Monday, May 6, 2013

Scary Movie 5 Review

Scary Movie 5 Review

I remember the glory of the spoof movie. I remember the early days of Mel Brooks, a time which featured classics like "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles," "High Anxiety," "Spaceballs," and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." I remember Hot Shots! and Airplane! Even the first two "Scary Movie" films were actually pretty funny. I say all of this to illustrate that I feel whole heartily that the best days of the spoof genre are behind us.

I think the difference between today and the 1970's and 1980's is that writers in the latter time period actually made smart jokes. They were clever in the ways that they poked and potted at the movies they were parodying. And the filmmakers from that era also really understood the movies they were parodying. Take Mel Brooks for example, when you watch "Young Frankenstein" it's instantly clear to the audience that Brooks grew up watching the Universal horror films, and he was very intelligent in the way he approached "Young Frankenstein." Because of that, the film is a classic among comedies.

With the first two entries in the "Scary Movie" franchise, it's clear that the Wayan's Brothers loved the early Scream movies, and "Blair Witch Project" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer." The first few films in the "Scary Movie" franchise are raunchy, I'll admit. And yes, there is a fart joke or two. But even the best writers can actually make an intelligent fart joke.

From "Scary Movie 3" forward, all the franchisewants to be is a big contest. How many celebrity cameos can I cram into this sequel? How many nutshots can I cram into this sequel? How many fart jokes? How many nods to pop culture?  That's the new model for the "Scary Movie" franchise, just a big contest of the ridiculous.

"Scary Movie 5" is no different than "Scary Movie 3" or "Scary Movie 4." It features celebrity cameos, nutshots, fart jokes, pop culture references and none of it is necessary. The film is an incoherent mess, just like the last two sequels. The only difference this fifth film makes is the new horror films it "parody's." I put parody in quotations, because the writers don't even try to be funny anymore. People just think throwing Snoop Dogg in an "Evil Dead" scenario will automatically be funny. It's not though, it feels like celebrity acting karaoke.

The films featured in "Scary Movie 5" include "Paranormal Activity," "Black Swan," "Cabin In The Woods," "Evil Dead," "Mama," and even "Inception" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." But like I stated above, it isn't really parodying these movies. The cast and crew are simply just remaking scenes with fart jokes, nut shots and cameos, hoping for a chuckle or two. Plus, all of these movie references come at you fast and furious that makes the film confusing overall.

Charlie Sheen, Lindsey Lohan, Ashley Tisdale, Terry Crews, Simon Rex, Snoop Dogg, Molly Shannon, Darrell Hammond and Heather Locklear are featured cast members. I wish I could break down who acts well and who doesn't, but nobody does any real acting. These people play a bunch of non-characters taken from other movies. Everybody comes off like they just read the script for the first time right before they shot the scene.

The Wayan's Brothers had a new spoof movie come out earlier this year entitled "A Haunted House," which parodied "Paranormal Activity" and "The Devil Inside" in particular. My blog was not around to review that film, but it would have been negative. That to me is a sure sign that the spoof genre is not built to last. It also tells me that after two "Paranormal Activity" ripoffs in one year, I don't want to watch anything "Activity" related for at least a decade.

FINAL GRADE: F

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