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Scary Movie 4

Scary Movie 4 is the fourth film of the Scary Movie franchise, directed by David Zucker, written by Jim Abrahams, Craig Mazin and Pat Proft, and produced by Craig Mazin and Robert K. Weiss. It is distributed by The Weinstein Company via its Dimension Films unit in the U.S. and Television, and internationally by Buena Vista Distribution (Miramax). It was released on April 14, 2006. This was initially intended to be the final film in the Scary Movie franchise, but Scary Movie 5 was announced by The Weinstein Company on December 20, 2009. The film opens with Shaquille O'Neal and Dr. Phil waking up to find their ankles chained in a bathroom. They have only two minutes to escape as their host, Billy the Puppet, reveals that the room is filling up with nerve gas. Phil realises they have to cut through their own ankles, but accidentally saws off the wrong foot, inadvertently leaving both men to die. In New York, Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) visits her brother-in-law Tom Logan (Charlie Sheen). Since the previous film, her husband George has died and her nephew Cody has been sent to military school, leaving her a broken woman. Tom, equally depressed despite being in a relationship with three

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    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    "Scary Movie 4" has about as many laughs as the two previous "Scary Movies" combined. Faint praise, of course, as those films had maybe four or five laughs between them. As with even the best of director David Zucker's movies (the original "Airplane!" the "Naked Gun" films), his approach of throwing as many jokes at the screen as possible, just to see what sticks, gets a little tiresome. Also tiresome are the many movie parodies, many of them out of the realm of scary movies. This time around, there are jokes about the "Saw" movies, the American remake of "The Grudge," Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," "Brokeback Mountain," "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Village," among others. Anna Faris reprises her role as the clumsy and socially inept Cindy Campbell, who this time encounters a spooky house and an extraterrestrial invasion. She also tries to make time for a romance with the equally hapless Tom Ryan (Craig Bierko). Judging by their preponderance of crass sexual humor and cheap toilet gags, Zucker and screenwriter Craig Mazin apparently ran out of cinematic inspiration before the film was finished. It's especially unfortunate to see Zucker's old pal Leslie Nielsen and Cloris Leachman serving as the butts of extremely lazy jokes. But then, everyone is better than the material here, including Faris, who has demonstrated some real comic chops in other films, such as "Lost and Translation" and last year's "Just Friends." "Scary Movie 4" is rated PG13 for crude humor and references to sexual and other bodily functions, comic violence, occasional use of strong profanity (including one usage of the so-called "R-rated" curse word), some brief sexual contact, brief drug content (including a Viagra joke), brief male nudity and use of a few ethnic slurs and racial epithets. Running time: 83 minutes. E-MAIL: jeff@desnews.com


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