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Epic Movie (Unrated)
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05.22.2007 By: Sturdy
Epic Movie (Unrated) order
Director:
Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Actors:
Kal Penn
Adam Campbell
Jennifer Coolidge

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Four seemingly unrelated adults win a chance to go on an epic adventure. Along the way, several blockbuster movies get spoofed and the four adults learn valuable life lessons.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Spoof movies are traditionally bad. Just the very idea of a spoof movie is pretty lame. You take someone elseís idea, tweak it a bit and try to make it ridiculous and funny. Sometimes the results can be humorous, (HOT SHOTS) and other times they can be extremely bad (DATE MOVIE). Unfortunately, EPIC MOVIE falls in the latter category.

The film is mainly a spoof of CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, which I found surprising since PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN, SUPERMAN RETURNS, LORD OF THE RINGS (all spoofed, but not focused on) and others were more popular. Either way, Chronicles gets the blunt of the mockery, but it doesnít really matter because when the insults are this bad, itís hard to actually be insulted. The whole film reminded me of when a little kid tries to insult you, but their too uneducated to come up with anything clever.

The saddest thing about this movie is the inclusion of Kal Penn and Crispin Glover. I like both of these guys and they both deserve better than this. This should be the bottom of the barrel for experienced actors or the very beginning for novice performers. Iím not saying that Kal and Crispin are Shakespearian actors, but this was pathetic. I didnít mind Jayma Mays, although she spent most of the movie giving her best Anna Faris impersonation.

I guess the biggest question you might have about the film is whether or not it was funny. The answer is a resounding ďnoĒ. I chuckled once, but thatís hardly enough to say the movie is funny. The jokes were outdated and obvious enough a little kid could see them coming. I know spoof movies have their audience, but this one was just plain awful.
THE EXTRAS
This is one of the first DVDís Iíve reviewed where there have been so many special features and none of them were worth watching. Normally thereís one or two things in there that are good, but this entire DVD was horrible.

Commentary with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer: Someone needs to sit these two down and have a serious intervention with them. Apparently, they think theyíre funny when theyíre actually not. The pathetic attempts at humor continue in the commentary while these two laugh at their own jokes and continually get sidetracked.

Breaking Wind: By selecting this, you can hear farts periodically throughout the film. If an ill-timed fake fart makes you laugh, then this might be for you.

How Gratuitous: You can select this option and periodically a beaver will pop up on screen. By clicking enter on your remote, you can get an extended scene of naked or near-naked ladies.

Everybody Loves Beaver: Epic Hook-ups (4:18): This is a quick featurette that focuses on the different relationships in the movie. This is also called a complete waste of time. Itís not funny, regardless of how hard they try.

Making the Video: Lazy Pirate Day (9:35): A brief look at the pirate video scene. Again, the cast got a kick out of it, but I didnít. The featurette is very typical with no new information added.

Outtakes (3:40): Typical outtakes with everyone messing up their lines and laughing about it.

Alternate Ending (1:33): This one was just as bad except it featured a return of Crispin Gloverís Wonka character. I really couldnít care less about which ending they went with, but this one did wrap things up better.

Epic Porn: What Would Your Porno Be Called (2:30): The cast laughs about what their porn movie would be called. This is what happens when you run out of ideas for featurettes. It was horrible.

What Makes Aslo So Irresistable (2:09): The cast talks about what they find hot or not. Again, this was bad and had no reason to be itís own featurette.

Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character With Fred Willard (9:05): This is Fred Willard talking about the movie and trying to be humorous. I like Fred Willard, but even he couldnít make this funny. He just didnít have anything to work with.

Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making a Spoof (7:18): This should have been included with the previous one since it still focuses on Fred Willard. He talks about the various movies that are being spoofed, but heís still not very funny.

Die Libre: The Winning Short from the Epic Movie Viral Video Contest (3:01): I guess there was some kind of contest and this was the winner. If this is the winner, Iíd hate to see the losers. Iím assuming this guy filmed this in on his cell phone while out one night wasted with some friends.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I canít see a situation in which I would recommend this. It was bad from start to finish and making it through was a test of wills. If you desperately need a spoof movie, go pick up SPACEBALLS and leave this one alone.
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