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Scary Movie 2 (DVD)
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Scary Movie 2 (DVD)
Date: 05/06/12, updated on 05/06/12 (51 review reads)
Advantages: Great opening sequence, Doesn't tone down its adult content
Disadvantages: Obscure references to dated pop-culture, Haunted House genre isn't that interesting
The first Scary Movie was a spoof of teen-slasher movies, poking fun at the popular 'Scream' series and 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'. In a reminiscent way to Airplane, the film hit you with enough gags per second to keep you laughing throughout the film. It was also an 18 certificate, so they weren't afraid to throw in some swear-words or crude humour. At the time of me seeing it, this was hilarious to me.
The sequel, Scary Movie 2, moved away from the slasher-genre spoof, and tackled the Haunted House genre instead. This is where the film pales in comparison to the original, as the villian from this film is not as iconic as the 'goofy ghostface' from the initial film. The films spoofed here range from 'Charlie's Angels' to the lesser known film, 'The Haunting'. Some of the jokes work well, but some of them are so ingrained to that current moment that watching it back 10 years later makes it seem so dated. There is a sequence where the main characters re-enact a commercial from that time, in a similar manner to how they re-enacted the infamous 'Wassap' Budweiser commerical in the first movie, however the commercial isn't as memorable as the Budweiser one, so the joke just falls flat.
The plot is almost secondary to the jokes in these kind of movies and is built around the various gags, which appear on screen like a parade of sketches rather than a cohesive storyline. The survivors from the first movie (and even some of the ones who died, but were too popular to stay dead) are offered a chance at getting a guaranteed 'A' grade for school, if they stay in a haunted house over the weekend. The Professor and his handi-capable assistant have picked these students for their near-death experiences, hoping it will awaken the spirits within the house.
There are some funny moments in this film, but it does feel slightly more juvenile than it's predecessor, which despite all the crude humour was pretty clever in its dissection of post-modern slasher-movies. The best scene is the opening pre-credits sequence which spoofs on The Exorcist, with a less than holier-than-thou Priest attempting to exorcise the evil from a teen girl. Perhaps it is because The Exorcist is a more iconic film to spoof than The Haunting that this sequence stands out from the rest of the film, in the same way the Scream spoofs in Scary Movie worked so well.
There are some funny moments with the wise-cracking Parrot ("Polly wants a piece of yo' mama's sweet ass") and the wheel-chair bound assistant who is determined to do things on his own, even attempting to climb a large staircase without his chair and failing several times. Some of the humour is crude, with lots of references to sex and bodily substances - everything gets a mention pretty much. It definitely earns its '18' certificated based on the adult content of the jokes, which is something that got phased out of the later films (and spin-offs).
Anna Faris manages to continue her straight-faced naivety despite the wacky goings-on, in the same way Charlie Sheen did during the Hot Shots movies. The Wayans Brothers rehash their characters from the original movies, continuing the same jokes of Shorty's drug addiction and Ray's bi-curiousity. There is an amusing moment where Regina Hall pokes fun at a Skeleton chasing them, referring to it as 'Calista Flockhart', who she'd later go on to work with on Ally McBeal. I wonder if that line ever came up in conversation between the two!
Overall, this is a step-down in quality from the initial Scary Movie, but it still manages to stand above the deluge of similar films that would flood the market afterwards, such as the sub-par Scary Movie 3 & 4, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Superhero Movie, Vampires Suck and Meet the Spartans.
Summary: Not as funny or original as the first one, but beats anything the franchise produced since...