Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA/Canada, 2003. Dimension Films, Brad Grey Pictures. Screenplay by Craig Mazin, Pat Proft, based on characters created by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer. Cinematography by Mark Irwin. Produced by Robert K. Weiss. Music by James L. Venable. Production Design by William A. Elliott. Costume Design by Carol Ramsey. Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell, Jon Poll.
The spoofs keep rolling in as the Wayan Brothers step out of the way and let director David Zucker take over for the franchise. This time the jokes aren’t nearly as gross as they were in the first two films, but eventually the skits become as tedious they always do. The plot is a cute takeoff of recent box office hits The Ring and Signs, with the delightful Anna Faris returning as a television reporter who discovers that a scary videotape is killing the people who watch it (the opening sequence with Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson as the overly breasty teenagers is the film’s best). Along with her telepathic son and cute, 8 Mile-wannabe boyfriend (Simon Rex), Faris investigates this phenomenon and its connection to the crop circles that were found outside the farm of a rural priest (Charlie Sheen). Most of the jokes make for terrific bits in a commercial, but strung altogether the effect wears you out and some of the jokes are so stale as to hardly produce a smile.