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Stupid does not equal funny

  • Jan 27, 2008
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 bone well-tickled, they were squeezed out by shock at how all-out stupid it all was. There's no real story to speak of (though they tried to fit one in somewhere), and worse yet, that sickening splat you hear periodically on the soundtrack is each attempt at a joke falling flat on its face.

'Epic Movie' isn't cute or even silly...it's just insultingly, maddeningly stupid. I'm a little angry at myself for even watching all of it. I could have been doing so many better, more satisfying things with my time. Like laundry.

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September 28, 2010
Jim Abraham and the Zucker Brothers just made this sort of thing look so easy that everyone started doing it--and it ain't that easy at all! You may get one or two laughs if your lucky but mostly you just want to be put out of your misery when you watch these sad attempts at comedy.
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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 ...

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Cast: Darrell 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
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Release Date: January 26, 2007
Screen Writer: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Runtime: 1hr 25min (theatrical) 93 (unrated)
Studio: New Regency Pictures
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