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Disaster Movie


By Serena Donadoni | Posted 9/3/2008

The pomposity of big-budget B movies can certainly be taken down a notch, but the writing/directing team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer rely too much on trailer moments for their broad comedy. Those attention-grabbing nuggets (like a bullet mussing Angelina Jolie's hair in Wanted) are their comic fodder, and they look for laughs by giving them a (usually violent) tweak. The problem is that their humorous twists aren't fresh: Questioning the sexuality of naked warrior Beowulf, adding racy lyrics to a chirpy High School Musical number, and making Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw a drag queen don't make for cutting-edge comedy. And Disaster Movie falls completely flat when lashing out at summer flops like Speed Racer, Prince Caspian, and The Love Guru. Deflating these images only works when they've overstayed their welcome in the cultural landscape--as did Juno, one of their primary targets--and making fun of the rejects doesn't have the same punch. Jabs at the self-absorbed cast of Cloverfield work well, and turning Alvin and the Chipmunks into death-metal cannibals has a macabre humor to it, but these moments are few and far between. Friedberg and Seltzer are speedy and prolific--their Meet the Spartans came out in January--but this lame mishmash proves that you actually can see too many movies for your own good.

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