Epic Movie

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Epic Movie
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jason Friedberg
Aaron Seltzer
Produced by Paul Schiff
Written by
  • Jason Friedberg
  • Aaron Seltzer
Starring
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Shawn Maurer
Edited byPeck Prior
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox [lower-alpha 1] [1]
Release date
  • January 26, 2007 (2007-01-26)
Running time
93 minutes [2]
Country
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million
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.

Contents

Plot

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.

Extended version

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'".

Parodies

Films and TV shows

Real-life people

Cast

Actor/ActressRoleParody ofMovie/TV
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 CortesMister Fantastical/Reeve Richards Mister Fantastic Fantastic Four
Hector Jimenez Mr. Tumnus/Tony FauntanaMr Tumnus/Tony Montana The Chronicles of Narnia / Scarface / MTV Cribs
Jareb Dauplaise Ignacio/NachoNacho 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
Carmen Electra Mystique Herself X-Men
Jim Piddock Magneto Himself X-Men
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 ArcherNone 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 HerselfHerself The Hills
Vince Vieluf Wolverine Himself X-Men series
Lindsey Kraft Rogue Herself X-Men
Scott L. Schwartz Hagrid Himself Harry Potter series
Roscoe Lee Browne NarratorNone
Tad Hilgenbrink Cyclops Himself X-Men
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 ChanchitoChancho Nacho Libre
Heather StormAslo's girlNone
Shawn McDonaldP. Daddy Faun Puff Daddy

Release

Box office

Epic Movie debuted at number one at the box office with a gross of $18.6 million over the opening weekend. [3] 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. [4] 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 ).

Critical response

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." [5] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 17 out of 100 based on 17 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike". [6] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C-" on an A+ to F scale. [7]

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." [8] 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?" [9] 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," [10] and Ronnie Scheib of Variety said it was "epically unfunny" and "unlikely to join the list of blockbusters it lampoons." [11] 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." [12]

Awards and nominations

AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef(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 SeltzerNominated

Home video

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. [13]

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