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Overall Rating
1.6

Awesome: 9.33%
Worth A Look: 4%
Average: 1.33%
Pretty Bad: 8%
Total Crap77.33%

5 reviews, 45 user ratings


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Epic Movie
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by Lybarger

"Yes, it's big, but it still isn't funny."
1 stars

Writer-directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer make nods to a staggering multitude of movies and TV shows within a mere 86 minutes. Everything from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to “X-Men” to “Superman Returns” gets quoted, but Friedberg and Seltzer’s most staggering achievement is rendering “Epic Movie” free from laughs.

The duo behind “Date Movie” don’t really know what they’re making fun of (since when is “Nacho Libre” an epic?) and approach the art of satire with an appalling laziness. Whenever they’re unable to come up with a decent wisecrack or clever gag, Friedberg and Seltzer settle for crotch kicks and testing the limits of fair use laws.

The script for “Epic Movie” seems to have been composted not on a word processor but on a blender. It’s as if dozens of better scripts were dumped into a faulty shredder and recycled into the entertainment equivalent of a Frankenstein monster.

The thin, clumsy story all of the referential gags are tied to involves a quartet of orphans named Edward, Peter, Lucy and Susan (played by Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Jayma Mays and Faune A. Chambers). The four have won golden tickets (as in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”), but the chocolate master Willie (Crispin Glover doing his best Johnny Depp) has used the contest to lure them into a grisly trap.

The four escape into a wardrobe and have to battle the evil queen of Gnarnia (Jennifer Coolidge, portraying a character whose name can’t be mentioned in a family paper). The showdown isn’t terribly interesting and is used mainly as a springboard for tepid bits of name dropping and pop culture quotes, almost none of which are funny.

Yes, the guy playing Borat in two scenes can sure say “Nice” and can sure wear the green nightmare of a swimsuit that Sacha Baron Cohen wore in his Oscar-nominated movie, but he doesn’t really do anything other than a mediocre impression. Friedman and Seltzer know the character is funny but have no idea why.

One of the first rules of satire is not to make fun of something that’s already funny unless you can top it. There’s a protracted scene where characters modeled after the ones in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” break into a dull, protracted version of the hysterically funny “Saturday Night Live” tune “Lazy Sunday.” Why pay good money to hear this when you can watch the original song on youtube.com for free?

Fortunately, Friedman and Seltzer give viewers a break from all the pop culture references by switching to sequences involving breasts and urine.

Watching “Epic Movie” made me realize what a talented actor Johnny Depp is. It takes TWO guys to imitate his characters in this film (Glover and Darrell Hammond), and neither one has the wit or energy that he does. Note: This review originally appeared in CountyCable.net

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originally posted: 02/12/07 04:57:01
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User Comments

8/16/11 chris Trying Hard for laughs the movie 1 stars
7/19/11 art On second thought, a Great Satire of adventure films,Jayma Mays is the New Anna FAris! 4 stars
7/24/10 art A JOKE FILM,JAYMA MAYS is a ROAD-COMPANY ANNA FARIS. 2 stars
6/01/10 User Name It doesn't really parody anything, as much as it yells "this existed!". 1 stars
2/17/10 JM Synth Not just unfunny, it's poorly made with production values well below theatrical standards 1 stars
1/25/10 art "very funny" jayma mays IS a poor man"s anna faris! 1 stars
8/30/09 Pat How are there any five star votes at all? Are you people stupid or something? 1 stars
7/02/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess A masterpice when compared to 'Meet The Spartens;' not like that says anything 2 stars
1/15/09 FrankNFurter Pop-culture refernces without humor does not = humor.Shameful poo! 1 stars
8/29/08 Shaun Wallner Never laughed so hard in my Life!! 5 stars
7/23/08 David Epic Fail. 1 stars
7/08/08 art AN"EPIC" 1 stars
5/07/08 Sarbu Rada The movie was sooo boring... and bad, of course :D 1 stars
8/15/07 Ashley Didn't even laugh once at this Date Movie wannabe. At least Date Movie was funni! 1 stars
6/28/07 Sebastian Luna This movie rocks!!! 5 stars
6/28/07 Dr. Isaksson I am a CS Lewis fan and the ode to Narnia was the only redeeming value. Just not funny. 2 stars
6/22/07 my name is... great- hysterically funny, mainly in the terrible acting 5 stars
5/29/07 Valenitnh Great movie 5 stars
5/23/07 Devin Burdett This movie is awesome 5 stars
5/01/07 desto mostly bad acting, terrible humour... it SUCKED 1 stars
4/18/07 David Pollastrini pretty silly! 2 stars
4/16/07 Robert Frost -10 stars. Don't go on this path. 1 stars
4/06/07 Ariadne Christina Renee Gladstone Pretty much the kind of spoof that pseudochristian C.S. Lewis deserves! 4 stars
3/28/07 Darlene Groetz Right Regina, parts should be different--ditch the humping & especially the tragic wands! 3 stars
3/28/07 Regina Haniger Some parts too discombobulated,but on whole a decent spoof.(I'd've made some parts dif'rnt) 4 stars
3/03/07 jonny cash awesome 5 stars
2/24/07 The chode complete GARB 1 stars
2/20/07 Beau i only enjoyed the norbit preview before the movie, i coodnt stop laughing. movies trash 1 stars
2/19/07 Tiffany trashy, i only laughed a couple of times. wasnt worth the money 2 stars
2/16/07 Axel Leos One of the worst movies i have seen.... 1 stars
2/15/07 Pete Zerria A complete waste of time & money. Should have been rated "R" too 1 stars
2/13/07 The chode Worst movie I have seen in years. 1 stars
2/12/07 Shobert Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are 100% sans talent. 1 stars
2/12/07 Austin Wertman Wheres the humor? 1 stars
2/05/07 Kischuta There was only one laugh to be had from the entire movie. 1 stars
2/02/07 Joe The only thing this movie has going for it is Carmen Electra in blue body paint. 1 stars
1/31/07 tom umm... was this a movie, a couple laughs, but no more than watching jerry springer 1 stars
1/30/07 Mikey Damn. That sucked. 'Nuff Said. 1 stars
1/30/07 mike laughed my ass off when aslo kept changing from the old guy to the chinese guy but thats it 2 stars
1/29/07 Raymond Chandler Brian Orndorf, you're my best friend 1 stars
1/28/07 bob waste of money 1 stars
1/28/07 Shoshie This movie is trash. 1 stars
1/28/07 del Who the HELL keeps giving these guys money to make movies?!?!?!?!?!?! 1 stars
1/28/07 mets1986 One of the top % worst movies I have EVER seen! 1 stars
1/27/07 Nick-o-less This Movie Is Fucking Funny 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  26-Jan-2007 (PG-13)
  DVD: 22-May-2007

UK
  09-Feb-2007 (15)
  DVD: 11-Jun-2007

Australia
  25-Jan-2007 (M)




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