'Scary Movie 5' works as a stand alone film, because it doesn't build on any of the previous efforts. As with all the other entries in the franchise though, it parodies other movies, so you will have to have seen their main targets of 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Mama' first, in order to understand and appreciate the humour.
I am under no illusions, this 2013 flick certainly isn't as good as the first three movies, but I can't say that I disliked it either, in fact I really enjoyed it. After bringing home their lost nieces and nephew home, the happy Sanders couple (Simon Rex and Ashley Tisdale) begin to experience some unusual activity. With the help of home-surveillance cameras, they learn they're being stalked by an evil dead demon. This spirit looks set to disrupt new 'mama' Jody's aspirations of dancing in a production of 'Swan Lake', and threatens Dan's rise as an ape researcher. A host of familiar stars also feature like Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, and Mike Tyson.
This is more good light-hearted humour from the 'Scary Movie' canon, unapologetically stupid, over-the-top, but consistently amusing. The performances from the two centrals was good, and the story was fairly interesting, it really works. With plenty of side jokes, affectionate nods to pop culture and other movies, 'Scary Movie 5' succeeds for what it is - a parody.
Having seen all of the Scary Movie films to date i wouldn't exactly call myself a fan, just that i like the silly Airplane style OTT humor poking fun at serious films, which these are a nice break from. With a heavy heart i sadly have to report that this 5th installment is arguably the weakest in the series IMO. Gone are the regular cast members that made it so good, such as the brilliant Anna Faris, Regina Hall , Anthony Anderson & cameos from more high profile celebs/actors, who actually want to work.
The lead duo on this are Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), who is no where near the comedy echelons or screen presence of Anna Faris, who is able to make the silly material look so good on screen because she is a great actress. But i have to admit that the material in this one would even push Anna's abilities to get laughs. She puts in a good effort, so i wouldn't judge Miss Tisdale on this film alone, she's usually good, iv'e seen her carer grow through The Suite Life.. & High School Musical (my nieces watched them, honestly ;-)). And Simon Rex whose been a regular since Scary Movie 3 & is adept at visual slapstick comedy , which is pushed way over the top here as the material is so thin. They are the husband & wife team in the centralized take up of Paranormal Activity/Mama & other films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Black Swan, Evil Dead & Sinister etc...
Charlie Sheen & Lindsay Lohan appear only in the first 5 minutes to a hit & miss opening bedroom scene, who are both phoning in they're performance for a quick pay day. While Snoop Dog was actually quite funny in his brief opening & closing scenes which linked together well, one of the only few best bits. The maid, Lidia Porto (Extract) was quite funny with her OTT religious routines etc... Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) was miscast. I couldn't understand what Mike Tyson was saying. And the child stars were pretty impressive compared to the adults, Gracie Whitton (Trespass) & Ava Kolker (Santa's Little Yelpers ) who are working they're way up into possible acting carers(although they might want to scrap this from they're C.V in future).
In conclusion, Scary Movie 5 has some genuine funny moments, but too few & far to be consistent like it's predecessors. The script is weak, with too much scraping the bottom of the barrel repetitive visual comedy, Simon Rex getting beaten up umteen times in identical fashion get's unfunny, fast. And it lacks any real believable flow connecting all the spoofed films together. Iv'e liked all the previous Scary Movie films, but this is the first one iv'e had to force myself to sit all the way through. Contains strong language, violence & sexual scenes. Only worth watching if your a die hard Scary Movie fan.