Matthew Lickona 3 p.m., Feb. 24
Scary Movie V
Those hoping for comedic quality due to the presence of Undercover Brother director Malcolm Lee will be disappointed. Everyone else will simply be depressed. What good is a PG-13 parody of R-rated movies? They bleep profanity, for fuck's sake! When the joke machine sputters, as it frequently does, cue Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax," set the camera to undercrank, and pay tribute to one of pop culture's most horrifying and diabolical creations, Benny Hill. Fans of Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen won't get much more than what was already leaked in the trailer. Other celebrity day workers — Usher, Heather Locklear, Mike Tyson, Snoop Dogg, Katt Williams, Sarah Hyland, etc. — are on hand to pick up a paycheck and hot bowl of soup. Alas, our narrator, who plays "The Voice of Morgan Freeman" and turns in the film's sharpest, most satirically honed performance, receives no screen credit. 2013.
- Big Screen review • April 19, 2013