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Scary Movie 2
cast: Anna Faris, Shawn Wayans, Regina Hall, Marlon Wayans, and Tim Curry

director: Keenen Ivory Wayans

75 minutes (18) 2001
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Dimension DVD Region 2 rental
Also available to rent on video

RATING: 6/10
reviewed by Porl Broome
When it comes to film parodies, Wayans has always been one of the better proponents. His blaxploitation parody I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) is a classic comedy movie, and while the original Scary Movie didn't quite scale to the same comedic heights it still proved entertaining and charmingly crude. This time around the action is centred on a parody of The House On Haunted Hill, with Scary Movie's original cast (and a couple of newcomers) being summoned to Hell House by their psychology lecturer (played by a particularly lecherous Tim Curry) for a supposed experiment in insomnia. Of course, his motives are far from innocent, and his true intent (apart from groping co-eds) is to capture evidence of paranormal activity.
   The parody comes thick and fast this time around, with everything from Charlie's Angels, It, Little Shop Of Horrors and even Dude, Where's My Car? and The Weakest Link getting the Wayans brothers treatment. There's no denying that to an extent you have to check your brain at the door, and if you're easily offended by dick jokes and copious amounts of bodily fluids then stay clear (Wayans has never been one to play the PC card). There are laughs to be had here, however the puns are very hit and miss - as is evidenced by the painfully unfunny Exorcist take-off (starring a wildly misguided James Woods) which opens the film. In the end, it's the more outrageous character performances which carry the film - Marlon Wayans reprises his OTT empty-pothead role as Shorty, Anna Faris does the Neve Campbell thing very well once more, David Cross is very good as Tim Curry's indignant paraplegic assistant, and Chris Elliot is disgustingly fascinating as Hell House's creepy butler. Some of the others (particularly Curry) appear to be going through the motions somewhat, and the fact that a foulmouthed parrot steals some of the scenes should, I suppose, tell us something.
   All in all, this is an entertaining movie, with some very funny ideas, which at least flies in the face of common decency (not a bad thing, in these namby-pamby days). Let's just hope the train stops here and that the rumours of 'Scary Movie 3' remain just that.