Review Date: October 26, 2003
Director: David Zucker
Writer: Pat Proft, Craig Mazin
Producers: David Zucker, Robert K. Weiss
Anna Faris as Cindy
Charlie Sheen as Tom
Simon Rex as George
My favorite jokes in the film included several one-liners ("Hey Tom, can you give me a lift home afterwards?" and "My dream is to have a dream!"), the George Carlin architect scene, most of the stuff involving THE RING, especially the dude on the phone, some of the stuff with the aliens (the videotapes were hilarious), as well as several chuckles spread about. I didn't think Leslie Nielsen's character or storyline worked at all, nor Anthony Anderson, who I usually enjoy and some of the more dated jokes like the Michael Jackson stuff. Two-second appearances by Eddie Griffin, Macy Gray, Ja Rule, D.L. Hughley, Jeremy Piven and others were embarrassing as well and surely included for obvious "let's pad the movie up with as many names as we can" reasons, while the opening sequence with Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy showed 1) how damn plastic Anderson has gotten over the years 2) how ridiculously monstrous her boobs have become and 3) how cute Jenny McCarthy is and how she should be in more comedies. I thought the opening could actually have been stronger, but enjoyed a few laughs from it anyway. The film also flew by at a zippy 78-minutes but shafted the audience with no bloopers or extra scenes during its closing credits. In the end, much like any other comedy, and more specifically "spoof comedies", your overall enjoyment of this film will likely depend on the type of humor that you enjoy, the mood that you are in on the day that you see it and the age at which you are presently residing. Notwithstanding all of that, SCARY MOVIE 3 is definitely not a classic by any means and despite one of the Zucker brothers directing it (he of my aforementioned favorites), it is unlikely that it will be remembered as one of the more successful spoofs. My recommendation is to catch it on video and don't expect much from it. "I just wanna wish you good luck...we're all counting on you." Nice nod.
PS: Thumbs waaaaaaay down to Dimension Films for showing clips of the film in the trailer that were not in the finished product. Isn't that called "false advertising"?