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Movie Parodies (Spoofs) - The Good, the Bad and the Awful

movie reels - movie parodies Movie parodies have existed since at least the 1960s.

They spoofed genres (spy spoofs mostly) at first and then went on to parodying other movies. Of all the spoof-style movies that have been made, only one was so bad that I threw the DVD away (and it’s a good thing it was on sale in the bargain bin at the time, or I’d feel bad about it). I’ll mention that one at the end of the article.

In the meantime, I’ll list a few movies you may or may not have seen and some you may not even have heard of, especially if they were made way before your time.

Spy Movie Parodies

There must have been something going on to generate so much interest in secret agents in the 1960s – perhaps it was the cold war. These are the movies I’ve seen which spoofed the genre completely back then.

The 1990s saw the return of spy movie parodies like this. Here’s the list I have so far:

Movie Parodies that Parody other Movies

This list will only get longer. As far as I can remember, it all started with “Airplane!”:

Miscellaneous Movie Parodies

Movie Parodies that don’t quite fit anywhere else:

What did I Miss?

I’m positive I’ve missed more than I’ve seen. Feel free to leave comments about movies you think should be on one of these lists, correct me, whatever. Please don’t mention movies just because they have skits in them.

You have to realize that it’s impossible for me to watch everything everyone else has watched, even if I confine myself to just movie parodies. Of course, I’m sure I could have fun trying.

The Worst of the Worst

I enjoy movie parodies as much as the next person, which isn’t saying a lot. I generally know what to expect before the opening title starts rolling. I don’t expect to laugh throughout each movie. I expect to be mildly amused and that’s about it.

The Disaster Movie, was a disaster in every sense of the word. I didn’t find anything amusing throughout the entire movie. From what I saw, the people who made this film tried really hard to make it funny. They failed miserably. Forget about the plot, as thin as it was. Forget about the actors and actresses, because most of them were nobodies. Forget about the over-extended sequences that were dragged on for no clear reason. The worst part was:

Vulgarity. I got tired, really quickly, of hearing the words “b*tch”, “fu*k” and “sh*t”. The musical number at the end was the clincher that made me throw the DVD away. It wasn’t necessary, it didn’t add to the movie and it was in bad taste.

That movie was so bad, I’m going to have to be extra careful before watching other movie parodies, especially if they’re written by the same people.

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By RT Cunningham
October 3, 2014
Entertainment and Recreation