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Disaster Movie (2008)

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Average Rating: 1.8/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 68

Returning to their seemingly bottomless well of flatulence humor, racial stereotypes, and stale pop culture gags, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have produced what is arguably their worst Movie yet.

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Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

Returning to their seemingly bottomless well of flatulence humor, racial stereotypes, and stale pop culture gags, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have produced what is arguably their worst Movie yet.

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The filmmaking team behind Date Movie and Meet the Spartans is back with a comedy spoof sending up disaster movies in this Lionsgate production. Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, G-Thang, and Kim Kardashian head up the cast as a group of concerned citizens willing to do whatever it takes to save planet Earth from being incinerated by falling meteors or overrun by rabid chipmunks. Along the way, everything from High School Musical to Cloverfield gets the parody treatment. Carmen Electra and Tony Cox

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Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Jan 6, 2009

$14.2M

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Disaster Movie is the latest and most slap-dash of the movie parodies to atrophy out of the Scary Movie franchise.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The result is a series of extraneous, deplorably unfunny scenes and sketches stitched together in completely haphazard fashion.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Rushed into production with no better drape for its threadbare gags than Cloverfield, this carpet-fouling mongrel of a movie no more deserves release than do anthrax spores.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (3)
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Disaster Movie, the latest disposable parody of disposable Hollywood movies, has a shelf life of about five minutes, tops.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
New York Times
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Why would you watch a bad movie about better movies, when you could just rent the originals instead?

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (3)
New York Daily News
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Perhaps they'll eventually make one called Spoof Movie, which would brilliantly parody the genre by being consistently funny.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
Los Angeles Times
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The pomposity of big-budget B-movies can certainly be taken down a notch, but Friedberg and Seltzer rely too much on trailer moments for their broad comedy.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

There's no nice way to say this, so I'll just say it: Writer/directors Friedberg and Seltzer are a scourge. They're a plague on our cinematic landscape, a national shame, a danger to our culture.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This might have been edited down to 20 minutes of entertaining film. Maybe one day the team involved will start employing editors and produce something we can all look forward to.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

It's juvenile and crude, and it ranks right up there as one of the worst films of the year.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

[A] budget-less pastiche of sub-Mad-magazine parodies culled from the trailers of almost every summer movie.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Rarely has a movie had a more appropriate title.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

A poorly staged, entirely laugh-free big screen exercise that, despite its name, is not really a genre spoof at all, but rather merely an excuse to (attempt to) poke fun at Hollywood movies from this calendar year.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

It's a merry, reckless mess, like a blender that gets revved up too high and spews everything out all over the countertops.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Indeed a disaster first, and a movie barely.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical | Comment (1)
Cinematical

The "jokes" are limp and pathetic or stillborn, timing is ignored, performances are a not-so-giddy mug-fest. Audiences are left wondering when the freshman cast is going to learn the rudiments of performing.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A dumb, dumb film, to be sure, but also undeniably funny in more spots than a right-thinking, mature adult person feels comfortable admitting.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Comments (113)
The Age (Australia)

Honestly, if the makers of this ever got serious about making web-based comedy, I reckon that they would absolutely rock it.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

Since they have so little material to work with in the first place, Friedberg and Seltzer flog each joke well beyond its limits.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

A woman a few rows in front of me at the preview chose to write 20 minutes worth of text messages, rather than watch the movie. Even though she was not paying, the price was clearly too high.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

If Judd Apatow is the Jesus of modern comedy, Seltzer and Friedberg are the Anti-Christ - and sadly just as prolific

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Comment (1)
Dark Horizons

Can't somebody make Friedberg and Seltzer stop?

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (4)
Sacramento News & Review

Pointlessly rancid and redundant...Hopefully, Disaster Movie will indeed vanish as quickly as a three-second burp at a chili-eating contest.

September 8, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Movie Eye

leaves one with a feeling of failure -- and the knowledge that, come this spring, these idiots will more than likely be back

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

I want to say thanks again and thanks for proving that dumb movies pretending to be comedy will not stand any longer...

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Disaster Movie

Writers/directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer couldn't leave well enough alone. I had become accustomed to these two talentless hacks tainting the beginning of a new year with their deeply unfunny "spoof" movies. In February 2006, they released Date Movie, in January 2007, they released Epic Movie, and in January 2008, they released Meet the Spartans; all abysmal comedies that prove how absolutely clueless Friedberg and Seltzer are as writers. But one cinematic blight wasn't enough for these two jackasses and so, on the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Gulf Coast, these sultans of suck have unleashed the appropriately titled Disaster Movie.

I won't even dignify this movie with a plot synopsis. To do so would acknowledge there was at any point a script.

By pacing their horrible abortions of comedy a year apart, Friedberg and Seltzer at least have time to gauge what movies have become popular and what pop culture events have stuck in the public consciousness. But Disaster Movie was put on the fast track and was in production before many of the movies it deems worthy of attack were even released. As a result, it seems that the fail twins were watching trailers for upcoming movies and hedging their bets on what would be popular. This explains why they mention movies that made no cultural impact and flopped at the box-office, like Speed Racer and The Love Guru. Seriously, a "funny" reference to a bad Mike Myers movie months after it has opened and closed is, in itself, kind of humorous in how ridiculous and embarrassing this all is. Once again, Friedberg and Seltzer have assembled a highly disposable pop-culture yearbook except this time they took bets on what would be meaningful. Is anyone going to even get a reference to Jumper? How about in a few more months? Yet again Friedberg and Seltzer have assembled a movie that has a built-in expiration date.

As expected, Friedberg and Seltzer apply their shallow level of comedy to the movies caught in their crosshairs. These guys simply don't understand the difference between reference and parody, and once again they deluge an audience with cheap references to other movies and the reference is designed to be the joke. Just having a character appear as the Hulk isn't funny. Having a character appear as the Amy Adams character from Enchanted isn't funny. Friedberg and Seltzer don't even mock the disaster movies befitting its title, like The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, or the more recent Day After Tomorrow. The only partially relevant movie they make reference to is Twister because it affords them the opportunity to drop cows on characters (if it's not funny once it's not funny the thousandth time). Disaster Movie cycles through a mix of movies from the fall of 2007 to last summer, including Juno, 10,000 B.C. (a film worthy of parody by smarter people), No Country for Old Men, Sex and the City, Superbad, Beowulf, Wanted, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Prince Caspian (another movie that faded quickly), and others. Friedberg and Seltzer mix in attacks on pop culture figures like Jessica Simpson and Amy Winehouse, simplifying each to a one-joke premise (Amy Winehouse is drunk, never heard that one before). But wait; to prove how in touch they are, Friedberg and Seltzer have used their SECOND SPOOF MOVIE OF THIS YEAR to include jokes about Michael Jackson being a pedophile. Oh my good graces, how do these guys come up with such cutting-edge and timely material in the year 2008?

You want to know how truly terrible Friedberg and Seltzer are as filmmakers? Disaster Movie is the (non-sex) film debut of socialite and tabloid queen Kim Kardashian. This woman is known for one thing and that thing is her thang, namely her colossally round posterior. She has officially taken the booty torch from Jennifer Lopez. Friedberg and Seltzer fail to make even a single joke about Kardashian's notable assets. Not only that, from a pure exploitation angle, they even fail to take advantage of Kardashian as a sex object. These two nimrods hired a woman who is only known for her anatomy and they do nothing. A wrestling match between Kardashian and Carmen Electra sounds like it might be pleasing to the eyes but Friedberg and Seltzer find a way to even screw this up. Their level of failure in every aspect of filmmaking is stunning.

To honor Friedberg and Seltzer recycling the same garbage and calling it by a different name, I will stop writing about their newest example of cinematic ineptitude and simply copy and paste sections of my review for this year's Meet the Spartans. Enjoy my attempt at Mad Libs style film criticism. These two clowns don't even deserve the added effort.

"Writer/directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are, and I do not say this lightly, the worst filmmakers of all time. They are the definition of the term hacks. If there were a revolution, a violent overthrow by angry fans of good cinema, these two jackasses would be the first two against the wall. They are worse than Ed Wood, they are worse than Uwe Boll, they are worse than Harold P. Warren, who wrote and directed the worst movie of all time, Manos: The Hands of Fate, because of a bet that he couldn't make a movie (I'm fairly certain he still lost). Friedberg and Seltzer are the antithesis to funny. They mock funny, they spit at funny, they gang rape the notion of funny. [DISASTER MOVIE] is their [FOURTH] spoof in three years, or, as I see it, their [FOURTH] miscarriage of comedy.

[DISASTER MOVIE] would be hard-pressed to fit the definition of a movie, no matter how generous you are with the term. True, it is a collection of moving pictures, but surely we must have greater stipulations for our movie going entertainment. The actual flick is only [75] minutes long, barely a little over an hour, and then it's crammed with 15 minutes of outtakes and needless extra scenes to be strewn over the credits [INCLUDING AN ALREADY PAINFULLY DATED PARODY OF SARAH SILVERMAN'S SONG "I'M F***ING MATT DMAON," ALTERED TO PG-13 FRIENDLY LYRICS ABOUT "DATING" MATT DAMON]. I should be more upset by the total transparent laziness to even construct a film of suitable length, but every minute I was spared more of this junk was an act of divine mercy.

Friedberg and Seltzer are not filmmakers but regurgiatators, wildly lampooning anything that they feel approaches their young teen male demographic. [DISASTER MOVIE], like Epic Movie and Date Movie, cannot be classified as a "spoof" because all the film is doing is setting up references and the references are supposed to be the joke. The film is like a meaningless and random scrapbook for the year in pop culture; the film's only function to pacify total idiots with attention-deprivation issues. If this is someone's idea of comedy in the 21st century, then I will slit my wrists now.

And yet, astoundingly, the movie still feels like it needs to set up its dumb, obvious gags. The film has one [PERSON] point off screen and say, "Look, it's [HANNAH MONTANA]," and then we cut to [HANNAH MONTANA CRUSHED BY A ROCK]. Why did Friedberg and Seltzer feel the need to name check? It happens again when [A CHARACTER POINTS AND SAYS, "HEY, IT'S ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS"]. I don't need a handicap for non-obscure pop culture bon mots.

From a production standpoint, this movie sucks. It looks really cheap. The sets and costumes and props look horrible, like something a high school production would ditch. Just because it reuses the same camera setups as [ANY MOVIE] doesn't mean it gets any closer to parody. For God's sake, they couldn't even come up with puns on character names.

The actors all seem mildly embarrassed and they do nothing with their roles. It's not their fault the material sucks so deeply, however, it is Electra's fault for appearing in her [FOURTH!] straight Friedberg-Seltzer spoof fest. The key to a good spoof is to play the damn thing straight. It's annoying and redundant if the film keeps winking back at the audience.

[DISASTER MOVIE] is pop culture vomit. No, this is worse, this is cinematic diarrhea. It's watery pop culture discharge masquerading as entertainment. This movie if offensive to anyone that appreciates laughter. This film and its ilk are offensive to mankind. And plus, it's just not funny people, not in the slightest. There's no wit here, no comedic payoffs, no running gags (besides gay jokes [AND COWS FALLING ON PEOPLE, HE HE HE]), no thought or upheaval of convention; instead, this movie is a lazy, cheap catalogue of pop culture events. Even at [90] minutes (really it's [75]) this thing drags and feels exhausted long before it bows out. Just as I said in my review of Epic Movie, Friedberg and Seltzer must be stopped at all costs if comedy is to survive."[/I]

Nate's Grade: F
January 14, 2013
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Nate Zoebl

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Some slightly funny moments, but mostly because it's so stupid but they think it's brilliant. It's better to laugh at how rubbish it is than complain.
November 2, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

I did laughed... maybe once? I think the bloopers at the end is funnier than the movie.
October 10, 2012
3niR
Dead Angel

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Is it possible that this is worse than 'Meet the Spartans'?? I think it could be. Probably the worst spoof in the series and ever frankly, its just shit from start to finish, nonsense, and not funny.
Only 1 point cos you have to give it something on here and the reasonably amusing 'Sex in the City' rip plus the 'Carrie' rip was actually pretty good.
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

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