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C'mon Hollywood #148

Jan. 29, 2008by: Sturdy

... stop making those ridiculous spoof movies!
by Sturdy

Over the years, Ive gotten a lot of suggestions for column ideas. Most of them are of the we need more of (insert obscure actors name here) nature, but the weird thing is, Ive never gotten the same request twice. That is, until recently. Believe it or not, Ive gotten several requests from Schmoes to write an article asking Hollywood to stop making those ridiculously awful spoof movies. As it turns out, I hate them as much as you guys and gals do. You can read my reviews of EPIC MOVIE and SCARY MOVIE 3.5


I think Kal Penn is a funny dude, but this was sad

Before we attack the recent spoof movies, I think we need to look back at some of the older spoof movies as a reference point. For me, the ultimate achievement in spoof movies is Mel Brooks SPACEBALLS. It had a story of its own, cool characters, and actually gave a twinge of respect to the films it was poking fun at. ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS is another good example, but I didnt find that one nearly as funny. You might find this hard to believe, but I actually love the HOT SHOTS movies. Theyre simple, but despite repeated viewings, I always find something to laugh at. LOADED WEPON 1 was another famous spoof film, but it didnt have the same charm as the others.


I quote the asshole line at work all the time, mainly because its true.

Skip forward to present day and we have some piles of vomit known as DATE MOVIE, EPIC MOVIE, THE COMEBACKS, SCARY MOVIE 2-whatever theyre on now, NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE, and most recently MEET THE SPARTANS. If youve seen more than one of these films, its ok (as long as it was on DVD). Spoof movies have that affect on people because you assume theres going to be something to make you laugh at some point in the film. Plus, you figure theyve got to get it right eventually. However, as you probably already know, these movies are so bad, that it makes me question whether anyone is even trying to make a funny spoof movie.


I didnt really like the first one, but every sequel got progressively worse.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have got to stop making films, period. They are not funny. Not only do they make horrible films, but based off the special features Ive had to watch on their DVDs, theyre not funny people. The funniest thing theyve ever done or said was tagline from DATE MOVIE: From two of the six writers of Scary Movie. And I bet they didnt even come up with that. I wonder if these guys are affected by the writers strike, because surely they dont consider what they do writing. Its natural to say their humor is juvenile, but I can honestly say Ive never met anyone over the age of 9 that thinks and talks like they do. And here they are making movies. I cant understand how the universe would allow that to happen. Magical forces have to be in play, thats the only possible explanation.


Yeah, what I said for Kal goes double for Alison.

It would be easy to ask Hollywood to stop making these films, but why would they? If you can make $18 million on a spoof movie in its first week of release, why would you stop making them? If anything, Im thanking Hollywood for not making more. No, the real culprits here are the people paying to go see these films. So if you paid to go see MEET THE SPARTANS or know someone that did, then you neednt wonder why there are so many shitty movies being made. To everyone that has refused to go see these movies at the theater; THANK YOU! For everyone else, I ask you to stop. Maybe after a few of these films tank at the box-office, theyll stop making them, or at least send them straight to DVD.

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2:51PM on 03/06/2008

Kentucky Fried Movie!!! One of my favs, along with Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Airplane.
The makers of spoofs today really need to better educate themselves on what makes a good spoof. And I have NOT been one of those to see these shitty films. Watched 20 minutes of The Comebacks and turned it off.....I didn't even SMILE once. Just plain awful.

Kentucky Fried Movie!!! One of my favs, along with Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Airplane.
The makers of spoofs today really need to better educate themselves on what makes a good spoof. And I have NOT been one of those to see these shitty films. Watched 20 minutes of The Comebacks and turned it off.....I didn't even SMILE once. Just plain awful.
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5:13PM on 02/06/2008
I NEVER have, nor EVER will watch any of these, piece of shit for comedy, spoofs. These movie makers have obviously no conscience, nor any fucking talent. And, the people who actually go to the theater and pay for this crap, are bigger degenerates than them. Fuck'm all.
I NEVER have, nor EVER will watch any of these, piece of shit for comedy, spoofs. These movie makers have obviously no conscience, nor any fucking talent. And, the people who actually go to the theater and pay for this crap, are bigger degenerates than them. Fuck'm all.
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6:14AM on 02/01/2008
A couple of your articles passed since I so fully agreed like this time, really, C'mon Hollywood, stop it, before it's toooo late. Even Mafia! and dare I say it? those direct to videos Plump Fiction, Silence of the Hams, those were 100 times better than Epic *gag* Movie, I can't even say it without feeling queasy.

Long live Ariplane!!!!! And yeah I agree while most of the Movie movies should be desintegrated, Not another teen movie kinda saves itself a little.
A couple of your articles passed since I so fully agreed like this time, really, C'mon Hollywood, stop it, before it's toooo late. Even Mafia! and dare I say it? those direct to videos Plump Fiction, Silence of the Hams, those were 100 times better than Epic *gag* Movie, I can't even say it without feeling queasy.

Long live Ariplane!!!!! And yeah I agree while most of the Movie movies should be desintegrated, Not another teen movie kinda saves itself a little.
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7:33PM on 01/31/2008

total agreement

The days of the really good spoof movies are long gone. AIRPLANE!, TOP SECRET, SPACEBALLS, etc. SOmehow, the 80's had it right.

The spoof movie began a slow death in the 90's. Offerings like HOT SHOTS, LOADED WEAPON 1, and ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS were pretty good, but didn't quite contain all the awesomeness of their predecessors. Sadly, this is the time when Leslie Neilsen went from great (TV's POLICE SQUAD and the first THE NAKED GUN) to utter crap (all the other Naked Gun movies, as
The days of the really good spoof movies are long gone. AIRPLANE!, TOP SECRET, SPACEBALLS, etc. SOmehow, the 80's had it right.

The spoof movie began a slow death in the 90's. Offerings like HOT SHOTS, LOADED WEAPON 1, and ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS were pretty good, but didn't quite contain all the awesomeness of their predecessors. Sadly, this is the time when Leslie Neilsen went from great (TV's POLICE SQUAD and the first THE NAKED GUN) to utter crap (all the other Naked Gun movies, as well as SPY HARD and WRONGFULLY ACCUSED).

Now in the 2000's, apparently the only people we have left still willing to make spoof movies are those who would gather up a bunch of pop culture references from the past year, cram them into a non-sensical script, and call it _(insert adjective here)_ MOVIE.

Oh how I long for the good old days. (NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE wasn't bad though.)
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3:02AM on 01/30/2008

Hell to the yes

Agreed with ButchTheBoxer, NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE was really funny and was pretty smart. I liked the first 3 SCARY MOVIEs, but the fourth one slipped into this dumber territory. But movies like DATE MOVIE, EPIC MOVIE, and MEET THE SPARTANS must die. I haven't seen any of them but they must die. In my first class of the semester, a very dumb classmate of mine said he has seen MTS. It made me realize that these movies certainly have an audience, sadly.
Agreed with ButchTheBoxer, NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE was really funny and was pretty smart. I liked the first 3 SCARY MOVIEs, but the fourth one slipped into this dumber territory. But movies like DATE MOVIE, EPIC MOVIE, and MEET THE SPARTANS must die. I haven't seen any of them but they must die. In my first class of the semester, a very dumb classmate of mine said he has seen MTS. It made me realize that these movies certainly have an audience, sadly.
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2:29AM on 01/30/2008

Better 300 Spoof

There's a better 300 spoof. If you understand Tagalog or Ilonggo, check out youtube and look for talibong1's videos dubbed into Ilonggo or the Tagalog sub version of it. Keywords: Benjo tagalog subtitle. Enjoy.
There's a better 300 spoof. If you understand Tagalog or Ilonggo, check out youtube and look for talibong1's videos dubbed into Ilonggo or the Tagalog sub version of it. Keywords: Benjo tagalog subtitle. Enjoy.
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2:23AM on 01/30/2008
Agreed to the article, but how can you forget one of the classic great spoof movies Dont Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood? That one was great!
Agreed to the article, but how can you forget one of the classic great spoof movies Dont Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood? That one was great!
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12:53AM on 01/30/2008

I AGREE!

I agree with you on this one but have two major complaints about this article. In listing off all the bad spoof movie, I don't think that NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE deserved to be on that list. I found it to be pretty damn funny. Every other listed film though was shitty as they can get. And my biggest complaint is that in listing your favorite spoof movies, how the hell did AIRPLANE! not get mentioned?!?!? It is the best spoof movie of all time and #10 on AFI's List of The 100 Best Comedies of all
I agree with you on this one but have two major complaints about this article. In listing off all the bad spoof movie, I don't think that NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE deserved to be on that list. I found it to be pretty damn funny. Every other listed film though was shitty as they can get. And my biggest complaint is that in listing your favorite spoof movies, how the hell did AIRPLANE! not get mentioned?!?!? It is the best spoof movie of all time and #10 on AFI's List of The 100 Best Comedies of all time (100 Years, 100 Laughs).
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4:31PM on 01/29/2008
Y'know what bothers me the most??? People who complain about how we complain about how so many people come to see these crappy spoofs? They always make up some excuse like "Just because they have differing tastes in entertainment, doesn't mean you should rob them of their right to see these movies!" Well, Mr. Smarty-Pants, that's the kind of encouraging behavior that's only going to convince Hollywood to make more shitty movies. I swear, if there ever was a rational reason for genocide, well
Y'know what bothers me the most??? People who complain about how we complain about how so many people come to see these crappy spoofs? They always make up some excuse like "Just because they have differing tastes in entertainment, doesn't mean you should rob them of their right to see these movies!" Well, Mr. Smarty-Pants, that's the kind of encouraging behavior that's only going to convince Hollywood to make more shitty movies. I swear, if there ever was a rational reason for genocide, well this is about as close as it gets.
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2:17PM on 01/29/2008
Likewise, couldn't agree more.

Amazing how today's spoofs assume that simply referencing pop culture and trends of the week make for a funny movie.
Likewise, couldn't agree more.

Amazing how today's spoofs assume that simply referencing pop culture and trends of the week make for a funny movie.
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12:56PM on 01/29/2008
Amen!! Couldn't agree more, Spaceballs is the BEST spoof IMO.
Amen!! Couldn't agree more, Spaceballs is the BEST spoof IMO.
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11:44AM on 01/29/2008

I blame the kids

Seriously, I blame my students for this bullshit. I saw "There Will Be Blood" this weekend, and when I came in to school yesterday morning I asked them if any of them had seen anything. Two thirds of the class responded they saw "Meet the Spartans." I cry for the future of our country.
Seriously, I blame my students for this bullshit. I saw "There Will Be Blood" this weekend, and when I came in to school yesterday morning I asked them if any of them had seen anything. Two thirds of the class responded they saw "Meet the Spartans." I cry for the future of our country.
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11:18AM on 01/29/2008
Thank you so much for this!! I'm sick of these 6 of the 10 writers of scary movie making all these garbage spoof movies. If your gonna make a spoof.. do it right!
Thank you so much for this!! I'm sick of these 6 of the 10 writers of scary movie making all these garbage spoof movies. If your gonna make a spoof.. do it right!
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10:53AM on 01/29/2008

Rusty is saddened

"Meet The Spartans" was #1 in the box office.
I know humor is different things to different people and everyone is entitled to like what they want...but WTF?

I appreaciate Sturdy writing this article because after seeing that that moronic piece of cinema pulled in that much of the public's money, I feel truly ill.

Is our society that far gone?
You can call me overdramatic, but if you've had the stomach to watch any of those trailers, you'd be right where I am with this.
"Meet The Spartans" was #1 in the box office.
I know humor is different things to different people and everyone is entitled to like what they want...but WTF?

I appreaciate Sturdy writing this article because after seeing that that moronic piece of cinema pulled in that much of the public's money, I feel truly ill.

Is our society that far gone?
You can call me overdramatic, but if you've had the stomach to watch any of those trailers, you'd be right where I am with this.
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10:38AM on 01/29/2008
If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Leslie Nielsen needs more work. Immediately.
If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Leslie Nielsen needs more work. Immediately.
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9:59AM on 01/29/2008

I wouldn't ...

..lump NATM or the 1st Scary Movie in with the rest of that trash but maybe that's just me. Show some love to Top Secret and Kentucky Fried too.
..lump NATM or the 1st Scary Movie in with the rest of that trash but maybe that's just me. Show some love to Top Secret and Kentucky Fried too.
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9:52AM on 01/29/2008
according to Aint It Cool news... the upcoming Superhero spoof flick, by i thnk David Zucker is a return to form for them, and is actually good! who knows though!

Spaceballs is my all time favorite also@
according to Aint It Cool news... the upcoming Superhero spoof flick, by i thnk David Zucker is a return to form for them, and is actually good! who knows though!

Spaceballs is my all time favorite also@
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8:43AM on 01/29/2008

huh?

You're listing great spoof films and top of your list is SPACEBALLS?! Then Robin Hood Men In Tights?! You not only put them over Hot Shots, but Airplane and Naked Gun don't even get a mention?! What are you, high??
You're listing great spoof films and top of your list is SPACEBALLS?! Then Robin Hood Men In Tights?! You not only put them over Hot Shots, but Airplane and Naked Gun don't even get a mention?! What are you, high??
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