HAIKU REVIEW: Spoof movies are fun.
Some are more fun than others.
This may be the worst.
PEOPLE: Directors Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg are considered some of the worst filmmakers in existence. They have now brought us this film, Meet The Spartans, Epic Movie, and Date movie. They also helped write Scary Movie 2, Scary Movie 3, and Scary Movie 4, as well as Spy Hard.
Starring some people from Mad TV… And Vanessa Manillo, who we recognized during the movie, and then realized was a Maxim cover girl. Also, we recognized the guy who played Stiffler from American Pie 4(?): Band Camp — Tad Hilgenbrink.
QUIRKS: This movie is nominated for SIX 2009 Razzie Awards. It was also the #1 worst movie of all time on IMDB, until an obscure Paris Hilton thriller displaced it. But then the thriller was removed from IMDB and this film reclaimed the #1 worst film of all time for awhile.
Spoofs include: Juno (one of the main characters rather brilliantly and tediously spoofs Juno the entire time), Cloverfield, Amy Winehouse, Facebook, Superbad, Prince Caspian, Batman, Beowulf, Hancock, Hanna Montana, Jessica Simpson, Hellboy, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Jumper, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Twister, Sex & The City, Dr. Phil, The Day After Tomorrow, High School Musical (the most painful part of the film), No Country For Old Men, Kung Fu Panda, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Alvin & The Chipmunks, Iron Man, and Wanted. Some of these films were not even released when they were making it: So at least the spoofs are *TIMELY*.
VISUALS: Lots. This is a spoof movie, after all.
BAD STUFF: The High School Musical scene did NOT need to be 3 minutes. When you attempt to cram these many jokes into a film, many of them fall flat. Some jokes and parts have awkward pacing. Think: Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! — except NOT on purpose. There’s not really much of a plot, and things don’t really get super-resolved. There are periods of unfunny jokes that last several minutes. Many people would flip this off without getting through… But the song at the very end was actually quite funny and uplifting, even if they go for the “easy” humor of saying everybody is fucking everybody else. (“And we’re all fucking Hellboy!”)
CONCLUSION: Extremely begrudgingly, I give it 3 stars on the virtue that there were some pretty funny moments in between all the painful parts, and that I don’t regret watching this. It might only deserve 2 stars. And it’s only getting 5/10 on IMDB. This is definitely a good example of “badfilm”. And now I’m adding Meet The Spartans to the top of my Netflix queue so we can have watched every movie these guys have ever made. (It’s the only one left.)
RECOMMENDATION: Only if spoof genre comedies are your favorite genre (and you like every episode of Family Guy, with all of it’s references and spoofs) should you attempt to get through this.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Every movie these guys make is basically the same thing.
MOVIE QUOTE: None I can find, but the Juno parody quotes were really good. She basically remarked that she talks like a 30-year old, not like any teenager would ever talk, and that her lines were written to be clever for clever’s sake. They also parodied the song she sings with Michael Cera (of Arrested Development) as well.
Mood: recovering from pneumonia
Music: NoMeansNo – No Big Surprise