Thursday, June 10, 2010

No Dignity in Death for Cici Cooper

Scream 2 was on TV recently and I watched a few minutes of it. It was specifically the scene with Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character, sorority sister Cici Cooper, who learns that staying home to be the designated driver can still result in death. The killer ends up tossing her off the third floor of the Omega Beta Zeta house. See ya, Cici. Hope nobody needed a ride home.

Watching the scene through this time was the first since it was pointed out to me that there’s a pretty glaring blooper in it. Just as the killer tosses Cici off the balcony, a crewmember’s head pops up in the lower right corner, even though the scene is set at least three floors up.

Well, it’s either a blooper or a weird plot point — this guy literally hanging out underneath a sorority house balcony, doing little to save the poor girl who’s being murdered. But as far as bloopers go, this seems like a pretty huge one. Admittedly, I never noticed it until it was pointed out, but don’t movie studios pay people big bucks to spot these kind of things? Especially in a good movie produced by a major studio?

You may quibble with my classification of Scream 2 as “good,” but I’ll argue it out. From the little I saw, I surprised how the film — now thirteen years old — doesn’t look dated. And though it’s not as uniformly well-acted as the first movie, it actually has some nice performances and a awesomely oddball cast that includes a whole lot of people you’d never expect to have been in a movie together — Laurie Metcalf, Liev Schreiber, Joshua Jackson, Timothy Olyphant, Portia de Rossi, Tori Spelling, Rebecca Gayheart, Luke Wilson, David Warner and Heather Graham among them.

Bonus trivia: The girl who Cici is talking to on the phone when she starts getting calls from the killer is Selma Blair in an uncredited role, about two years before she starred with Gellar in Cruel Intentions and became famous. And the girl who provides the jump scene when she bumps into Cici on her way out of the house? It’s that inexplicably Hispanic Griswold daughter from National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation.

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