Starring: Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Regina Hall
Director: David Zucker
Running Time: 84 mins
Scary Movie 3 is an American film and the third in the Scary Movie franchise. After a mysterious video tape is revealed to be leading to the deaths of those who watch it, Cindy finds herself at the centre of an international crisis, as crop circles surround her and the world prepares for alien invasion.
Much like the last two Scary Movies, be prepared for complete inanity from start to finish with Scary Movie 3. Although it’s not an awful film at any point, and is at least consistent with its outlandish brand of humour, this really isn’t an entertaining film, failing to make pretty much any of its parody comedy work well, and instead prove a rather annoying and entirely incomprehensible watch.
Of course, if you adored the first two films, then this will be a little more up your alley. The comedy is pretty much the same – albeit with rather less funny writing all round – and the cast is still as manic and crazed as before, meaning that Scary Movie 3 will undoubtedly delight fans of the past instalments.
However, if you were either less-than-entertained or simply not enamoured by the previous films’ outlandish parody humour, then you’ll definitely not take to Scary Movie 3 at all. I had enjoyed pockets of the last two films, but still felt rather annoyed by them as a whole, so I was even more frustrated when this film carried on the same premise, but with absolutely no funny moments throughout.
With the exception of one good chuckle at the hand of Leslie Nielsen towards the end, I really can’t recall laughing at all in this film, and although there is an element of totally braindead silliness that means you don’t have to take it too seriously, its in-your-face qualities that are best summed up by its gross-out humour make it an annoying watch all the same.
When it comes to the story, we shouldn’t really be putting much focus on it at all, however I felt even more frustrated by the film’s completely incoherent narrative. From beginning to end, the movie fails to engage you in the mania of the events going on, simply because it has nothing to tell you other than copies of Signs and The Ring, with nothing else really on display in the story, and absolutely no characters or intrigue to care about at any point.
Again, if you’re a fan of the Scary Movie series, then I think you’ll have fun with this film, but that’s only if you have a completely foolproof love for the series’ sense of humour. If not, then Scary Movie 3 will likely prove both irritating and unfunny, as it did for me, and that’s why I’m giving it a 5.3 overall.