Friday, September 3, 2010

Fantabulous Friday

First off:

He's still got it!

That was in honor of THE END OF THE WEEK.  We made it! It's Fantabulous Friday, baby! Wohoo!
For today's totally fantabulous subject, I have decided to share with y'all my favorite spoof movies of all time.  Some of them might not technically be classified as spoofs, but trust me, they are.  I know these things...

So, here they are:

Best cop spoof:
The Naked Gun

I know many of y'all would say, "Nuh-uh, Police Academy is the best spoof movie!"  However, you would be mistaken.  The Police Academy movies are specifically comedy genre.  What's the difference?  I really don't know.  I'm just a huge Leslie Nielsen fan.  Plus, you can watch OJ back before he went psycho killer on us.  (Yes, I'm aware he was found not guilty.  My mother still maintains that he was framed.  Haha.)

BEST Star Wars spoof:

We all know Mel Brooks is the KING of spoof.  I mean, really, the man's a genius. 

Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, John Candy, Bill Pullman, Joan Rivers, Dick Van Patten - you can't beat a cast like that!  Even (sometimes especially) hardcore Star Wars fans love this film.  I wish they'd make a sequel....with the same cast, of course (and honor John Candy somehow or other in a humorous way).

Best Robin Hood spoof:
Men in Tights

Mel Brooks combined the talent of Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Tracy Ullman, Dick Van Patton (again), Dave could he go wrong?  This movie is hilarious, from the one-liners to the dance numbers.

Best Horror Spoof:

This movie is one of my all-time favorites.  I'm a big 'ol chicken, so making fun of scary movies is sort of my revenge for these films scaring me nearly to death all the time.  Mocking the "rules" of horror films (and later the sequels) was done in such a manner that I can appreciate it, and even laugh now when watching real horror movies. Plus, I LOVED Matthew Lillard. 

Best Literary Classic Spoof:
Young Frankenstein

Another Brooks film, this time starring the man, the myth, the legend: Gene Wilder. Seriously, the man should have a town named after him.  Also in the film is Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn and Peter Boyle.   The cast and ridiculous storyline make for excellent spoof.

Best Spy Spoof:
Austin Powers

Yeah, baby!  Honestly, I'm partial to the second installment, but the first one started it all.   The film turned super spy into man-whore with psychedelic views on everything (I loved the innuendos and name jokes). Mike Myers is comedic genius, and I'm hoping to see another Austin movie in the near future....

Best History Spoof:
History of the World

Yet again, Brooks (they might as well change the genre from "spoof" to "Brooks method").  There's really no way to explain this film -actually two, because there's a Part II - other than to say it's the history of the world, only really, really funny. Brooks' favored actors appear throughout the film, so keep your eyes open. 

Best movie no one realizes was a spoof (of romance movies):
The Princess Bride

I know!  If you asked ten people whether or not Princess Bride is a spoof, 9 of them will say no.  This film, starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes, was intended to poke fun at the overly sappy and dramatic romance films that were being made en masse during the 80s.  One of the various taglines used was a pretty good giveaway:  "A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather)."  Surprisingly it became such a hit without needed the spoof title that eventually everyone just forgot. 

Best documentary spoof:
Best in Show

This movie is one of the move hilarious movies ever made.  IF you like this kind of humor (which some people don't, although I'm not sure why).  The hubs doesn't find this film funny.  I maintain that he's lying, because otherwise I'd have to file for divorce. 

The cast of this film is a plethora of talent:  Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge,  Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara,  Christopher Guest are just a few.   These people: yuppie couple, white trash couple, redneck, gay couple, rich woman and female dog trainer - all head to a national dog show.  In the format of a documentary, the individuals are interviewed as they plan and prepare their dogs for the show and then we follow them all to the show and throughout.  It's HILARIOUS.  The opening scene is Parker Posey and her husband (the yuppie couple) in therapy with their weimaraner. The dog is distraught because she saw them having sex.  THE DOG IS IN THERAPY.  

I can't do enough promoting of this film.  If you haven't seen it, go watch it NOW. 

Best TV show spoof:

The Brady Bunch Movie

Have to include this movie, if only because it's totally awesome.  It's so ridiculously stupid that you can't help but love it.  Shelly Long (who I LOVE), Gary Cole, Michael McKean and Christine Taylor (Mrs. Ben Stiller) are four of the major players as Mr. and Mrs. Brady, Larry Dittmeyer and Marcia.  There's even cameos by Florence Henderson (original Mrs. Brady) and Ann B. Davis (original Alice).

Did I miss any FANTABULOUS spoof movies?  If so, let me know! 

And y'all have an awesome Labor Day weekend!


  1. Love The Princess Bride, Best in Show & Robin Hood Men in Tights!

    But you forgot (or maybe you have yet to see!) Spinal Tap. It's another Christopher Guest mockumentary (nay, ROCKumentary), and it's pure awesomeness. Go watch it, you can thank me later.

  2. I'm a somewhat hardcore Star Wars fan, don't ever speak to me about the prequels though or I'll stab you in the eye. STAR WARS IS A TRILOGY.

    That being said I absolutely adoreeee Spaceballs, nobody fucks with Lord Helmet. I love Moranis.

    Princess Bride is amazing. So is Scream. So is every movie you've mentioned. AND so are you.

  3. I love Best in Show! Christopher Guest movies are awesome. Have you seen Waiting for Guffman? I think it's his best! I think I might like it so much because I'm a theatre buff, though ;)

  4. Oh my gosh, TGIF big time!!
    haha, I like spoof films too and the ones you listed here are great.
    Princess Bride is a favorite....I heart Inigo Montoya. And Scream was awesome too.
    I remember Men in Tights was hilarious. Dave Chappelle is in it! He's a riot.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Every single film from the "Best in Show" crowd is worth watching over and over: This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind. Always hilarious.

  6. I'll say it for all the guys who won't. Best In Show is great. Watch it if you haven't! Make your wife or girlfriend or . . . mother happy!


  7. HA I love that you included the Brady Bunch Movie. "Kids put on your Sunday best, we're going to Sears!". I love when they are singing on the esculator!