October 2003
Scary Movie 3

Reviewed by Edgar Arce
Scary Movie 3
Distributor: Dimension Films
Directed by: David Zucker
Producers: Robert K. Weiss
Screenwriter: Craig Mazin & Pat Proft
Cast: Anna Farris, Anthony Anderson, Leslie Nielsen, Camryn Manheim, Simon Rex, George Carlin, Queen Latifah, Eddie Griffin, Denise Richards, Regina Hall, & Charlie Sheen.
Rated: PG-13
  Based on Character created by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, & Aaron Seltzer


Wow! The minute this movie begins, you are hit with joke after joke that only a Zucker film can produce. Scary Movie 3 is definitely the better of the three films, and shockingly so, even though there is not one Wayans family member in this one. From the beginning, none of last years films are safe, in fact everything from The Ring, Signs, 8 Mile, and The Others is fair game in this film. The scene that garnered the most applause comes when Charlie Sheen faces of with “The Gloved One” and renders him victim to his own antics, then asking him, “how do you like how it feels?”

The film also has a very funny opening scene with Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson. In it they spoof The Ring, and are sitting around in school girl uniforms talking about the tape that kills you in seven days after you watch it. What is hysterical about this scene is that the shirt Pamela Anderson is wearing continues to shrink in each shot, growing tighter and tighter exposing Anderson’s freakishly huge chest! Now that was scary!

One thing that was nice to see in this chapter of the Scary Movie franchise was the inclusion of the two key individuals that made this style of film genuinely funny. Leslie Nielsen was very funny in the Airplane movies, and grabbed even more fame with the infamous Police Squad series on television. He was lifted to the king of the dead pan with his participation in the Naked Gun films soon thereafter. In Scary Movie 3 he, appropriately enough, plays the President of the United States that soon realizes there is a plan by aliens to takeover the world. Well, I don’t have to tell you, but that ends up being a recipe for belly laughs.

And finally the other person involved in the production to cap this movie off with comedic genius, is non other than director David Zucker. From the start this movie has a joke every minute, both visually, and spoken. The formula used by Zucker seems to smell a lot like that of Airplane, and Police Squad all mixed in one giant burrito. What even made me smile the most was the little tribute to Airplane that Zucker included towards the climatic end of the film, which was very cleverly done.

All in all, Scary Movie 3 is definitely laugh out loud funny, and also very faithful in re-creating some of last years horror and Sci-Fi movies. I recommend catching a matinee showing of this film, sitting back, and just having fun by identifying what movie each scene is from.

Scary Movie 3 opens nationwide in theatres October 24th.