Published Jul 01, 2001After previous edits of this movie were deemed too much to handle by the MPAA, Keenen Ivory Wayans and company were rumoured to have finished editing this film a week before it was set to be released. It definitely shows. "Scary Movie 2" is a big mess of a film that really doesn't seem to go anywhere. It was as if the script was penned while the movie was being filmed, which might not be totally out of the question.
The opening sequence of the film starts off quite promising with a spoof of "The Exorcist," including actors such as James Woods, Natasha Lyonne and Andy Richter. The gags in this opening sequence aren't incredibly witty yet are carried well by the more-experienced performers. Then the real movie starts as the featured cast are brought in and everything collapses. The frail plot has the kids from the previous installment of "Scary Movie" returning to spend some time in a haunted house as a school trip of sorts. Their professor (Tim Curry) is a pervert looking for some student action and his wheelchair-bound accomplice is played by David Cross (someone with true comedic talent that is completely wasted). Neither of these roles, or any of the roles for that matter, seem to play any relevance to the film. Basically the cast are just bodies used to carry out gross-out scenes and potty humour by the truckload.
With all of the film spoofs in "Scary Movie 2" deriving from last year's summer blockbusters (none of them really being from the horror genre at all) and the humour level at playground level, it's not hard to see what age group the writers were aiming at when jotting this one down. After occasionally funny, but repetitive jokes, the movie wraps up and the audience is left to wonder, What just happened? With all the raunch stinking up the screen you forget that they're supposed to be battling some sort of ghost that never seems to be a threat to anyone. There are so many loopholes in this film that it almost seems like it wasn't worth releasing prematurely if there were so many deleted scenes. But if these chopped out takes are as monotonous as the ones that were left in, do we really need to see them?