"Scary Movie" is by far director/actor Keenen Ivory Wayans' best parody effort to date, primarily because he here taps into a rejuvenated genre and is given access to broader subject matter with universal appeal, whereas in the past his films (he helmed "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" and "A Low Down Dirty Shame" and starred in "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood") hinged on a mockery of stereotypes and clichés specific to the gangsta and 'hood countercultures. This time, the idiosyncrasies of horror films are exploited as a group of teenagers (played by 20- to 30-something adults) are victimized by a serial killer of the "Scream," "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Halloween" ilk. Lots of scantily clad bodies--dead and alive--and major parties are all stuffed into a senseless plot. Jam-packed with homages to key scenes from such recent pop culture phenomena as "The Matrix," "The Blair Witch Project," "American Pie," "Dawson's Creek," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and even the "Whassup!!" beer commercial, this horror spoof has all of the ingredients of a classic teen summer film.
Although the over-the-top oral sex humor and constant questioning of the disposition of being homosexual become extremely repetitious, the film fares well in its hit-to-miss laugh ratio. There are a lot of great bits in the film, but none will generate more commotion than finding out Ms. Mann's terrible secret and seeing the overly exaggerated consequences of talking at the movies..
Starring Shawn Wayans, Anna Faris, Shannon Elizabeth, Dave Sheridan, Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Written by Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Buddy Johnson, Aaron Seltzer, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans. Produced by Eric Gold and Lee R. Mayes. A Dimension release. Comedy. Rated R for strong crude sexual humor, language, drug use and violence. Running time: 88 min