Cindy finds out the house she lives in is haunted by a little boy and goes on a quest to find out who killed him and why. Also, Alien "Tr-iPods" are invading the world and she has to uncover the secret in order to stop them.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Faris ... Cindy
Regina Hall ... Brenda
Craig Bierko ... Tom
Bill Pullman ... Henry Hale
Anthony Anderson ... Mahalik
Leslie Nielsen ... President Baxter Harris
Molly Shannon ... Marilyn
Michael Madsen ... Oliver
Chris Elliott ... Ezekiel
Carmen Electra ... Holly
Shaquille O'Neal ... Shaq
Phil McGraw ... Dr. Phil (as Dr. Phil McGraw)
Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. Norris
Conchita Campbell ... Rachel
Beau Mirchoff ... Robbie


The unemployed Cindy Campbell is hired to work in a cursed house as caretaker of an old lady and meets the ghost of a boy. Meanwhile, the teenager son Robbie and the young daughter Rachel of his next door neighbor and crane operator Tom Ryan are spending the weekend with their loser father. Cindy and Tom meet and fall in love for each other, but when Giant Tripods invade Earth, Tom escapes with Robbie and Rachel; Cindy travels to a village, trying to find the answer to a riddle to save the world; and the president of USA organizes the defense of the planet in UN under his intelligence and leadership. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor throughout, some comic violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This was initially intended to be the final film in the Scary Movie franchise, but Scary Movie V (2013) 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. See more »


(at around 5 mins) As Tom walks out on the porch you can see a vase with some sticks in it in the background. The sticks' positions differ between the shots. See more »


[first lines]
Shaquille O'Neal: [screaming] Help! Help! Am I dead?
Dr. Phillip C. McGraw: You're not dead. You've been taken against your will.
Shaquille O'Neal: Kobe?
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Crazy Credits

Nameless characters are credited as quotes, such as "I'll Pay You", "His Brother, The Sheriff", and "Were You Naked?" See more »

Alternate Versions

The Unrated version released on home video is ~6 minutes longer (14 extended scenes, 5 additional scenes, 7 alternate scenes). See more »


Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »


Written by Lionel Richie
Performed by Anthony Anderson and Kevin Hart
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The gas tank is halfway full
16 April 2006 | by NateF88See all my reviews

Some movies are like a halfway filled gas tank. The part of tank that has the gas keeps the car rolling, but the empty part doesn't help the car move at all.

Such is the instance with Scary Movie 4. The first half of the film is completely void of laughs and relies on the been-there-done-that slapstick/goofy violence you'd expect to see on a re-run of a Three Stooges episode on PBS. However, the second half of the movie has quite a few laughs and had enough energy to keep me interested in the movie, but the movie needed a refill for the last few minutes, as it runs out of gas before it reaches the finish line.

This time around the plots of recent movies such as War of the Worlds, The Grudge, Million Dollar Baby, Saw, The Village, and quite a few others are intertwined to form a smudge of a comedic plot. Why explain it? Trying to compress the plot into a tiny paragraph is like trying to squash a block of cement in a vice. It just can't be done.

I don't know why Scary Movie 4 has to keep on recycling the same slap stick jokes that have been in the previous movie. The only laughs in this film come from spoken one-liners. It's as if they had no other funny dialogue to come up with, and added fart and ball jokes instead that reminded me of the previous bomb this year, Date Movie. Another problem Scary Movie 4 seems to have is a lack of knowledge of when to stop. There are many laughs, but many of the same jokes are played on for such a long time and are repeated that you feel ashamed that you laughed at them when they started. It doesn't know when to quit.

What keeps the movie alive the most is, like in Scary Movie 3, Leslie Nielsen playing the President of the United States. He again shows us how much he is needed for these kinds of movies, and there is a very funny scene in which he doesn't know what to say during a speech to the United Nations.

If you liked Scary Movie 3, most likely you'll like Scary Movie 4. I don't think anyone who found many recycled jokes in Scary Movie 3 will find anything fresh here. After all, do the movies Scary Movie 4 spoofs have much originality, even when played seriously?

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14 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,222,875, 16 April 2006

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