5 Parodies That Actually Don’t Suck
I used to have a friend that worked at Blockbuster (speaking of which…R.I.P. Blockbuster) and he informed me there were movies that came out with similar titles and similar covers just to trick people into renting the wrong movies. That’s a real thing that happens (seriously: look at Paranormal Activity vs. Paranormal Entity).
With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire about a week a half away, it shouldn’t have been surprising to hear about a film called The Starving Games set to release one week earlier. You’d have to live under a rock to confuse the two, but it got me thinking: is there such thing as a good parody movie? Then I immediately compiled a quick list of good (not just decent) parodies. Below are the best 5 (in my opinion).
Scary Movie is the original spoof movie. While it has spawned four sequels (all of which I am not a fan of) and started the trend of spoofing everything (there is a movie called Disaster Movie for God’s sake), I still thoroughly enjoy the Scream knock-off. It’s partially because it brings back memories of the endless times my cousin and I watched it, but I also think both Anna Faris and Marlon Wayans are legitimately funny. In all, if there was only one spoof movie you should watch (which…there is), it’d be the original Scary Movie.
Black Dynamite could arguably not be considered a parody because it’s more of a satire; however, for the sake of argument I am going to lump parody, spoof, and satire movies all into one category. With that out of the way, I can commend Black Dynamite for being one of the funniest movies I can remember seeing in the last five years. It’s undervalued, underappreciated, and supremely hilarious. All you jiveturkey suckas should go see the blaxploitation parody now!
I’ve always wondered how comedy will hold up over time. All the movies I find the funniest are that way partially because of my sense of humor but partially because it’s the “in” thing in terms of comedy. But will Anchorman be funny in 25 years? What about The Hangover? I kind of doubt it. However, Airplane! is 33 years old and still very, very funny. Like Black Dynamite, it is considered a satire as it borrows from similar movies in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. This is probably not higher on my list because of the simple fact that some of the jokes flew (pun intended) directly over my head.
People who’ve paid attention to my movie taste should know that I absolutely love Shaun of the Dead (evident here). It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that I included Shaun of the Dead in my parody picks. To me, it’s a different form of comedy – the kind that has probably been lost on the general movie masses – that should be revisited yearly. Few movies try to replicate the humor, and none have succeeded in the same fashion.
When we think spy movies, we should think James Bond. However, there is probably a small contingent that thinks of Austin Powers first. Because of the action-comedy trilogy, Mike Myers and his groovy spy antagonist are tough to forget. The pop culture-filled movies borrow from the aforementioned James Bond as well as Derek Flint (also satirizing Bond), and more. It’s the perfect blend of parody comedy and just good-old-fashion fun. Just writing this makes me want to watch them again (and no…not just because of Foxxy Cleopatra).
For honorable mentions, I think Undercover Brother, The Princess Bride, and, of course, Monty Python and the Holy Grail deserve recognition. Anything else I missed?
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