Thursday, June 22, 2006

Scary Movie 4

The Toilet Jokes Actually Stink!

I'm a fan of campy grossed out politically incorrect comedies, so films like Top Secret!, Airplane, Hot Shots and Naked Gun, are right up my alley. For some strange reason, I never did watch any of the past Scary Movies, save for the bits shown in various trailers. And I'm sad to say that Scary Movie 4, is unfortunately, not very funny. Quite forced in certain aspects of the humour, and isn't a laugh-a-minute madcap zany comedy in the mould of the earlier mentioned films.

Sure, it contained the usual barrage of explicit toilet humour, sexual innuendos in the dialogue, the urge to hump everything, and plenty of sight gags involving genitalia, but I guess too much of something will make you sick of it. And that's what happened with SM4.

The main leads of Tom Ryan (Craig Bierko) and Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) find love despite having to separate because of the Tri-pod alien invasion. Each took a different path - Tom in keeping his family alive during the carnage, while Cindy has to undertake a mission to discover the truth behind the invasion, after being tipped off by a faux-speaking Japanese ghostly kid who can't walk backwards down a staircase.

Doesn't make much sense, does it? It doesn't matter actually, with comedies of this genre.

But you got to admire the scriptwriters for almost seamlessly including the many references and scenes from so many thrillers and horror movies, and weave them all into one complete narrative, never mind if it doesn't make much sense at the end of the day. It's not easy collating the recognizable scenes, and piecing them together. The main bulk of references would have to come from Spielberg's War of the Worlds, Ju-On, Saw and The Village, just to name a few. Real life personalities were also not spared being buffooned, like Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal and even George W Bush (played by Zucker regular Leslie Nielsen).

Maybe the franchise is running out of steam, or the references the movie pulled from were not very interesting as spoofing material to begin with. I wouldn't recommend this weak comedy, even though a Scary Movie 5 has been announced. Yikes.

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