Review Date: July 09, 2008
Director: Craig Mazin
Writer: Craig Mazin
Producers: David Zucker, Craig Mazin, Robert K. Weiss
Drake Bell as Rick
Sara Paxton as Jill
Christopher McDonald as Lou
Frankly, I’m insulted by movies like this that don’t even attempt to optimize their jokes or humor and would rather just fill themselves up with cameos galore, in the hopes of a “big opening weekend” and a nifty profit. So a big “fuck you” to everyone who participated in this film for selling out (and yeah, that includes you, Mr. and Mr. Weinstein) and for forgetting what made movies “special” to them in the first place. Blaming the actors would be too easy, but most of them actually do alright within the structure of the film, which in its only defense, doesn’t try and toss every other movie into its storyline and concentrates rather on the entire first SPIDER-MAN movie for its plotline (with a little X-MEN thrown in). Major kudos for that! I much prefer when they try and spoof 1-2 movies alone, rather than 100 in one shot, but the only problem in this case was that they simply forgot to add actual humor! Sara Paxton is really hot though and Missus C (aka Marion Ross) does a great job as the Aunt May wannabe, but the rest of the cameos are pretty bad and embarrassing, especially Pamela Anderson, who is literally in the film for less than 30 seconds (if only we could say the same for Leslie Nielsen…oy-vey).
Other “names” that filter through this thing include the great Keith David, the generally funny Christopher McDonald, Brent Spiner, Jeffrey Tambor, Robert Hays (of AIRPLANE fame!!), Tracy Morgan, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko and others. None make much of an impression, to be honest with you. The only other “good thing” about this film is that it only lasts about 78 minutes, and even though the dude playing Tom Cruise is pretty hilarious in the movie, I think the clips I’d seen of him in the film’s trailer, were longer than his actual appearance in the movie! Surprisingly, the film’s final half-hour is more entertaining than its first 30 minutes, although that’s really not saying much. All that said, please SKIP this movie, tell your friends to skip this movie, tell your family to skip this movie, in fact, if you have some time on your hands, write a letter to the Weinstein brothers telling them to stop making these fuckin’ shitty “spoof comedies” and drop-kick every single one of those SCARY MOVIE writers (Jason Friedberg/Aaron Seltzer) out of Hollywood already!! (next up, DISASTER MOVIE starring Kim Kardashian?!?!?!). PS: My brother and I wrote a pretty funny “spoof script” a few years back…if interested, drop me a line. Hehehe.