Picks and Pans Review: Scary Movie

updated 07/17/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/17/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Cheri Oteri, Anna Faris, Jon Abrahams

When it comes to gross-out humor, the Farrelly brothers have just been outgrossed. The Wayans brothers' rude, crude but often funny jokes in Scary Movie make those in Peter and Bobby Farrelly's Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary and the current Me, Myself & Irene look positively prissy—and that includes that hair-gel scene.

Scary, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and starring younger brothers Shawn and Marlon (who co-wrote the script with four others), is a parody of teen slasher films like Scream. While a masked killer picks off students, one by one, at B.A. Corpse High School (get it?), there's a steady barrage of gags about sex, flatulence, sex organs and other topics that adolescents and young adults, the film's target audience, find hoot-worthy. Scary is so amiably larky that it never offends as much as it hopes to. But no one over age 30 has to waste 88 minutes watching such scenes as French-kissing teens ending up with their tongues tied, literally, in a knot. (R)

Bottom Line: Offers laughs by the gross

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