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Scary Movie 3 Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Ends up committing the spoof genre's worst crime: becoming a tired parody of itself.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The time might be right for the Scary movies to quit on top, even though, alas, there are no term limits for sequels.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Plot doesn't matter much here, as Scary Movie 3 exists solely to reference and lampoon other movies, in this case "The Ring," "Signs " and "8 Mile."

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Like its two predecessors, Scary Movie 3 is a hit-or-miss affair, but the gags that connect really connect.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

This PG-13 has R-rated stuff; too raunchy for tweens.

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?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Some racial humor. There are jokes about drinking, smoking, drugs, sex, race, drunk driving, pedophile priests, gang shootings, barfing, menstruation, testicular cancer, bestiality, and people with disabilities.

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    Role models: Always with comic intent, the film mocks stereotyping even as it perpetuates it: black characters are armed and dangerous; women are dumb; Asians are bad drivers; priests are pedophiles.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Slapstick throughout. Characters (including one hapless little boy who is continuously battered ) are decapitated, hit by cars and falling objects, knocked out, crash through windows, shot at, kicked in the groin, and attacked by corpses and zombies. There are fist fights, brawls, gun battles, knifings, bloody bodies, appalling seizures, and chainsaws.

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    Sex: Very explicit for a PG-13. No actual sexual activity other than some slobbery kisses and shots of dogs copulating, but innuendo along with sexual language, jokes, and leering are frequent. Opening sequence pays "homage" to the voluptuous breasts of Pamela Sue Anderson and Jenny McCarthy. There is implied off-camera molestation, a comic sequence of someone having sexual intercourse with a chair, and references to menstruation, oral sex, masturbation, and Internet sex tapes.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language for a PG-13. Primary obscenities are "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "damn," "f--k," "ho," and one use of the "N" word. Lots of on-camera "comic" vulgarity (vomiting, snot, poop, peeing) and sexual jokes (i.e., "Your period starts in 3...2..." and "It's so hard..."). Schoolchildren listen to a sexual discussion.

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    Consumerism: The Coors Light twins appear. Yahtzee, Blockbuster, Webster's Dictionary.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two dogs are shown smoking marijuana. Lots of beer drinking and some drunkenness at parties and a rap concert. Characters smoke, one very heavily. Reference to a birth in which the mother was drunk and using crystal meth.