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Scary Movie 4 Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

Yes, it's stupid. Read full review

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    40

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    To go with the good, there's plenty of bad, and it comes in the form of countless gags that misfire, far too much flatulence and urine, and (God help us) a buck naked Leslie Nielsen. Admittedly, that scene certainly puts the "scary" in Scary Movie 4.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The humor emphasizes quantity over quality, but the batting average isn't too bad. And where else can you witness Leslie Nielsen do a nude scene?

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    And as ever, the jokes are a jumble of the gross, the baggy, the raunchy, the mistimed, and - every once in a while - the refreshingly incorrect.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Still more insipid movie spoofing. Enough already!

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film includes assorted violent acts, exaggerated for comedy, such as stabbings, shootings, collisions, car crash, seppuku, a hit to the crotch, running into trees and a building, boxing, necks breaking, Mike Tyson lookalike biting off ears, vehicles and shipyard containers slamming into people, alien tripods zapping people into electricky dust, and U.S. military blowing things up. Tom hits his daughter with suitcase, slams her head in car door, and leaves her outside to be zapped by aliens. Saw spoof includes saw to cut off leg, knife to cut out eyeball, toothy torture helmets, and other mechanical threats. Very little blood visible throughout the film, exaggerated sound effects for breaking bones, some screams of comedic terror. At film's end, Tom ("the man who saved the world") appears on Oprah, where he eats the sofa, punches Oprah (she punches back), smashes her with a chair, breaks her hands, and generally destroys the set. Characters drink vodka and beer; characters refer to "weed." Characters make sexual references (language and some images, with immature joking about nakedness and genitalia). Lots of profanity. In the context of not liking kids, the president says, "Remind me to sign that abortion bill."

  • Families can talk about the point of movie spoofs. Do you need to know the original films to get the jokes? Why is this movie series so popular?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Typical of this broad comedy franchise, ludicrous behaviors and moral failings.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Various stabbings, punchings, shootings, one seppuku, a crotch-whomping; Dr. Phil hit in head with pipe and ceiling chunks, then saws off his own foot; child appears in photo with automatic weapons; shipyard container splats foreman; Asian woman is missing half her face (coworkers slam her head like a stapler); healthcare manager tries to drown ghost-child; Cindy hit in head with baseball and football; Tom accidentally hits daughter, slams her head in car door, and throws her violently; Million Dollar Baby spoof features multiple necks breaking and Mike Tyson lookalike biting off a pile of ears; Tom shoots himself by accident; alien tripods zap victims; Lil Jon's car crashes; Tom and two others hold gun and knife on one another; fake monsters in village; knife in Henry's chest.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Several open-mouthed kisses between primary couple; movie opens with Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" over jiggling microbes (scene ends with man on bench itching his crotch); Charlie Sheen wakes up with three porn stars, then overdoses on Viagra (causing gigantic erection); Brokeback Mountain spoof; photo shows woman lifting up shirt (nonexplicit); Cindy says she's "taken balls to the face" Cindy appears in shower (shoulders up); village feast table features two roasted pigs in fornicating position; two village members are gay; Carmen Electra wears a corset and fishnets; zap-ray turns evaporates clothes off UN members and U.S. president (he spends minutes not quite showing his butt and front, covered by obstacles; he says he thought his penis was a "zipper," and pulled it up and down); alien snakey-robot appears to fornicate with vacuum cleaner; one torture device has missile pointed at Tom's butt; one bit of torture involve "t---y"-twisting; wiping her lips, Brenda has apparently had oral sex with scary Saw puppet off-screen; Mahalik and CJ show bare butts as they wear chaps; president in bed with a duck.

  • language false5

    Language: Right on the edge for language: one f-word; several s-words; slang for sex and genitals; assorted other language ("hell," "pissed," "damn it," "bitch," "snow ho," "ass clown," "turd," "Rumpleforeskin," "p---y").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Vaseline; Yahoo.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character drinks vodka with bottle full of Viagra; characters drink beer in a bar; two young black males note a "weed" in the woods (with smoke puffing around them); rap lyrics "blaze up them trees").

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