Combustible Celluloid
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With: Anna Faris, Marlon Wayans, James DeBello, Shawn Wayans, David Cross, Regina Hall, Chris Masterson, Tim Curry, Kathleen Robertson, Chris Elliott, James Woods, Andy Richter, Tori Spelling, Natasha Lyonne, Veronica Cartwright
Written by: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Alyson Fouse, Greg Grabianski, Dave Polsky, Michael Anthony Snowden, Craig Wayans
Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual and gross humor, graphic language and some drug content
Running Time: 83
Date: 07/04/2001

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Flee with Glee

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The new Wayans Brothers comedy may be the most astoundingly sloppy film to be released in theaters since Edward D. Wood Jr. was alive. Here the brothers take on such horror classics as The Exorcist and The Haunting, continuing to spew various substances long after you think they're going to stop.

James Woods and Andy Richter begin the proceedings as priests in the Exorcist parody, with Natasha Lyonne as the possessed teen. Remember the pea soup from the original, multiply that by at least ten, and you'll get an idea of the general tone of the scene.

The main plot has a group of teens, led by the game-for-anything Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris), spending the night in a haunted house. Tim Curry and David Cross appear, but most memorable is Chris Elliot as Hanson, the old caretaker with the freakishly mutilated hand.

It may not be sophisticated or brilliant, but the Wayans' joyous descent into bodily fluid excess makes this laugh fest worth seeing.

In 2011, Lionsgate released a new Blu-Ray edition, featuring most of the extras from the old Miramax DVD: a beind-the-scenes featurette, featurettes on the makeup, the cat, and the visual effects, plus deleted and alternate scenes.

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