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Running Time:
1 hour, 43 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A rather decent sequel, with nice performances, a good script and an exciting finale, although it drags for long stretches in the middle.

Additional Info:
Neve Campbell (Sidney)
Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers)
David Arquette (Dewey Riley)
Emma Roberts (Jill Roberts)
Hayden Panettierre (Kirby Reed)
Mary McDonnell (Aunt Kate)
Rory Culkin (Charlie)
Nico Tortorella (Trevor Sheldon)
Marley Shelton (Deputy Hicks)
Alison Brie (Rebecca)
Anthony Anderson (Deputy Perkins)
Adam Brody (Deputy Hoss)

Scream 4

Scream 4 Having published a self-help book, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) on a promotional tour accompanied by her aggressive young publicist (Alison Brie ) returns to her hometown. That's where she runs into both Dewey-the-cop (David Arquette) and Gale-the-journalist (Courteney Cox), who are now married, and who are there to greet her. So is Sidney’s teenage niece, Jill (Emma Roberts) and her group of glossy friends and classmates. Among them are Hayden Panettiere as Kirby, a snarky party girl and Rory Culkin as Charlie an avid movie geek who are the most memorable.  

What comes next is the usual siege of bloody stabbings until about halfway into the movie when Scream 4 seems to stall. Frantic to obscure the identity of the killer, director Wes Craven has added so many characters that he gives us little opportunity to get to know them all, that's why you don't care very much about what happens to any of them. A crude slaughterhouse ambiance pervades throughout and it doesn't take long for Sidney, Dewey, and Gale to become background figures in their own movie, there to run and squeal, rather than providing some sorely needed feeling of excitement.

Like a relentless blogger, the movie does manage to poke fun at itself and mirrors the general overwhelming feeling of too much internet and too many cell phones and webcams. And yet it keeps moving. Just when things slow down and something begins to smell a bit fishy, the movie quickly comments on it. "This is just silly," one character says during the climax. It is. But in a good way.

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