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Scary Movie 4 (2006)

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

The fourth segment on the Scary Movie franchise brings in guest appearances by Dr. Phil, Shaquille O'Neal, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise, among aothers. It parodies movies such as Saw, Omen, Brokeback Mountain, The Grudge, that Tom Cruise interview and that Amish movie, among others. Charlie Sheen is back as well, momentarily, and Bremda!! Also Kevin Hart, Mike Tyson, and a very Ice Cube-like look-alike. But, Simon Rex is replaced by Craig Bierko. :/ For shame.

It wasn't as great as the last, but very similar. In fact - some things are starting to repeat themselves almost too much, and though I do like Brenda's return, I don't like that she came back from the dead with no suitable explanation. The first trilogy of Scary Movies always followed where the last one left off - and the third was a welcome evolution of scenery and characters, but I don't like this sudden jump in continuity. Overall it felt segmented and senseless, though it did entertain - as always.

I enjoyed it, but compared to the previous, it feels like the Scary Movie franchise started heading down a slope with this one. Hope they'll start climbing again.

 rated 3/5: not bad

July, 2023

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

This was the one with the the SAW intro, and Shaq, and Dr. Phil for real! Was it? Oprah too (it wasn't)? One for the intro - one for the end. Unexpected character cameos fo rizzle. There's also Bubba Sparxxx, and Andre 3000 and... others.

References in this one seem to be mainly The Grudge, SAW and War of The Worlds, with a little Brokeback Mountain, the Tom Cruise and Oprah interview, something about an Amish village... is that a movie reference?

Simon Rex was unfortunately replaced by Craig Bierko here, and though he's not bad he just isn't the same kind of character. I miss Simon.

There's also a Mike Tyson cameo! :O Didn't realize that last time. And Lil Jon in the car? Charlie Sheen in a pretty amazing intro too - although it seems to be the end for him in the series.

The Japanese brand speech was amazing, the house tour was amazing, I'm glad Brenda's back - even if her character somehow turned superficial - like but a black version of Cindy - similarly clueless and in addition abundantly slutty. Kevin Hart and his co-part ain't bad either, Simon Rex plays a short but appreciable cameo also - him being removed was due to a scandal of the times. And yet they have that Brokeback Mountain reference... why did his little sidestep have as big a consequence as it did? Read up if you like. Seemed unnecessary they'd remove him for that.

The Michael Jackson joke's back too, as is Leslie Nielsen with shenanigans on a whole new scale... but compared to the previous movie this just doesn't... have the same oomph to it. Or as well-scripted humor. Or as timeless references - like the iPod Tripod ones - those feel aged already.

It's not a bad sequel but definitely not the best of the bundle.

I enjoyed it, but maybe I've watched it one time too many at this point. It doesn't crack me up as much as I thought it would.

The props are on point though. The special effects... so so. It's okay but it has some highlights, and as far as parody movies overall go: Sure ain't bad.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all


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