It’s Wednesday. You’re recovering from a very wet Tuesday, the weather is slowly improving but the week is stretching out ahead of you and your shoes are still damp. What could possibly cheer you up on a day like today? MoviefiedNYC recommends a heavy dose of comedy! This week we’re thinking spoof movies will do the trick to get you through this hump day!
1. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
If your hump day is really getting you down the entire Austin Powers trilogy may be necessary to get you through to the weekend but for now we’ll stick with the original. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery spoofs the James Bond, British, spy film like no other. Austin is a 1960s shagadelic spy living in the 1990s. He is a womanizing charmer despite his awful “British” teeth and he’s got mojo to spare. Mike Myers plays the role of both Austin and his nemesis Dr. Evil with abundant comedic talent. After a few minutes with Austin your midweek blues will be replaced by psychedelic colors and groovy catch phrases. Yeah, baby.
2. Scary Movie (2000)
Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedbeg, Aaron Seltzer, and Keenan Ivory Wayans may be single handedly responsible for some of the worst spoof movies ever made. Their films inspired movies such as Epic Movie, Dance Flick, and Vampire’s Suck. However, before the ‘genre parody’ trend caught on they struck gold with perhaps one of the best spoof movies ever made: Scary Movie. Similar to the Scream franchise, the film takes a look at the typical horror movie staples such as a group of teens deciding to “split up”, anyone who has sex being brutally murdered, a final girl always managing to survive. Unlike Scream, Scary Movie makes these staples downright hilarious and over the top. No teen horror movie is safe as Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Sixth Sense are all ridiculed to an outlandish extent.
3. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights rather specifically spoofs the story of Robin Hood as opposed to an entire genre. The film includes Robin and his merry men, the evil Prince John and of course the beautiful Marion. This time however, Mel Brooks forces us to look at what the story really is: a group of men walking around the woods in tights. With lines like “I lost it. I lost it? Wait a second, I’m not supposed to lose. Let me see the script.” You’ll be in stitches of laughter in no time.
4. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Leslie Nielson. Enough said really, the man owns the spoof character like no body else. Nielson plays the fantastic but utterly incompetent cop Frank Drebin as he attempts to fight crime and “get his man”. The film parodies the TV series Police Squad along with numerous other cop movies with slapstick humor and ridiculous plot. In The Naked Gun, Queen Elizabeth II is coming to town and Drebin must protect her from the evil villain, Vincent Ludwig, as he threatens her safety. This ridiculously hilarious script will have you quoting Drebin for the rest of the week: “Jane, since I’ve met you, I’ve noticed things that I never knew were there before… birds singing, dew glistening on a newly formed leaf, stoplights.”
5. Mars Attacks! (1996)
No spoof movie list is truly complete without mentioning some aliens. In 1996 Tim Burton made the ultimate sci-fi parody with Mars Attacks! A film that sees Jack Nicholsen as President, Glenn Close as First Lady, and Sarah Michelle Gellar with the body of a dog. Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Michael J. Fox, Tom Jones, and Martin Short all make appearances in this star studded comedy as earth is attacked by martians…with a sense of humor.
– Sinann Fetherston
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