Scary Movie 4
Scary Movie 4 is a 2006 American science fantasy horror comedy film and the fourth installment in the Scary Movie franchise, as well as the first film in the franchise to be released under The Weinstein Company banner since the purchase of Dimension Films from Disney. It was directed by David Zucker, written by Jim Abrahams, Craig Mazin, and Pat Proft, and produced by Robert K. Weiss and Craig Mazin.
|Scary Movie 4|
Theatrical release posters
|Directed by||David Zucker|
|Story by||Craig Mazin|
|Music by||James L. Venable|
|Cinematography||Thomas E. Ackerman|
Brad Grey Pictures
|Box office||$178.3 million|
The film marks the final franchise appearances of the main stars, Anna Faris and Regina Hall (who portray Cindy and Brenda, respectively), and concludes the original story arc. This was initially intended to be the final film in the Scary Movie franchise, until Scary Movie 5 was released by The Weinstein Company on April 12, 2013, in a different storyline, with Simon Rex, Charlie Sheen, and Molly Shannon in different roles.
Shaquille O'Neal and Dr. Phil wake up to find themselves chained to pipes in a bathroom. Their host, Billy the Puppet, reveals that the room is slowly filling with nerve gas with the only way out being to make a basket and get the saws, which have to be used on their feet. Unfortunately, Dr. Phil saws the wrong foot and faints, leaving the two to die.
Meanwhile, Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) visits her brother-in-law, Tom Logan (Charlie Sheen) in New York City. Her husband George (Simon Rex) has died, and her nephew Cody has enrolled in military academy, leaving her broke and lonely. Tom's attempted suicide results in his ingesting viagra, which greatly swells his penis and causes his death when he falls off the railing. Afterwards, Cindy takes a job to care for Mrs. Norris (Cloris Leachman), who lives in a haunted house. Next door is Tom Ryan (Craig Bierko), who runs into George's friends Mahalik (Anthony Anderson) and CJ (Kevin Hart), learning about their homosexual one-night stand. He is greeted at home by the arrival of his estranged children, Robbie (Beau Mirchoff) and Rachel (Conchita Campbell). Over the following day, Cindy bonds with Tom, confiding to him about George's death in a fateful boxing match. The two realize their newfound love, but are interrupted by a gigantic triPod which disables electricity and starts vaporizing the town residents.
Cindy converses in mock Japanese with the haunted house's ghost, Toshio (Garrett Masuda), learning that the answer of the invasion is his father's heart. While Tom leaves the city with his children, Cindy reunites with her friend, Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall), miraculously alive after her death (having been pieces back together by Mahalik). Following Toshio's directions, the two head to the countryside and end up in a mysterious, isolated community. They are captured and put to trial headed by Henry Hale (Bill Pullman). The result allows them to live but never leave the village. Meanwhile, an emergency United Nations meeting, headed by the eccentric U.S. President Baxter Harris (Leslie Nielsen), who is reluctant to stop reading "My Pet Duck", goes awry when a weapon scavenged from the aliens renders everyone stark-naked.
Tom and his children drive and find themselves in the middle of a war between the U.S. military and the aliens. Excited with the conflict, Robbie runs away, while Tom and Rachel are taken by the triPod. Back at the village, Henry is killed by the village loon, Ezekiel (Chris Elliott), revealing to Cindy that he fathered Toshio, who was killed during Cindy's boxing match. Cindy and Brenda are soon taken by the triPod and sent to the bathroom seen in the prologue, and they get stuck into the Venus flytrap. Cindy manages to get through Billy's challenge, but is threatened with the safety of Tom and his children, who are put to traps. Looking at a toilet with the "heart" nearby, Cindy realizes that Billy, through Henry's wife, is the true father of Toshio. Seeing how far Tom would go to save his children, Billy apologizes for the invasion and releases them. Robbie and Rachel are successfully returned to their mother (Molly Shannon), who is revealed to have married a much older man. Brenda also becomes acquainted with Billy's brother, Zoltar.
An epilogue set nine months afterward, narrated by James Earl Jones who is subsequently hit by a bus, reveals Brenda's giving birth to her child with Zoltar, Mahalik and CJ resuming their relationship, and President Harris being contented with his duck. Meanwhile, Tom appears in The Oprah Winfrey Show and wildly professes his love for Cindy by jumping around, throwing Cindy, and crushing Oprah's wrists and hitting her with a chair.
- Anna Faris as Cindy Campbell
- Regina Hall as Brenda Meeks
- Craig Bierko as Tom Ryan
- Leslie Nielsen as President Baxter Harris
- Bill Pullman as Henry Hale
- Anthony Anderson as Mahalik Phifer
- Kevin Hart as CJ Iz
- Beau Mirchoff as Robbie Ryan
- Conchita Campbell as Rachel Ryan
- Molly Shannon as Marilyn
- Michael Madsen as Oliver
- Chris Elliott as Ezekiel
- Carmen Electra as Holly
- Cloris Leachman as Emma Norris
- Garrett Masuda as Toshio Saeki
- Craig Mazin as Billy (voice)
- DeRay Davis as Marvin
- Henry Mah as Mr. Koji
- Patrice O'Neal as Rashed/CrackHead
- Tomoko Sato as Kayako Saeki
- Kathryn Dobbs as School Teacher
- Bryan Callen as Agent Harper
- David Zucker as Zoltar (voice)
- Angelique Naude as Waitress
- Rorelee Tio as Yoko
- Allison Warren as Polish Delegate
- Edward Moss as Michael Jackson
- Champagne Powell as Don King
- Dave Attell as Knifeman
- John Reardon as Jeremiah
- Kimani Ray Smith as Cutman
- Dale Wolfe as Hang Gliding Man
- Shaquille O'Neal as himself
- Dr. Phil as himself
- Simon Rex as George Logan
- Charlie Sheen as Tom Logan (uncredited)
- Debra Wilson as Oprah Winfrey
- James Earl Jones as Narrator / Himself
- Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson as girls in Tom's bed
- Lil Jon as himself
- Fabolous as himself/gunman
- Chingy as himself
- Crystal Lowe as Chingy's girl
- Bubba Sparxxx as hoodlum
- Bone Crusher as hoodlum
- Sean P and J-Bo as YoungBloodZ
- Michael McDonald as Tiffany Stone (female boxer)
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As with the other films in the series, Scary Movie 4 parodies a wide array of movies and television shows.
- Dr. Phil – Appeared in the very start of the movie, ending up his right leg cut off, forming the number 4.
- Saw (franchise) – Billy the Puppet serves as the parody antagonist.
- The Village – Central parody
- The Grudge – Main parody
- War of the Worlds – Main parody
- Million Dollar Baby – Cindy's boxing match against a female Mike Tyson, including the scene where George and several others break their neck on a barstool is parodied from the film.
- Brokeback Mountain – CJ and Mahalik's sexual encounter inside the tent.
- Hustle & Flow – Cindy's brief first marriage.
- Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo – Tom Logan's penis gets attacked by a cat.
- The Oprah Winfrey Show – Tom Cruise’s "jumping the couch" incident.
- President Bush's 9/11 book reading incident – President Harris listening to a girl reading a book about a duck at the Edna R. Penhall Elementary School, while being informed about the alien attacks.
- King Kong – Kong is featured on the cover poster.
Most of the film's soundtrack was composed by Cody Taylor with the help of his backing band Rhythm Light Orchestra and Queen guitarist Brian May. Taylor contributing to the soundtrack introduced Horror Rock and Samba Rock to many Americans who had not heard it before.
The film was released on DVD on August 15, 2006 in rated (83 minutes) and unrated (89 minutes) editions with deleted scenes, bloopers, and outtakes. About 1,581,754 units were sold, bringing in $22,308,989 in revenue.
In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $40.2 million, the third best opening weekend of the Scary Movie franchise. It has the best Easter weekend opening weekend ever, beating Panic Room which made $30.1 million in its opening and also the second best April opening, only $2 million behind Anger Management's record. As of October 18, 2006, the film has grossed a total of $90,710,620 at the United States box office and $178,262,620 worldwide.
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 35% of 128 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.62/10. The site's consensus states, "[Scary Movie 4 is] sure to inspire a few chuckles, but not enough to compensate for the recycled material from its predecessors." On Metacritic, film has an average of 40 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post stated that while "Scary Movie 4 never takes you close to death by laughter [...] it's funny enough to turn the hands on your watch much more quickly than you can believe." Nathan Lee of The New York Times' described the film as being "organized on the principle of parody, not plot, [...] it's an exercise in lowbrow postmodernism, a movie-movie contraption more nuts than Charlie Kaufman's gnarliest fever dream. It's cleverly stupid."
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