Epic Movie


Directed by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Written by:Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Starring: Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jayma Mays, Faune A. Chambers, Crispin Glover
Released: January 24, 2007
Grade: C-

Writers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are the two most unoriginal writers in Hollywood.  Every movie they have made has been a spoof – a rip-off of more successful, more entertaining films.  Their credits include Spy Hard, Scary Movie and Date Movie.

I’ve seen some very funny spoofs (Flying High being my favourite) but Friedberg and Seltzer have completely run out of ideas.  I don’t think I could imagine a more humourless bunch of scenes than those I witnessed in Epic Movie.

The film takes off The Chronicles Of Narnia, Harry Potter, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, X-Men, Nacho Libre, The Da Vinci Code, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Snakes On A Plane.  It stars a bunch of no-name actors who are only starring in it because they can’t land a better role. 

Epic Movie provides no original laughs.  All it offers are silly re-enactments and impersonations.  Given the clichés that have riddled so many of Hollywood’s recent flicks, you’d have thought that they could have come up with something funnier.  I know everyone has a difference sense of humour but I’m struggling to think of anyone who would enjoy this.  The fact that it topped the U.S. box-office in its opening week is extremely concerning.

The Internet Movie Database informed me that this “epic movie” went for 86 minutes.  Thankfully for me, the credits were rolling after just 73 minutes.  What a joke.  How did I end up paying full price to see (a) a film that short, and (b) a film that awful?  Don’t make the same mistake I did.