Friday, May 6, 2011

Scream to Scream, Scene by Scene: SCENE 17 of Scream 2 (0:46:24-0:49:54)

In this project I attempt to review the entire Scream trilogy scene by scene in chronological order. Heavy spoilers and gore throughout!

SCENE 17 of Scream 2
Length: 3min 30secs
Primary Characters: Sidney Prescott, Derek, Hallie, Mickey, Sister Lois, Sister Murphy, Portia de Rossi's Eyebrows, Officer Richards and Officer Andrews.
Pop Culture References:
  • Prime Time Live, 20/20 and Dateline (news programs Sidney has apparently turned down)
  • Jeffrey Dahmer (Mickey compares Randy to this serial killer)
  • The Bodyguard and Kevin Costner (Hallie references the movie)
  • Top Gun (Derek's impromptu singing is like this Tom Cruise movie)
  • The Partridge Family ("I Think I Love You" was originally performed by them)

Timothy Olyphant with an apple in his mouth. Oh dear...

Also, I like that Hallie and Derek are sitting together. Perhaps plotting their next murder in the original version of the screenplay. Hmmm.

"Where's the secret service guys?"
"Uh, over there."
"And which one is Kevin Costner?"
"The one on the right is Officer Richards, he is a Capricorn divorced father of two. And the one on the left is Officer Andrews and he is a Gemini, SINGLE but I think he's gay."

Teehee. Cute moment between Hallie and Sidney.

Okay, so I have to confess that I sorta really don't like this scene at all. Maybe if it was anyone other than Jerry O'Connell in his ivy league frat outfit I could enjoy it, but... ugh. Of course, it's meant to evoke Top Gun and it was awful there too, but everytime I think of this scene I just think of how much better it was two years later in 10 Things I Hate About You with Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles on the bleachers. Now that's a musical serenade that I can get behind! Let's look at both.

The only good thing about this scene is watching the reactions on the faces of Portia de Rossi and Rebecca Gayheart.

Mickey is pretty good value, too, with that massive grin on his face, little head-bop dance moves and his ringmaster attitude he makes. The bit where he moves the salt and pepper shakers is cute.

And then there is, of course, the stripper moment.

Actually, maybe this scene isn't so bad after all?

"Isn't that a big frat faux pas?"
"Oh yeah, that is a big no-no. See, you're not supposed to give your Greek letters to your girl. No way, shape or form. The brothers are gonna kick his ass... but it's tradition."

That necklace is so sharp and dangly it's almost like it could be used as a weapon.

Intro, Scene 1 Scene 2, Scene 3, Scene 4, Scene 5, Scene 6, Scene 7, Scene 8, Scene 9, Scene 10, Scene 11, Scene 12, Scene 13, Scene 14, Scene 15, Scene 16, Scene 17, Scene 18, Scene 19, Scene 20, Scene 21, Scene 22, Scene 23, Scene 24, Scene 25, Scene 26, Scene 27, Scene 28, Scene 29, Scene 30, Scene 31 Scene 32, Scene 33, End Credits

Scream 2
Scene 1, Scene 2, Scene 3, Scene 4, Scene 5, Scene 6, Scene 7, Scene 8, Scene 9, Scene 10, Scene 11, Scene 12, Scene 13, Scene 14. Scene 15, Scene 16


Alex said...

I've always sort of enjoyed this scene! So unique to the series! The Kevin Costner line is a reference too: "The Bodyguard"! :)

Glenn Dunks said...

Yes, I knew The Bodyguard bit, just forgot to mention it.

I think the reason this scene works at all is because it gives us a bit more time, however brief, with Mickey.

Tony said...

The scene isn't really necessary. He could have given her the necklace in some other scene that's already in the movie, but the scene is still appreciated.

At least this movie gave intentional screen time to our characters. Wes SEEMED to be doing the same thing in Scream 4, but decided to cut out all those extra scenes that make these movies that much punchier out instead... why, who knows?

Glenn Dunks said...

Well, he could've given her the necklace in the last scene under the tree. Looking back on it though it's not as bad as I remember. it's nice to have a bit of lightness for Sidney (and making the potential Derek reveal all the more shocking to her in the climax) as well as seeing more of Mickey and Hallie.

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