Overall Grade: Krull. But not even enjoyable Krull.
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte
Morbid curiosity. If I had to explain what drove me to watching this Paranormal Activity/possession movie spoof written, starring and produced by Marlon Wayans, I’d use those words. Morbid curiosity. How bad can it really be?
Well, 2 minutes in and there’s already been jokes about a dog humping legs, the phrase “I’ma kiss you with my dog ball mouth” and an obnoxious main character established. And then the dog dies.
The first four minutes and I’m already regretting hitting ‘play’. The movie tells the story of Malcolm and Kisha, who have moved in with each other. Paranormal Activity style, Malcolm has decided to record everything that happens. This lends itself to several moments of “how did they get that shot”, which obviously detracts from the movie’s premise…but that’s small potatoes. I’m sure the simulated sex scene (literally…Malcolm (Wayans) is simulating what it’s going to be like when he has sex with his girlfriend. With stuffed dogs. A la https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG9Q2hFgOBg) has some sort comic appeal to someone…but it isn’t me.
Less than 10 minutes in…fart joke! We’re talking high-brow humor here guys. Just classy stuff. And not just one fart joke. SEVERAL. Ugh. Also a bunch of racist jokes are made pretty quickly. Like….a whole bunch.
The movie does make a joke about how quickly people jump to “something is weird” in these movies. Hey, I found something positive to say!
Another thing to say about this movie: GRATUITOUS. All sorts of absurdity. Gratuitous sex. Gratuitouis breasts. Lots of just over the top stupidity obviously trying to get a cheap laugh. And about as subtle as Fran Drescher’s voice.
Another positive thing: once it becomes clear that there’s a ghost in the house, Malcolm tries to get the hell out of there. Like a normal person would want to do. And some funny jokes shortly thereafter. Well, one. Then we go back to the terrible jokes.
Another problem I have with this movie is the predictability of this joke. The telegraph their punchlines so hard, and they don’t stray from what they’ve set up.
I feel this movie could have been better if they’d transitioned into the general possession film parody earlier. They spend an hour on the Paranormal Activity parody, and the movie gets much more enjoyable once they transition into the possession stuff. It still doesn’t hit enjoyable, but it’s more enjoyable than incredibly awful. It’s just awful. I feel like all of the scenes they used in the trailer are from the last 30 minutes of the film.
Some of the topics they make light of in this movie:
Abortion, gang bangs, child abuse, anal rape, altar boy molestation, developmentally disabled people, domestic violence (I quote directly here: “Domestic violence is amazing!”) and more! If tasteless humor is your thing, and I mean non-stop tasteless humor, then this movie is for you.
If it isn’t…avoid this movie completely. This movie is just awful. It’s available on Netflix. But maybe don’t check it out.
My Rating: 23