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"What Lies Beneath" and "Scary Movie"
Am I just getting lazy or do these two movies belong in the same review? "What Lies Beneath" takes itself very seriously while "Scary Movie" makes fun of all those silly scream flics.
"What Lies Beneath"
Starring Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Scarwid, and Joe Morton
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Written by Sarah Kernochan and Clark Gregg. Produced by Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey and Robert Zemeckis. Cinematography by Don Burgess. Editing by Arthur Schmidt
Produced by DreamWorks SKG and Image Movers. Distributed by 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Distribution. Rated PG-13, Runtime is an endless 129 minutes
Starring Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Anna Faris, Cheri Oteri, Shannon Elizabeth
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, Written by Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Produced by Lisa Blum, Eric Gold, Lee Mayes and Keenen Ivory Wayans. Cinematography by Francis Kenny, Editing by Mark Helfrich
Produced by Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Dimension Films, Gold/Miller Productions and Wayans Bros. Entertainment. Distributed by Dimension Films. Rated R for penis, sperm and all kinds of other props. Runtime is a refreshing 88 minutes.
Reviewed by A. Hitchcock
Two movies are reviewed on this page. What Lies Beneath, produced and distributed by Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox loses its way in chasing too many genres and audiences. Is it horror or a murder mystery? Is it for the older moviegoer or the youth market. Scary Movie, produced by the Wayan Bros. and Dimension Films is on target as a hysterical and gross satire of modern horror films. We fell asleep in one and laughed ourselves sick in the other.
Summary and Rating
It's mid summer and the supposed wisdom of the grand phoobas who rule the studio call for the release of shock flics to get kids off the beach and back into the theatres. What Lies Beneath is a conventional supernatural thriller while Scary Movie lampoons the shock genre. Given the relationship between the two, I decided to put both into one review. What Lies Beneath is tired, predictable, miscast, and aims for the wrong demographic. Scary Movie is this year's There's Something About Mary. It's dirty, gross and hysterically funny. Charitably, I give What Lies Beneath One Half Grin since it does have some moments. With Scary Movie, I almost peed in my pants. Four and a Half Grins.