What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, as usual, the MPAA gives a PG-13 rating to material in a comedy that would get an R-rating in a drama. The movie is heavy on exaggerated cartoon violence (decapitations, knifings, comically brutal fights, zombies, and phony scares). The film's comic sensibilities rely on potty humor (pooping, peeing, farting, vomiting, snot), sexual innuendo and suggestive visuals (dogs copulating, large jiggling breasts, bare butts), and low-brow parody (racial stereotypes, a pedophile priest, people with disabilities). There are fewer obscenities than in the earlier films, but still plenty of "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and an occasional "f--k." Drinking, drug use, and smoking are occasional, intended as over-the-top humor.
- Families can talk about parody and satire. Does this movie do a good job of lampooning its subjects?
- The first two Scary Movie films were rated R, while this one is PG-13. Why do you think the moviemakers decided to make the material less graphic this time?
- Who is the intended audience of this movie? Is it still relevant, or are the references too dated?