Review Date: November 12, 2004
Director: Don Mancini
Writer: Don Mancini
Producers: David Kirshner, Corey Sienega
Jennifer Tilly as herself/Tiffany
Brad Dourif as Chucky (voice)
Redman as himself
The latest installment in the "Chucky" horror series finds the killer doll in Hollywood with his wife Tiffany, being tracked down by their son who doesn't enjoy violence, murder and mayhem half as much as his parents so obviously still do. The loving family attempts to improve themselves as a family unit, while real-life actress Jennifer Tilly and real-life actor/rapper Redman, attempt to have sex in the meantime. Hollywood, lots of blood, some T&A, murders, F-bombs and a short runtime...ensue.
I dig Chucky. I dig him as a character and no matter what you think of the CHILD'S PLAY flicks, one of the reasons that you're likely to either enjoy or despise the films is Chucky, the character himself. I haven't watched his earlier incarnations in a while, but it seems to me like he's gotten more and more perverted, foul-mouthed and homicidal, as the series has progressed. And I like that!! This is, after all, a horror series about a doll...who kills. We're not talking SOPHIE'S CHOICE here. And for what it is, this latest installment delivers most of what you'd expect with pride, plenty of profanity-laced one-liners, blood-soaked murders, big-boobed stars and moments of humor, spliced throughout. The film's biggest problem? Well, there's no story, really. I mean, I don't mind if a film doesn't follow the standard 3-act specimen of most produced screenplays, but what exactly are we meant to be following here? I really didn't see where this movie was headed and even more importantly, I didn't really care. I know that a horror/comedy movie's main priority isn't necessarily a congruent storyline, but this one seemed to have a really cool premise with a new "baby doll" coming into play, as well as the real-life of Hollywood (and actress Jennifer Tilly) meching with the fake world of the killer dolls, but the filmmakers just didn't seem to take much advantage of that.
The sets were also abundantly obvious and it felt like the entire thing was shot over a couple of weeks, using two or three stage sets. The new "baby doll" was well voiced by Billy Boyd though, although I'm not sure the whole Glen/Glenda thing was the way to go (any reference to infamous director Ed Wood certainly can't be a good omen to any film). There were also lame bits including a subplot with a limo driver and a dated gag featuring a Britney Spears look-a-like which simply didn't need to be there. Granted, I was never bored throughout the film, as many of Chucky's zingers worked, and the murders were beyond gory and bloody, but I think the film takes a step down from BRIDE OF CHUCKY, which seemed to have a greater energy, a more interesting storyline, as well as more action and interest for the viewer. That said, I still recommend that any real fan of the series check this film out in theaters, since it does really deliver in the number of ways that you'd expect (in fact, it even goes overboard on a number of bits), but if you're expecting an all-out solid horror/comedy, there's no need to take 85 minutes out of your schedule to see this one in theaters. Wait for video, buy yourself a Chucky doll, get drunk and enjoy the tomfoolery displayed on screen. Seriously though...don't take this one too seriously and you might just enjoy most of it. Oh and a big thank you to Mr. Don Mancini and everyone behind this film for finally giving a horror/sci-fi flick the rating that it deserves: R!!