A Haunted House

Rated 2.0

A Los Angeles suburbanite (Marlon Wayans) is thrilled that his girlfriend (Essence Atkins) is moving in with him, but gets more than he bargained for when she appears to bring a ghost along with her. Written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez and (allegedly) directed by Michael Tiddes, this parody of found-video horror flicks has a few scattered laughs, but it's missing one essential ingredient: somebody to tell Marlon Wayans when he isn't being funny. Scenes that might have been good for a chuckle go on and on, as if Tiddes had left the camera running while he stepped out for a smoke. Wayans has real (if undisciplined) talent, and Atkins has a nice comic edge, but the most reliable laugh-getter is Cedric the Entertainer as a phony minister spouting “scripture” cribbed from Samuel L. Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction.