Spoof movies instantly get a bad rap. (And, for argument's sake, let's leave parodies like 'Mars Attacks!' and 'Shaun of the Dead' out of this.)
In this article, we're talking about the ones that go for pop culture's jugular and tear apart specific movies individually. The Wayans brothers kicked off the craze somewhat respectably with 'Scary Movie' back in 2000, but ever since, this type of film has been synonymous with critical panning. Even the 'Scary Movie' franchise plummeted from the first to second film. 'Scary Movie' nearly attained a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the second film came in with just a 14 percent. The third film did a little better, with a 36 percent rating, as did the fourth, with 37 percent, but we're still looking at a series that's just flat out not very good.
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer may have reveled in the success of their script for 'Scary Movie,' but once they moved on to writing and directing their own films, a positive review was a thing of the past. 'Date Movie,''Epic Movie,''Meet the Spartans,' 'Disaster Movie,' and 'Vampires Suck' all failed to crack even a 10 percent rating on the Tomatometer.
And these are only the more well know films of the genre. Ever see 'Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th' with Coolio, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Tom Arnold? Or what about 'My Big Fat Independent Movie'? We're basically getting spoof after spoof with little to no concern for quality. They're relatively inexpensive to produce and some manage to earn quite a chunk of money, regardless of poor reviews. At this point, it seems as though studios are pleased with the formula.
However, there is one film out there that defies the procedure. It may fall into line with the rest in terms of the butts of its jokes, but the big difference between 'Not Another Teen Movie' and the rest is that not only is it downright hilarious, but it manages to combine those laughs with enough of a story of its own.