Archive for the ‘Parody’ Category

Sausage Party – **

Posted: May 8, 2017 in 2016, Animation, Comedy, Parody, USA, XX

Sausage Party would have been an excellent animated short. But animated shorts don’t make any profit and movie making is all about making profit. So Sausage Party became a feature animated movie that has some really clever and funny moments, but has even more redundant scenes. The set up is great though. The products in a supermarket assume that the humans who purchase them are Gods and will take them to the heavenly Great Beyond. Until, of course, some products discover the truth…

That set up is brilliant. The mockery of mass religion is daring and brave. The references to some of our current human situations are legio and often well thought of. However, for every high brow social comment joke there’s an ordinary platitude or sexual insinuation. In fact, there are more of the latter. Some are clever and funny too. There are just too many of them.

The main characters are a hot dog sausage (voided by Seth Rogen – perfect for the job) and a bun (voiced by Kirstin Wiig), who dream of ending up at the same human’s house so they can finally meet and be together. A sausage dreaming of being squeezed into a bun. A bun dreaming of having a sausage inside of her! It’s funny in the trailer and it’s funny the first 10 minutes of the movie. It’s just not funny anymore after half an hour, nor after an hour, nor after an hour and a half. By the time the Taco (voiced by Salma Hayek) wants to join in on the fun between the hotdog and the bun, it’s really not cool anymore. The makers decided to use all the stereotypical prejudiced voices and character types for its characters. The bagel is Jewish (Ed Norton sounding like Woody Allen), the Salsa is Mexican, etc…

It’s a very American animated movie. A lot of products are not known under the same name in Europe. So that kind of is annoying. And some characters in the movie are not edible at all. The Vaginal Douche is in there just for the gross jokes. And the Toilet Paper as well. But it would have been much more ‘realistic’ if the characters would just be food.

Anyways. It makes you laugh most of the time. So watch it. It’s only 99 cent as a rental on iTunes.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1700841/

This is one absurd movie.

It’s a parody. Or better: it’s supposed to be a parody. But it doesn’t always work.

It’s a mockumentary about a famous celebrity, who left the successful boy band he formed as a child to become an even more successful solo artist. Until his last album flops.

Strangely enough, this parody on celebrities trying to hard to be successful flopped as well.  The makers just tried too hard to be funny. It’s a bit too much. There is no subtlety at all. It’s like the makers wanted to exaggerate so that the audience would understand that it’s a parody.

If you can’t trust your audience to realize that it’s a parody, then you are making a movie for the wrong audience!

Yes, it’s cool to see celebrities taking a diss at their own celebrity status. But why does half of the entertainment world need to be represented in this parody? A few would have sufficed. Now there’s just an overload. NAS and ASAP Rocky and 50 Cent and Usher acting like they were fans of The Style Boyz (the fictitious boy band). Why so many? The joke is only funny once.

Watch it though. It does have some funny scenes. Like the ‘non gay’ equal rights song featuring Pink!  (see below)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3960412

 

Brooklyn Nine Nine – ***

Posted: December 2, 2015 in 2013, 2014, Comedy, Parody, TV series, USA, XXX

Brooklyn Nine Nine has all the ingredients of a great comical sitcom: it has quirky characters that you start caring for immediately, the jokes are funny and the one-liners to the point. That’s basically all you need to be entertained for 22 episodes.

The fact that it’s set in a police department doesn’t matter. The fact that the main character is the best detective in town doesn’t matter. The fact that he’s childish, arrogant, rebellious, honest and good-hearted does.

Jake Peralta is a goofy personage. True. But the biggest jokes and funny situations come from his colleagues and supervisors. It’s very similar to Parks and Recreation and that’s a disadvantage because it feels like a copy rather than an original series. However, it’s a great feat to feel like a copy and excel in it as well. Plus, the comical acting is quite remarkable.

Just dump Hitchock and Scully. Their presence is only sporadically funny.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2467372

Spy – *

Posted: September 18, 2015 in 2015, Action, Comedy, Parody, Spionage, USA, X

How can Spy make more than 100 million US dollars at the box office?

There are maybe five brief moments in the entire movie that produce a laugh. One of which is a battle scene between two women in a professional kitchen. That alone deserves a star.

It’s terrible as a parody because it tries to hard to be a real spy movie.

It’s terrible as spy movie because it tries to hard to be funny.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3079380/

The Interview – *(*)

Posted: December 29, 2014 in 2014, Action, Comedy, Parody, USA, X1/2

No, it’s not a good movie.

But you know what? It’s not a really bad movie either.

It’s entertaining pulp which gets funnier towards the end, when it becomes a James Bond parody with silly sex, fight and chase scenes.The start is also quite good, with Eminem coming out of the closet, making sure that every viewer (who knows rapper Eminem and his homophobic lyrics) understands that this movie is NOT to be taken seriously. However, for an hour or so nothing really happens. No action, no humor, no drama. Nothing but stupid conversations about buttholes, rectums, asses, … and references to the Lord Of The Rings. Oh and lines like ‘hater gonna hate and ain’t-ers gonna ain’t’.

James Franco’s performance is really bad. He even sucks at overacting. Apart from the moment where he says ‘WHAT?’ after he learns he, as an interviewer, needs to kill the leader of North Korea. That was pretty cool. It lasts two seconds.

Seth Rogen’s performance is pretty much like all his other performances. The guy sticks to playing one character that never bores. Here he’s a producer of a showbiz talk show who wants to be taken seriously and takes on the request to have his presenter interview the worlds most hated leader.

Again, not really worth the watch. But it’s not as bad as they say.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2788710

This Is The End – *1/2

Posted: October 27, 2013 in 2013, Comedy, Parody, USA, X1/2

There’s something funny about Seth Rogen. I don’t know what it is, but I think he’s funny. The way he says things. And the things he says. It makes me smile. Every single time.

in This Is The End he’s invited with a friend to the house of James Franco. There are all kinds of celebrities, playing a fictitious version of themselves. And then the apocalypse happens and all these celebrities fall in a deep hole, whereas others are beamed up to the sky. Six guys get trapped in Franco’s house and need to survive. So they start acting like adult teenagers.

I’m not sure how fictitious the characters really are or how real. James Franco clearly exaggerates. But I really think Seth Rogen is Seth Rogen all the time. The other four aren’t really celebrities. At least not over here.

The movie is funny, but not constantly funny. The first fifteen minutes are actually quite daft. There’s nothing funny about trivializing taking hard drugs at a party. Michael Cera’s cameo is the complete opposite of funny. Rihanna’s cameo can get her a Raspberry award. But when they all die and the apocalypse sets in, it gets pretty crazy. It doesn’t live up to British parodies like Shaun Of The Dead, but it’s passable. There are too many references to other movies and the actor’s real careers, which you can only get when you have actually seen the movies or know about the actors’ life. I’m thinking of finally watching Pineapple Express now.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245492

Hot Fuzz – **

Posted: September 15, 2013 in 2007, Cop Movie, Parody, UK, XX

So, the guys who created Shaun Of The Dead also made a cop buddy / action crime parody called Hot Fuzz. It starts off being not even half as funny as the comical zombie slashing neoclassic, but it gets remarkably better by the end. The overabundance of absurdities only work during the finale, where the silliness is just non stop.

A talented and overachieving officer get transferred from metropolitan London to rural Stanford, where there hasn’t been a murder in over 20 years. Nobody ever wonders why there are so many ‘accidents’ though and the officer starts an investigation, helped by a local constable.

Simon Pegg plays a serious character for a change and that feels kind of awkward. In fact, he’s so convincing as a London police officer that there is no trace of parody at all. He does lose it a bit at the end, but during the entire movie it feels like he’s auditioning for a serious role. Luckily the rest of the cast makes it clear you’re watching a comedy. And again, it gets better by the end. There’s a shootout scene that just cracked me up. Hadn’t laughed that hard in a while.

This movie also proves that with the right sound effects and editing, the right cast and the right attitude you can make an entertaining movie for little money. It sure feels like a big budget movie, but you know it’s not.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425112/