Scary Movie 5
The fifth in the Scary Movie franchise centers on a couple who experiences a bunch of bizarre events after they bring their newborn son home. Following standard contemporary horror tropes (and mocking them) they set up surveillance cameras and call in experts to get a handle on this paranormal activity. Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan star; Malcolm D. Lee directs.
Combining a clear knowledge of the clichés its skewering with an irreverence about their intent, the Scary Movie flicks have thrived. But they're not alone. Whether parodying the cop dramas, gay rehab retreats, or 1980s action features, these titles score laughs while skewering their subject matter with a silly yet thoughtful strategy.
The Naked Gun (1988) Based on the short-lived but unforgettable ABC procedural spoof Police Squad!, this kooky cop comedy stars Leslie Nielsen as Detective Frank Drebin, following the dopey dick's quest to stop an assassination attempt on Queen Elizabeth. The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult are also now streaming. George Kennedy, Leslie Nielsen, and Priscilla Presley co-star; David Zucker directs.
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) This sassy satire centers on the coming-of-age story of a cheerleader who is positively perplexed when her parents confront her with an intervention, declaring her a closeted lesbian. Sent away to a retreat aimed at reassigning her sexual orientation, she meets other conflicted gay teens, including a smirking tomboy who helps her come out and into her own. Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall star, while Michelle Williams, Dante Basco, Mink Stole, Bud Cort, RuPaul (in a rare out of drag movie role), Cathy Moriarty, and Julie Delpy make appearances. Jamie Babbit directs.
The FP (2011) Brothers Brandon and Jason Trost co-wrote and directed this wild, raunchy and thoroughly funny gang story. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where gangs do battle by facing off in the dance video game Beat Beat Revolution, JTRO must avenge the death of his brother and take down his enemies by bringing his A-game to the dancepad. With more four-letter words, nudity, and over-the-top violence than you're likely to find in any mainstream pic, this indie is deliciously demented. Jason Trost, Lee Valmassy, and Art Hsu star; the Trost Bros direct.
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