There are about five good laughs contained within Scary Movie 5, which is really pretty good considering the fact that the franchise has not come out with a film for seven years and was pretty much done the last time it attempted to do so.
As usually, this spoof film takes a few quick pokes at other horror movies and a few lucky extras such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Black Swan. The franchise is known for its childish humour and most of the appeal has come from just how low they will go.
Unfortunately, this time there are not too many shocking joke moments as the utterly offensive jokes are traded in for bathroom humour that gets very tiring by the end of the film.
This time around Malcolm D. Lee has tossed in his hat as the director although a change in direction does not seem to change the overall feel of the film at all. Ashley Tisdale and Simon Rex play leading married couple Jody and Dan. The couple adopts Dan’s brother’s children after his death and it soon appears that all of the children are possessed by some type of demon.
Logically, the couple decides to set up cameras in their homes to see if they can see the evil activities that the demons are making them do. At the same time Jody is attempting to get the lead role in the local production of Swan Lake and Dan is working on lab experiments to help turn his apes into a genius.
The rest of the plot is sporadic and not even worth attempting to recount and most of the humour is pretty boyish in nature. While the stars may appeal to teens who adore them most people are going to wish for the old days of Anna Faris who is noticeably missing from this piece of the franchise.