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Popcrazy gives you the lowdown on the latest releases without giving away the plotlines.

It's Friday night and your friends want to go to the movies but you can't stand the thought of watching a dirty old Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island for two hours. And who would even think of seeing Dracula 2000? Hello, it's already 2001. That movie is already dated.

Save yourself a few bucks and make it a Blockbuster night. Or a Videoland Night or a whatever-the-heck-the-video-store-in-your-neighborhood-is night. There's something for everyone, and chances are you probably wanted to see some of these anyway, but just forgot.

Scary Movie
Photo of video Premise: A year after accidentally killing a man, some stupid teenagers realize they are being stalked by a serial killer.

So you've seen Scream, Scream 2, and Scream 3. You've even written Scream 4 in your head. You saw both I Know What You Did Last Summer's and wished there were only one. This is the movie for you. It's mostly compiled of memorable gross out moments based on the aforementioned hits. This movie is filled with dialogue we can only wish actual horror movies had the nerve to say. Well-written, with a talented cast, Scary Movie makes so many pop culture references one might call it popcrazy. You'll laugh till you stop with this one. Get it on DVD if you can, because the deleted scenes are totally worth it.

Road Trip
Photo of video Premise: A guy accidentally mails his girlfriend a videotape of himself having a fling with another girl, and takes a road trip with some friends to get the tape back.

American Pie goes to college. Enough said. Road Trip stars teen movie vets Breckin Meyer (Clueless, Can't Hardly Wait, The Craft), Paul Walker (American Pie, Final Destination, Dude Where's My Car), and Amy Smart (Varsity Blues, Felicity). This movie also features Tom Green as a sort of interactive narrator. Road Trip was actually a little better than I expected, and once again features Hollywood's new love of gross out humor.

Photo of video Premise: A guy from the country who doesn't fit in at his city college falls for a girl who's having an affair with their professor.

This movie was written and directed by Amy Heckerling who brought us such classics as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless. I expected it to be cool supreme, but it ended up just being satisfactory. It's fun to see Jason and Mena appear together after American Pie, but the story is underdeveloped and the good guys and bad guys are too clear-cut. Besides, Jason Biggs has lost some weight since American Pie and is in terrific shape, so who would really believe that he is a loser? I mean, yeah he has a dorky hat and all, but hats do not a loser make. This is a good movie for people in Felicity withdrawal who need a collegiate drama to satisfy them until Felicity returns this spring. Say I wonder who was shot....guess I'll have to wait and see.

Where the Heart Is
Photo of video Premise: A pregnant teenager is abandoned in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart by her boyfriend and must rebuild her life.

First of all, let me say that this movie was released at a horrible time. It came out just months after Anywhere But Here (starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon), so these movies were very easy to mix up.

Imagining Natalie Portman as white trash is very hard to do. (She could make the cheapest house dress look like Armani.) However, she is excellent as the poor girl who makes a life for herself and raises a child on her own. Filled with Hollywood clichés and a predictable storyline, this movie somehow still manages to be likeable. It's the kind of movie you watch with all your girlfriends while you cry into your Ben and Jerry's S'mores ice cream. It's the type of film that makes you want to talk in a southern accent, and call everyone you know and tell them how much you love them.

But I'm A Cheerleader
Photo of video Premise: A teenager is sent to rehab camp by her parents when they suspect her of being a lesbian.

This movie takes a colorful look at the world of gay rehabilitation. It features icons such as RuPaul and Mink Stole. This movie's strongest performances come from the heroine of the story, Natasha Lyonne's character Meghan, and her first female crush, Graham, played by Clea Duvall. The movie plays like a string of comical vignettes. While it projects some great visuals, the movie still feels awkward at parts. However, this is a good one to rent with your artsy friends who turn their heads away from traditional Hollywood cinema. It's also a good rental to watch with anyone who just can't get enough of Will and Grace.

Happy, Texas
Photo of video Premise: Two prisoners escape, steal an RV, and are mistaken for the gay couple hired to organize a small town's junior beauty pageant.

This movie is hysterical. It will make you laugh out loud on various occasions. Happy, Texas has everything: singing, dancing, convicts, guns, a little girl beauty pageant, a robbery, and even a love story. It's like Curly Sue meets Dead Presidents (well not really, but it is funny). I don't know why, but something always seems funny about straight guys pretending to be gay -- remember Three's Company? Check this one out even if you're not a fan of Jack Tripper.--Fred Flores

Where To Get It
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Scary Movie - Road Trip - Loser - Where the Heart is - But I'm a Cheerleader - Happy Texas

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