`Scream' team has lost its touch in witless `Cursed'

MovieReview

February 26, 2005|By Roger Moore | Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL

You can't go home again. Or in the case of reunited director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson, you can't Scream again.

In Cursed, they made a werewolf movie and it was so messed up, they reshot half of it. They fiddled with it for more than a year, trying to recapture the magic of their Scream teaming.

Christina Ricci plays a young producer with TV's Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. She's giving up on trying to talk hot club-designer Jake (Joshua Jackson) into a commitment.

She has to cope with her jerky boss (Kilborn left late night for movies like this?) and take care of her geeky brother (Jesse Eisenberg), who is constantly bullied at school. And this overdressed fortune teller (Portia de Rossi) keeps warning everybody they have been marked for death or something.

People change into special-effects wolves, right before our disbelieving eyes. And the lead werewolf must be killed so that everybody else is cured.

No matter. Idiotic movie, even by werewolf standards. It's enough to make you want to Scream. Or at least rent it.

The Orlando Sentinel is a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

Cursed

Starring Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson

Directed by Wes Craven

Released by Dimension

Time 96 minutes

Rated PG-13 (violence, sexual and drug references, nudity)

SUN SCORE

* (1 star)

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