Scary Movie 3

DVD review from The Movie Snob

Scary Movie 3 (D). Despite the low grade, I can think of a few nice things to say about this movie. For one, it is only 84 minutes long. For another, it is slightly less crude than the two prior installments. This may be because this sequel was not made by the Wayans brothers, but rather by David Zucker, who was part of the team behind Airplane! and The Naked Gun. I actually laughed a couple of times, but on the whole this was still a pretty lame effort. Why the likes of Queen Latifah (Chicago) and George Carlin (Cars) agreed to be in this movie, I do not know. I still like ol’ Anna Faris (Just Friends), though. She’s game for anything, and she’s unbeatable when you need a look of wide-eyed, open-mouthed air-headedness.

Scary Movie 1 & 2

DVD reviews from The Movie Snob

Scary Movie (F). Okay, so I saw this whole Scary Movie trilogy on sale for $13 at Walmart or someplace. I figured it had to be worth that low, low price, didn’t it? Nope, at least not judging by the first entry in the series. The idea was to spoof Scream, with a side order of I Know What You Did Last Summer thrown in for good measure. Which was not a bad concept, but somebody decided it would be even better to smother the spoof elements under layer after layer of crude sexual humor, both visual and verbal. Really, I felt assaulted by this tasteless and offensive movie. Director Keenan Ivory Wayans deserves a stern talking-to by a grandmotherly figure of some sort.  Anna Faris (The House Bunny) stars.

Scary Movie 2 (F). Horrendous. Possibly even more offensive than the first one. How did they get people like James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi) and Veronica Cartwright (Alien) to appear in this repellent film? (Tim Curry’s appearance is somehow less surprising.) It is superior to the original in only two respects — it is six minutes shorter (only 82 minutes), and it features an attractive actress named Kathleen Robertson who kind of reminds me of Kate Beckinsale (The Last Days of Disco). I apparently have seen Robertson before, in an independent flick called XX/XY, but I don’t remember it well enough to recall her.  Anna Faris (Just Friends) returns.

The House Bunny

New review from The Movie Snob

The House Bunny (C). The Borg Queen and I were looking for a lighthearted matinee, and we settled on this movie. I am not familiar with much of star Anna Faris’s work, but she was very good in Just Friends and Lost in Translation. She works very hard in this movie, which is based on a tried-and-true plot but just never takes off. Faris plays Playboy bunny Shelley, who is unexpectedly and unceremoniously kicked out of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion the day after her 27th birthday party. Almost as clueless as she is homeless, she wanders into a gig as house mother to a sorority known as Zeta. The Zetas’ house is falling apart, they have about 6 members, all misfits in some way or another, and they’re in danger of losing their charter unless they can sign up 30 new pledges like, immediately. Of course, Shelley transforms them into foxy little ladies in no time, so surely they will manage to keep their charter–unless the scheming stuck-up girls at that other sorority pull some dirty tricks! There are some funny moments and lots of not-so-funny moments. Emma Stone, who would soon go on to bigger and better things like Zombieland, plays one of the Zetas.  Gorgeous Katharine McPhee (TV’s American Idol) is not bad as one of the Zetas, but the script makes her hugely and unamusingly pregnant (I guess because otherwise she’d have to be one of the mean girls). Another Zeta is a horribly, painfully unfunny knuckle-dragging Neanderthal from Idaho. Tom Hanks’s lamentably average son Colin (TV’s Roswell) atones for some unknown past sins by being forced to play Shelley’s love interest. But, there are some decently amusing moments among the painful and crude ones. Like when Shelley tries to pronounce “philanthropy.” I laughed every time.

Just Friends

A new review from The Movie Snob:

Just Friends (B-). It isn’t Citizen Kane, but this new romantic comedy is not a bad way to spend an hour and a half. The protagonist is Chris Brander, played by previously-unknown-to-me Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool). In the set-up, we learn that in high school Chris was badly overweight, terribly dweeby, and best friends with cute, popular Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart, The Butterfly Effect). His attempt to become more than “just friends” with the fair Jamie goes badly, and after graduation Chris flees their home town in New Jersey for the West Coast. Fast forward to 2005. Now Chris is a skinny, successful, and very cool record executive, and around Christmas he is assigned to escort pop starlet and Britney lookalike Samantha James (Anna Faris of Scary Movie fame) to Paris and to land some recording deal with her. An emergency landing in New Jersey leads to Chris and Jamie’s reconnection and the usual rom-com trials and tribulations. The romantic main plot is average, but I thought that Faris’s performance as a ditzy yet psychotic pop star was hilarious. She stole every scene she was in. Worth seeing.