Theatrical release poster
|Directed by|| Jason Friedberg|
|Produced by||Paul Schiff|
|Music by||Edward Shearmur|
|Edited by||Peck Prior|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$86.9 million|
Epic Movie is a 2007 American parody film directed and written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer and produced by Paul Schiff. A parody of the epic film genre, the film mostly references The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , Pirates of the Caribbean , and X-Men: The Last Stand . The song "Ms. New Booty" by Bubba Sparxxx gained commercial attention for being featured in Epic Movie. Many have considered this to be one of the worst films of all time.
Lucy (Jayma Mays) finds that her adoptive father (David Carradine), a museum curator, has been attacked by Silas (Kevin Hart). Before dying, he gives clues which lead her to a "Golden Ticket" in a vending machine candy bar. During "comedic" situations, Golden Tickets are found by other orphans, which include Edward (Kal Penn), a disillusioned monk trainee; Susan (Faune Chambers), a displaced adopted girl; and Peter (Adam Campbell), a mutant at Mutant Academy who is often teased for his chicken-like wings. All four meet up at Willy's Chocolate Factory. Willy (Crispin Glover) reveals his plot to use them all as a special ingredient in his treats.
In an effort to hide from the maniacal Willy, Lucy finds a wardrobe. On the other side, in the middle of a wintry forest, she finds Mr. Tumnus (Hector Jimenez), who welcomes Lucy to Gnarnia and warns her of danger. The others follow Lucy to Gnarnia, and Edward meets the White Bitch (Jennifer Coolidge). She convinces him to trap the other orphans in order to become the king of Gnarnia in her White Castle.
All four go to Tumnus' house, where they discover that they are all related to one another in a copy of the famous painting The Last Supper, and that the White Bitch killed their parents. They ally themselves with Harry Beaver (Katt Williams), Tumnus' life partner, to defeat the White Bitch.
Edward sneaks off to the White Bitch's castle and refuses to tell her where the others are. She flashes him her breasts, hypnotizing him into giving up the information on the orphans, then imprisons him. The White Bitch sends Silas after the trio; Tumnus apparently sacrifices himself to ensure their safety.
Afterwards, the orphans meet a graying Harry Potter (Kevin McDonald), along with a balding Ron Weasley (George Alvarez) and a pregnant Hermione Granger (Crista Flanagan) at Hogwarts. They all help Lucy, Susan, and Peter train for the war against the White Bitch.
Edward escapes with the assistance of Captain Jack Swallows (Darrell Hammond), only to find out it was a ruse as Jack, the Bitch's old enemy, needs intelligence out of Edward.
Upon finishing their training, Lucy, Susan, and Peter head to the camp of Aslo (Fred Willard). Aslo agrees to help Edward, and he manages to kill Silas, but while breaking Edward out, Aslo is slain by the White Bitch. As the orphans have a pre-battle party with their allies, Susan gets drunk and vomits everywhere. Their army is disgusted enough that nobody shows up to help the orphans the next day. The four siblings engage the White Bitch in battle and are killed. Peter then finds a magic remote and uses its powers to revive his siblings.
Together, they kill the army, defeat the White Bitch, and stop her plan. Peter declares the White Bitch will receive a fair and just trial in the new Gnarnia, but Jack's wheel accidentally crushes her to death. The four are crowned the new rulers of the land. Tumnus then shows up, having survived his battle. Decades later, the four now-elderly rulers find the wardrobe again and go through it. They appear moments after they had left, young again. They meet Borat (Danny Jacobs), who congratulates them on a happy ending, but then, the four are accidentally run over by Jack's wheel. Borat then says his iconic "NOT!" before turning around and clapping his buttocks, ending the film.
The unrated, longer version (released in the United Kingdom as the "Rude & Crude Unseen Version") of the film features some scenes not shown in the theatrical version. In an alternate ending, Willy Wonka, instead of Borat, comes in and says: "I told you it was going to be an epic adventure." Willy Wonka then goes in the wardrobe and puts out a "do not disturb" sign that refers to the girl in the wardrobe. The Oompa-Loompas come in and start singing the Willy Wonka theme song. The four are then crushed by the wheel. Also, during the scene where Lucy is crushed under the junk that falls out of the wardrobe, the girl who runs out is nude, as opposed to wearing a bikini. In the Snakes on a Plane scene, when the Samuel L. Jackson lookalike yells, he replaces "goddamn" with "motherfuckin'".
|Kal Penn||Edward Pervertski||Edmund Pevensie/Kumar Patel/Augustus Gloop||The Chronicles of Narnia / Nacho Libre / Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
|Adam Campbell||Peter Pervertski/Super Peter||Peter Pevensie/Angel/Superman/Charlie Bucket||The Chronicles of Narnia / X-Men / Superman Returns / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
|Faune A. Chambers||Susan Pervertski||Susan Pevensie/Veruca Salt||The Chronicles of Narnia / Snakes on a Plane / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
|Jayma Mays||Lucy Pervertski||Lucy Pevensie/Violet Beauregard||The Chronicles of Narnia / The Da Vinci Code / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
|Jennifer Coolidge||The White Bitch of Gnarnia||White Witch/Stifler's Mom/Davy Jones||The Chronicles of Narnia / American Pie / Pirates of the Caribbean|
|Tony Cox||Bink||Ginarrbrik||The Chronicles of Narnia|
|Jack Cortes||Mister Fantastical/Reeve Richards||Mister Fantastic||Fantastic Four|
|Hector Jimenez||Mr. Tumnus/Tony Fauntana||Mr Tumnus/Tony Montana||The Chronicles of Narnia / Scarface / MTV Cribs|
|Jareb Dauplaise||Ignacio/Nacho||Nacho Libre||Nacho Libre|
|Crispin Glover||Willy||Willy Wonka||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
|Darrell Hammond||Captain Jack Swallows||Jack Sparrow/Captain Morgan||Pirates of the Caribbean / Captain Morgan|
|Kevin Hart (uncredited)||Silas||Himself||The Da Vinci Code|
|Fred Willard||Aslo||Aslan||The Chronicles of Narnia|
|David Carradine||The Curator||Jacques Saunière||The Da Vinci Code|
|Katt Williams||Harry Beaver||Mr. Beaver||The Chronicles of Narnia and Bell Canada reference in scene with PDA|
|Danny Jacobs||Borat Sagdiyev||Himself||Borat|
|Nick Steele||Lead Archer||None||The Chronicles of Narnia|
|Gregory Jbara||Mel Gibson||Himself|
|David Lehre||Ashton Kutcher||Himself||Punk'd|
|Kevin McDonald||Harry Potter||Himself||Harry Potter series|
|George Alvarez||Ron Weasley||Himself||Harry Potter series|
|Crista Flanagan||Hermione Granger||Herself||Harry Potter series|
|Alla Petrou||Paris Hilton||Herself|
|James Walker, Sr.||Samuel "God Damn"/"Motherfuckin'" Jackson||Samuel L. Jackson/Agent Neville Flynn||Snakes on a Plane|
|Abe Spigner||Flavor Flav||Himself||Flavor of Love|
|Lauren Conrad||Herself||Herself||The Hills|
|Vince Vieluf||Wolverine||Himself||X-Men series|
|Scott L. Schwartz||Hagrid||Himself||Harry Potter series|
|Roscoe Lee Browne||Narrator||None|
|Audra Lynn||Bikini woman running out of wardrobe (theatrical version)/Nude woman running out of wardrobe (unrated version)||None|
|Anwar Burton||Michael Jackson||Himself|
|Darko Belgrade||James Bond||Himself||James Bond series|
|Dane Farwell||Albus Dumbledore||Himself||Harry Potter series|
|Kahshanna Evans||Storm||Herself||X-Men trilogy|
|Rico Rodriguez||Chanchito||Chancho||Nacho Libre|
|Heather Storm||Aslo's girl||None|
|Shawn McDonald||P. Daddy Faun||Puff Daddy|
Epic Movie debuted at number one at the box office with a gross of $18.6 million over the opening weekend.As of May 8, 2007, the film has grossed $86,865,564, with $39,739,367 of that amount earned domestically, despite negative reviews from critics. The film was an economic success for its producers not least because it had a comparatively low budget, estimated at $20 million (the same as Date Movie ).
Epic Movie was panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 2% based on 64 reviews with an average rating of 2.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A crude comedy with nothing new or insightful to say about the subjects it satirizes."On Metacritic, the film has a score of 17 out of 100 based on 17 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C-" on an A+ to F scale.
A. O. Scott of The New York Times called the film "irreverent and also appreciative, dragging its satiric prey down to the lowest pop-cultural denominator" and added, "The humor is coarse and occasionally funny. The archly bombastic score . . . is the only thing you might call witty. But happily, Jennifer Coolidge and Fred Willard show up . . . to add some easy, demented class."Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle thought "only a complete idiot could think Epic Movie is remotely funny or worth making at all." Describing it as "so bereft of anything resembling wit or inspiration", he wondered, "What were the perpetrators, uh filmmakers, thinking?" In the Los Angeles Times , Alex Chun called the film "nothing more than a disjointed series of scenes and references cobbled together as a backdrop for sophomoric humor," and Ronnie Scheib of Variety said it was "epically unfunny" and "unlikely to join the list of blockbusters it lampoons." The Radio Times said "There's very little that's epic about this senseless parody, but then there's very little that's funny about it, either... It's mind-numbingly, tediously unamusing and is so devoid of imagination it even parodies self-mocking films."
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||February 23, 2008||Worst Supporting Actress||Carmen Electra||Nominated|
|Worst Remake or Rip-off||Nominated|
|Worst Screenplay||Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer||Nominated|
The film was released on DVD on May 22, 2007, in an unrated version, and a theatrical version as well. As of late 2009, 1,040,120 DVDs were sold, bringing in $16,807,388.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 American musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. It is an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The film tells the story of a poor child named Charlie Bucket who, after receiving a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory along with four other children from around the world.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950. It is the first published and best known of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956). Among all the author's books, it is also the most widely held in libraries. Although it was originally the first of The Chronicles of Narnia, it is volume two in recent editions that are sequenced by the stories' chronology. Like the other Chronicles, it was illustrated by Pauline Baynes, and her work has been retained in many later editions.
Tumnus is a fictional faun in the Narnia books written by C.S. Lewis, primarily in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but also briefly in The Horse and His Boy and in The Last Battle. He is the first creature Lucy Pevensie meets in Narnia and becomes her fast friend. Lewis wrote that the first Narnia story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, all came to him from a single picture he had in his head of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels through a snowy wood. Tumnus thus became the initial inspiration for the entire Narnia series.
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