However, to the credit of these two filmmakers, as the movie moves into its second act, they slow down the culture references quite a bit and start developing some jokes. For instance, the sequence in which the chipmunks from Alvin & The Chipmunks attack the group in a warehouse is very well-played, especially when the chipmunks turn evil and start rocking out to the sounds of some Rob Zombie-like heavy metal. On the other hand, they can take a mildly humorous scene and stretch to the point of wanting to walk out of the theater, i.e. when the cast of High School Musical performs a foul language song-and-dance that painfully lasts almost 15 minutes, even though it feels much, much longer. If only Friedberg and Seltzer would take their grain of salt of a movie-related joke and flesh it out or actually satire it, they would have an immensely superior product on their hands.
And it seems that these two know that there are not enough movies in the universe to simply reference at the pace that they do, since they branch out to make fun of things and/or people that have nothing to do with Hollywood. They attack such non-sequitur products such as the funny “dropped calls” AT&T commercials, Facebook (they call it FaceNook – hilarity ensues) and MySpace.
With such movies taking their respective hits to the face (Iron Man, Hellboy, The Dark Knight, Hancock, You Don’t Mess With Zohan, Wanted), it’s obvious that the filmmakers responsible have become disenfranchised with simply spoofing movies, they apparently are now going after trailers of films. Such a slowdown practice would be headache-inducing if everyone didn’t already expect such from this class of “Movie” movies. Even though it seems like the Apocalypse-causing team of Friedberg and Seltzer have no sense of what any audience wants, they do know enough to get some fresh faces in the female department – they smartly kill off Carmen Electra and introduce two new C-list actresses with something to look at – Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Minnillo. While their acting talents somehow come off as worse than Electra’s, they are presented in a bevy of low cut dresses and skin tight leather outfits. And when you’re watching one of these abdominal spoofs, that’s about all you can expect to enjoy for 90 minutes.
1 ½ / 5 stars
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