Yesterday will forever be remembered as the day that Paramount changed film and television history by coming up with the brilliant idea of rebooting a movie… as a TV show! Or has that already been done? Regardless, according to Deadline, Galaxy Quest, the 1999 action-comedy spoof of Star Trek that made a whopping $71 million dollars domestic, is being developed into a television show. The writer, director, and producer of the original film, which featured Tim Allen really flexing his acting muscles to portray an unlikeable TV star, are all on board for the potential series. Galaxy Quest, for those of you who have been living under a rock (or only went to the Cineplex in 1999 to see Stuart Little…over and over again), is the story of the cast of a cancelled Sci-Fi TV Show who must become real life heroes to a struggling alien nation who believe that their TV show was in fact real. The movie contains Justin Long’s feature film debut as well as a pretty hot make out scene between Tony Shaloub and an alien (SPOILER ALERT… or was I supposed to put that before the spoiler? Sorry). As of now there is no word on whether the film’s original stars, which included Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Sam Rockwell’s mustache, will be involved but based on no actual facts I’m just going to go ahead and say…no, probably not. Maybe Shaloub will have a cameo…but again, probably not. He’s busy.
Anyway, in commemoration of this most holy of announcements, I have prepared a list of the five best film spoofs that have been released since 1999. Also, say the word “spoof” ten times fast. Fun, right?
1. SCARY MOVIE (2000)
Believe it or not before Scary Movie 5 or even Scary Movie 3 there was just Scary Movie. I know, hard to wrap your head around. This hilarious send up of Scream, which was also kind of a send up of a lot of other horror films, was written, directed, and starred the members of the almighty Wayans clan (Keenan Ivory, Shawn, Marlon, Alec, William, Daniel, and Stephen… actually those last four might be Baldwins). But, most important of all, this is the film that introduced audiences to future American treasure Anna Faris. With her ability to garner big laughs through great physical comedy while still coming off as a grounded, three-dimensional character, Faris’s sensibilities matched perfectly with the spoof genre and it’s fun to watch her here, at the beginning of her career. Also, this movie features a scene where Carmen Electra is stabbed in the boob.
2. NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE (2001)
I don’t care what anyone says, this movie is great. It’s a brilliantly bawdy spoof of dozens of teen movies from Can’t Hardly Wait to The Breakfast Club to American Beauty and it nails many staples of the genre, including a female protagonist who is supposed to be ugly within the world of the film but is clearly banging, a token black guy who only talks in catchphrases, and, of course, inane prom and virginity bets. The film features future Captain America, a.k.a. Chris Evans, as the popular jock who ends up falling for the nerd he bet his best friend he could turn into prom queen as well as an extended musical number that contains the lyrics “true love is what I want the most/ I just jerked off in your French toast.” Miraculously this film received zero Academy Award nominations.
3. HOT FUZZ (2007)
Right off the heels of Shaun Of The Dead, their successful 2004 spoof of zombie movies, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg returned to the parody well to deliver this amazing homage to action movies of the '80s and '90s. What’s great about this film is that Wright is such a masterful director with such a firm grasp of tone and feeling that at times it’s hard to discern whether this film is making fun of action movies like Point Break and Bad Boys or if it actually is an action movie like Point Break and Bad Boys.
4. WALK HARD (2007)
In my humble opinion, this Apatow produced parody of every music biopic ever made (including The Buddy Holly Story, Ray, and Walk The Line) is the most under-rated spoof in film history. This film - which stars John C. Reilly in a tour de force performance as Dewey Cox, the inspirational music superstar who has done every drug known to man and managed to have a decades-spanning career without even having a sense of smell - works so well because it is nearly as prestige-worthy as the films it’s sending up. The art direction is top notch, the songs are catchy and surprisingly poignant, and Reilly, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, portrays the fictional Cox with as much nuance and complexity as a real person. Walk Hard lovingly mocks all the well-known tropes of the genre that we, as an audience, subconsciously know, even if we haven’t seen the films that originated them. There’s the younger sibling who dies tragically, providing the necessary push and pain for our hero to enter music, there’s the unsupportive first wife (portrayed brilliantly by Kristin Wiig) who always seems to be pregnant with a new child, and of course, the copious drug use and eventual rehab interlude. All the motifs of the biopic genre are heightened for comedic effect but Apatow, Reilly, and director Jake Kasdan never lose focus of why music biopics are successful in the first place: their depiction of the power of music. I truly can’t stress enough how great the songs in this film are, which include “Guilty As Charged” and “Let’s Duet.” Each one is just as funny as it is genuine, and John C. Reilly even went on tour, as the character, singing these songs across the country. Also, this movie has some crazy amazing cameos including Jack White as Elvis, Frankie Muniz as Buddy Holly, and Paul Rudd as John Lennon.
5. THEY CAME TOGETHER (2014)
Last year’s David Wain comedy is truly the perfect spoof of every romantic comedy that features two wildly mismatched white people who actually aren’t that mismatched at all. The movie stars Amy Poehler as the loveably klutzy (because how else do you show that your female protagonist is down-to-earth?) owner of a small boutique candy store who falls in and then out of love, and then back in love with Paul Rudd’s character, an employee at the rival corporate candy store. Fans of Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer have come to expect a certain brand of juvenile surrealism from the auteur and here he truly does not disappoint. He mercilessly and bizarrely comments on all of the tired tropes of the rom com genre including sassy black best friends, fall montages that feature characters playing in the leaves (because no adult does that), and the unrealistic meet-cutes that send the films into motion. Also, lucky for you, this film is now available to be watched instantly on Netflix.