I'm no fan of Friedberg and Seltzer, other than some parts of Date
Movie, I find their inability to compose a suitably funny comedy in the
comedy genre as ironically laughable.
Yes, the guys that just don't get it, are back with another "F*** You".
And like their previous movies, I won't actually rate them until i've
had the misfortune of actually watching them, and unfortunately for me,
that misfortune appears to have come along much swifter than I
anticipated, and I wasted time watching it.
So, 'story'. Its basically all the Fast & Furious movies condensed into
one 'parody' movie, but obviously minus car stunts, minus overseas
locations, minus star actors, minus the bits you actually would want to
I'll give them props for one thing, the actors. OK, i've never heard of
any of these guys, but one or two did alright with what they had.
The guy who was riffing on The Rock, if there was any real comedy to
had from any of the characters, he was it, but sadly, Friedberg and
Seltzer never allowed him to get further than The Rock imitating head
movements and excessive close up shots of Baby Oil.
And therein lies the problem with Friedberg and Seltzer and their
insistence in persisting with a genre of comedy they have absolutely
ZERO ability in.
When the Zucker Brothers did the Airplane! movie and the Hot Shots
movies, they had rules, i.e. have lots of sight gags, but don't draw
any unnecessary attention to them.
Gags were supposed to be fleeting, i.e. if you missed it, hard luck,
but don't worry, because here comes another scene thats probably got 5
or so sight gags as well as the nonsense being spouted by the actors.
When your only sight gag is Baby Oil, WE DO NOT NEED A CLOSEUP OF A
BOTTLE OF BABY OIL TO GET THE F*****G JOKE YOU MORONS!!!!! And
typically, thats how all the sight gags play out.
There is one positive to be had though. Remember previous Friedberg and
Seltzer movies where random characters would pop up on screen, announce
themselves either vocally or with a T-shirt saying who they were... or
both? Appears Friedberg and Seltzer have come to a mutual understanding
with the rest of the world.
i.e. That s*** ain't funny.
What irritates me more about this pair of miscreants is that they
needed to crib off 6 F&F movies to be able to create their one
'parody', and other than largely getting the actors right, there's not
much else they did.
You see, the later F&F movies don't take themselves completely
seriously, with what sounds like ad libs by the actors making it into
the movie, especially The Rock and Tyrese Gibsons banter.
I'm not sure how you can parody that or try and make a joke out of Baby
Oil, when in the very movies you're cribbing off, they make a joke out
of Baby Oil.
I wasn't expecting to be surprised by this movie, but what I am
surprised in is why people keep giving Friedberg and Seltzer money to
make movies in a genre that they have single handedly turned toxic.
Superhero Movie was actually quite a funny parody movie, but Friedberg
and Seltzer have crushed the parody genre of comedy so much, that most
people just avoided it.
In the right hands, just about any movie can be parodied and made fun
of. Certainly the F&F movies have provided plenty of hours worth of
stuff to use, and yet Friedberg and Seltzer couldn't manage it.....
again! All too sad, all too familiar, I might as well just copy and
paste previous reviews, I mean, if Friedberg and Seltzer are going to
phone their movies in, why should I expend more effort slagging them