Friday, February 15, 2013

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

Number Rolled: 51
Movie Name/Year: Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 88 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Joel Gallen
Writer: Mike Bender, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman, Buddy Johnson
Actors: Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly, Eric Christian Olsen, Mia Kirshner, Deon Richmond, Eric Jungmann, Ron Lester, Cody Mcmains, Sam Huntington, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Lacey Chabert, Samm Levine, Cerina Vincent, Beverly Polcyn, Ed Lauter, Paul Gleason, Mr. T, Molly Ringwald, Randy Quaid

This was a movie about… ok, the plot doesn’t matter at all. Take all the teen movies you’ve ever seen, slap them together and you have the plot. Spoof movies don’t really require a plot of their own. It’s all about how accurately they tear apart the movies they’re spoofing.

I’m not usually one for these spoof movies. Granted, I like a couple of them, but they’re few and far between. This one, I thoroughly enjoyed; maybe because it risked taking on some of the greats, such as “The Breakfast Club” and “American Beauty.”

In my research, I’ve come to find that a lot of people disliked that the references had no subtlety. Really? I mean, come on. That’s kind of what movies like this are supposed to do, right? Isn’t that like hating a romance movie because there’s too much romance? It is my understanding that spoof movies are meant to show us the state of popular movies and highlight their flaws like your basic everyday boardwalk caricatures. When you sit down with an artist to allow him to draw a caricature, he will take your slightly bigger front teeth or that tiny mole under your eye and exaggerate it to make it look funny. That’s what a spoof film is. If you dislike a spoof film because it blatantly makes fun of other movies, stop watching them because you just don’t like spoofs. There’s nothing wrong with that; to each his own.

The actors were hilarious. Sometimes, I’ll watch something that makes me believe Chris Evans was born for comedy. Incidentally, this makes me forget he has acted in things like Captain America. I think that’s the sign of an amazing actor, because when I watched Captain America I thought the same thing about Superhero movies.

I also loved that the creators of this movie paid attention to detail. Like playing the A-team theme when Mr. T was done talking or having Paul Gleason from The Breakfast Club revisit his role as Richard Vernon and, finally, having Molly Ringwald, the 80’s Queen of Teens, weigh in with her opinions.

It’s an amazing movie for the type of movie it was. I was laughing the entire time, in fact, I found this movie to be less ridiculous than some of the “serious” movies I’ve watched.

Overall Opinion – 4/5

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