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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  
7 votes:
Looks like I need to stop liking what this guy doesn't!
 
2014-07-21 10:00:42 AM  
3 votes:
This one scene, where you start to hear Charlie Sheen's voice, was a classic...
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2014-07-21 8:28:46 AM  
3 votes:
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 7:29:37 AM  
3 votes:
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 8:12:04 AM  
2 votes:
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 7:34:23 AM  
2 votes:
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 7:30:58 AM  
2 votes:

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 12:32:56 PM  
1 vote:

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 11:24:11 AM  
1 vote:
Could somebody read the article for me? My eyes are ceramic.
 
2014-07-21 11:21:58 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:11:46 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:03:42 AM  
1 vote:

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 9:48:10 AM  
1 vote:
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 9:25:03 AM  
1 vote:

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 9:16:14 AM  
1 vote:
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 9:00:26 AM  
1 vote:

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 8:43:47 AM  
1 vote:

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


Wilderness Girls!
 
2014-07-21 8:39:10 AM  
1 vote:

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 8:38:07 AM  
1 vote:

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 8:33:04 AM  
1 vote:

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 7:51:52 AM  
1 vote:

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


He started it.
 
2014-07-21 7:49:03 AM  
1 vote:
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2014-07-21 7:45:10 AM  
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2014-07-21 7:41:57 AM  
1 vote:
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 7:34:15 AM  
1 vote:
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 7:30:10 AM  
1 vote:
Sure, she's a great piece of tail with a blouse full of goodies.

Sphincter Mucous Niner Ringworm, roger.
 
2014-07-21 7:15:32 AM  
1 vote:

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!
 
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