Directed by: David Zucker
Starring: Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Regina Hall
I gotta give Scary Movie 3 just a tiny bit of credit. Since it was directed by David Zucker (of Airplane! fame), it actually has a really good sense of timing to it, and not EVERY joke has the punchline of weed or a penis. Several, yes, but not ALL, and this is the key distinction between it and the previous films in the series. Also, not a single Wayans brother in sight, and that’s always a plus.
The plot is mostly a cross between The Ring and Signs, where Anna Faris accidentally watches a video tape that makes people die seven days after they watch it, and she ends up going to Charlie Sheen’s farm where aliens have landed to get to the bottom of it. There’s also a pretty major dose of 8 Mile incongruously shoved into the beginning, and several other parody sequences of popular movies at the time.
George Carlin is in this movie! As a horny, farting version of the Architect from The Matrix Reloaded. Yep, that sentence is a real thing and is also accurately factual. Leslie Nielsen is also in it as the president of the US and he’s basically a bumbling old man. So… he’s Leslie Nielsen. Both of these great comedic actors are dead now. Is it because they were both in Scary Movie 3? The scientists among you may not be so quick to make such a link, but I will decisively say that yes, that is exactly the reason.