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80 minutes of my life I'll never get back
on 11 April 2011
I saw this on my birthday 3 years ago, and I'm still angry at the film for the money wasted on the tickets. Whilst I wasn't expecting a huge amount of laughs (the quality of "spoof" films has been going downhill over the years), I was expecting at least one.
I didn't even get that.
Every time the faintest whiff of a plot came along, the whole thing ground to a halt whilst we get "Hey, It's Hannah Montana!" and a lame one shot joke which lasts several minutes longer than it deserves. Mind you, what it deserved was a lethal injection.
Every scene will involve someone saying "Hey, it's..." and then the scene will, um - not sure what word I should use here. I'd love to have said "develop", but that never happens. Ah yes, got it now.
Every scene will involve someone saying "Hey, it's..." and then the scene will fester around some icon that I had never heard of. This might make me snobbish, but I seriously have never heard of "My Super Sickenly Sweet 16 Soiree", or whatever it is called, nor about half the other people/shows/adverts mentioned. From reading up on these afterwards (as I do like to learn more about things) I discovered that the film made references to a lot of movies that hadn't even been released, and so the "spoofing" (such that it was) was just the recreation of some of these trailers!
Spoof: a pastiche of a well known film/scene/character type, carefully placing it in the context of your work in such a manner that even if the viewer doesn't understand the context, it does not spoil the story line. The most famous of all spoof films, Airplane!, was a recreation of a 1957 film called Zero Hour!, which I suspect not many people will have seen. Yet we still get the jokes. Heck, I've seen that film dozens of times, and I find something new to laugh at each time. Airplane! is full of show-stopping scenes.
Sadly, so is Disaster Movie. The show stops each time a one-scene character is introduced to do somthing that is supposed to be hilarious, but causes yet another stumble along the shaky plot line. So you switch off from the movie, and start noticing other details on the screen. Anything to take your mind off the drivel being spouted by cheap wannabe film actors who would do better joining forces with the production team and lynching the directors.
I am normally not one to notice continuity errors, as I usually get so wrapped up in films. Not here though - I spotted LOADS. Like running through the museum at night, only to see daylight through the windows. Or the gridlocked street that empties after a cut-away shot to allow a car to drag a poorly-dressed Batman along it. Or the error in allowing these "film-makers" to continue working.
The only thing funny related to the film are the erudite reviews that people have been prompted to write. Go on, read them... far funnier than the rubbish in this film. In fact, I would hope that the directors might read them and get tips on what writing humour is actually about. Or better still, it might prompt them to develop a sense of decency and purchase a bottle of whiskey and a service revolver.