David Zucker offers another entry in the successful comedy series. Now, to my refined tastes, "stupid" doesn't mean a ton of scatological jokes - I'd call that "dumb" - but rather a form of comedy in which the characters take their world far too literally with a knowledge that reflects both what they know and what the audience knows that they shouldn't know. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is both Roger Murdock and himself at the same time.
Leslie Neilson is serious, but won't be called "Shirley. Through some highs Scary Movie 3 , some lows Scary Movie 2 , and, you know, the first one, the franchise has become nothing if not an interesting look at the pop-culture of horror films and how we react to them. But is it as good as its predecessor or is it another Hot Shots Part Deux? The Movie It'd be silly to try to describe the plot of Scary Movie 4. All you really need to know is that Anna Faris returns as Cindy Campbell, hapless victim to every horror-movie trope in the world.
And they all work pretty well. One scene in particular, in which Anna Faris and Regina Hall simply step over a small shrub to go from a highly-trafficked highway into an anachronistic village, felt cathartic after the stupid twist in M. Nor are all the good bits wasted on Shyamalan. The 's creepy Conchita Campbell plays a hilarious parody of Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, wearing ridiculous outfits while espousing inane bits of wisdom on how her Dad can reconnect with his family.
And, yes, scenes in which we see Dakota Fanning's character repeatedly struck by lightning is actually pretty funny. But despite my aforementioned love of stupid humor, sometimes the jokes can become a tad grating. In one scene parodying War of the Worlds, a series of clouds form a giant butt and begin farting lightning.
Not to mention the alien "tripod" ship in the shape of a giant iPod. Jokes like these - did you think we'd get out of the movie without at least one easy Brokeback Mountain parody? An old rule of film comedy is playing it straight and these jokes feel like everyone's just winking at the camera. Another problem is the lack of plot. Yes, I know, I know, the writers didn't intend for a real plot and we shouldn't be disappointed that there isn't one.
At the same time, the characters have absolutely no wants and it's hard to really care about them. This might not seem like a big deal, but think about classic comedies such as There's Something About Mary or The Naked Gun in which you're invested in the characters, even when they're dumb as dirt.
Without much of a plot, it's hard to become attached to a lot of the move over-reaching character jokes.
Yet, even with its flaws, it's a testament to Scary Movie 4's humor that I still had a great time. The jokes are hilarious, the cameos are fun, and the parodies are on more than not. It isn't nearly as good as the third movie in the series, but it's still leagues funnier than the recent Date Movie spin-off.
Although it won't be remembered in the same vein its predecessors Airplane! Details are sharp and colors are strong, too. Coming in a 1. On the downside, the sheer quality of the video really reveals the cheap CG effects used throughout the film.
Much like the video, it isn't perfect, but surprisingly good for a comedy. For example, in a scene which parodies Tom Cruise's much-loved appearance on Oprah, the character runs around the set and tosses things back and forth. Loud crashes fill the room and really explore the space. This release features the following extras: Zucker, Weiss, and Mazin never let up with their jokes and trivia about the production. Some might find them too silly, telling elaborate stories, only to reveal they were joking.
On the other hand, this carefree tone really fits well with the movie itself and fans shouldn't be disappointed. The guys obviously had a great time making the movie and working with the cast. The deleted scenes are fun, but you really understand why the scenes got cut. Many of the jokes are cheesy and most are repetitive with what's already in the movie.
However, the scenes are worth listening just for the commentaries in which the filmmakers bash themselves and the scenes that were cut. The blooper reel is fun, but pretty much the same thing that every blooper reel is: Although it's funny at first, it becomes obvious after a while that it's just an extended gag and everyone's in on the joke. Unfortunately, many of the other features could've been combined into one. And yet these separate features are only a good two to three minutes each.
The thing is, these features and the visual effects feature could've easily been combined into a solid, hour-long making-of feature. Separate, the featurettes appear flimsy and quickly thrown-together. If some extra time were spent to tie everything together neatly, these features would've been much more fun and interesting.
There are a lot of features here, but the quantity is overshadowed by a general sloppiness of presentation. Many of these features could've been combined into longer, more solid pieces. Rather, it feels like the DVD producers took as much extra footage as they could and spread it around as thinly as possible, simply so there would be a longer feature list.
What's here is good, but don't let the extensive selection fool you into thinking it's by any means great.