“Scary Movie 5” is a pathetic, pitiable attempt at a comedy. I honestly felt sorry at times for its producers and participants. This film is an embarrassment.
It’s a hollow shell of its predecessors in this once mediocre franchise.
As with the prior installments in the “Scary Movie” franchise, “Scary Movie 5” is a spoof movie, stringing together a series of scenes which mock other recent films, without any seeming rhyme or reason. In this particular case, we’re given skits involving the completely unrelated films “Mama”, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “Black Swan”, “Evil Dead”, “Paranormal Activity 4”, and “Inception”. Several of those films are already old news. “Apes”, “Black Swan” and “Inception”, particularly, are all at least two years old or older. Not that there’s any sense in the rationale behind the selections anyways, but selecting films that have been out of theaters so long gives audiences one more reason to feel that this movie is “tired”.
Not that they’ll need another one. It’s painfully obvious that this series is running on fumes. With a ninety minute runtime, and a film that throws jokes at the audience as quickly as it can, I still only found maybe… maybe… two or three things to be mildly humorous. I know I certainly didn’t laugh. The humor here is absolutely abysmal. Apparently the franchise has devolved from parody into pratfalls and potty humor, as a good percentage of the film is dedicated to people getting hit in the head or kicked in the crotch or sitting on the toilet, farting, apes flinging feces, etc. What parody elements they do have certainly aren’t clever in any regard, either. Jokes routinely fall completely flat, and we’re left to wonder how anyone believed how any of this would ever be found funny.
But wait! There’s more! The lifeless material found within is delivered by a terribly unfunny cast. Ashley Tisdale is a far cry from Anna Faris in the lead; she simply doesn’t have an ounce of funny in her. Joining her is Simon Rex, who I’ve never seen in anything else and now I know why. Erica Ash confuses being funny with being loud as Tisdale’s friend/understudy. Backing these three in the onslaught of awfulness are a collection of comedic castoffs. Katt Williams, Terry Crews, Snoop Dogg, Mike Tyson and a couple of slumming SNL alums (Molly Shannon and Darrell Hammond) all show up to demonstrate just how slim their career opportunities are. Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan’s scene was the high point of the movie for me, and I thought it was terrible.
It all adds up to one of the dumbest, most boring, most lifeless comedies you’d ever hope not to have to see.
In all honesty, if you found this movie funny, please don’t tell anyone. Seriously, I’m trying to help, it’s not the type of thing that reflects well on a person.