It has to be a record. Even with 7 writers (Alison Fouse, Greg Grabianski,
Dave Polsky, Michael Anthony Snowden, Craig Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn
Wayans), SCARY MOVIE 2 still couldn't come up with a single good scene.
Another record might go for the biggest drop in quality from the original
movie to the sequel. SCARY MOVIE was imaginative and funny, but its sequel
is neither. Long stretches of boredom are interrupted periodically by
whispered groans of "Yuck!"
Although outrageous physical comedy can be hilarious, as THERE'S SOMETHING
ABOUT MARY proved, the mere presence of gross-out gags does not guarantee
that something will be funny.
Let me take you on a tour of some of the humor misfires in SCARY MOVIE 2.
In the restaging of the bedroom barfing scene from THE EXORCIST, they
appeared to have used the same special effects team that created the massive
waves in THE PERFECT STORM, as huge wave after wave of vomit hits everyone
in the room. Another scene has a priest (James Woods) on the toilet,
grunting like he's going to explode as flies crawl all over his body.
There's also a trash-talking parrot and a self-described "cripple" who makes
one handicapped joke after another when he isn't falling down the stairs.
The verbal jokes aren't much better than the physical comedy. "Kiss my
grits," is one of the insults that, one guesses, is supposed to be funny.
Never has a movie franchise fallen so far so fast.
SCARY MOVIE 2 runs long even at a mere 1:20. It is rated R for strong
sexual and gross humor, graphic language and some drug content and would be
acceptable for older teenagers.
My son Jeffrey, age 12, gave the movie just one *. He said that it was
sometimes funny and sometimes disgusting. The foul-mouthed parrot appeared
to have generated the majority of his laughs.
Copyright © 2001 Steve Rhodes