When in doubt, call in the professionals: This third entry in the Scary parody series is directed by AIRPLANE!/NAKED GUN veteran David Zucker (who presumably brought along his favorite actor, patrician but perpetually befuddled Leslie Nielsen) and co-written by POLICE ACADEMY/HOT SHOTS!/NAKED GUN alumnus Pat Proft. Though that doesn't make it any funnier than the previous two entries, Zucker, Proft and co-screenwriter Craig Mazin did try to work their satirical swipes at genre movie cliches into a relatively coherent comic narrative, rather than a scattershot series of unrelated gags. SCARY MOVIE heroine Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) has grown up from a terrorized high-schooler to an ambitious TV reporter and guardian of her late sister's psychic youngster, Cody (Drew Mikuska). She stumbles onto the story of a weird videotape that kills anyone who watches it within 10 days. Meanwhile, lapsed minister and farmer Tom (Charlie Sheen) discovers a disturbing and enigmatic message — "Attack Here!" — cut into his cornfield. Cody and Tom's small daughter, Sue (Jianna Ballard) attend the same school, and Cindy runs into Tom's brother, clueless would-be rapper George (Simon Rex), when they arrive simultaneously to pick up the youngsters. As Cindy looks for clues about the videotape, George pursues his dream of being a rap star, inexplicably supported by his friends in the 'hood, including dread-locked Mahalik (Anthony Anderson). The Oracle (Queen Latifah) gives Cindy enigmatic advice, while the President (Nielsen) blunders around the White House like a halfwit. Cindy eventually uncovers a connection between the tape and the alien invasion, which hinges on the fact that someone put the wrong cassette in the POOTIE TANG box and dropped it off at Blockbuster after accidentally broadcasting it all over the known universe. In between these putative plot developments, Zucker, Proft and Mazin take none-too-pointed jabs at THE RING, 8 MILE, SIGNS, THE OTHERS, THE SIXTH SENSE, THE MATRIX, American Idol, pedophile priests, Michael Jackson, The West Wing and the Coors ad with twins. Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy share a cameo as Catholic schoolgirls whose breasts are larger than their skirts, and various rappers — including Ja Rule, Method Man, Fat Joe, Master P and the Wu Tang Clan — pass through to insure the film's street cred. Films like this are the definition of "critic proof"; if the casting, synopsis and very concept don't deter you, you'll probably find it very funny.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: When in doubt, call in the professionals: This third entry in the Scary parody series is directed by AIRPLANE!/NAKED GUN veteran David Zucker (who presumably brought along his favorite actor, patrician but perpetually befuddled Leslie Nielsen) and co-writt… (more)
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