Having graduated college, the hapless Cindy Campbell has become a television News Anchorwoman. She is directed to investigate the mysterious crop circles on Tom Logan's farm, and discovers the eerie secret behind the death of a close friend. Along her journey, Cindy pays a visit to Orpheus, who explains to her that she is "The One," and prophesizes that she must help the U.S. President to prevent a full-scale alien invasion against the country.
The third installment of the comedy franchise whose jokes derive largely from references to recent hit films has been given a shot of adrenaline by David Zucker, who pioneered the genre with "Airplane," and who has taken over the creative reins from the Wayans brothers. Most of the spoofing is at the expense of movies like "Signs," "The Ring" and the first two "Matrix" movies. The funniest sequence in a comedy that revels in knockabout farce and has the attention span of a hyperactive child is a strenuous group effort to revive a corpse, first through some alarmingly aggressive artificial respiration, then through slapping and slamming the body until it breaks apart. Think of "Scary Movie 3" as an accelerated junk culture vaudeville with a Mad Magazine sensibility. — Stephen Holden
2003-10-24 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Scary Movie 3