After a five-season run on The Wayans Brothers, Shawn and Marlon moved to the big screen with horror spoofs Scary Movie 1 and 2. Here’s a look at some of the other movies they made along the way.
Marlon shows he can take the heat in this gangster comedy as Gawain MacSam, a foul-mouthed janitor who helps pull off a bank robbery. He delivers Coen Brothers dialogue with confident bluster and is the film’s livewire.
1. White Chicks (2004)
After bungling a drug bust, two black FBI agents, Marcus and Kevin Copeland (Shawn and Marlon Wayans), are ordered to go deep undercover as the spoiled daughters of a tycoon. They masquerade as the Wilson sisters, Brittany and Tiffany, and get into all kinds of hilarious trouble.
This buddy cop film is a hilarious send-up of high society. The Wayans brothers are hysterical, and Terry Crews is a riot as the abhorrent admirer who tries to make a pass at Marcus. White Chicks may be a bit of an acquired taste, but it’s definitely worth checking out. Just be prepared to sit through hours of makeup and some obvious jokes about racism, socialite behavior, and gender differences. (Note: There is a lot of explicit language in this movie.) – Review by Michael Schultz. Available on DVD & Blu-ray.
2. Senseless (1999)
A strapped for cash inner-city college student volunteers to participate in a scientific experiment that heightens his senses. The results are more than he bargained for, however, and his ability to laugh at himself becomes crucial in the struggle to stay sane.
Wayans reaches everywhere for laughs in this sci-fi comedy that also relies heavily on sight and slapstick humor. He is a riot in scenes such as his visit to a sperm bank and when he attempts to use a crowbar like a can opener.
Wayans’s pierced roommate, Matthew Lillard, is the only other notable actor in this repelis film. However, the torture scenes in Senseless are graphic and may disturb some viewers. Sam Mason-Bell is a skilled director who keeps this movie from sinking to the bottom of the barrel. The climax is quite memorable as well.
3. Scary Movie 2 (1993)
After the success of Scary Movie, Keenen Ivory Wayans decided to quickly churn out this sequel. Unfortunately, he couldn’t muster up the same creativity for this one. The result is a pointless and irritating mess that (attempts to) spoofs horror movies such as the Exorcist, House on Haunted Hill, Poltergeist, and The Haunting.
The film opens with a decent Exorcist parody that features James Woods as a deranged version of Max von Sydow and Veronica Cartwright as Ellen Burstyn. However, that’s the only highlight of this flabby affair.
The rest of the movie is filled with crude and lewd sexual humor and bodily fluid gross-outs that seem prefabricated rather than spontaneous. It is, in short, an exercise into tedium that should have never seen the light of day. Despite some sporadic funny moments, it is not worth your time.
4. Scary Movie 3 (1995)
Taking over the series after the Wayans brothers left, David Zucker delivers another fun movie in this installment of the Scary Movie franchise. While the jokes aren’t as clever as the original, it’s still a funny repelisplus film. Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen and Leslie Nielsen all deliver fine performances and have good comic timing.
The plot heavily parodies films like The Ring, Signs, 8 Mile and the Matrix sequels. The movie also pokes fun at show business, notably Pamela Anderson and Michael Jackson. There’s plenty of physical comedy and the character of Cindy is given more screen time than her predecessors.
5. Scary Movie 4 (1999)
Following the success of Scary Movie 2 and its sequel, the franchise continues with uproarious comedy and biting satire in this raunchy installment. It also adds some more mature humor, such as references to rape, nudity, and sexual assault.
The plot revolves around a group of dumb teens who are stalked by a bumbling serial killer. The film spoofs many horror slasher movies, including The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Saw.
It also features a number of funny skits, such as one where Cindy and Bobby act like Michelle and Jim from American Pie. There’s even a reference to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix. Watch it on Tubi for free. Plans start at $14.