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Scary Movie 5 (2013)
Scary Movie 5 has its share of laughs, but ultimately fails in terms of structure and plotting
If I had to compare this movie with the other four previous Scary Movies, this would probably my least or second least favorite of the series next to Scary Movie 4, I can't decide. For one thing, this was a lot more different then I thought it would be. And I don't mean it's all positive. For one thing, the writers who have been in the parody movie business for a few decades, arguably since the beginning of the parody movie, Pat Proft (Wrongfully Accused, Scary Movie 3+4) and David Zucker (Naked Gun trilogy, Flying High) have done a poor job of providing a story and a structure to incorporate into the movie, probably the worst yet in the Scary Movie series. Of course people come to watch Scary Movie for laughs, but the original Scary Movie was so successful because it had good laughs, even laughs you don't pick up in your first viewing, as well as a well-told story with a twist at the end I didn't see at all. They smartly incorporated The Usual Suspects in the last scene for example amongst others, whereas Scary Movie V is mostly just a bunch of scenes thrown in together, with no real structure. You could reorganize the scenes of SM5 in some parts and still have the same story. I guess that comes down to editing too. Repetition, lack of explanation towards certain things, mostly things story-based, and a waste of cameos also downgrade the movie. However I was pleased that the movie was not predictable. Besides SM4, I felt the series had done a good job of not knowing where the movie's going to take you next, and SM5 has achieved that. If you'd watched the movies that Scary Movie parodies then you'll appreciate it that bit more. Everything from the cinematography in Black Swan to the spookiness of the kids parodying Mama (even if one of the spooky pair acts like a dog) is parodied throughout. Whilst I did miss Cindy and Brenda, and I wasn't happy about Charlie Sheen and Simon Rex playing the parts they were in this movie (you'd know if you watched SM4), I see this movie as a parallel universe, and I liked Ashley Tisdale's performance, and it was nice seeing Simon Rex again. The cinema I was in was half-full and around 3/4 of the jokes in the movie people laughed at. Proft and Zucker might not be able to do as good a job as they did with SM3 but they haven't made it a disaster either. If you are going to see SM5, I recommend that you stay around after the first half hour when it is at it's worst. You might not enjoy the middle and end, it might not have been great, but it was certainly better then the start. A sequel is bound to come out in the future from the influx of teenagers who'd want to see this before school goes back. I can imagine Charlie Sheen having another bit role in it, and a whole more bunch of cameos in it, but I do hope still that they make it unpredictable, not random like this movie, and even though Jody was good, for Cindy to return. I'm giving it a 5/10 because I don't mind these type of comedies unlike most critics, who I can imagine will can the movie and in most aspects point out the many faults that these type of movies have. It's hard to judge comedy because it can depend on your atmosphere and taste in comedy. If your expecting a SM1 or SM2, your going to be disappointed. But if you like that sort of comedy, check it out, and if you like it you're probably going to enjoy SM6.