A List of Spoofs for a Variety of TastesMar 16, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in MoviesThe Bottom Line This is my list of ten of my favorite spoof films, and hopefully everyone can find at least one movie on it that appeals to them.
Who doesn't love a good spoof? There are some great flicks out there that poke fun -- gently and not so gently -- at genres or particular shows/movies that we have grown to love. I'm sure that once I complete this list of favorites, I'll think of something that I should have included, but nonetheless I'm going to go ahead and give the list a shot.
The Princess Bride: Positively hilarious, this is a riotous ride through fantasy lands complete with romance, adventure, fencing, pirates, Rodents of Unusual Size, a rhyming giant, a torture chamber, a six-fingered man, a batty miracle man, a priest who sounds like Elmer Fudd... Well, you get the picture. This is one bedtime story you'll never forget!
Young Frankenstein: I don't care if it's in black and white. This Mel Brooks monster movie doesn't need color to tickle the funnybone. When the famed scientist's nephew inherits his castle, he isn't too interested in following in his uncle's footsteps. But his creative instinct soon takes hold, and his attempt to form his own perfect being goes awry when Igor brings him an abnormal brain...
Airplane: It doesn't get much funnier than this. This movie is so stupid it's hilarious. It's got more one-liners and sight gags than you can shake a stick at. "Surely you can't be serious!" "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley." A plane's passengers and pilot go down with food poisoning, and it's up to a conflicted fighter pilot to save the day. Can he do it? You may be too busy laughing to notice!
Airplane 2: Not quite as good as the first, but pretty darn close. It's got all the same types of gags, and once again the fate of hundreds of passengers depends on our hero Striker. This time, however, it's a space ship, and it's got a bomb on it. Extra bonus: William Shatner.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail: This naughty spoof of the Arthurian epic is both witty and absurd. A troop of Brits tramping across the countryside in search of the Holy Grail, riding invisible horses whose hoof-steps are simulated by coconuts. Kinda falls apart at the end, but there are plenty of laughs beforehand to make up for it.
Galaxy Quest: A must for Trekkies. This movie places the crew of a syndicated sci-fi hit which bears a suspicious resemblance to Star Trek on an actual space vessel to help a batch of adoring alien fans beat an evil enemy. Tim Allen plays the Captain Kirk-like figure, and he is the most clueless of all when it comes to actually filling his character's shoes. Most fully appreciated by Trekkies, the movie reaches its climax with a band of nerdy groupies who must come to the crew's rescue.
Space Balls: Space is a popular setting for spoofs, and this film, whose storyline focuses mainly on Star Wars, considers most sci-fi fair game. Mixed in with the tale of the valiant hero who must use the Schwartz to defeat the ridiculous villain Lord Helmet and rescue his princess are references to such shows and movies as Star Trek, Aliens and Planet of the Apes.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: All right, I'll include it. This James Bond spoof features a British special agent from the sixties with bad teeth, an extra supply of mojo, and clothes that would make Elton John cringe. He's got his moments, but the star of this spoof, in my opinion, is Dr. Evil, the much maligned villain who Austin was thawed out to defeat. It's hard to feel too intimidated by this guy, but it sure is easy to laugh at him.
And finally, here's two especially for the kiddies.
Muppet Treasure Island: The remake of the Stevenson classic by Henson's famous crew of muppets. A crew consisting of the scurviest bunch of scallawags ever to be crafted, an island populated by a tribe of savage hogs (including a certain female pig with whom we are all familiar), and of course some rousing Muppet songs...It's a hilarious high-seas adventure your kids will love.
Veggie Tales: Are You My Neighbor?: Just had to include this. It's got not one but two spoofs on it. The first is a rendition of the Good Samaritan told in the style of Dr. Seuss and set against a Seussian background. Second is an adventure which takes Junior Asparagus, Bob and Larry onto the U.S.S. Applepies to help Scooter avoid having the ship hit by a giant popcornball meteor. Yes, these are very gentle spoofs, but they're great nonetheless. You may well even catch yourself giggling.
Well, I won't say this is a definitive list of the ten best spoofs, but they're all pretty good and certainly funny.
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