ENTERTAINMENT: At The Movies: Disaster Movie

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TEMPTING though it is to make a predictable pun on the title of this half-hearted spoof, it really wouldn't do to sink to the same level as Disaster Movie's creators (using the term loosely).
Directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, it's the last (let's hope so, anyway) in the long line of parodies that includes Scary Movie.
This one, coming so closely on the heels of Meet The Spartans, has even less going for it than its very average predecessor.
It's incremental really. The more times you plough the same ground, the less fertile the soil becomes.
Since they have so little material to work with in the first place, Friedberg and Seltzer flog each joke well beyond its limits.
Disaster Movie nods towards a string of action blockbusters, from Cloverfield to The Hulk and Iron Man to The Dark Knight.
But since the big guns don't provide enough comedic colour, the story is a kaleidoscope of pop culture references - Alvin And The Chipmunks, Kung Fu Panda, Juno, Hannah Montana and Enchanted, to name a few.
The latter is represented by a psychotic sewer princess (Nicole Parker), who gives the film what life it has.
Even Sex And The City gets a look in - with a transvestite Carrie Bradshaw who rumbles a heavily pregnant Juney (Crista Flanagan). It sounds funnier than it is.
Disaster Movie is one of those rare films that has absolutely nothing to recommend it.
It's not bad enough to be good and not even awful enough to offend.
Rotten Tomatoes Verdict:
Starring Matt Lanter, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Minnillo and Carmen Electra, you'd think with a cast like this that Disaster Movie could avoid the death-throws of a complete box office bombing.
But Disaster Movie achieved a 0% approval rating on movie critic site, with all 54 critics who reviewed the movie posting it as "rotten."
It was given just 1.7 / 10.
The consensus: Returning to their seemingly bottomless well of flatulence humor, racial stereotypes, and stale pop culture gags, Friedberg and Seltzer have produced what is arguably their worst Movie yet."It's hard to put into words just how excruciatingly painful it is to watch Disaster Movie, but let's just say it will make you appreciate those dreadful experiences in your life like, say, going to the dentist or waiting in line at the DMV." said one critic
"Disaster Movie is lazily written, insulting rubbish and it's unquestionably one of the worst films of the year. Avoid like your life depended on it," wrote another.