Sunday, November 18, 2018

Scary Movie 3

Movie Name: Scary Movie 3
Year of Release: 2003
Director: David Zucker
Starring: Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Simon Rex, Leslie Nielsen, Queen Latifah, Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson, Kevin Hart, Drew Mikuska, Charlie Sheen, Jeremy Piven, Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, Denise Richards, Camryn Manheim, George Carlin, Timothy Stack
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6
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Synopsis and Review:
Celebrated director David Zucker (responsible with his brother Jerry and Jim Abrahams for the classics, "Airplane!", "Police Squad" and "The Naked Gun"), returned to the nonsense comedy that made him famous, by tackling the franchise started by the Wayans brothers. "Scary Movie 3" finds our hero, Cindy Campbell, now a TV reporter, dealing with a series of seemingly unrelated menaces. There are odd crop circles appearing outside of Washington DC, and there's also a menacing video tape, that will kill anyone who watches it after 7 days. Cindy witnesses as the tape takes her best friend, Brenda Meeks, and has to join forces with George, the young man she has fallen in love with, and in whose farm (and his brother's) those enigmatic crop circles initially popped up.
David Zucker, alongside his team of writers, leave absolutely nothing unturned as it tackles and spoofs a series of films, from "The Ring", "The Matrix", "Signs" and "8 Mile", to name but a few, to weave a tapestry of nonsense and misconceptions, that are most of the times quite hilarious. The film isn't as brilliantly devised as "Airplane!" was, even if that classic referenced most of the disaster films of the 70s. Instead, "Scary Movie 3" focuses on recent films to ridicule, but also mounts a standalone narrative that is irreverent, politically incorrect, and destructive. It pans out quite a few times, making the film both riotous when successful, and somewhat flat when it doesn't. Thankfully the film does feature more of the hilarious moments, with a lot of them coming courtesy of the fantastic Anna Faris, who is truly possessed of a great comic timing and delivery. The rest of the cast is in it wholeheartedly, making this film one of the best in the series. Worth watching and worth a chuckle.