The big problem with these modern spoof movies is just the fact that they have no life outside of the movies they are taking off, because the jokes are too specific to the films they are doing. Compare these with, say, Airplane, which is bloody funny regardless of whether you've seen films like Airport, because they actually have real jokes that would be funny in any movie, and the fact that they may resemble another film is not all that relevant.
Plus, it's all entirely focused on the here-and-now. I mean, some of the films in there will probably live on - Narnia, Harry Potter, (did they have any LOTR in there? I don't remember any - which surprises me). But in 10 years, Borat jokes will be as outdated as a Speed joke would be today - to say nothing of the jokes about modern music culture and the like. So when the studio looks at its catalogue in 20 years to determine what films it can rerelease on HD and make more money from, it's not even going to look twice at this. The film may make a small amount of money now, but there is very little chance of ongoing earnings for the studio from this film.
It indeed is the same two guys, and they're also directing. (One of them directed Date Movie as well.) Date Movie is one of the worst films I've EVER seen, so there's no reason to expect better from Epic. I'll probably see it just because I'm a glutton for punishment, though. Heck, it'll be an easy review to write, as I'll likely be able to simply cut and paste my criticisms of Date Movie!
I've been waiting for someone to make a movie that truly mocks the likes of Harry Potter and better yet, Lord of the Rings. This isn't it.
These 'scary movie' people keep using the exact same formula. Get a list of the most recent talked about movies. Grab random scenes from them and write a joke. Shoot scene. Splice them all together. Call it a movie.
Like Mathew said, bring back the formula of making a spoof that actually has a funny self contained story and has jokes that will play well no matter what. I would add Robin Hood: Men in Tights and SpaceBalls to the list with Airplane.
Yup, that's the formula. It's recognition humor - we're supposed to laugh because we can identify the source, not because they did anything witty or clever. Geez, in Date Movie, they weren't even smart enough to think up a better name for the Hitch character than "Hitch"!
Are they even trying to make me laugh, at this point?
Like I mean this as a legitimate question. Does anyone actually find that type of humor...humorous? I saw Scary Movie 3 in theaters, and that was awful as it was. I don't recall laughing once through the entire thing.
I mean, I also subjected myself to Deuce Bigalow European Gigalow, but I laughed at least once during that. The whole Scary Movie franchise/writers just boggles my mind.
Not Another Teen Movie was okay enough. Nothing spectacular, and it had nothing on "Can't Hardly Wait" which was more of a loving spoof of teen movies than the actual parody spoof movie that "Not Another" was trying to be.
"Epic Movie" looks God-Awful from every angle. Plus, the definition of "Epic" seems a little skewed. "Borat" "Willy Wonka" and "Snakes on a Plane?"
And what the hell--how do you PARODY SNAKES ON A PLANE? the absurdity of the movie's conception and existence is beyond parody already. There's nothing you can do to spoof that movie and make it sillier than it already is.
It's movies like this that make me reconsider how much money I spend on entertainment, because that film is probably 40 million dollars worth of budget and ad campaign that could feed poor people or make life better for disenfranchised kids.
Only the really awful, terrible movies make me think that though, movies so terrible they make me feel guilty for spending money on home theater because if crap like that is getting greenlit and shoved through the colon of hollywood, how can I in good conscience contribute to that?
Yes, that's irrational and silly and ignorant as to how the industry works, but a bad enough movie will push me down that path.