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(2003), PG-13 -- Has imagination, creativity and original thought evaporated?.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dimension Films, Brad Grey Pictures
Distribution (US): Dimension Films, Buena Vista International, Miramax Films
Director(s): David Zucker
Producer(s): Grace Gilroy, Kevin Marcy, Kevin Smith, Robert K. Weiss, David Zucker
Written by/Screenplay: Brian Lynch, Craig Mazin, Pat Proft, Kevin Smith, David Zucker
Cinematography/Camera: Mark Irwin
Music: James L. Venable
Film Editing: Malcolm Campbell
Casting: Coreen Mayrs, John Papsidera
Production Design: William A. Elliott
Art Direction: William Heslup
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Scary Movie 3 is a crude and often vulgar humor parody of several movies and their stars with spoofs from:8 Mile - Eminem; The Matrix - Lawrence Fishburne, Gloria Foster; Signs - Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Patricia Kalember; The Ring - Naomi Watts, Sasha Barrese, Tess Hall, the dead girl; The Sixth Sense - Haley Joel Osment. There are possibly spoofs from X2 - Alan Cummins (Kurt Wagner, The Nightcrawler) as well since President Harris (Leslie Nielson) is paranoid about alien possession of his staff and visitors.
It is not likely anyone will be seeking social enlightenment or intellectual refinement from Scary Movie 3. That is good because there are none available in it. That which may be most profound found by the discerning moviegoer in going to see Scary Movie 3 is the quality of the popcorn at the concessions stand. Or maybe the bouquet of the coke. Or the culinary delights of the nachos. Or leaving the show.
Tom (Charlie Sheen), a priest turned farmer after his wife's gory death and his brother, George (Simon Rex) found patterns mashed into their corn field (Signs). A lite sample of the caliber of this film is found in part of the Signs spoof as Tom stood urinating into the stool, then heard a scream, stopped urinating to listen, heard nothing more, started urinating again, heard the scream again, stopped urinating, listened, heard nothing, started urinating again, stopped, listened, heard nothing and repeated this sequence a few times. That sequence is about the highest caliber segment of the whole film. But that is a subjective call on my part, right?
Tom's brother George was interested only in being the greatest white rapper gangsta (8 Mile). After dismal failure as a rapper, Simon became involved with newscast lady, Cindy (Anna Faria) who had latched onto the crop mashing event. But along with Cindy came her "I see dead people" doomsayer nephew (The Sixth Sense) who incessantly irritated and embarrassed people by telling everyone who will listen about the secrets of everyone he meets.
Also along with Cindy also came a video tape that carried a legend that said anyone who watched it would die in seven days (The Ring). The tape took three victims: Cindy's best friend Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall) and half-nude roommates Kate (Jenny McCarthy) and Becca (Pamela Anderson). Cindy took the tape to The Oracle (Queen Latifah) with Orpheus (Eddie Griffin) looking on as The Oracle finished Cindy's sentences and spoke game scores before the game starts (The Matrix).
Scary Movie 3 is saturated. Saturated with vulgarity and crudity. Has imagination, creativity and original thought evaporated? Are we left with so little that we must now force ourselves to laugh at increasingly exceedingly poor taste and all that is vile to reward ourselves with these little slices of narcotic escapism into 75 minutes of empty-headed R-13 buffoonery?
And there are women in "nuderwear." Of course! It's PG-13. Yes, the MPAA fails again at providing reliable guidance and further reveals its trend.
Let the "Selected Scriptures" below suffice, Scriptures such as Ps. 12:8, 1 Cor. 15:33, Jude 4 and Luke 17:2. Especially Luke 17:2 if you decide the listing in the Findings/Scoring section is not enough to warrant NOT taking your teens to see this movie. Understand that "His little ones" includes at-home teens. But that is your call. I am not going to waste any more time on Scary Movie 3..
As a sign of the times, Scary Movie 4 is scheduled for 2004.
By the way, there is suggestion of pedophilia, twice. Both by a priest, of course.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|