Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Meet the What?????

I heard something sort of interesting today on the radio … go figure! Apparently, the movie “Meet the Spartans” was the number 1 grossing movie of the weekend in the U.S. How is this remotely possible? I’m pretty sure everybody knew that this movie was done by the guys who did “Epic Movie” and “Date Movie,” possibly two of the worst spoof movies since “Dracula, Dead and Loving It.”

There was a time in the early 1990’s when movie producers got lazy, and would green-light any spoof movie that featured Leslie Nielson (thanks to his success in the Naked Gun trilogy). Most of these spoofs were downright awful, and quite a few of them ended up going straight to video … which was probably for the best.

Movie companies decided to phase these movies out for a while – that is until Scary Movie came out. The first one was rather funny, if not totally disgusting. The second one, also produced by the Wayans brothers, was just disgusting and not funny (in fact, there really wasn’t a story line at all). The Zucker Brothers, legends with regards to spoof movies (more on them later), took over Scary Movie 3 and 4 – neither was a “classic,” but both were funny in their own right.

There was another movie in the early 2000’s called “Not Another Teen Movie,” which, in my opinion, is an absolutely fantastic spoof. An actually story? Check! Great movie spoofs woven into the movie without just being thrown in there? Check! No slow parts? Check! This movie spoofed over 25 teen flicks from the 80’s on – quite a feat in itself. However, unlike Date Movie and Epic Movie, the spoofs were totally relevant and actually added to the movie.

The Epic and Date Movie chain of movies seems to just throw a bunch of spoofs together without relying even a little bit on a plot. Plus, the spoofs are SO obvious, that they actually detract from the humor. I just can’t believe people are still going out to view this dreck.

How come nobody has taken the actual torch from the Zuckers and Mel Brooks and created incredible spoofs like Airplane, Top Secret, Naked Gun, Blazing Saddles, and Space Balls? Has the movie industry really gotten this lazy? I beg some bright young director to attempt to make a great quality spoof again … PLEASE!


Lisa said...

I just read your post to DD, and I have to agree with him .. part of the problem is Hollywood (or somebody) needs to make a good movie to be spoofed. Movies suck anymore, which would explain why Direct to Video is now the norm and nobody bothers with the theater (a sad thing, in my opinion). The best spoof I've seen recently in Jerry O'Connell's spoof of Tom Cruise in the creepy scientology video. Great stuff!

And of course, I totally agree about "Not Another Teen Movie" .... just thinking about it gets me in the mood for vacation! .. Babs Peapod

Jeff said...

Team America: World Police was a fantastic spoof of Rent, Pearl Harbor, etc.

But you'd think there'd be more than 2 or 3 good spoofs in a given decade.

Ink and Stone said...

I just watched (again, for the millionth time) Blazing Saddles.
"Mongo just pawn... in big game of life." Heh. The classics never get old!

El Padrino said...

hollywood getting desperate

Crassius Maximus said...

Hollywood running out of sh!+ to do.

Superstar said...

Airlane-ALL time fav slap stick movie...LOL ;o)

I am not a fan of the new spoof movies. Sort of Saturday night live-ish...

minijonb said...

Is it my imagination, or is Carmen Electra in every single one of these movies?