Monday, November 7, 2011

Scary Movie (2000)

The Scary Movie sequels have been playing nonstop on Comedy Central lately, and it has made me realize that I forgot how much I loved the original Scary Movie.  At the time, a horror-comedy spoof was such a novel concept, and of course, it's been done into the ground over the last decade.   Anna Faris is an incredible female comedian with perfect timing and never fails to crack me up.

I remember seeing this flick when it first came out, at the movie theater with about a dozen friends from work.  This came out in 2000, so I was 17 at the time, and this was the most scandalous thing out there.  When the gym teacher's balls fell out of her (his?) panties, we all screamed and nearly fell out of our seats.  For the time, this was really pushing the envelope.

Scary Movie is a hysterical parody, utilizing plenty of toilet humor, a good amount of sex, and just some good old blood and gore.  It basically follows the premise of Scream combined with I Know What You Did Last Summer, with some other movies thrown in.    From what I can count, Scary Movie makes fun of Scream, Dawson's Creek, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense, Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon, and that WASSSSUUUPPPP Bud Light commercial.

The comedy is on-point, and most of the actors are perfect for the roles.  The Brenda/Ray dynamic never fails to crack me up, especially when he has her put all the football gear on and tackle him.  Anna Faris is hilarious as usual, with her boyfriend Bobby (Jon Abrahams) bearing a fairly close resemblance to Skeet Ulrich.  I always love seeing Shannon Elizabeth, and Carmen Electra replaces Drew Barrymore's iconic cameo.    Unfortunately, Scary Movie is not as fresh and controversial as it was ten years ago, but it is still a really fun flick.   It's on instant Netflix, so worth a (drunken) watch.  Enjoy.