Dim-witted Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) and her sex-crazed friend, Brenda (Regina Hall), team up with cute-but-clueless Tom Ryan (Craig Bierko) to save the world from a hostile alien invasion.
" Don't let the number scare you: Scary Movie 4 is spooferific. "
" Driven by gags and cultural feedback, Scary Movie 4 is an exercise in lowbrow postmodernism, a movie-movie contraption more nuts than Charlie Kaufman's gnarliest fever dream. "
" Frighteningly silly, intentionally incorrect and stupendously stupid, Scary Movie 4 skewers everything in its path with a wild-eyed glee that's contagious. "
" Scary Movie 4 is the rare movie spoof that's actually better than the titles it lampoons. "
" Scary Movie 4 is the second to be directed by Airplane! and The Naked Gun's David Zucker and possibly the funniest one yet. "
" Scary Movie 4 isn't a comedy classic, but it's still about five times as funny as Scary Movie 3. "
" Scary Movie 4 never takes you close to death by laughter, as the Naked Gun films did. But it's funny enough to turn the hands on your watch much more quickly than you can believe. "
" The jokes miss more than they hit, but there are a lot of them, and when they work, it's gold. "
" A throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks onslaught of potty jokes, puns, celebrity cameos, J-horror, and j-high sophistication and wit. You get laughs, but not nearly as many as you'd hoped. "
" Four installments later, the horror-movie jokes have gotten broader, grosser and just plain dumber. "
" It's a far cry from the hilarious, edgy antics of Scary Movie, but it has about as much going for it as the first sequel. "
" Like the gags, many of the cameos don't pack a whole lot of punch, but enough succeed so that the viewer leaves with a mildly favorable impression. Regrettably, this is probably more a function of human psychology than moviemaking skill. "
" Much of the humor feels tired and unfunny, and David Zucker's directing sags where it should zing. "
" Scary Movie 4 proves that downward momentum is still momentum, and some comedic concepts keep rolling long after they've exhausted almost all the laughs. "
" The even numbers don't favor the Scary Movie franchise. Inspiration ran dry for the Wayans Brothers in No. 2; now successors David Zucker & Co suffer gag fatigue following up their moderately improving efforts on the third installment. "
" The perpetual engine of the unkillable Scary Movie chain is toxic cynicism. "
" There are relatively few laughs -- unless you crave toilet humor -- in this direct-to-video-grade installment. "
" There's only so much humor left to wring from the pup tent of Brokeback Mountain or the matted-hair fetish of the Japanese horror genre. "
" Watch (sober) at your peril. "
" With Scary Movie 4, [director] Zucker creates a virtual duplicate of the last film, replete with a Michael Jackson impersonator. Once again, the gags grow repetitive, and all the highlights have been featured in the preview trailer. "
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