“Plot”: A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their lost nieces and nephew home. With the help of home-surveillance cameras, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon.
I try to be fair and give even movies that are meant as a complete joke a shot.
Yes, yet another goddamned entry in the “Scary Movie” franchise, clearly they won’t stop until they’ve taken all of eveyone’s money. The very first entry into the series, “Scary Movie”, was actually a smart, funny, and surprisingly well-made spoof of the recent horror films of the time, and it has all been downhill since. Scary Movie 2, 3, 4, and now 5 have all been getting increasingly more outrageous and ridiculously stupid and I genuinely believe that is what the appeal with this series is: people want atrociously stupid comedies where they can turn their brains off for once and attempt to enjoy the ride. This movie is the text-book perfect example to that theory.
“Scary Movie 5”, or “Scary MoVie”, attempts, in of course ridiculous fashion, to parody such films (from the past five years in beyond) as “Inception” and the “Paranormal Activity” series. Does it succeed: Yes, in it’s own sorta way. I don’t know what it is about these films and this stupid series, I particularly usually enjoy darker or much smarter comedies, such as “Friends With Kids”, “The Meaning of Life”, or “Seven Psychopaths” for example, but for whatever reason this series has always been sort of a guilty pleasure for my mom and I.
The script and acting are, of course, atrocious, however there are a few small moments in this film that were surprisingly actually funny, such as a scene in the very beginning of the movie in which Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen are having vigorously odd sex with “The Benny Hill Show” theme playing in the background. The direction and production values are, as expected, very cheaply done and tawdry.
In conclusion, the “Scary Movie” series has most definitely overstayed it’s welcome, and it is easily getting more stupider by each passing film. If you want something where you can completely, utterly turn your brain off and let thing be while making a valiant attempt to enjoy yourself, then perhaps give this horrible series a try as a time passer, but if you are looking for a recent comedy that IS actually smart, well-done, and genuinely funny than I suggest something like “Warm Bodies” or “Hope Springs”.
Rating: a reluctant 4/10, perhaps 3.5/10 would be more suiting.
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