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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 44min)
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April 19, 2006
30 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] -- Sure enough this PG-13 Scary Movie 4 is another R-13.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dimension Films, Brad Grey Pictures
Distribution (US): The Weinstein Company
Director(s): David Zucker
Producer(s): Phil Dornfeld, Grace Gilroy, Craig Mazin, Nikolette Orlandou, Robert K. Weiss
Screenplay by: Craig Mazin, Jim Abrahams
Story by: Craig Mazin
Characters: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Cinematography/Camera: Thomas E. Ackerman
Music: James L. Venable
Film Editing: Craig Herring, Tom Lewis
Casting: Roger Mussenden
Production Design: Holger Gross
Art Direction: William Heslup
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Scary Movie 4  (PG-13). An impressive cast indeed. Shaq O'Neal, Dr. Phill, Bill Pullman, Leslie Nielsen and even James Earl Jones. Crude, nasty, vulgar with loads of nudity and profanity laced with lots of violence -- that is about the best one-line description I can come up with. Discussion of the "plot" would be a waste of time. Besides, I am not sure there was one. This Scary Movie 4,  as are all other Scary Movies , is little more than a collection of people seeing just how nasty they can get.

This PG-13 Scary Movie 4  is another R-13. Of the four Scary Movie  installments so far, at least this Scary Movie 4  (a final score of 30 out of 100) earned:

  • 30 more points out of 100 than its R-rated eldest brother Scary Movie with a final score zero

  • two more points out of 100 than its R-rated brother Scary Movie 2 with 28 points out of 100

  • and four more points out of 100 than its PG-13 rated brother Scary Movie 3 with a final score of 26

    Following is a pictorial perspective of the above scoring differentiation;

    If nothing else, digest this perspective from the above data. Scary Movie  of 2000 with a final score of zero is rated R. Scary Movie 2  of 2001 with a final score of 28 is also rated R. With both Scary Movie  and Scary Movie 2  being rated R the scoring of them is to be expected. The range of final scores earned by R-rated movies consistently is 54 and below out of 100. However, Scary Movie 3  of 2003 with a final score of 26 is rated PG-13 and Scary Movie 4  of 2006 with a final score of 30 is also rated PG-13.

    Every one of the Scary Movies  earned a score less than 54: 2000 - zero; 2002 - 28; 2003 - 26; 2006 - 30, placing them all squarely and deeply  into the 54 and below range of scores earned by R-rated films in the comparative baseline database. But the 2003 and 2006 versions are each rated PG-13 by the MPAA.

    In another format, the above data reveal:

    2000 - R. Score: zero
    2001 - R. Score: 28
    2003 - PG-13. Score: 26
    2006 - PG-13. Score: 30

    Each of the PG-13 rated films earned scores within two points out of 100 of the R-rated 2001 film.

    These trends corroborate our finding of the decay of standards by the MPAA since before 2000 (see R-13) but for R-rated films. Meaning, even R-rated films are getting raunchier and the trend of PG-13 films being more "R" each year. I can't wait until someone steps forward and funds compiling the massive  data we have accumulated.

    Note also the distribution of ignominy. In each film the film content was severe enough to earn the film a score of zero (clearly  equivalent to R-rated films) in each of the investigation areas of Impudence/Hate (predominantly profanity), Sexual Immorality and Offense to God (predominantly the use of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive). Again Hollywood reveals what they think our teens want in and as entertainment.

    There is more revealed by the above scoring distribution but going into any more detail would be beating a dead horse.

    This film is a collection of takes from other films, the 2005 War of the Worlds (PG-13 [R-13]) being the main feature Scary Movie 4  emulates. Other spoofs in Scary Movie 4  include Saw  (R), The Ring (PG-13 [R-13]), Ring 2 (PG-13 [PG-13]), The Village (PG-13 [PG]), Million Dollar Baby  (PG-13 [R-13]), The Grudge (PG-13 [R-13]) and, of course, Brokeback Mountain (R). And, as usual, many of the films Scary Movie 4  spoofs are rated R or earned a R-13 CAP score, requiring the "permitted" 13 year old to have seen them to understand the attempted humor and connection.

    Potshots taken include

  • Tom Cruise's Ray Ferrier from War of the Worlds , played by Craig Bierko as Tom Ryan.

  • Hilary Swank's Margaret "Maggie" Fitzgerald from Million Dollar Baby , played by Anna Faris as Cindy Campbell.

  • William Hurt's Edward Walker from The Village , played by Bill Pullman as Henry Hale (who also played Dr. Peter Kirk from The Grudge ).

  • President G. W. Bush, played by Leslie Neilsen as President Harris.

  • Oprah Winfrey, played by Debra Wilson

  • Michael Jackson, played by Edward Moss.

    Mom/dad, this is one of the more "hardcore" R-13 films. Profanity is rampant with 48 uses in one hour and forty-four minutes, 14 of them by adolescents just like yours. Sexually immoral talk, deeds and imagery are thick. While the individual instances of violence are not as bold and graphic as are typically found in R-rated films, there are enough individual instances to be equivalent in magnitude of violence to many R-rated films (See our CAP Rule of 1000 for more information on this modern film making device).

    Focusing this paragraph on Christian standards, Scary Movie 4  fills ears, young as well as old, with 17 uses of God's name in vain. [Deut. 5:11] Though none are used with the common four letter expletive, omitting the four letter expletive does not diminish the violation of God's Word with each use of His name in vain. And three of them are spoken by adolescents. [Luke 17:2] There are also 48 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, including two uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8, Isa. 13:11, Prov. 22:11] Fourteen of the 48 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary are spoken by adolescents. [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17]

    I bring up "spoken by adolescents" because of Luke 17:2 and others. If you take you children to see such entertainment, you take a chance of them perceiving you taking them as giving them implicit approval of the content of the entertainment. No matter what your words say. No matter what their words say as you say your words. [1 Cor. 15:33] We have cared for thirty-three children over the years, some for weeks some for years (two biological children, thirty-one foster children, adopted seven of them, fixing to adopt one more). And every one of them who could talk had a different vocabulary when mom and I were not around. They certainly did not get such a vocabulary from me. Or mom. Y'see, the kids walking the school halls with yours have more influence over your kids' vocabulary than your words when your words have dissipated and are, for the moment, a distant memory. From where do you think their peers get their vocabulary? Other kids? Sure. But from where do they  get it? Absolutely! From modern cinema. In this day and age, it is cool to be bad for the middle school "PG-13" crowd.

    The above paragraph speaks only to the profanity matter and its "catching" properties. The same applies to the sexual responsibilities of your children as they mature while being influenced by the cavalier disregard and even contempt for sexual purity of such entertainment. And such influence may last eighteen years.

    Then comes the influence of violence in and as entertainment which has already been proven to be influential not only by God [1 Cor. 15:33] but by professional health scientists as well Joint Statement .... [Rom. 12:18, 3John 11]

    Would anyone care to guess why the images on the bandage on the horizontal finger in the poster art is in "childhood" format? How about the "cut here" dotted line on the vertical finger?

    Please consider strongly the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this caliber of entertainment is fit for your family.


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  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. [Yes, it is arrogance and haughtiness which gives us the impudence to speak profanity.]
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • 3John 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil [violent, immoral, debaucherous - all sin] but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective  heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Scary Movie 4 (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • slapstick violence, frequent
  • impalement
  • death by falling boxcar
  • horror gore as humor, repeatedly
  • electrocution of a child by lightning, twice
  • beatings, repeatedly
  • people vaporized, repeatedly
  • gunfire injury to privates
  • people on fire
  • gunfire killing
  • firearm threat to head
  • knife threat to face
  • crossbow killing
  • knife impalement, graphic
  • child death
  • death by being hit by bus

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 48 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, 14 by adolescents
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • teen arrogance against father with destruction of father's property
  • lies
  • flatulence, repeatedly, long sequences of it with diarrhea sounds
  • further teen arrogance at father
  • washing face and body with urine
  • teen calling father a profane name

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • animated sexual exhibition
  • women as toys, repeatedly
  • crude anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • request for sex
  • camera angle with self touching
  • claims of adulterous behavior, both heterosexual and homosexual
  • below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows
  • crude sexual humor, frequent
  • homosexual portrayal - Brokeback Mountain
  • photo nudity
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • clouds shaped like buttocks with lightning as flatulence
  • sexual innuendo, some vulgar
  • woman in shower
  • porn comment before children
  • attention to being nude
  • admission of sexually immoral behavior
  • animal copulation
  • crotch hit, repeatedly
  • marriage of homosexual practitioners
  • speaking of sexually immoral deeds
  • sex request
  • offer of sex
  • full nudity
  • additional full nudity, multiple, both male and female, repeatedly
  • inference of pedophilia
  • visual implication of woman masturbating a man, genitals not seen
  • intercourse between machines
  • long sequence of sexually oriented discussion/behavior
  • long sequence of crude sex humor
  • self touching
  • additional homosexual inference - Brokeback mountain
  • rear male nudity, repeatedly
  • motions of intercourse, repeatedly
  • crude anatomical gore

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar

    Offense to God (O)
  • 17 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive, three by adolescents
  • ghost/demon boy, repeatedly
  • demon hand protruding from the back of a woman's head
  • equating God with Buddha

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • suicide by sword
  • murder by knife

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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.

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