Scary Movie 3

Scary Movie 3

3.8 17
Director: David Zucker

Cast: Anna Faris, Anthony Anderson, Charlie Sheen


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Dimension's Scary Movie 3 disc is a strange and sometimes hilarious exercise in what happens when the right talent is handed down notes from the suits on not what to cut out, but add in. The DVD doesn't really lie -- the film in its original version was a mess. First things first, check out that 15-minute alternate ending in the Deleted & Extended menu! WhereSee more details below


Dimension's Scary Movie 3 disc is a strange and sometimes hilarious exercise in what happens when the right talent is handed down notes from the suits on not what to cut out, but add in. The DVD doesn't really lie -- the film in its original version was a mess. First things first, check out that 15-minute alternate ending in the Deleted & Extended menu! Where was that?...In the trash, where it deserves to be. Ordered to parody films that hadn't even come out yet, this finale is filled with out-of-nowhere riffs on everything from A Beautiful Mind to jaw-droppingly lame takes on The Hulk and, yes, even more on The Matrix Reloaded. This is where some of the footage in the first trailer went (not that you'd know from the DVD -- it wasn't included, thanks Dimension!). Switch on the commentary track to even hear the filmmakers dying from embarrassment as the train-wreck ending plays out with a crawl. Amazing enough, they tested this version on some poor souls in the theater! Not only that, but there's footage and interviews in the "Hulk vs. Aliens: Behind-the-Scenes" featurette that just proves how people really believed that this was going to be great. Ouch, indeed. The rest of the ten deleted scenes -- that's right, ten deleted scenes -- are mostly needless trash that just didn't work, though the Cindy Gets Fired scene turns out to be a gas. The commentary tracks are pretty fun, with jokes hurled left and right just as often as jeers and groans. The outtakes section is also good for a few laughs, with the rest of the extras including not one, but two making-of featurettes. Additionally, previews for the first three Osbourne season box sets are included, as is a Dimension promotional reel (again, no theatrical one for the main film). With a fine 2.35:1 widescreen image (also available in a separate full-screen version) and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound sure to rock the old entertainment system at home, this disc looks and sounds nice no matter what may be stinking on the screen. And since Scary Movie 3 is really best in spurts (especially during the non-8 Mile and The Ring moments), having it on DVD would make it easy to skip to the good stuff for some instant laughs.While star Anna Faris returns for the third film in the Scary Movie series, the power behind the camera has shifted from the Wayans brothers to one of the Zucker brothers. The Zucker in question is David Zucker, and he's brought along his partner in movie-parody crime, Leslie Nielsen. This time around, aim is taken at such horror blockbusters as Signs and The Ring, while films of other genres, including Independence Day, 8 Mile, and The Matrix, are also lampooned. The plot finds Cindy (Faris) trying to help the president (Nielsen) thwart an alien attack while also facing crop circles and a mysterious video tape. In the spirit of the two Matrix sequels, Scary Movie 3 was shot back-to-back with Scary Movie 4. Queen Latifah, Charlie Sheen, and Eddie Griffin also star.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The Wayans brothers started this series of fright-film spoofs, but the third Scary Movie is better than the first two combined, thanks to the formidable new team behind the camera. Scary Movie 3 director David Zucker -- who, together with his brother Jerry and their partner Jim Abrahams, practically invented the spoof genre with 1980's Airplane -- worked here with writer Pat Proft, his collaborator from the Naked Gun movies. Zucker tones down the sex-and-drug jokes and relies on tighter scripting, better pacing, and sharper parody to distinguish this entry. Easily recognizable targets of good-natured ridicule include The Ring, Signs, Independence Day, The Matrix,, and even Eminem's 8 Mile. As the story opens, TV reporter Cindy Campbell (series veteran Anna Faris) investigates a number of deaths tied to the viewing of a bizarre videotape, which may have some connection to the crop circles that have appeared in former clergyman Tom Logan’s cornfields. The gags fly fast and furious, and the cast members go through their paces with the goofy, deadpan charm typical of characters in ZAZ-ian spoofs. Helping in this regard is the casting of Charlie Sheen, a veteran of Abrahams and Proft’s Hot Shots movies, as Logan. There's no shortage of cameos, either: Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy figure in yet another variation on the Scream telephone-call opening; Zucker regular Leslie Nielsen pops up as an addle-brained U.S. president, and hip-hop luminaries Queen Latifah, Ja Rule, Method Man, and Master P contribute plenty of raucous humor to the proceedings. A fourth Scary Movie -- also helmed by Zucker and co-scripted by Proft -- is in development, but it'll have to be really special to top this rib-tickling, fast-moving farce.
All Movie Guide
The third in the Scary Movie franchise, this film is little more than a mediocre episode of Saturday Night Live. Indeed, the focus on certain "scary" movies -- like 8 Mile and The Matrix -- are noticeably lackluster when compared to the mini-parodies SNL alumni Mike Myers and Will Ferrell produced for the annual MTV Movie Awards with much greater success. That said, despite the abundance of awkward pop-culture references (it's doubtful that this movie's target audience will catch Leslie Nielsen's small homage to 1980's Airplane!), done-to-death jokes, and lack of any true laugh-out-loud moments, Scary Movie 3 does deliver a joyful, equal-opportunity disrespect for all things politically correct, as well as several well-aimed jabs at modern news media outlets. Clad in cartoonish Catholic school regalia, professional bombshells Pam Anderson and Jenny McCarthy offer a surprisingly self-aware send-up of The Ring's ill-fated video watchers, thus setting the premise for the rest of the movie: the hapless broadcast news journalist Cindy Campbell's (Scary Movie veteran Anna Faris) effort to bring a recent onslaught of crop circles to the forefront of her sex-obsessed station, all the while protecting her friends and family from watching the killer tape. As fate would have it, the crop circles only become the top story when her ratings-hungry television network airs 24-hour footage of the video, in doing so causing an alien race to die off in droves after viewing it via radio waves in space. Certainly, the story is absurd enough to make a funny movie, but the overly heavy reliance on slapstick and bland performances all around keep Scary Movie 3 from reaching its potential. Charlie Sheen's character doesn't so much resemble Mel Gibson's role in Signs as it proves virtually indiscernible from his performance as the angst-ridden Topper Harley in Hot Shots! In the same vein, Simon Rex's boring take on Eminem's rise to stardom is given an inexplicable amount of screen time while Leslie Nielsen, Regina Hall, Eddie Griffin, and Queen Latifah are grossly underutilized. In short, Scary Movie 3 isn't as good as the original, nor is it as bad as Scary Movie 2 or Not Another Teen Movie, a notable companion in over-the-top genre spoofs gone wrong -- perhaps Scary Movie 4 will get it right.

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Product Details

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Alternate ending; Outtakes and bloopers; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; "Hulk vs. Aliens: Behind the Scenes of the Alternate Ending"; "The Making of Scary Movie 3"; "The Making of Scary Movie 3...For Real"; Feature commentary with director David Zucker, producer Robert K. Weiss, and writers Craig Mazin and Pat Proft

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Faris Cindy Campbell
Anthony Anderson Mahalik,Actor
Charlie Sheen Actor,Tom
Leslie Nielsen The President
Camryn Manheim Trooper Champlin,Actor
Simon Rex George,Actor
Pamela Anderson Becca,Actor
Jianna Ballard Sue
Peter Boyle Actor
George Carlin The Architect,Actor
Simon Cowell Actor
Marny Eng Actor
William Forsythe Actor
Macy Gray Actor
Eddie Griffin Orpheus
Regina Hall Brenda Meeks
Darrell Hammond Actor,Father Muldoon
D.L. Hughley Actor
Fat Joe Actor
Diane Klimaszewski Actor
Elaine Klimaszewski Actor
Queen Latifah Aunt SahNeequa,Actor
Method Man Actor
Master P Actor
Jenny McCarthy Actor,Kate
Drew Mikusha Cody
Jeremy Piven Actor,Ross Giggins
Raekwon Actor
Redman Actor
Denise Richards Annie,Actor
Ja Rule Actor
RZA Actor
Tim Stack Actor,Carson Ward
U-God Actor
Carson Ward Actor

Technical Credits
David Zucker Director
Doug Metzger Asst. Director
Kate Vanderbyl Asst. Director
John Papsidera Casting
Viktoria Langton Choreography
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Grace Gilroy Co-producer
Carol Ramsey Costumes/Costume Designer
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Andrew Rona Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Brad Weston Executive Producer
L. Taylor Roberts Makeup
Rachel Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Randy Spendlove Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Weiss Producer
William Elliott Production Designer
Willie Heslup Production Designer
James L. Venable Score Composer
Jason Friedberg Screenwriter
Brian Lynch Screenwriter
Craig Mazin Screenwriter
Pat Proft Screenwriter
Aaron Seltzer Screenwriter
Kevin Smith Screenwriter
Rose Marie McSherry Set Decoration/Design
Michael J. Benavente Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Losing Brain Cells [4:02]
2. Crop Circle Mystery [2:27]
3. Hard-Hitting Coverage [3:12]
4. "The 6-1-1" [4:45]
5. The Rap Battle [8:17]
6. "The TV Is Leaking" [4:38]
7. One Last Time [4:33]
8. Brenda's Wake [4:29]
9. The Scary Movie [5:24]
10. Visiting the Oracle [5:55]
11. "Are You Mad?" [3:41]
12. "Something's Not Right" [1:23]
13. The Architect [4:26]
14. "We Don't Want a Panic" [3:01]
15. "Swing Away" [5:22]
16. Help Arrives [3:17]
17. Breaking the Curse [2:15]
18. End Credits [3:21]


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