Anna Faris, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Tori Spelling, Christopher
Masterson, Hildagarde Wayans, Kathleen Robertson, Nina Wayans,
Regina Hall, B.B. Wayans, James Woods, Andy Richter, Chris Elliott,
Tiny Wayans, Tim Curry, David Cross, Orson Wayans, John-John Wayans,
Keefer Wayans, Cindy-lou Wayans, Bo-Bo Wayans, Sperm Sample Wayans,
Ghost of Christmas Past Wayans and Richard Moll
by: Keenen Ivory Wayans
I was surprised. Pleasantly surprised. I snuck my "under
age" nephew in with me- that's what the black sheep aunt
is for, no? - And we both hooted and hollered for a while at the
silly things before us. I broke into a cold sweat at my own "movie
choice folly" as some of the more sex-in-your-face stuff
sailed right over his innocent little head-thankfully.
Poor kid just looked a bit confused.
boy is a big Wayans bros. fan. A fan of Shawn and Marlon that
is. He never heard of the elder brilliant duo Damon and Keenen.
So, I sat him down before the movie started and told him of a
time before the generic Saturday Night Live, and before we had
that "Must See TV" fiasco... How two brothers, now part
of a dynasty of comics, got together and sold a TV station on
a hip new risk taking sketch comedy show called In Living Color.
As my eyes welled with tears from all the fond memories, the gang
members behind us threw soda and popcorn at me...But not before
I was able to tell him of his favorite comedians' heritage...
dramatics aside, Scary Movie 2 was really funny. In a non- cerebral
way. Simple drive-in and leave your brain checked at the door
humor. Rest assured there are no life lessons here and you aint
gonna learnt a nuthin' thing. Marlon (in a personal interview
found here->) had promised it would
be funnier than the first and I believe it was. Though I kind
of hated the first one.
story is wafer thin as with most horror/comedy flicks. SC2 alludes
to a bazillion horror movies and bombards you with every thing
from an 11 foot rasta ganga plant, to an evil nightmare inducing
clown doll, and a raunchy, verbally abusive stuffed parrot. You
have to just see...
kids from SC1 are back (at least Anna Faris, Regina Hall, And
the bros. Wayans; Shawn and Marlon, from SC1 mixed with new castinettes;
a very non-stereotypical Tori Spelling, a flamboyant professor
played by flamboyant Tim Curry, smutty beauty Kathleen Robertson,
a generic Christopher Masterson, uber clever David Cross, Chris
-I'd breed with him- Elliot and a quick appearance by James Woods
(<-really, that James Woods).
gang is blackmailed by the promise of an "A" for a paranormal
class they are all conveniently taking at the same college conveniently...
they have to do is collectively spend the weekend in this creepy,
yet, gorgeous mansion under siege by various nasty spirits. Of
course they are not actually told of the house's ominous history
or about the guest-phobic spirits! WHAHWAHWAAA
(<- evil laugh). So they oblige, natch.
arrive and are greeted by Hanson (Chris- way underrated- Elliot)
the deranged (and hysterical) riff raffy butler. He has an appendage
that is more than just a prosthetic prop; it's an entire gaggle
of laughs! And, even though SC2, knowingly, beat the crippled
hand shtick to a pulp, every time we all roared like the good
little audience we were. Sure, it was stooopid, but it sure was
the meddling kids are attacked by all sorts of menacing spirits,
the Professor (Tim "I don't want to do the godamn Time Warp-piss
off and get a life!" Curry) and his associate (David Cross),
spy on them and their reactions. Your thinking snore-fest right?
the wackiness of the whole thing that makes it work. The word
war between two "physically challenged" cast members,
Cross and Elliot, is worth the fee alone. But you also get a maniacally
funny James Woods in a brief, yet after-laugh inducing quickie
as a Priest in a spoof of the Exorcist. Which is by far one of
the funniest scenes in the movie! Not to mention plenty of juvenile
dick jokes and T&A close ups. Dressed T&A but non-the
less...the younger lads will be happy.
me put it this way, it's tacky in-your-face-you-gonna-laugh-or-I'll-bring-out-da-dick-jokes-humor.
The writers throw their bevy of slapstick- mindless-toilettes
filled with waste- type humor at you, shamelessly. But you know
what? After a hard day's night it's just what the hot summer dayz
ordered. Lighten up and go see this for some back-in-high-school-esque
humor. If you liked Scary Movie1, can't help you...But, personally
I found this version funnier.
If your an "adult" who hates the sophomoric- borderline-
moronic humor-of a Road Trip genre movie and prefer to re-rent
the latest Ralph Fiennes mini-epic to unwind on a weekend, skip
and Marlon are certainly sweet on the retina. Scumptious duoble
dutch chocolate brother bars. Though, that Damon fella they share
the family turkey with is sugar plum sweet as well...Does a lady
have to chose?
Recommendation: Wayans' Brain Frittata, Hanson style mash
potatoes and a chilled Chianti