No, it's not quite a Universal Pictures Memorial Day blockbuster, but this movie's got some of the biggest stars in existence. At least they used to be: with a cast that includes Dustin Diamond ("Screech" to you and me), Chris Hardwick (remember Singled Out?), Maureen McCormick (the original Marcia Brady), and Danica McKellar (aka "Winnie" from The Wonder Years), the Gods of TV Yesteryear are all in attendence.
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It takes "Scary Movie" almost until its closing credits to produce its first real out-loud laugh -- and even then it's a laugh mostly for those who have seen "The Usual Suspects."
Don't get me wrong. This post-modern horror spoof has a respectable number of chuckles, snorts, snickers and small giggles courtesy of scattered moments of Mel Brooks/Zucker Bros. lampoonery. It has a ready supply of eeeewwwwws, too, since director Keenan Ivory Wayans takes more than a few cues from the "Something About Mary"/"South Park" school of raunchy comedy.
But just adding fart jokes, dick jokes and pop culture winks with a half-life of two weeks to scenes lifted wholesale from "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" does not a comedy make.
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'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.