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By dint of the inexplicable popularity of their send-up of movie genres in the parody movies Scary Movie and Date Movie, writer/director duo Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer probably got an epic-sized bucket of cash for this hastily stitched pastiche of drive-by entertainment. There's no particular variety of movie they were sent to send up this time, unless big box-office grossers has now become a genre in and of itself. If so, Epic Movie may well qualify as part of that league itself. Very little expense has been spared to make so-called "comic" references to a slew of mostly recent blockbusters--The Chronicles of Narnia, Borat, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the X-Men and Harry Potter series, Superman Returns, Nacho Libre, and The Da Vinci Code to name a few--and it's assumed we've seen them all. In a goofy thread of a story about four orphans plucked from some of the above, battle must be done through various bastardized plots from same so that a prophecy can be fulfilled and they can assume their rightful place as rulers of a sacred land. Lots of crotch kicks, fart, urine, and vomit jokes speed by as we pass through Willie Wonka's factory and a magical wardrobe with an unusually interesting assortment of look-alikes and name actors caught up in the gag mix (some of it legitimately funny). Darrell Hammond, Crispin Glover, David Carradine, Kevin McDonald, Carmen Electra, Kal Penn put on game (and sometimes gamy) faces, and it's definitely a hoot to watch comedy improv alums Fred Willard and Jennifer Coolidge as Aslo the Lion and the White Bitch do battle in a Narnian good vs. evil character smackdown. As lame as you already expect a movie like this to be, anything that can throw together an homage to C.S. Lewis alongside MTV's Punk'd in less than 90 minutes can't be all bad. --Ted Fry

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CastDarrell Hammond, David Carradine, Jayma Mays, Fred Willard, Irina Voronina, Crispin Glover, Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Faune Chambers, Tony Cox, Héctor Jimenez, Carmen Electra, Jim Piddock, Kevin McDonald, George Alvarez, Crista Flanagan, Dana Seltzer, Dane Farwell, Tad Hilgenbrinck, Jim Piccock, Groovy, Kahshanna Evans, Lindsey Kraft, Jareb Dauplaise, Ricco Rodriguez, Danny Jacobs, David Lehre, James Salker, Sr., Cordele Taylor, Alla Petrou, Gregory Jbara, Jill Latiano, Abe Spigner, Shawn McDonald, Lauren Conrad, Katt Williams, Nick Steele, Brennan Thomas, Eagles of Death Metal, David J. Catching, Jesse Hughes, Brian O'Connor, Gene Trautmann, Kenny Yates, Daniel Joseph, Taran Killam, Jeremy Rowley, Qiana Chase, Jillian Grace, Masha Lund, Pollyanna Salas-Uruena, Sara Jean Underwood, Olivia Hardt, Zee James, Ginney Jones, Britten Kelley, Arielle Vandenberg, Heather Storm, Audra Lynn, Darko Belgrade, Brooklyn Freed, Michelle Misty Lang, Sabi Dorr, David Whatley, Mike Grief, Mary Castro, Ron LéRoy, Thomas Van Tassel, Lichelle D. Ebner, Paul Zies, Roscoe Lee Browne, Ronald Lee Clark, Joe Gieb, Arturo Gil, Ricardo Gil, Michael Lee Gogin, Joseph S. Griffo, Pancho Moler, Mike Murga, Mark Povinelli, Jon Simanton, David Steinberg, John Tamaki, Kevin Thompson, Tyce Diorio, Richard Steeio Vazquez, Megan Hiratzka, Samantha Lee, Philip "Spee-D" Albuquerque, Jaime "Venum" Burgos III, Oren "Flea Rock" Michaeli, Frankie DeMiranda, Chadd Smith, Anwar "Fliistylz" Burton
DirectorJason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Comedy
Release Date:  January 26, 2007
Screen WriterJason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Runtime:  1hr 25min (theatrical) 93 (unrated)
Studio:  New Regency Pictures
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Quick Tip by . December 08, 2010
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I have to admit after the neverending stream of Scary Movie's and their counterparts i got sick of them but this one was actually kind of funny because its making fun of alot of my favorite movies....wich for some reason i get a major kick out of.
review by . November 01, 2008
Ladies and gentlemen   These are movies since '05     One, two, three, four, five   Everybody knows the films this movie derides   From DaVinci Code to Willy Wonka   The boys are running wild on the screen   After girls with big honkers   Big busts fill the movie screen   Cleavage deep and the girls are mean   You'll see Jennifer, Carmen Electra and Jayma   And as I continue you'll see it's …
review by . September 11, 2008
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Pros: Not as bad as Not Another Teen Movie...     Cons: ... But then, being better than that takes very little effort     The Bottom Line: I'm too good to make another cheap shot here.     It was genuinely clever the first time. They started to push it with the sequel. By now, the jig is done. I didn't pay anything for the privelege - and I use that word in the loosest possible context - of seeing Epic Movie, but I still think writers Jason …
review by . January 27, 2008
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So let's get this straight: I love a good goofy movie sometimes. Pointless, silly, cute, funny...it's all good. 'Airplane' and 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' are among my favorite movies of this type, perfect for what they are, pure brain candy.    So why am I giving 'Epic Movie' the lowest possible rating? Simply put, because it's dumb. Its jokes aren't silly, they're just stupid. The few laughs the movie got out of me weren't the result of a funny …
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