Movie Review: 'Disaster Movie'

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"Disaster Movie." The name says it all. Not since the Hindenberg has something crashed and burned as spectacularly as this film.

This is the latest juvenile attempt by writer/directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer to milk laughs out of the formulas used in their "Scary Movie," "Date Movie" and "Epic Movie." The formula had worn as thin as Kim Kardashian's acting skills by "Meet the Spartans." But that dead horse gets one more severe beating.

The thread that tries to bind together all of "Disaster Movie's" short comedy ideas has All-American Will (Matt Lanter) trying to get to his girlfriend (Vanessa Minnillo) when the end of the Earth starts. He's joined on his quest by Calvin (G. Thang), who has less acting ability than a coma patient.

'Disaster Movie'

1 star = Awful
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Along the way they run into an assortment of characters from at least two dozen films and television shows.

Through it all there are only two funny moments. One comes when they run into the Enchanted Princess (Nicole Parker). Her fairy-tale look at the world, often accompanied by her singing, is explained as being the result of loads of "wonderful mind-altering drugs." That's a wicked parody of the Disney film that works because Parker is the only person in the cast who is funny.

The other funny moment is a jab at "High School Musical." That's the parody that should have been done.

The reality is there was no need for anyone to try that hard. A built-in audience exists for this franchise. This is a movie for anyone who gets the giggles from watching Amy Winehouse burp repeatedly or breaks into laughter when seeing a singing chipmunk bite a man's crotch.

Rated PG-13 for language and gross humor.


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