Directed by: David Zucker.
Starring: Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Charlie Sheen, Anthony Anderson, Leslie Nielsen, Queen Latifah.
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The story follows Cindy from the first two films, she has now graduated from college and in a career as a newscaster, while raising her sisters son. Her new story is to cover the strange appearances of crop circles on a local farm and a mysterious video tape, that kills people in 7 days....is there a connection between the two? And is there really some connection with an alien invasion?
If any other filmmaker out there attempted to make this film, I would be the sort of person saying something like 'No one will beat what the Wayan's brothers did on the first film'....but with the creator of 'spoof' David Zucker behind the wheel, anythings possible. Although the movie isn't as great as the first nor any of Davids classics, it proves to be a strong installment.
David Zucker created 'spoof', we all know that, so he certainly knows his stuff. Although this film is certainly no Airplane!, it is a stronger (over the second), more mainstream input into the franchise over the first film. Where the first film hit with its sharp wit and vulgar humor, Scary Movie 3 goes PG-13 (big surprise), removing the really dirty dialogue, but thankfully never any of the sharp ideas. David Zucker and his team of writers hit (for the most part) what they are aiming for, even though they do tend to stray away from the films main point, spoofing other mainstream films and including a few pop references that work well...and although it isn't anything big, what I found to be surprising was how far more coherent and easily everything fits together compared to the other films.
Only two of the original cast are back and I am going to come out and say that I do not like Anna Faris here. With the first film, she had real flair and essence to completely mock all teenage horror leading ladies and that was what made her funny, here she doesn't have that quality to work with and she has gained some annoying 'softness' to her voice. Regina Hall is underused, but we have the first two films for that....and the great referencing by adding Leslie Nielsen to the cast was a high point for me, as he never misses a note and it was great to see him back.
It isn't David Zucker's best by a long shot and it doesn't quite hit the 'cult classic' note that is the first film, but it manages to work brilliantly with sharp ideas, witty and silly humor, all while aiming at a mainstream audience, which isn't actually a bad thing for a change. A great addition to the franchise, even if it is a different take.