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.

  • Our Man Flint (1966)
  • In Like Flint (1967)
  • The Ambushers (1967)
  • Murderers’ Row (1966)
  • The Silencers (1966)
  • The Wrecking Crew (1968)

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

  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) (the best of the three, in my opinion)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • Get Smart (2008) – based on the 1960s TV series
  • Johnny English (2003)
  • Johnny English Reborn (2011)
  • Spy Hard (1996)

Movie Parodies that Parody other Movies

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

  • 2001: A Space Travesty (2000)
  • The 41 Year Old Virgin That Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It (2010)
  • Airplane! (1980)
  • Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
  • Date Movie (2006)
  • Disaster Movie (2008)
  • Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
  • Epic Movie (2007)
  • Fatal Instinct (1993)
  • Hot Shots! (1991)
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
  • Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
  • Meet the Spartans (2008)
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  • Scary Movie (2000)
  • Scary Movie 2 (2001)
  • Scary Movie 3 (2003)
  • Scary Movie 4 (2006)
  • Scary Movie 5 (2013)
  • Silence of the Hams (1994)
  • Spaceballs (1987)
  • Stan Helsing (2009)
  • Superhero Movie (2008)
  • Wrongfully Accused (1998)

Miscellaneous Movie Parodies

Movie Parodies that don’t quite fit anywhere else:

  • Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) – a parody of 1950s sci-fi movies
  • Galaxy Quest (1999) – a parody of 1960s sci-fi TV series like Star Trek
  • Johnny Dangerously (1984) – a parody of the gangster movies of the 1950s and 1960s
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
  • Kick-Ass (2010) – a parody of superhero movies
  • Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) – based on the Police Squad! TV series
  • The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
  • Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
  • Not Another Teen Movie (2001) – a parody of teen dramas
  • UHF (1989) – a parody of various TV shows and movies

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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