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With: Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Erica Ash, Katt Williams, Gracie Whitton, Lidia Porto, Charlie Sheen, Katrina Bowden, Darrell Hammond, Tyler Posey, Ava Kolker, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Jerry O'Connell, Heather Locklear, Jasmine Guy, Bow Wow
Written by: David Zucker, Pat Proft
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug material, partial nudity, comic violence and gore
Running Time: 85
Date: 12/04/2013

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

1 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Giving Up the Ghost

The fifth segment of the series begun all the way back in 2000 with Scary Movie has been taken over by Malcolm D. Lee, Spike's cousin, and the director of the very funny Undercover Brother. The writers are David Zucker and Pat Proft, who were responsible for the very funny Naked Gun movies. None of that former humor comes through here in this lazy effort, which smacks of a routine attempt to replicate those wonderful old MAD Magazine movie spoofs.

This time the movie riffs on Mama, Black Swan, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Evil Dead, and Inception. Loving couple Jody (Ashley Tisdale) and Dan (Simon Rex) adopt their three nieces, who were missing and finally found in a cabin in the woods; unfortunately, they have also brought along a mysterious entity known as "Mama." Meanwhile, Dan works at a lab experimenting with intelligent apes, and Jody has won the part of the Black Swan in a local ballet production of Swan Lake. Strange things continue happening, and Jody must venture into a cabin in the woods to find the "Book of the Dead" and the magic words to make it all better. But will it be enough to get rid of "Mama" before she destroys the young girls?

If the humor isn't busy lazily riffing on specific shots from its source movies, it fills in the gaps with the expected bodily fluid jokes, sexual innuendo, and stereotypes. It also throws in several cameos, including Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan in the opening scene. Only Snoop Dogg seems to be relaxed enough to get some laughs in. This is a big waste of time, drawing one more gasp out of a series that should have given up the ghost long ago.

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