**/**** Image B+ Sound B+ Extras B
starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini
screenplay by James Gunn
directed by Raja Gosnell
by Walter Chaw At one point in Raja Gosnell's Scooby-Doo, Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) tells the titular pooch, "We're like two trippin' peas in a freaky pod, man"--and the counter-cultural freak flag just keeps on flyin' in a live-action film more for the late-twentysomethings who grew up with the subversive Hanna-Barbera-Iwao Takamato cartoon than the kids of today being weaned on the much tamer, direct-to-video "Scooby" fare. I love that the reviled Scrappy-Doo is given a much-deserved vilification ("Puppy power! He's not even a puppy--he's got some kind of glandular thing"), that there's a scene in which Shag and Scoob are unseen in the Mystery Machine--while smoke billows out of its sunroof to a reggae refrain Shaggy can be heard rapturously intoning, "So toasted, soooo toasted," and that when Shaggy gets a girlfriend (the smokin' Isla Fisher), her name is Mary Jane ("That's, like, my favourite name!"). I love that Velma gets slyly "outed" ("I'm going on a journey of self discovery"), and I love that one of the main villains is a Telemundo wrestler.