Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
While I may not be well versed in their films, I can venture that Friedberg and Seltzer’s writing process must consist of flipping through channels looking for things to make fun of. That’s the only possible way the movie can go from parodying 10,000 B.C. to the latest American Gladiators incarnation to Amy Winehouse to INDIANA JONES AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL to Flavor of Love to My Super Sweet Sixteen, all within a few minutes, all without any sense of plot or direction. And this continues for the rest of the movie. There’s no real story aside from a group of interchangeable characters need to get from Point A to Point B and encounter random film and pop culture references along the way that make no sense. It’s the poorest excuse for a feature film I’ve ever encountered. At one point they actually parody the “I’m F*cking Matt Damon” song. Is a bit from one episode of the Jimmy Kimmel show last year really a cultural touchstone worthy of mockery?
What’s worse is that the “filmmakers” (using that term loosely) literally make fun of movies that had not been released yet while they were filming. This means that they were poking fun at WANTED, HANCOCK, THE DARK KNIGHT and HELLBOY II having seen only the trailers. That can explain why the level of comedy involves Iron Man and Hellboy getting crushed by cows or Speed Racer getting shot. And fittingly not a single thing elicited laughter from me the entire time.
But what’s truly worse is that audiences have actually been turning these movies in to hits. Are people really that easily entertained that they’re like, “Hey, I recognize what this is from! Cool!” You know you’re in trouble when you have to have a guy from MadTV playing twelve different characters because he’s the most talented member of the cast. And you know you’re really in trouble when Carmen Electra and Kim Kardashian (who’s famous for having a big ass and a sex tape) have a catfight in lingerie and it does nothing for me.
Featurettes: Eight different behind the scenes bits that include interviews with characters, tours of the set and singalongs. None worth your time.
Extra Tidbit: This movie could not even be improved by the presence of Leslie Nielsen. I have never before said that about any film.