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(The Dissolve)   1991's Hot Shots served as toothless popularizer of modern parody movies, which are lazy, supremely unfunny exercises. "There's not a single joke, or even an acknowledgment, of the rampant homoeroticism for which the original film is now infamous"   (thedissolve.com) divider line
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2014-07-21 2:24:17 AM  
Looks like I need to stop liking what this guy doesn't!
 
2014-07-21 6:59:58 AM  
I loved Hot Shots but what do I know, I took a bullet at Corregidor, 1945. Passed straight through my head from one ear to the other...
 
2014-07-21 7:15:32 AM  

PhiloeBedoe: I loved Hot Shots but what do I know, I took a bullet at Corregidor, 1945. Passed straight through my head from one ear to the other...


You're joking!
 
2014-07-21 7:25:13 AM  

gnosis301: Looks like I need to stop liking what this guy doesn't!


Nothing is as funny as when you are young. After that it's just stupid kids and bad jokes, don'tchaknow?
 
2014-07-21 7:28:37 AM  
Somehow I think easy, hack parody movies would have still found their way into Hollywood, with or without the existence of Hot Shots.
 
2014-07-21 7:29:37 AM  
Hot Shots was worth it for the scene where the Sheens shout "I loved you in 'Wall St'" at each other from passing PT boats.

Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.
 
2014-07-21 7:30:10 AM  
Sure, she's a great piece of tail with a blouse full of goodies.

Sphincter Mucous Niner Ringworm, roger.
 
2014-07-21 7:30:58 AM  

edmo: gnosis301: Looks like I need to stop liking what this guy doesn't!

Nothing is as funny as when you are young. After that it's just stupid kids and bad jokes, don'tchaknow?


Meh, it was no Hot Shots: Part Deux
 
2014-07-21 7:34:13 AM  
 
2014-07-21 7:34:15 AM  
The "is it safe" joke came out of nowhere and had me rolling,

What does this writer want, a comedy like the Godfather that insists upon itself?
 
2014-07-21 7:34:23 AM  
If you write out most gags, they don't sound as funny:

"Two black guys speak so unintelligibly that no one can understand them.  Strangely enough an old woman does understand them and is able to speak like them in their slang.  And to make it funnier, the old woman is the mother from Leave it to Beaver because why not?"
 
2014-07-21 7:36:33 AM  

edmo: gnosis301: Looks like I need to stop liking what this guy doesn't!

Nothing is as funny as when you are young. After that it's just stupid kids and bad jokes, don'tchaknow?


Have you re-watched Cheech and Chong lately? They make My Little Pony look like farking Shakespeare in comparison.

Low-brow comedy wears over time, and by the time you're in your mid 30s you've heard them all before. And until the blessing of senility makes it so you can watch The Big Bang Theory reruns 4 nights a week without being able to quote it line by line, you might get a little bored with the repetition.
 
2014-07-21 7:40:06 AM  
There are movies that I enjoy just because they're in the ZAZ style...and Hot Shots is one of them.  My message to the author:
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2014-07-21 7:40:25 AM  
or even an acknowledgment, of the rampant homoeroticism for which the original film is now infamous

I thought it was in there because they were making fun of it being in movies like Top Gun. That volleyball scene was obviously meant for more of an audience than just the women.
 
2014-07-21 7:41:57 AM  
Airplane worked because they bought a script, Zero Hour!, and then added jokes to it, like wise a lot of the earlier ZAZ stuff, Mel Brook's, and the stuff from Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner works because if you removed the jokes you have a semblance of a movie underneath it that has some plot and structure to it.

The Not ___ Movies other then Not a Teen Movie failed to get this. They were an amalgamation of jokes and pop culture references without an underlying movie. Good parody/satire has to have some understanding of what they are parodying other then LOL! ITS STUPID YO! I do have to say even though it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea I think David Wain's They Came Together is the closest I've seen anyone come to ZAZ level parody in a while with the correct level of absurdity throw in. Hell there is one joke in that movie (the one about the deck) that Paul Rudd does a dead on Leslie Nielsen delivery.
 
2014-07-21 7:45:02 AM  
I'm ashamed to admit that I recently saw Scary Movie 5 on cable, and found it more funny than not.
 
2014-07-21 7:45:10 AM  
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2014-07-21 7:48:26 AM  

jayhawk88: Somehow I think easy, hack parody movies would have still found their way into Hollywood, with or without the existence of Hot Shots.


Yep. The Wayans had already gotten into the game with I'm Gonna Get You Sucka.

The Hot Shots movies were a flawed, but good sendup of everything that was wrong with 80s action movies, although the second one was leaps and bounds better than the first.
 
2014-07-21 7:49:03 AM  
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2014-07-21 7:49:15 AM  
Yeah, but what's a chafing dish?
 
2014-07-21 7:51:52 AM  

gnosis301: Looks like I need to stop liking what this guy doesn't!


He started it.
 
2014-07-21 7:58:02 AM  
It's my eyes. I've got walleye-vision.

Isn't there something that can be done?

Well, there's a delicate corneal inversion procedure - a multioptipupiloptomy. But, in order to keep from damaging the eye sockets, they've got to go in through the rectum. Ain't no man going to take that route with me!
 
2014-07-21 8:12:04 AM  
Maybe, but helping Charlie dispose of that hooker who OD'd in his dressing room was the best career investment John Cryer ever made.

/Ryan Stiles supplied the carpet.
 
2014-07-21 8:12:11 AM  
Loaner, huh?
 
2014-07-21 8:13:19 AM  

zedster: Airplane worked because they bought a script, Zero Hour!, and then added jokes to it, .....


Very informative. Thanks for posting that.
 
2014-07-21 8:17:40 AM  

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I know it was supposed to be funny, but that was probably one of the sexiest non-nude scenes of all time.
 
2014-07-21 8:19:00 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Hot Shots was worth it for the scene where the Sheens shout "I loved you in 'Wall St'" at each other from passing PT boats.

Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.


And neither of them were as funny as Top Secret!.
 
2014-07-21 8:28:46 AM  
My father used to say that not playing to win is like sleeping with your sister. Sure she's a great piece of tail, with a blouse full of goodies, but... it's just illegal.
 
2014-07-21 8:33:04 AM  

zedster: The Not ___ Movies other then Not a Teen Movie failed to get this. They were an amalgamation of jokes and pop culture references without an underlying movie


I'd contend that there aren't even any jokes. From the ones I've unfortunately seen, they all consist of "Hey remember that scene from that movie 6 months ago? That's the joke!". Sort of like Seth Macfarlane without the subtlety. They are nothing like Hot Shots, Airplane, Top Secret, etc. They are to the ZAZ movies like Sharktapus is to Jaws.
 
2014-07-21 8:33:24 AM  
But better than Spy Hard
 
2014-07-21 8:33:28 AM  

fastfxr: Loaner, huh?


No, I own it
 
2014-07-21 8:38:00 AM  

Sybarite: [38.media.tumblr.com image 500x264]


Yes, Valeria Golino is what I remember from that movie.  Not much else.
 
2014-07-21 8:38:07 AM  

Mugato: zedster: The Not ___ Movies other then Not a Teen Movie failed to get this. They were an amalgamation of jokes and pop culture references without an underlying movie

I'd contend that there aren't even any jokes. From the ones I've unfortunately seen, they all consist of "Hey remember that scene from that movie 6 months ago? That's the joke!". Sort of like Seth Macfarlane without the subtlety. They are nothing like Hot Shots, Airplane, Top Secret, etc. They are to the ZAZ movies like Sharktapus is to Jaws.


I saw Scary Movie 3 (under protest), the one with Leslie Neilson and Charlie Sheen in it.  Any scene not featuring one of those two was unwatchable.  Instead of jokes, they fell back on running around and screaming (the Chris Farley School of Comedy).
 
2014-07-21 8:38:13 AM  

Mugato: zedster: The Not ___ Movies other then Not a Teen Movie failed to get this. They were an amalgamation of jokes and pop culture references without an underlying movie

I'd contend that there aren't even any jokes. From the ones I've unfortunately seen, they all consist of "Hey remember that scene from that movie 6 months ago? That's the joke!". Sort of like Seth Macfarlane without the subtlety. They are nothing like Hot Shots, Airplane, Top Secret, etc. They are to the ZAZ movies like Sharktapus is to Jaws.


Are there any others besides 'Not another teen movie'?
I know there were 3000 scary/hero/epic movies, and 2000 American Pie spinoffs but I wasn't aware of any others in that series.
 
2014-07-21 8:38:26 AM  

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Absolutely. The funniest gag of the era. Love that.
 
2014-07-21 8:39:10 AM  

minoridiot: Sybarite: [38.media.tumblr.com image 500x264]

Yes, Valeria Golino is what I remember from that movie.  Not much else.


Valeria Golino. What a dish. And funny in two languages.
 
2014-07-21 8:40:24 AM  

Mugato: zedster: The Not ___ Movies other then Not a Teen Movie failed to get this. They were an amalgamation of jokes and pop culture references without an underlying movie

I'd contend that there aren't even any jokes. From the ones I've unfortunately seen, they all consist of "Hey remember that scene from that movie 6 months ago? That's the joke!". Sort of like Seth Macfarlane without the subtlety. They are nothing like Hot Shots, Airplane, Top Secret, etc. They are to the ZAZ movies like Sharktapus is to Jaws.


That's the genius of shows like the Simpsons, where the joke was made funny and worked on it's own even if you had never seen what they were referencing. Recognizing the reference just made you appreciate it on an extra level.
 
2014-07-21 8:41:38 AM  
Love the Hot Shot movies. Another parody movie people are forgetting that I love is Loaded Weapon 1
 
2014-07-21 8:43:40 AM  

exparrot: Are there any others besides 'Not another teen movie'?
I know there were 3000 scary/hero/epic movies, and 2000 American Pie spinoffs but I wasn't aware of any others in that series


I was talking about Date Movie, Epic Movie, etc.
 
2014-07-21 8:43:47 AM  

johncspartan38: Love the Hot Shot movies. Another parody movie people are forgetting that I love is Loaded Weapon 1


Wilderness Girls!
 
2014-07-21 8:45:23 AM  
This is why Young Frankenstein works but Dracula: Dead and Loving It doesn't.  Mel Brooks started making his movies like the modern spoofs instead of doing what he did best.

I'm sorry, I know everyone loves it, but it started with Spaceballs.  It was funny, but a lot of it was "Hey, can you guess what we're spoofing here?"

Also, the problem with his later movies is he started explaining the jokes.

In Robin Hood, the character Blinkin walks in and Dave Chappelle says "Hey Blinkin!"  and the blind guy says "Abe Lincoln??"

That's the joke and where it should end.  But then Dave says "No, I said "Hey Blinkin" and now the joke is ruined.
 
2014-07-21 8:46:21 AM  
Homoeroticism wasn't as funny in '91 as it is now.

/liked Hot Shots, it's no Airplane! but it is light years better than the run of schlocky parody movies that have come out recently...e.g. Any of the Wayans horror parodies, the disaster movie parodies, the date movie parodies...actually the parody movies pretty much all blow now, why is this guy biatching about Hot Shots?
 
2014-07-21 8:48:20 AM  
Not Another Teen Movie was a perfect parody of 80's teen dramas.
 
2014-07-21 8:49:14 AM  

buntz: 'm sorry, I know everyone loves it, but it started with Spaceballs


Spaceballs does not hold up well at all.

And Dracula:DALI had a weird dramatic ending like in the last reel they decided they wanted to make a straight Dracula movie.
 
2014-07-21 8:52:10 AM  

Bondith: Mugato: zedster: The Not ___ Movies other then Not a Teen Movie failed to get this. They were an amalgamation of jokes and pop culture references without an underlying movie

I'd contend that there aren't even any jokes. From the ones I've unfortunately seen, they all consist of "Hey remember that scene from that movie 6 months ago? That's the joke!". Sort of like Seth Macfarlane without the subtlety. They are nothing like Hot Shots, Airplane, Top Secret, etc. They are to the ZAZ movies like Sharktapus is to Jaws.

I saw Scary Movie 3 (under protest), the one with Leslie Neilson and Charlie Sheen in it.  Any scene not featuring one of those two was unwatchable.  Instead of jokes, they fell back on running around and screaming (the Chris Farley School of Comedy).


That must be a loud school.

/shots at Farley?
//the nintys are officially dead, maaaaan
 
2014-07-21 8:52:51 AM  
Pat Proft deserves a lifetime achievement award of some type.
 
2014-07-21 8:52:51 AM  
The author probably had a point but he lost it over Macho Grande.
 
2014-07-21 8:56:48 AM  

LowbrowDeluxe: Not Another Teen Movie was a perfect parody of 80's teen dramas.


And Mia Kirshner was all sorts of hot in that.
 
2014-07-21 8:56:57 AM  

buntz: I'm sorry, I know everyone loves it, but it started with Spaceballs.  It was funny, but a lot of it was "Hey, can you guess what we're spoofing here?"


I'm with you. Spaceballs always felt more ham-handed than The Producers, Blazing Saddles, or Young Frankenstein.
 
2014-07-21 8:57:25 AM  

Spanky McStupid: The author probably had a point but he lost it over Macho Grande.


Over Macho Grande?
 
2014-07-21 9:00:26 AM  

LowbrowDeluxe: Not Another Teen Movie was a perfect parody of 80's teen dramas.


"Farking teenagers"

-Molly Ringwold, last line of the film

/that movie has nothing to do with the "____ Movie" movies.
 
2014-07-21 9:01:46 AM  

exparrot: Mugato: zedster: The Not ___ Movies other then Not a Teen Movie failed to get this. They were an amalgamation of jokes and pop culture references without an underlying movie

I'd contend that there aren't even any jokes. From the ones I've unfortunately seen, they all consist of "Hey remember that scene from that movie 6 months ago? That's the joke!". Sort of like Seth Macfarlane without the subtlety. They are nothing like Hot Shots, Airplane, Top Secret, etc. They are to the ZAZ movies like Sharktapus is to Jaws.

Are there any others besides 'Not another teen movie'?
I know there were 3000 scary/hero/epic movies, and 2000 American Pie spinoffs but I wasn't aware of any others in that series.


Not from the same people, I was more using it as a genre then there is the failed parody of a parody in the form of Not Another Not Another Movie

Really the genre has been killed by the death of the US box office, as films have to gross in China now witty comedy gets killed since it doesn't translate well. Making a good action flick that can work in world markets, think Pacific Rim, is going to magnitudes easier than comedy. You are left with the lost common denominators, gross out and slap stick. Hollywood has slowly been backing away from big and even medium budget comedies instead hoping to make 60+ on 20~30 million comedies while pushing 80 million dollar action blockbusters. So between over saturation, world markets, and the smaller budgets there's more incentive to produce shlock then take chances, at least in the American market. There is still hope with imports like Wright/Pegg/Frost
 
2014-07-21 9:02:53 AM  

buntz: This is why Young Frankenstein works but Dracula: Dead and Loving It doesn't.  Mel Brooks started making his movies like the modern spoofs instead of doing what he did best.

I'm sorry, I know everyone loves it, but it started with Spaceballs.  It was funny, but a lot of it was "Hey, can you guess what we're spoofing here?"

Also, the problem with his later movies is he started explaining the jokes.

In Robin Hood, the character Blinkin walks in and Dave Chappelle says "Hey Blinkin!"  and the blind guy says "Abe Lincoln??"

That's the joke and where it should end.  But then Dave says "No, I said "Hey Blinkin" and now the joke is ruined.


just for fun, what is the joke there and why was it ruined by responding?

I am pretty sure Blinkin responds, "Did you say, 'Abe Lincoln?'"
 
2014-07-21 9:09:13 AM  

Crewmannumber6: Spanky McStupid: The author probably had a point but he lost it over Macho Grande.

Over Macho Grande?


No. I don't think I'll ever get over Macho Grande.
 
2014-07-21 9:11:31 AM  

Gunny Highway: I am pretty sure Blinkin responds, "Did you say, 'Abe Lincoln?'"


And he replies "No, I said "Hey Blinkin'"

He explained the joke.  It wasn't necessary.  The funny was the blind guy thought he said "Abe Lincoln"

Same thing started happening in Naked Gun 2 and worse in 3.

Jane tries to slap Frank and he catches her left hand.  Then her right hand.  So a third hand comes up and slaps him.  On the Police Squad show and first Naked Gun, Frank going on as if nothing weird just happened IS the joke.
But after the slap gag Frank stops and makes a face.  He's confused where the third hand came from.  The whole joke is Frank is never aware of the craziness around him.  And as soon as he is aware of it, it's no longer funny, it's forced.... in my opinion.
 
2014-07-21 9:11:34 AM  

zedster: The Not ___ Movies other then Not a Teen Movie failed to get this. They were an amalgamation of jokes and pop culture references without an underlying movie.


This is why I can't sit through an episode of Family Guy.
 
2014-07-21 9:13:58 AM  

buntz: Gunny Highway: I am pretty sure Blinkin responds, "Did you say, 'Abe Lincoln?'"

And he replies "No, I said "Hey Blinkin'"

He explained the joke.  It wasn't necessary.  The funny was the blind guy thought he said "Abe Lincoln"

Same thing started happening in Naked Gun 2 and worse in 3.

Jane tries to slap Frank and he catches her left hand.  Then her right hand.  So a third hand comes up and slaps him.  On the Police Squad show and first Naked Gun, Frank going on as if nothing weird just happened IS the joke.
But after the slap gag Frank stops and makes a face.  He's confused where the third hand came from.  The whole joke is Frank is never aware of the craziness around him.  And as soon as he is aware of it, it's no longer funny, it's forced.... in my opinion.


Comedy is like a frog. When you dissect it, it dies.
 
2014-07-21 9:14:57 AM  

bark_atda_moon: Sybarite: [38.media.tumblr.com image 500x264]


I know it was supposed to be funny, but that was probably one of the sexiest non-nude scenes of all time.


Speaking of that, and comedies that aren't for everyone, how about the one with Jenna Fischer in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, where they keep breaking into a fight in the middle of it? Again, supposed to be funny, but yeah...
 
2014-07-21 9:16:14 AM  
Hot Shots, Part Deux is much better than the first one.

not Another Teen Movie is actually not bad.

The culprit may be the third Naked Gun and Leslie Nielsen's lamentable cash ins.  Spy Hard, Dracula Dead And Loving It and that lazy garbage.
 
2014-07-21 9:21:26 AM  

Gunny Highway: That must be a loud school.

/shots at Farley?
//the nintys are officially dead, maaaaan


He started it.

Well, actually, he probably didn't, but he's the oldest one I can remember who substituted volume for wit.

Pineapple Express is another example.  There's a endless sequence early in the movie with people running around in a forest screaming at each other.  The dialogue scenes aren't much better.

/and then my psychobiatch of an ex looked over at me and said "When things are funny, you're supposed to laugh."
//"I'll keep that mind if something funny happens."
///Is what I should have said, and then maybe she'd have gotten the fark out of my life a little earlier and saved me some grief
 
2014-07-21 9:25:03 AM  

buntz: Gunny Highway: I am pretty sure Blinkin responds, "Did you say, 'Abe Lincoln?'"

And he replies "No, I said "Hey Blinkin'"

He explained the joke.  It wasn't necessary.  The funny was the blind guy thought he said "Abe Lincoln"

Same thing started happening in Naked Gun 2 and worse in 3.

Jane tries to slap Frank and he catches her left hand.  Then her right hand.  So a third hand comes up and slaps him.  On the Police Squad show and first Naked Gun, Frank going on as if nothing weird just happened IS the joke.
But after the slap gag Frank stops and makes a face.  He's confused where the third hand came from.  The whole joke is Frank is never aware of the craziness around him.  And as soon as he is aware of it, it's no longer funny, it's forced.... in my opinion.


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Maybe the response is just a way to keep the dialog moving along. I can't remember what is said next.
 
2014-07-21 9:32:59 AM  

LowbrowDeluxe: Not Another Teen Movie was a perfect parody of 80's teen dramas.


I really thought this movie was funny, and it stands up to multiple viewings.

//Damn.  That is whack.

Bondith: johncspartan38: Love the Hot Shot movies. Another parody movie people are forgetting that I love is Loaded Weapon 1

Wilderness Girls!


You came!

//That's personal.
 
2014-07-21 9:33:26 AM  

Raider_dad: The "is it safe" joke came out of nowhere and had me rolling,


Heh, I first saw Hot Shots a few years ago and had a very similar opinion as this author, I even remember complaining about that same "Is it safe?" joke on some other board somewhere. Sure there's funny parts but I don't want to sit through 9 mediocre or cringe-worthy jokes for every good one. I want to watch something that is better than what I or most Farkers could write.
 
2014-07-21 9:36:05 AM  
I worked at a theater when Hot Shots came out. One of my favorites that year, along with Point Break and Terminator 2.

/kickin it old school
//with popcorn
///and sizzling stomach bacon and eggs
 
2014-07-21 9:43:03 AM  

buntz: Gunny Highway: I am pretty sure Blinkin responds, "Did you say, 'Abe Lincoln?'"

And he replies "No, I said "Hey Blinkin'"

He explained the joke.  It wasn't necessary.  The funny was the blind guy thought he said "Abe Lincoln"

Same thing started happening in Naked Gun 2 and worse in 3.

Jane tries to slap Frank and he catches her left hand.  Then her right hand.  So a third hand comes up and slaps him.  On the Police Squad show and first Naked Gun, Frank going on as if nothing weird just happened IS the joke.
But after the slap gag Frank stops and makes a face.  He's confused where the third hand came from.  The whole joke is Frank is never aware of the craziness around him.  And as soon as he is aware of it, it's no longer funny, it's forced.... in my opinion.


I can't think of a example off the top of my head, but I'm fairly sure the "something surreal happens, Frank pauses for a beat, then continues on as though everything was normal" happens in Police Squad.

But I think it was more often from the answers he got when he was questioning people than physical comedy.
 
2014-07-21 9:45:36 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Hot Shots was worth it for the scene where the Sheens shout "I loved you in 'Wall St'" at each other from passing PT boats.

Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.


That was Hotshots: Part Deux.
 
2014-07-21 9:46:36 AM  

Mugato: ...Sort of like Seth Macfarlane without the subtlety...


For a moment there I thought you were serious.
 
2014-07-21 9:48:10 AM  
If Airplane was released today...

INT. - PASSENGER CABIN - NIGHT

(The stewardess is handing out meals.)

STEWARDESS: Here's your fish, Gordron Ramsay.

GORDON RAMSAY: This fish is raaaaaaawwwww!!!!!

STEWARDESS: Will you please stop playing Words With Friends, Alec Baldwin?

ALEC BALDWIN: You're a rude, thoughtless, little pig.

PASSENGER: Hey, look! Ted Cruz is filibustering first class.

TED CRUZ: I do not like Obamacare.

(The action turns to slow motion. Quicksilver runs in and gives Ted Cruz a wedgie. Just like he gave a wedgie to that security guard in the latest X-Men movie. That's the joke.)

PASSENGER: Hey, look. It's the queen from Frozen.

(The queen from Frozen sings a drawn-out hip hop version of "Let It Go" to pad the movie's running time by a few minutes.)

FROZEN QUEEN: I'll turn this plane into an eternal winter.

WINTER SOLDIER: Did somebody say winter?

PASSENGER #2: Hey, look! It's the Winter Soldier.

(Captain America appears and the two of them fight for five minutes to pad the movie's running time a bit more.)
 
2014-07-21 9:55:52 AM  

stoli n coke: I'm Gonna Get You Sucka.


God, I loved that movie.
 
2014-07-21 10:00:42 AM  
This one scene, where you start to hear Charlie Sheen's voice, was a classic...
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2014-07-21 10:08:44 AM  

browntimmy: Raider_dad: The "is it safe" joke came out of nowhere and had me rolling,

Heh, I first saw Hot Shots a few years ago and had a very similar opinion as this author, I even remember complaining about that same "Is it safe?" joke on some other board somewhere. Sure there's funny parts but I don't want to sit through 9 mediocre or cringe-worthy jokes for every good one. I want to watch something that is better than what I or most Farkers could write.


that makes sense, like realizing you saw all the funny parts in the previews.
 
2014-07-21 10:39:55 AM  
Hot Shots is kind of funny. Hot Shots: Part Deux is farking hilarious.

/Airplane and the original Naked Gun are a billion times funnier than either, if a little dated now.
 
2014-07-21 10:41:05 AM  
Jesus Christ on a stick, what a moaning sack the writer is.
 
2014-07-21 10:42:28 AM  
"There's not a single joke, or even an acknowledgment, of the rampant homoeroticism for which the original film is now infamous"

Probably because back then and even in the years after that, it WASN'T known for the "rampant homoeroticism" and that's only a recent development in the Internet era where immaturity has reached its apex and the schlockiest of jokes are told at the expense of the most inane of things.

There's a reason why you used the word "now", idiot-article-writer
 
2014-07-21 10:46:19 AM  
Marlon Wayans' A Haunted House was hilariously funny, definitely a parody with references to more recent horror movies, but done in a way where the jokes would stand on theit own. The Wayan Bros get a lot of flack for being involved with some subpar parodies, but this one should be a classic. My guess is the weaker sequels will dilute the brand.
 
2014-07-21 10:47:47 AM  
How am I supposed to be an Admiral without my cap?  Put Rabinowitz in a life raft, have him row in circles until we return.  We'll tape his favorite shows, he won't miss anything.
 
2014-07-21 10:51:46 AM  
I walked out on Scary Movie 2. I've completely sworn off parody movies ever since.
 
2014-07-21 10:53:00 AM  
Wasn't Airplane itself a send-up of some movie that had come out a few years (or 10) prior? The late 70s were certainly ripe with "airplane/line disaster" movies - Airport!, Airport! '77, etc - but I thought I remembered reading that ZAZ got the idea from a particular film.

There's no clear line even between modern parodies and the "classic" ones like Young Frankenstein or Loaded Weapon or Airplane. The fact that we've gone from specific parodies (of a particular movie) to genre parodies (Scary/Disaster Movie) and back (Airplane could be thought of as either one, assuming I'm right about its origins), to me, says more about how we think about movies - as individual units or as expressions of types.

My suspicion is that when Hollywood puts out more Screwball Comedy #1866504-type films, we prefer parodies of type; and when they actually spend some time on good individual movies, we get good individual parodies (didn't we have a recent slate of Oscar-winners that weren't remakes, reboots, or really dumb?). I could easily see it going the other way, though.
 
2014-07-21 10:57:01 AM  
It's careful to consider selective memory here. Very few parody movies are as good as Airplane. Of all the films I remember seeing, Hot Shots and Hot Shots Part Deux were actually reasonable examples. Not in the Blazing Saddles, Airplane, Austin Powers league, but people forget movies like Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Spy Hard or Flesh Gordon that were really not very good. I'd rather watch the Family Guy Star Wars spoofs than those movies again.
 
2014-07-21 10:57:38 AM  

The Banana Thug: Marlon Wayans' A Haunted House was hilariously funny, definitely a parody with references to more recent horror movies, but done in a way where the jokes would stand on theit own. The Wayan Bros get a lot of flack for being involved with some subpar parodies, but this one should be a classic. My guess is the weaker sequels will dilute the brand.


Keynan / Damon = usually good like "I'm gonna get u sucka"

the younger wayans = suck on a massive scale. The young ones just rode coattails if their funnier older family members. They haven't done anything that can remotely be described as funny.
 
2014-07-21 11:02:11 AM  

Dr Dreidel


Wasn't Airplane itself a send-up of some movie that had come out a few years (or 10) prior? The late 70s were certainly ripe with "airplane/line disaster" movies - Airport!, Airport! '77, etc - but I thought I remembered reading that ZAZ got the idea from a particular film.


If you RTFT you will see that this has been covered in some detail.
 
2014-07-21 11:03:04 AM  
I don't blame Marlon Wayans for making throw away comedies after having been in Requiem For A Dream. That had enough pathos for a lifetime.
 
2014-07-21 11:03:42 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Dr Dreidel

Wasn't Airplane itself a send-up of some movie that had come out a few years (or 10) prior? The late 70s were certainly ripe with "airplane/line disaster" movies - Airport!, Airport! '77, etc - but I thought I remembered reading that ZAZ got the idea from a particular film.


If you RTFT you will see that this has been covered in some detail.


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2014-07-21 11:06:22 AM  
Topper Harley: I could never find time for love. It's too heavy. It's an anchor that drowns a man. Besides, I got the sky, the smell of jet exhaust, my bike.
Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: A loner?
Topper Harley: No. I own it.
 
2014-07-21 11:09:18 AM  

Dr Dreidel: Wasn't Airplane itself a send-up of some movie that had come out a few years (or 10) prior? The late 70s were certainly ripe with "airplane/line disaster" movies - Airport!, Airport! '77, etc - but I thought I remembered reading that ZAZ got the idea from a particular film.


There's all sorts of references to Airport in Airplane. The original film is a great deal about all the passengers stories. The sick little girl (who gets sung to by the air hostess), the nervous old woman, the wiser older woman who can speak a foreign language, the cute kids who form a friendship etc. They mined a lot of that.
 
2014-07-21 11:11:46 AM  

Crewmannumber6: Englebert Slaptyback: Dr Dreidel

Wasn't Airplane itself a send-up of some movie that had come out a few years (or 10) prior? The late 70s were certainly ripe with "airplane/line disaster" movies - Airport!, Airport! '77, etc - but I thought I remembered reading that ZAZ got the idea from a particular film.


If you RTFT you will see that this has been covered in some detail.

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"Your exhortation that I undertake the aforesaid action is met with incredulity, as I have not occasion for such an endeavour."
 
2014-07-21 11:17:44 AM  
Pyrex pickle blowfish ...
 
2014-07-21 11:18:24 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.


"Airplane!" was actually found to be the funniest movie of all time, according to some scientific fact. (Google it; I'll wait.) I tried to submit it here on fark just a few days ago but someone had already tried to submit the same story about a year ago and it wasn't listed.

I think it's funny though that Airplane has actually been certified as the #1 comedy of all time according to some scientific research or other. It deserves it. (And Mel Brooks deserves 3 of the top 5 comedies of all time: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, HOTWp1)

/spaceballs wasn't really that funny -- there, i said it
 
2014-07-21 11:19:51 AM  
Top Gun really needs to be parodied with a bunch of "Ambiguously Gay Duo"-style dialogue.
 
2014-07-21 11:20:05 AM  
Wake me up at, oohhh, six hundred
 
2014-07-21 11:20:52 AM  

Bondith: Gunny Highway: That must be a loud school.

/shots at Farley?
//the nintys are officially dead, maaaaan

He started it.

Well, actually, he probably didn't, but he's the oldest one I can remember who substituted volume for wit.

Pineapple Express is another example.  There's a endless sequence early in the movie with people running around in a forest screaming at each other.  The dialogue scenes aren't much better.

/and then my psychobiatch of an ex looked over at me and said "When things are funny, you're supposed to laugh."
//"I'll keep that mind if something funny happens."

///Is what I should have said, and then maybe she'd have gotten the fark out of my life a little earlier and saved me some grief


Heh, reminds me of a woman I dated for a very short period of time. She was really into local comedy and helped write for them. She took me to a show and I didn't laugh at all. She looks over at me and says, "Why Aren't you laughing?"

"Because they're not telling jokes!"

It was a painful experience. The headliner and her best friend was a 42 year old guy that lived with his parents and smoked pot all day. He was probably the least funny person there.
 
2014-07-21 11:21:58 AM  
At least 4 times a year one of my sons will find occasion to tell me "The vultures are circling the carcass. The Crips are looting the liquor store!"

and whenever I see them reading, I ask them what it is. Invariably they answer Great Expectations, prompting "Is it any good?" "It's not all I'd hoped for."

/proud father
 
2014-07-21 11:24:11 AM  
Could somebody read the article for me? My eyes are ceramic.
 
2014-07-21 11:24:12 AM  

buntz: Gunny Highway: I am pretty sure Blinkin responds, "Did you say, 'Abe Lincoln?'"

And he replies "No, I said "Hey Blinkin'"

He explained the joke.  It wasn't necessary.  The funny was the blind guy thought he said "Abe Lincoln"

Same thing started happening in Naked Gun 2 and worse in 3.

Jane tries to slap Frank and he catches her left hand.  Then her right hand.  So a third hand comes up and slaps him.  On the Police Squad show and first Naked Gun, Frank going on as if nothing weird just happened IS the joke.
But after the slap gag Frank stops and makes a face.  He's confused where the third hand came from.  The whole joke is Frank is never aware of the craziness around him.  And as soon as he is aware of it, it's no longer funny, it's forced.... in my opinion.


What I disliked in Naked Gun 2 was the villain. Almost after every strange or amusing comment he makes this stopped perplexed look while almost everyone else is just running with it. He felt like an outside character who entered the Naked Gun world. He just didn't fit in.
 
2014-07-21 11:29:29 AM  
The thing that sets parody films prior to SPACEBALLS apart from those that came before is, to me, pretty
clear:  affection for what is being spoofed.

Starting with SPACEBALLS, it became clear that Mel did not have the same affection for what he was
spoofing that he held for Westerns or Universal horror films.  As a result, he did not have as great an
investment in telling a good story (as others in this thread pointed out), and he made up for the lack of
a story by sticking in lots more gags (though, admittedly, almost all of them were specific to sci fi movies,
like the bit after the head of Megamaid crashed on the planet with the two PLANET OF THE APES
characters see it and lament "There goes the neighborhood")

But, while SPACEBALLS overall is one of Brooks' worst (though not the worst; that would be DRACULA
DEAD AND LOVING IT), it does have his best gag.  The diner scene with John Hurt as the guy with
indegestion.
 
2014-07-21 11:34:04 AM  
Amazon Women on the Moon.

also,

What do you do with an elephant with three balls?
 
2014-07-21 11:41:03 AM  

Gosling: I walked out on Scary Movie 2. I've completely sworn off parody movies ever since.


Why not swear off movies altogether?
 
2014-07-21 11:41:41 AM  

phillydrifter: Dwight_Yeast: Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.

"Airplane!" was actually found to be the funniest movie of all time, according to some scientific fact. (Google it; I'll wait.) I tried to submit it here on fark just a few days ago but someone had already tried to submit the same story about a year ago and it wasn't listed.

I think it's funny though that Airplane has actually been certified as the #1 comedy of all time according to some scientific research or other. It deserves it. (And Mel Brooks deserves 3 of the top 5 comedies of all time: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, HOTWp1)

/spaceballs wasn't really that funny -- there, i said it


"Spaceballs" sucks.

Frankly, most of the Mel Brooks movies are...mediocre. Moments of greatness, but overall, they're just boring and obvious.

But "Spaceballs" is quite obviously the movie where Brooks gave up even *trying* to be clever. It's terrible.
 
2014-07-21 11:51:55 AM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnoPZqC6Bfs

I think the tailor ran out of material for the article writer's pants. They are probably too tight.
 
2014-07-21 12:00:21 PM  

realmolo: But "Spaceballs" is quite obviously the movie where Brooks gave up even *trying* to be clever. It's terrible.


I always thought I was the only one that didn't really think Spaceballs was funny.  I really WANT to like it, but I just can't.  Oh well.  I'll always have Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.

/Teri Garr,  so hawt...
 
2014-07-21 12:03:22 PM  
Eagle River?
 
2014-07-21 12:18:57 PM  
Sounds like a lot of Farkers are celibate, just like their fathers and their grandfathers before that.
 
2014-07-21 12:19:53 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Hot Shots, Part Deux is much better than the first one.

not Another Teen Movie is actually not bad.

The culprit may be the third Naked Gun and Leslie Nielsen's lamentable cash ins.  Spy Hard, Dracula Dead And Loving It and that lazy garbage.



So many great scenes in Part Deux:

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Gummi Bears, Gummi Bears!
Sprinkles! Sprinkles!
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2014-07-21 12:24:22 PM  

sychosyd_28: Eagle River?


If it helps, I didn't have seconds.
 
2014-07-21 12:24:30 PM  
I think the writers ego is trying to write a check his body can't cash.
 
2014-07-21 12:28:07 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Hot Shots was worth it for the scene where the Sheens shout "I loved you in 'Wall St'" at each other from passing PT boats.

Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.


I was out fishing from my kayak on Saturday morning when I started heading in and ended up coming across an 18 foot Boston Whaler coming the other direction as I was headed under a bridge.  Most of my concentration was making sure I wasn't too far into the channel so I wouldn't be near his bow and not too far off where I would get caught on the bridge.

Damned if I can explain why I felt compelled to yell out that line despite my concentration on maneuvering for self-preservation.  The other guy laughed and gave me a thumbs up.

Despite the fact that I want to pan the shiat out of that movie for being the gateway to a ton of largely unfunny parodies we have to put up with now I have to give props that it obviously had at least one really good moment in it.
 
2014-07-21 12:32:56 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: The thing that sets parody films prior to SPACEBALLS apart from those that came before is, to me, pretty
clear:  affection for what is being spoofed.

Starting with SPACEBALLS, it became clear that Mel did not have the same affection for what he was
spoofing that he held for Westerns or Universal horror films.  As a result, he did not have as great an
investment in telling a good story (as others in this thread pointed out), and he made up for the lack of
a story by sticking in lots more gags (though, admittedly, almost all of them were specific to sci fi movies,
like the bit after the head of Megamaid crashed on the planet with the two PLANET OF THE APES
characters see it and lament "There goes the neighborhood")

But, while SPACEBALLS overall is one of Brooks' worst (though not the worst; that would be DRACULA
DEAD AND LOVING IT), it does have his best gag.  The diner scene with John Hurt as the guy with
indegestion.


Check please.
 
2014-07-21 12:43:05 PM  

Nadie_AZ: DjangoStonereaver: The thing that sets parody films prior to SPACEBALLS apart from those that came before is, to me, pretty
clear:  affection for what is being spoofed.

Starting with SPACEBALLS, it became clear that Mel did not have the same affection for what he was
spoofing that he held for Westerns or Universal horror films.  As a result, he did not have as great an
investment in telling a good story (as others in this thread pointed out), and he made up for the lack of
a story by sticking in lots more gags (though, admittedly, almost all of them were specific to sci fi movies,
like the bit after the head of Megamaid crashed on the planet with the two PLANET OF THE APES
characters see it and lament "There goes the neighborhood")

But, while SPACEBALLS overall is one of Brooks' worst (though not the worst; that would be DRACULA
DEAD AND LOVING IT), it does have his best gag.  The diner scene with John Hurt as the guy with
indegestion.

Check please.



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"Oh no, not again!"
 
2014-07-21 12:45:03 PM  

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Be seated. Ah... Many of you are wondering what's wrong with my pants, well they started running short on materials right before they got to the knees so don't give me any shiat. Ah. I look out there on all you wonderful guys and I say to myself "What I wouldn't give to be 20 years younger... and a woman". You know, I've personally flown over 194 missions and I was shot down on every one. Come to think of it, I've never landed a plane in my life.
 
2014-07-21 12:55:33 PM  
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I always loved this movie.
 
2014-07-21 12:56:42 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: The thing that sets parody films prior to SPACEBALLS apart from those that came before is, to me, pretty
clear:  affection for what is being spoofed.

Starting with SPACEBALLS, it became clear that Mel did not have the same affection for what he was
spoofing that he held for Westerns or Universal horror films.  As a result, he did not have as great an
investment in telling a good story (as others in this thread pointed out), and he made up for the lack of
a story by sticking in lots more gags (though, admittedly, almost all of them were specific to sci fi movies,
like the bit after the head of Megamaid crashed on the planet with the two PLANET OF THE APES
characters see it and lament "There goes the neighborhood")

But, while SPACEBALLS overall is one of Brooks' worst (though not the worst; that would be DRACULA
DEAD AND LOVING IT), it does have his best gag.  The diner scene with John Hurt as the guy with
indegestion.


I take it you zoned ROBIN HOOD:MEN IN TIGHTS out of your memory?

\Spaceballs>>>RH:MIT>>>>>>>>>>>D:DALI
\\And that's only because I'm on a phone and don't feel like adding more >'s
 
2014-07-21 12:58:22 PM  
Hence my name. For some reason Operation Sleepy Weasel stuck with me and always makes me chortle a bit.
 
2014-07-21 1:09:14 PM  
In this thread. People calling Mel brooks over rated and claiming the cinematic piece of shiat that is "Not Another Teen Movie" is actually pretty funny.
 
2014-07-21 1:12:55 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Wasn't Airplane itself a send-up of some movie that had come out a few years (or 10) prior? The late 70s were certainly ripe with "airplane/line disaster" movies - Airport!, Airport! '77, etc - but I thought I remembered reading that ZAZ got the idea from a particular film.


Yes, this was covered. But I saw Airplane as a little kid (my first exposure to boobies) and I still think it's the funniest movie ever. I just saw the movie it was based on a couple years ago and it made it even funnier but it stands on its own, unlike the "hey there's a reference!" movies.
 
2014-07-21 1:14:02 PM  

Shakes999: In this thread. People calling Mel brooks over rated and claiming the cinematic piece of shiat that is "Not Another Teen Movie" is actually pretty funny.


We're saying that Mel Brooks' later movies weren't that funny. Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are obviously classics.
 
2014-07-21 1:17:51 PM  
Robin Hood: Men In Tights is great.
 
2014-07-21 1:25:43 PM  
You guys are missing one of the great ones here...



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2014-07-21 1:26:06 PM  

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: But I think it was more often from the answers he got when he was questioning people than physical comedy.


"don't call me shirley"

"it's a big building with patients.  but that's not important right now"
 
2014-07-21 1:32:19 PM  

macross87: Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson is dead. So is Mo Green, Tataglia, Barzini, the heads of all the five families. It is at moments like these, my dear friends, that we must ask ourselves: "How can this not be part of some larger plan?" Do good men like Dead Meat Thompson just blink out one day like a bad bulb? I mean, one minute you're in bed with a knockout gal... or guy, and the next, you're a compost heap. Doesn't that bother any of you? Because it scares the living piss outta me!


Jumpin' Jesus!  They're back!
 
2014-07-21 1:36:40 PM  

Bob Dolemite: You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: But I think it was more often from the answers he got when he was questioning people than physical comedy.

"don't call me shirley"

"it's a big building with patients.  but that's not important right now"


"Yes, yes, I remember I had lasagna"
 
2014-07-21 1:42:41 PM  
I saw Hot Shots in theaters and distinctly recall thinking, "Huh?  I guess this is the end of the movie."  It had some very funny moments, but the story was nearly non-existent.   I love the Zucker Brother films and enjoyed Part Deux, but this one was just doesn't do it for me.
 
2014-07-21 2:16:11 PM  

Pinnacle Point: I think the writers ego is trying to write a check his body can't cash.


I agree that the first Hot Shots hasn't aged well, but to pinpoint that as paving the way for Friedberg and Seltzer? Not buying it.
 
2014-07-21 2:18:15 PM  
The white zone is for the imediate loading and unloading of passengers.  There is no stopping in the red zone.
 
2014-07-21 2:22:44 PM  

Tricky Chicken: The white zone is for the imediate loading and unloading of passengers.  There is no stopping in the red zone.


The red zone is for the immediate loading and unloading of passengers.  There is no stopping in the white zone.
 
2014-07-21 2:24:24 PM  

FriarReb98: DjangoStonereaver: The thing that sets parody films prior to SPACEBALLS apart from those that came before is, to me, pretty
clear:  affection for what is being spoofed.

Starting with SPACEBALLS, it became clear that Mel did not have the same affection for what he was
spoofing that he held for Westerns or Universal horror films.  As a result, he did not have as great an
investment in telling a good story (as others in this thread pointed out), and he made up for the lack of
a story by sticking in lots more gags (though, admittedly, almost all of them were specific to sci fi movies,
like the bit after the head of Megamaid crashed on the planet with the two PLANET OF THE APES
characters see it and lament "There goes the neighborhood")

But, while SPACEBALLS overall is one of Brooks' worst (though not the worst; that would be DRACULA
DEAD AND LOVING IT), it does have his best gag.  The diner scene with John Hurt as the guy with
indegestion.

I take it you zoned ROBIN HOOD:MEN IN TIGHTS out of your memory?

\Spaceballs>>>RH:MIT>>>>>>>>>>>D:DALI
\\And that's only because I'm on a phone and don't feel like adding more >'s


I liked RH:MIT better than SPACEBALLS, though it did suffer from the same sort of gags over story
problem that had settled into the form, especially since it was a direct reaction to the Costner ROBIN
HOOD.  At least Brooks' affection for the old swashbucklers still showed through.  And it had Amy
Yasbeck in a chastity belt and not much else.
 
2014-07-21 2:28:54 PM  

realmolo: phillydrifter: Dwight_Yeast: Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.

"Airplane!" was actually found to be the funniest movie of all time, according to some scientific fact. (Google it; I'll wait.) I tried to submit it here on fark just a few days ago but someone had already tried to submit the same story about a year ago and it wasn't listed.

I think it's funny though that Airplane has actually been certified as the #1 comedy of all time according to some scientific research or other. It deserves it. (And Mel Brooks deserves 3 of the top 5 comedies of all time: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, HOTWp1)

/spaceballs wasn't really that funny -- there, i said it

"Spaceballs" sucks.

Frankly, most of the Mel Brooks movies are...mediocre. Moments of greatness, but overall, they're just boring and obvious.

But "Spaceballs" is quite obviously the movie where Brooks gave up even *trying* to be clever. It's terrible.


Sounds to me like you are suffering from high anxiety.
 
2014-07-21 2:42:14 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Tricky Chicken: The white zone is for the imediate loading and unloading of passengers.  There is no stopping in the red zone.

The red zone is for the immediate loading and unloading of passengers.  There is no stopping in the white zone.


Didn't you die in episode 26?
 
2014-07-21 3:40:17 PM  

zedster: Airplane worked because they bought a script, Zero Hour!, and then added jokes to it, like wise a lot of the earlier ZAZ stuff, Mel Brook's, and the stuff from Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner works because if you removed the jokes you have a semblance of a movie underneath it that has some plot and structure to it.

The Not ___ Movies other then Not a Teen Movie failed to get this. They were an amalgamation of jokes and pop culture references without an underlying movie. Good parody/satire has to have some understanding of what they are parodying other then LOL! ITS STUPID YO! I do have to say even though it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea I think David Wain's They Came Together is the closest I've seen anyone come to ZAZ level parody in a while with the correct level of absurdity throw in. Hell there is one joke in that movie (the one about the deck) that Paul Rudd does a dead on Leslie Nielsen delivery.


I agree, I've always thought the best parodies always work as stand alone versions of what they are poking fun at.  Shaun of the Dead is a good zombie movie, it's also a Romero parody but it's still a good zombie movie.  Airplane works because it's a good Airport knockoff besides being funny.  Young Frankenstein is a good monster movie, and so on.  Scary Movie was a newer one I liked, but it worked as a Scream knock off just enough to be entertaining.  Since then they've jettisoned any attempt at making a parody that functions well as a movie and just have a bunch of scenes strung together whether it works as a whole or not.
 
2014-07-21 3:55:11 PM  

Tricky Chicken: Amazon Women on the Moon.

also,

What do you do with an elephant with three balls?


Walk himm and pitch to the rhinoceros.
 
2014-07-21 4:23:20 PM  

Fano: realmolo: phillydrifter: Dwight_Yeast: Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.

"Airplane!" was actually found to be the funniest movie of all time, according to some scientific fact. (Google it; I'll wait.) I tried to submit it here on fark just a few days ago but someone had already tried to submit the same story about a year ago and it wasn't listed.

I think it's funny though that Airplane has actually been certified as the #1 comedy of all time according to some scientific research or other. It deserves it. (And Mel Brooks deserves 3 of the top 5 comedies of all time: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, HOTWp1)

/spaceballs wasn't really that funny -- there, i said it

"Spaceballs" sucks.

Frankly, most of the Mel Brooks movies are...mediocre. Moments of greatness, but overall, they're just boring and obvious.

But "Spaceballs" is quite obviously the movie where Brooks gave up even *trying* to be clever. It's terrible.

Sounds to me like you are suffering from high anxiety.


The coffee table joke in High Anxiety has to be one of the most brilliant jokes ever told.
 
2014-07-21 4:29:36 PM  
By the standards of this thread - that a parody film must be able to stand on its own legs as well as accurately lampoon its target - I'd say Scream was a damn good one - just done in a more tongue-in-cheek fashion than the farcical slapstick style of ZAZ and Brooks.

That's why Scary Movie never worked for me.  It was a parody of a parody.  It's like it didn't get the joke.
 
2014-07-21 4:35:46 PM  

RedPhoenix122: PhiloeBedoe: I loved Hot Shots but what do I know, I took a bullet at Corregidor, 1945. Passed straight through my head from one ear to the other...

You're joking!


If he were joking he would have said "What do you do with an elephant with 3 balls?"

/answer already covered here
 
2014-07-21 4:39:54 PM  
Really? People are missing an obvious one...
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2014-07-21 4:43:39 PM  

buntz: Gunny Highway: I am pretty sure Blinkin responds, "Did you say, 'Abe Lincoln?'"

And he replies "No, I said "Hey Blinkin'"

He explained the joke.  It wasn't necessary.  The funny was the blind guy thought he said "Abe Lincoln"

Same thing started happening in Naked Gun 2 and worse in 3.

Jane tries to slap Frank and he catches her left hand.  Then her right hand.  So a third hand comes up and slaps him.  On the Police Squad show and first Naked Gun, Frank going on as if nothing weird just happened IS the joke.
But after the slap gag Frank stops and makes a face.  He's confused where the third hand came from.  The whole joke is Frank is never aware of the craziness around him.  And as soon as he is aware of it, it's no longer funny, it's forced.... in my opinion.


I feel that if you're going to attempt forced humor, you need to acknowledge it's forced. Looking directly at the camera with a deadpan stare usually does the trick. Even then, a lame joke can only go so far.

The Hey Blinkin joke might have worked if someone dressed as Abe Lincoln had suddenly walked on camera and stayed reciting the Gettysburg Address before Chappelle's character cuts him off with the response.
 
2014-07-21 4:47:48 PM  
Forgotbusters re-examines movies that were among the top 25 grossing films the year of their release, but have receded culturally, in order to explore what originally attracted audiences to them, and why they failed to endure.

Wow, this is great news.  I was just wondering why the #23 grossing film of 1998 isn't still popular today.  I'm so glad I came across this article.
 
2014-07-21 4:56:44 PM  

cyberspacedout: The Hey Blinkin joke might have worked if someone dressed as Abe Lincoln had suddenly walked on camera and stayed reciting the Gettysburg Address before Chappelle's character cuts him off with the response.


I don't think so.  It's not a good joke to begin with but the joke itself was the blind man misunderstood Achoo and thought Abe Lincoln was there.  It would have been funnier if the scene continued as is.  It was a throw away line.
But to clarify his mistake by actually saying "No, I said 'Hey Blinkin'" its now less of a joke and more of a banal conversation.

It reminds me of the Kids in the Hall "Who's on First" sketch.  Except not funny.
 
2014-07-21 5:29:46 PM  

cyberspacedout: The Hey Blinkin joke might have worked if someone dressed as Abe Lincoln had suddenly walked on camera and stayed reciting the Gettysburg Address before Chappelle's character cuts him off with the response.


In fact here's the clip. http://youtu.be/wJcuYKyHEgs

Like I said, it was a throw away line, but it should have gone:

Hey, Blinkin'
Did you say "Abe Lincoln?"
Hold the reigns
 
2014-07-21 5:44:47 PM  

buntz: cyberspacedout: The Hey Blinkin joke might have worked if someone dressed as Abe Lincoln had suddenly walked on camera and stayed reciting the Gettysburg Address before Chappelle's character cuts him off with the response.

In fact here's the clip. http://youtu.be/wJcuYKyHEgs

Like I said, it was a throw away line, but it should have gone:

Hey, Blinkin'
Did you say "Abe Lincoln?"
Hold the reigns


Okay, now that that has been established....
 
2014-07-21 5:46:37 PM  
No, it should have gone

Hey, Blinkin'
WHAT?
I SAID "HEY, BLINKIN'"
DID YOU SAY"ANNE FRANK ?"
 
2014-07-21 6:01:11 PM  

Shakes999: In this thread. People calling Mel brooks over rated and claiming the cinematic piece of shiat that is "Not Another Teen Movie" is actually pretty funny.


If you have been or dated a young artist, this entire storyline is epic.

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/"She's right... maybe you should get on that plane to Paris. Cause if you stay, we really only have the summer, then I go to college and we'll talk on the phone and spend the occasional weekend together which is nice. But chances are one night I'm gonna get wrecked and have unprotected sex with some girl in my dorm. You'll find her thong and call me a slut... I'll call you a cock-tease and we'll break up. So when you really think about it, what's the point? "
 
2014-07-21 6:05:13 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Comedy is like a frog. When you dissect it, it dies.


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  O RLY?
 
2014-07-21 6:25:19 PM  
Not a single joke?

Haven't read the thread, so maybe someone's mentioned it, but the sight gag about the "Psychology Today - Swimsuit Edition" is still much loved by all my psychology friends everywhere.
 
2014-07-21 6:31:39 PM  

Snatch Bandergrip: I'd say Scream was a damn good one - just done in a more tongue-in-cheek fashion than the farcical slapstick style of ZAZ and Brooks.


I'm a fan of the Scream movies, (yes all of them) but I wouldn't call them parodys exactly. They were slasher films (that weren't all that gory) whose characters were aware of the tropes of slasher films. But they never broke the 4th wall or had anything go outside the narrative for a joke like actual parody movies. They were more like comedy/horror. But yeah, the Scary Movie movies, parodying a borderline parody movie, especially using the exact same mask from Scream was very lame and shows that they really didn't get it at all.
 
2014-07-21 6:49:35 PM  

buntz: Gunny Highway: I am pretty sure Blinkin responds, "Did you say, 'Abe Lincoln?'"

And he replies "No, I said "Hey Blinkin'"

He explained the joke.  It wasn't necessary.  The funny was the blind guy thought he said "Abe Lincoln"

Same thing started happening in Naked Gun 2 and worse in 3.

Jane tries to slap Frank and he catches her left hand.  Then her right hand.  So a third hand comes up and slaps him.  On the Police Squad show and first Naked Gun, Frank going on as if nothing weird just happened IS the joke.
But after the slap gag Frank stops and makes a face.  He's confused where the third hand came from.  The whole joke is Frank is never aware of the craziness around him.  And as soon as he is aware of it, it's no longer funny, it's forced.... in my opinion.


That's very well explained. It makes perfect sense.
 
2014-07-21 6:53:06 PM  
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I thought that was a crock pot?

No, that's for cooking all day. You've got a lot to learn.
 
2014-07-21 8:18:22 PM  
Have they no respect for the dead?   (God I love a good funeral)
 
2014-07-21 10:14:00 PM  
Someone doesn't like Hot Shots: Part Deux?

We'll settle this the old Navy way: First guy to die, loses!
 
2014-07-21 10:27:26 PM  
except it wasn't

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2014-07-21 10:48:30 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Hot Shots was worth it for the scene where the Sheens shout "I loved you in 'Wall St'" at each other from passing PT boats.

Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.


Nothing was as funny as Airplane. Except maybe Young Frankenstein.
 
2014-07-21 10:50:14 PM  

gunga galunga: If Airplane was released today...

INT. - PASSENGER CABIN - NIGHT

(The stewardess is handing out meals.)

STEWARDESS: Here's your fish, Gordron Ramsay.

GORDON RAMSAY: This fish is raaaaaaawwwww!!!!!

STEWARDESS: Will you please stop playing Words With Friends, Alec Baldwin?

ALEC BALDWIN: You're a rude, thoughtless, little pig.

PASSENGER: Hey, look! Ted Cruz is filibustering first class.

TED CRUZ: I do not like Obamacare.

(The action turns to slow motion. Quicksilver runs in and gives Ted Cruz a wedgie. Just like he gave a wedgie to that security guard in the latest X-Men movie. That's the joke.)

PASSENGER: Hey, look. It's the queen from Frozen.

(The queen from Frozen sings a drawn-out hip hop version of "Let It Go" to pad the movie's running time by a few minutes.)

FROZEN QUEEN: I'll turn this plane into an eternal winter.

WINTER SOLDIER: Did somebody say winter?

PASSENGER #2: Hey, look! It's the Winter Soldier.

(Captain America appears and the two of them fight for five minutes to pad the movie's running time a bit more.)


Wow, dude... It's like actually watching one of those horrible movies. Minus the little black guy to come in as Captain America or whoever.
 
2014-07-21 10:59:55 PM  

Mugato: I'm a fan of the Scream movies, (yes all of them)


1 and 2 were good.  3, not so much.  4 was one choice away from being brilliant, but instead was just above average.
 
2014-07-21 11:43:53 PM  

largedon: I always loved this movie.


Top Secret is one of the best movies ever.

/I know a little German
 
2014-07-22 12:23:09 AM  

sotua: largedon: I always loved this movie.

Top Secret is one of the best movies ever.

/I know a little German


He's over there.
 
2014-07-22 12:54:53 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Dwight_Yeast: Hot Shots was worth it for the scene where the Sheens shout "I loved you in 'Wall St'" at each other from passing PT boats.

Otherwise, not as funny as Airplane.

Nothing was as funny as Airplane. Except maybe Young Frankenstein.


Blazing saddles?
 
2014-07-22 1:59:05 AM  
The best reason to watch Hot Shots:

NSFW
 
2014-07-22 9:53:05 AM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: The best only reason to watch Hot Shots:

NSFW

 
2014-07-22 3:56:33 PM  
Mugato:

And Dracula:DALI had a weird dramatic ending like in the last reel they decided they wanted to make a straight Dracula movie.

I remember being very disappointed with Dracula:DALI when I saw it in the theatres all those years ago.  But there was a scene right at the end, when Dracula was killed and turned to dust, and his minion started crying and saying "master, master are you okay" and he drew a smiley face in the dust.  I remember laughing so hard at that until I couldn't breath.  I'm smiling right now at the memory of that smiley face in the corpse dust.

/why the hell wouldn't they have cast Leslie Nielson as the bumbling vampire hunter, and not as the vampire himself?  That shiat writes itself.
 
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