The forthcoming film,
Hard: The Dewey Cox Story , is a parody of Walk
the Oscar-winning biopic about Johnny Cash. That it comes from the seriously hot
Judd Apatow camp (Knocked Up, Superbad, The
40-Year-Old Virgin) and stars lovable dumb-ass John C. Reilly should give
you an idea of its brand of humour.
The trailer for the film hit YouTube this week. Given our fondness for outright
mockery, we laughed our cabooses off at the clip. Mere seconds later, we were
compiling a list of our favourite films that trampled on the good intentions of
other filmmakers before them.
- 1. Best in Show (2000). Excessive ridicule from the Christopher Guest
collective reached its zenith with this delirious mockumentary about dog shows.
It's so funny, ruthless and on the mark it hurts. Classic line: Fred Willard's
off-colour TV commentator Buck Laughlin: "And to think that in some
countries these dogs are eaten."
- 2. Monty
Python and the Holy Grail (complete movie on Google 1h31 min )(1975): A legendary entry in the annals of
film comedy, cult classic or otherwise, this Monty Python gem still packs a
wallop. With wacky gags ranging from a killer bunny to the Knights Who Say Ni!, Holy
Grail offers a rogues' gallery of memorable mockery. Classic line: John
Cleese's crude French guard, "Go and boil your bottom, sons of a silly
person. I blow my nose at you, so-called Arthur King, you and all your silly
English knights!" Monty
Python and the Holy GrailBuy New at Amazon: $15.99
- 3. Airplane!: The Zucker-Abrahams team was never more razor-sharp than
in this disaster-flick spoof, which used otherwise unfunny actors (Peter Graves,
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to gut-busting, low-brow effect. Yes, we're serious. And
don't call us Shirley. Classic line: Graves's deadpan Capt. Oveur, "Joey,
have you ever seen a grown man naked?"
- 4. Young Frankenstein (1974): Mel Brooks has a fine handle on sharply written
comedy, but this farcical fable is perhaps his best kick at the can. A dream
cast led by Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn piled on the sight gags and
double-entendres for this riff on monster movies from the 1930s, and the results
were positively brilliant.Classic line: Marty Feldman's lump-tastic Igor, "Wait,
Master, it might be dangerous. You go first.
- 5. Blazing
Saddles Buy New: $7.99 (1974): This profane, politically incorrect yet strangely
hilarious poke at westerns remains Brooks's most polarizing effort to date - and
that speaks volumes, considering he authored Springtime
for Hitler, a controversial show tune from The
Producers. Somehow, Blazing Saddles
still produces guffaws every time. Classic line: Harvey Korman's dastardly
Hedley Lamarr: "You will be risking your lives, whilst I will be risking an
almost-certain Academy Award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor."
This is the funniest scene in the whole movie, in my opinion. I almost died
laughing when I first saw it. Btw: the film is making fun of ignorant racists.
The film itself is not racist.
- 6. This is Spinal Tap (1984): Go figure - the most accurate, tear-inducing
account of the rock business happens to be a hilarious mockumentary. It works on
an abundance of levels; despite its viciousness, Spinal
Tap remains one of the most enduring, oft-quoted comedies in film history.
Classic line: Harry Shearer's bimbo bassist Derek Smalls, "David and Nigel
... they're two distinct types of visionaries; it's like fire and ice, basically.
I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of
like lukewarm water." Funny youtube spoof scene from the rockumantary
"This Is Spinal Tap".
- 7. TeamAmerica: WorldPolice 1 hr 38 min (2004): Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South
Park fame wax dirtier and funnier than ever before in this horridly cruel,
mean-spirited mockery of Hollywood, war and flag-waving action movies. Although
it is performed exclusively by marionettes, Team
America gets funnier with each viewing. Classic line: Daran Norris's voice
over for tenacious crew chief Spottswoode: "Remember, there is no 'I' in
Team America." Team
America - World PoliceBuy New: $11.99 or see it below
- 8. Hot
Fuzz (2007): More black comedy than spoof, Hot
Fuzz treads a fine line between mocking buddy-cop action films and becoming
a very good one itself. In the end, it won't matter: the action in this entry
from the creators of Shaun
of the Dead
furious and fast-paced as the gags. Classic line: Simon Pegg's uptight cop
Nicholas Angel, "Sergeant Butterman, the little hand says it's time to rock
Myers as Austin Powers (see also bollywood movies
where he plays n the Guru)
- 9. Austin
Powers - International Man of Mystery
Buy New: $9.99 (1997): The first and best
of the three Austin Powers spoof movies continues
to delight, even though much of its dialogue has been repeated at length and
diluted by inferior sequels. Mike Myers has rarely been better. Classic line:
Myers's recently unfrozen super-spy Austin Powers, "As long as people are
still having promiscuous sex with many anonymous partners without protection
while at the same time experimenting with mind-expanding drugs in a
consequence-free environment, I'll be sound as a pound!"
Austin powers spoof
Austin Power funny clips
- 10. CB4 (1993): Chris Rock's satire of the rap industry is a rare film that
skewers a black cultural phenomenon without succumbing to exploitation (unlike I'm
Gonna Git You Sucka, an unfunny faux-blaxploitation romp). Hip-hop rarely
makes fun of itself; Rock, who is not afraid to send up anyone or anything, does
enough here to last a decade. Classic line: Any of the three CB4 songs on the
soundtrack, whose lyrics can't be reprinted here.