Scream 2

Scream 2 ★★★★½

No matter how hard you try, you'll never be the hero and you'll never, ever get the girl.

It feels particularly difficult to rank the Scream series, as there's always something truly exceptional exclusive to each entry. For example, 1 has the best opening; 2 has the best supporting cast, which includes the best Ghostface(s); 3 features Parker Posey in general; 4 has Emma Roberts launching herself onto a glass coffee table; 5 showcases Dewey, giving him his best story arc. After this viewing, I couldn't help but wonder...do I actually love the second more than the first?

It might not have Drew Barrymore's immortal cold open or gay killer kings Billy & Stu, but it has Laurie Metcalf as a gun-wielding psycho mommy; it has Elise Neal as Sidney's best friend instead of (lol) the noted TERF who dies stuck in a fucking garage doggy door; it has cinephile SMG (who leaves us way too soon, but alas) debating film with Timothy Olyphant, Joshua Jackson (who 110% should've had Jerry O'Connell's boyfriend role, like what were they thinking), and Jamie Kennedy.

To say "I love it dearly" would be a grave understatement.

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