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C'mon Hollywood: Stop making lazy spoofs and parodies!

Nov. 26, 2013by: ResidentRiddle64

I want to be a filmmaker. After going to school and writing, editing and learning how lights and a camera work, I have made the choice to follow that passion for the rest of my life. Perhaps that's why seeing these parody films today is so enraging. Knowing that there are people out there getting to live their dream by making shit like A HAUNTED HOUSE and THE STARVING GAMES truly pains me. One of my friends proposed the theory that maybe they're intentionally making bad films to see how long the public will accept it. With each passing movie, I'm more inclined to believe her. Much like The Bride in KILL BILL, Ive crafted a list of the names of the responsible filmmakers who need to be taken down, listed from least to most offensive.

#3: Marlon Wayans/Rick Alvarez/Michael Tiddes

This trio of thickheaded filmmakers have brought us A HAUNTED HOUSE and will be releasing A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 in March 2014. While the first was pretty awful and Wayans also made us suffer through DANCE FLICK, his films are few and far between and, at the very least, a laugh or two (at most) will be provided.

#2: Craig Moss

Craig is the dude that wrote and directed THE 41 YEAR OLD VIRGIN WHO KNOCKED UP SARAH MARSHALL AND FELT SUPERBAD ABOUT IT and 30 NIGHTS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY WITH THE DEVIL INSIDE THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. While, yes, these movies are embarrassingly dreadful, they've typically remained unseen and unknown thanks to being released straight to DVD.

#1: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

These guys you probably know. DATE MOVIE, EPIC MOVIE, DISASTER MOVIE and VAMPIRES SUCK are all their faults. With their last few attempts of filmmaking being financial letdowns, they've been forced to go the limited theater and straight-to-DVD route. According to the inter-webs, their latest movie BEST NIGHT EVER (which was brought to light to by our own Eric Walkulski RIGHT HERE), appears to be making another small theater run, but how in the hell are these two still generating enough profit to continue making movies? Not only that, but theyre in production for a movie called SUPERFAST, which will parody, you guessed it, the FAST & FURIOUS franchise.

Instead of making a clever statement about a popular movie or genre, these filmmakers simply reference movies for laughs. To them, the more films that are mentioned, the funnier and more successful the humor is. Ironically enough, the films they mock are actually better than the parody, itself. I'd give these guys a little credit if the films they made fun of related to each other. For example, SCARY MOVIE 2 made fun of ghost and haunted house movies and SUPERHERO MOVIE made fun of superhero films. However, in MEET THE SPARTANS, they tackle300, CASINO ROYALE, STOMP THE YARD and TRANSFORMERS (and so many more). With all these unrelated references, there's no time to allow us to care about the characters or to have them exist in their own, self-contained story. That wouldn't be a problem if at the very least these movies were funny, but theyre not. Even when there's a chuckle, they just keep going on with the joke, like a little kid who has realized they made you laugh and keep going and going until you want to dropkick them into a thorn bush.

I'm not asking for another AIRPLANE! or YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, but do these movies really have to be so exhaustively stupid? The parody subgenera never was high art, but look at HOT FUZZ or BLACK DYNAMITE. They parody action films and blaxploitation films, respectively, and while they're silly and not for everyone, there's still a cohesive story and characters with motivation and goals. My favorite parody, WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY is not only hilarious, but it pokes fun of multiple movies (WALK THE LINE, RAY), features a myriad of characters who actually progress the plot and is pretty much a parody of musical biopics in general, so in a sense, it's damn smart comedy. Even with films like SCARY MOVIE 3, there were attempts to try and make you laugh without cramming in as many movie references as possible. You could tell which films and celebrities were being made fun of and instead of having movie references drive the story, the plot and characters were the references, letting the movie breathe and go from Point A to Point B while telling a few jokes along the way.

So, C'mon, Hollywood! Stop being so damn lazy when it comes to parodying movies. I know they say comedy is hard, but it's come to the point where they're not even trying. Making a parody of contemporary cinema shouldn't be hard at all, given the amount of crap we get on a regular basis. Thankfully, the public has seen through this nonsense and the craze of the "Movie" movies has finally dissipated. Hopefully, the funding for these projects will fade away and tolerating a release of any of these tired parodies will eventually stop once and for all.

Extra Tidbit: What's the worst Seltzer/Friedberg parody you've had the misfortune of sitting though?
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4:47PM on 11/26/2013
The last Great comedy spoof in my opinion was Not Another Teen Movie. That came out over 10 years ago. The spoof genre has since spiraled into an abyss of unforgivably bad, horribly unfunny bullshit that is so bad I've given up on the genre. Maybe one day the spoofs and the slap stick comedies will return, but Right now, I just dont see it. R.I.P to both genres.
The last Great comedy spoof in my opinion was Not Another Teen Movie. That came out over 10 years ago. The spoof genre has since spiraled into an abyss of unforgivably bad, horribly unfunny bullshit that is so bad I've given up on the genre. Maybe one day the spoofs and the slap stick comedies will return, but Right now, I just dont see it. R.I.P to both genres.
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6:33PM on 11/26/2013
I agree. N.A.T.M. actually made fun of the movies it included.
I agree. N.A.T.M. actually made fun of the movies it included.
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11:25AM on 11/26/2013
There is also a subtext to this which is, "People stop giving these assholes money by seeing their shitty movies." That's a major source of the issue as well that we sometimes don't consider. We can hope and pray all we want for some new found integrity by these no talent ass-clowns in Hollywood to stop polluting the moving going experience, but lets face it the only way we can really put a stop to this is as a whole to stop seeing these piles of dog crap they're calling cinema. Unfortunately
There is also a subtext to this which is, "People stop giving these assholes money by seeing their shitty movies." That's a major source of the issue as well that we sometimes don't consider. We can hope and pray all we want for some new found integrity by these no talent ass-clowns in Hollywood to stop polluting the moving going experience, but lets face it the only way we can really put a stop to this is as a whole to stop seeing these piles of dog crap they're calling cinema. Unfortunately if we know anything about the vast majority of people is that they're stupid and having "taste" in movies is something that requires to a degree a form of education; education the average person won't bother achieving.
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10:53AM on 11/26/2013
I think the best spoofs and parodies work, on some level, as examples of the genre they are taking the mickey out of. For example, Galaxy Quest can be seen as a straight-up science fiction adventure story, The Cabin in the Woods can be taken as a horror film, Spaceballs as a sci-fi fantasy action movie and Enchanted is as much a Disney fantasy musical as the others are, in addition to being comedies and poking fun at the conventions of the genre. A fellow schmoe mentioned Walk Hard: The Dewey
I think the best spoofs and parodies work, on some level, as examples of the genre they are taking the mickey out of. For example, Galaxy Quest can be seen as a straight-up science fiction adventure story, The Cabin in the Woods can be taken as a horror film, Spaceballs as a sci-fi fantasy action movie and Enchanted is as much a Disney fantasy musical as the others are, in addition to being comedies and poking fun at the conventions of the genre. A fellow schmoe mentioned Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story as a positive example of a recent spoof film as well. I do wish to see more of those, comedic deconstructions instead of cheap gags strung haphazardly together.
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4:56PM on 11/26/2013
Thank you for this article. As a writer, I hate the fact that millions of others including myself are writing original material and sending them out in competitions and rarely get anything from it. I like that you mentioned Hott Fuzz and Black Dynamite because they are the perfect example how they've become the very genre they are spoofing, because those films have the quality to care. Therefore those films are considered a film of their own. It's an ode to the genre.
Thank you for this article. As a writer, I hate the fact that millions of others including myself are writing original material and sending them out in competitions and rarely get anything from it. I like that you mentioned Hott Fuzz and Black Dynamite because they are the perfect example how they've become the very genre they are spoofing, because those films have the quality to care. Therefore those films are considered a film of their own. It's an ode to the genre.
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6:47PM on 11/26/2013
It really is terrible. Especially when these movies can be written by a group of 5 year olds in a day. I don't know how you can get a job as a writer for one of these but the qualifications can't be too much.
It really is terrible. Especially when these movies can be written by a group of 5 year olds in a day. I don't know how you can get a job as a writer for one of these but the qualifications can't be too much.
1:15PM on 11/26/2013
Jason friedberg and Aaron seltzer had nothing to do with "superhero movie" nothing at all.
Jason friedberg and Aaron seltzer had nothing to do with "superhero movie" nothing at all.
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12:53PM on 11/26/2013
'...learning how lights and camera work...'?

I'd ask for your money back..
'...learning how lights and camera work...'?

I'd ask for your money back..
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12:48PM on 11/26/2013

Tidbit : Jane Austen's Mafia!,Superhero movie,epic movie

Movies like Black Dynamite,Dead men don't wear plaid,Cornetto trilogy,Mel Brooks films are like love letters to the genre they are paying homage to and they are treat to watch for us like movie geeks.but movies like Scary movie,Jason friedberg movies are absolute garbage.wonder what kind of people pay to watch them in theatres.may be some people watch these horror spoofs for some cheap thrills
Movies like Black Dynamite,Dead men don't wear plaid,Cornetto trilogy,Mel Brooks films are like love letters to the genre they are paying homage to and they are treat to watch for us like movie geeks.but movies like Scary movie,Jason friedberg movies are absolute garbage.wonder what kind of people pay to watch them in theatres.may be some people watch these horror spoofs for some cheap thrills
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10:48AM on 11/26/2013
Tidbit: Date Movie. Because it was the only one I sat through.
Tidbit: Date Movie. Because it was the only one I sat through.
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12:40PM on 11/26/2013
YES! A great about out to an incredible movie - Walk Hard. Even the music is great. It fits with its' genre and is funny. I didn't even realize the starving games was a real movie.
YES! A great about out to an incredible movie - Walk Hard. Even the music is great. It fits with its' genre and is funny. I didn't even realize the starving games was a real movie.
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11:55AM on 11/26/2013

Totally!

Agree...and while we're at the same goes with Adam Sandler sold out comedies, or what they're passing off as comedy.
Agree...and while we're at the same goes with Adam Sandler sold out comedies, or what they're passing off as comedy.
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10:47PM on 12/02/2013
Best parody was Not Another Teen Movie
Best parody was Not Another Teen Movie
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12:59AM on 11/27/2013

In retrospect

Green Lantern would have worked better as a spoof of the genre because the movie they made took itself too seriously. But they can't go all the way silly: Jack Black's Green Lantern would have been a disaster.
Green Lantern would have worked better as a spoof of the genre because the movie they made took itself too seriously. But they can't go all the way silly: Jack Black's Green Lantern would have been a disaster.
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2:21PM on 11/26/2013

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE.

"Parody" means "make fun of". These guys don't make fun of those films, they celebrate them by recreating them and adding humour in them. The whole point of a spoofer (is that a word?) is to project his/her disliking for the spoof target. But of course these guys prefer to celebrate films because they think that's more accessible to an audience than deconstructing clichs. That's also why SCARY MOVIE 2 underperformed for featuring old movies, and since the 3rd one, they've been featuring only
"Parody" means "make fun of". These guys don't make fun of those films, they celebrate them by recreating them and adding humour in them. The whole point of a spoofer (is that a word?) is to project his/her disliking for the spoof target. But of course these guys prefer to celebrate films because they think that's more accessible to an audience than deconstructing clichs. That's also why SCARY MOVIE 2 underperformed for featuring old movies, and since the 3rd one, they've been featuring only new movies. They only care about money.

Like you said, we still have the Pegg/Frost team. And COMMUNITY.

Extra tidbit: I know that most people think DISASTER MOVIE is their worst because it doesn't even have a real plot. But I still find VAMPIRES SUCK to be worse.
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11:47PM on 11/26/2013

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Disaster Movie. Would've been a tie with Meet the Spartans, but the latter's Mandarin subtitles give some characters funny name translations, so I had one mild chuckle watching it.
Disaster Movie. Would've been a tie with Meet the Spartans, but the latter's Mandarin subtitles give some characters funny name translations, so I had one mild chuckle watching it.
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11:23AM on 11/26/2013

Mandingo Party!

As much as I hate the parody craze, Paranormal Activity, the FriedburgSeltzer abortions and even though I didn't want to see them, I gotta say I thought A Haunted House and Scary Movie 3 were actually kinda funny.
As much as I hate the parody craze, Paranormal Activity, the FriedburgSeltzer abortions and even though I didn't want to see them, I gotta say I thought A Haunted House and Scary Movie 3 were actually kinda funny.
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2:26PM on 11/26/2013
As bad as A Haunted House was it was funny too. Also, Dance Flick had some funny moments. Comedy is a matter of taste. The #1 spot is the worst. those guys are truly NOT funny what so ever.
As bad as A Haunted House was it was funny too. Also, Dance Flick had some funny moments. Comedy is a matter of taste. The #1 spot is the worst. those guys are truly NOT funny what so ever.
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10:50PM on 12/02/2013
Your statement is contradictory and as such invalid. You say Comedy is a matter of taste, and in the very next sentence note who is not funny...
Your statement is contradictory and as such invalid. You say Comedy is a matter of taste, and in the very next sentence note who is not funny...
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