December 4, 2009

Wow. Just.... awful.

It's hard to believe, but once upon a time, "spoof" movies were actually really funny. The original Airplane!, and even it's much maligned (and Canadian scripted and directed) sequel were really funny flicks. The original Naked Gun film is also a classic. And for my money, Top Secret! a film that mixes Elvis flicks with spy movies and spoofs them both simultaneously, is one of the best comedies of the 1980s. In recent years, particularly after the success of Scary Movie, the genre has degenerated into the lowest of the low in cinema with a slew of shitty films titled something-Movie made up of a bunch of low-rent parodies that seem like MadTV out takes loosely strung together but a thread-bare plot masquarading as a film.
Above you'll find a trailer for what has to be the bottom of the barrel. The 40-Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall And Felt Superbad About It is the latest piece of shit added to this steaming pile. In a desperate attempt to find new genres of movies to spoof, they've actually opted to spoof a filmmaker, rather then an actual genre. So we've got a movie that spoofs the films of Judd Apatow. This is so incredibly lame. Somebody should explain to them that "parodying" films that are already comedies are a recipe for disaster. The filmmakers - and I use that term very loosely - fail to realize that the movies that are successful in this sub-genre are spoofing serious films. Airplane! works cause its making fun of somber, serious airline disaster movies. Naked Gun worked cause it was parodying dead serious police procedurals and Scary Movie was effective cause it was mocking, well, scary movies which, for obvious reasons, take themselves seriously (and, in often cases, too seriously.) Mocking a comedy really doesn't make a lot of sense, and indicates that the clowns behind this movie don't even understand how the spoof movie even works. They actually managed to fail with the project right at the point of conception rather then after production.

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