Sometimes it takes a little humor to appreciate a movie. Other times it takes a little farce to remove the seriousness from a movie genre.
Over the past fifteen years, three movies have allowed audiences to laugh at the absurdity of three different movie genres.
In Date Movie (2006), Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan) looks in the mirror and hates what she sees. Overweight and spending her days working at her father’s diner, Julia believes that she will never be happy. Then Grant Fockydoder (Adam Campbell) enters her life. But before they can say I do, first they must meet each other’s parents and deal with Grant’s ex-girlfriend, Andy (Sophie Monk).
Five years earlier, another movie lovingly spoofed the genre that audiences have seen time and again over the years. Not Another Teen Movie (2001) takes place at John Hughes High school. Janey (Chyler Leigh) is artsy unpopular girl. Jake (Chris Evans) is the athletic popular boy. Austin (Eric Christian Olsen) makes a bet that Jake cannot turn Janey into the prom queen. Filled with teen movie stereotypes including the token African-American, Malik (Deon Richmond) and Priscilla, the stuck up cheerleader (Jaime Pressly), this movie has a lot of fun poking holes in the teenage movie genre.
Finally, a year earlier, Scary Movie (2000) mocked the horror genre. Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) and Bobby Prinze (Jon Abrahams) are part of a group of teenagers that accidentally killed a man. They hope that burying the body will make the incident go away. A year later, the teens are being stalked and killed one by one. As her friends are being killed, Cindy starts to see obvious signs that the killer has seen one too many horror movies.
For fans of film, there is nothing better than seeing their favorite films lovingly spoofed. Each of these films takes the time honored characters and tropes and makes audiences laugh at each genre’s absurdity.
Do I recommend them? Yes.