Aug 2, 2021
Disaster Movie (2008) (part 1 of 6)
Welcome to the eighth installment (geez, eighth installment? Really?) of Razzie Contenders: 2009 Edition! In this special series of recaps, the Agony Booth staff takes a long, unflinching look at the awful movies that got nominated (or should have been nominated) for Razzie Awards in 2009!
Other recaps in the Razzie Contenders: 2009 Edition series:
- The Love Guru by Ed Harris
- In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale by Ryan Lohner
- 10,000 B.C. by Jessica Ritchey
- The Hottie & the Nottie by Albert
- The Day the Earth Stood Still by Mark “Scooter” Wilson
- Postal by Mark M. Meysenburg
- The Women by LaShawn Wanak
SUMMARY: The writing-directing duo of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer return to their time-tested formula of actors wandering around aimlessly and spoofing movies that no one in their right mind would ever bother spoofing. Except, it’s not really spoofing, so much as it is shouting out the names of other movies and hoping that alone will generate laughs. Out of all the films Seltzerberg have made that slavishly follow this formula, Disaster Movie is arguably their most recent.
I doubt I need to tell you, the internet-savvy citizen, anything about directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. I’m sure you already know them collectively as “Seltzerberg”, and I’m sure you already know how they abused their tenuous connection to the massively successful Scary Movie to launch their own series of feeble-minded Movie movies.
This series started with Date Movie, continued with Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, and now it’s come to this: Disaster Movie. (They weren’t responsible for Not Another Teen Movie and Superhero Movie, but I don’t think they care too much if people get confused.)
I’ve decided the only real way to tell you what it’s like to watch Disaster Movie is to show you, with a Screencap Recap. After all, the movie itself is nothing but a haphazard collection of sight gags. What better way to communicate the experience of watching it than by presenting a haphazard collection of screencaps?
Seltzerberg-bashing may be hip and trendy in the blogosphere these days, but don’t expect much of it from me. Yes, their movies are uninspired, their “scripts” appear to be improvised on the spot, and they have a profoundly lazy sense of humor. But a hundred lazy, uninspired movies get released every year. Why should Seltzerberg bear the brunt of all the film geek rage?
To be honest, I actually laughed more at Disaster Movie than a lot of comedies released last year, including The Hottie & the Nottie, Meet Dave, and What Happens in Vegas. Faint praise, to be sure, but clearly no one should be deluded enough to think that if Seltzerberg suddenly stopped making movies tomorrow, the cineplex would be completely free of cheap, worthless, unfunny comedies slapped together in three weeks.