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Fulfilling not-so-great expectations

  • Nov 15, 2008
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Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)

1. This movie is for short attention spans only - rapid-fire spoofs of movies, reality TV, commercials and "People" [magazine] people may cause confusion and anger in viewers who find a plot to be an essential part of a movie.
2. Main movie spoofed = 300
3. Number of other pop culture icons spoofed = 300 [more like 50, but I have an artistic exaggeration license]
4. Number of Spartans who will dine in hell = 13
5. Number of funny jokes in the movie = 13 [more like 8, but see artistic exaggeration license in 3. above]
6. Odds of this winning an Oscar for best picture = 1:300,000,000,000

Coming after Epic Movie, viewers know exactly what to expect from a movie like this, which is to say, not much. There are some funny moments, but quite a few of the scenes draw the joke out much too long, and there are too many gross-out scenarios substituting for good satire.

Minimum level of experience needed before watching this:

1. Watch the movie 300 at least once (twice if you're a fan of Gerry Butler)
2. Watch that Monty Python movie about the Holy Grail (just because it's a good `un)
3. Watch the trailers for Shrek the Third, Happy Feet, Spiderman 3, Borat and Stomp the Yard &/or You Got Served (not necessarily both),
4. See the movie posters for Ghost Rider and Rocky.
5. Read the reviews for Casino Royale.
6. Ask a kid about the Transformers.
7. Check the internet for Britney, Paris, Lindsay - especially check for pictures of them getting out of limos in micro-minis
8. Watch half an episode each of American Idol, America's Next Top Model, and Deal or No Deal
9. Read the TV Guide listing for Ugly Betty, Heroes, and Dancing With The Stars
10. Read cover of National Enquirer in supermarket check-out line for Brangelina and K-Fed
11. Either buy a pair of earplugs for the "Sanjaya Malakar" scene or press "mute" button on remote. (Check batteries on remote beforehand)
12. Watch commercials for Subway, Gatorade, Red Bull, Grey Goose, Starbucks, Dentyne Ice and Budweiser.
13. Learn the lyrics of "I Will Survive"
14. Survivors may now watch the movie at their own risk.

Summary: An average spoof with a few really good zingers, but obviously suffering from genre burn-out. Recommended for cheap laughs and for pop-culture fans.



Amanda Richards

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