DAR Films: A Look At 7 Popular Parody Movies

By @TrueGodImmortal

Parodies are always popular and fun. Whether on television, the internet, or in film, parodies provide with an alternate view of something that was already in existence but from a more comedic place. They have seen varying levels of success, but regardless, these parodies work in difrerent ways. Today, I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge some of the more popular parody movies and see how they hold up after all these years. Which parodies do we cover? Read on and find out. Let's get into it.

*Black Dynamite (2009)

-While some just label it a Blaxploitation film, Black Dynamite is 100% a parody of the hilarious genre that seems comical now in retrospect. The movie is over the top, comedic, and has some of the funniest dialogue heard in movies over the last 15 years. Michael Jai White was excellent as Black Dynamite and the same could be said for Tommy Davidson as Cream Corn and every cameo in the movie. Bullhorn was another favorite of mine, and it is always a pleasant sight to see Salli Richardson. Overall, this is an elite parody that just got added on Netflix, and needs to be watched by all.

*Tropic Thunder (2008)

-So, you might not consider this a parody, but everything about it was a parody of how Hollywood works. From Tom Cruise and his depiction of the typical sloppy agent in the business to the portrayal by Robert Downey Jr. that earned rave reviews and some controversy, all the way down to the faux movie trailers, the Jack Black story that slightly resembles Downey's real life and career, and the struggling star looking for a comeback role that Ben Stiller plays very well, even the Brandon T. Jackson performance as a closeted rapper who is over the top to prove who he is. All in all, the movie takes shots at everything in Hollywood and pokes fun at so many different things that it is for sure a parody film.

*A Haunted House (2013)

-So, the horror genre has been through different eras. There was the slasher era that was parodied by a film we will make mention of shortly, there was the demon possession and ghost era, and then there was a mix of the paranormal and the demon possession era, along with the cult like style horror that has permeated the genre here and there since the 2010s began. So, it was funny when I first saw the preview for the Marlon Wayans produced and starring project that parodies the entire genre once again. One could consider this the new Scary Movie franchise, as it was basically the same thing as that, just years removed from the first few sequels. The film was a surprise success, garnering a number of laughs for a few particular scenes, but the critics panned this movie as expected. Still, with a solid cast that includes Marlon, Essence Atkins, Cedric The Entertainer, and more, this parody does provide a few senseless laughs. The surprise success of the film makes it an important moment in parody movies.

*Scary Movie (2000)

-Horror movies have always been ridiculous in reality, but there was never really anything that truly made fun of the genre like this. Scary Movie was over exaggerated, over the top, and everything you would expect a Wayans Brothers parody to be. The film parodies the slasher horror genre, taking on the silly concepts of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and several other movies that came during that era and making them even more hilarious. While the franchise would see more and more sequels that never replicated the success of the first, the first film stands as a classic parody. It wasn't the funniest necessarily, but it did have enough moments to make you laugh and enough nonsense to make you shake your head at how unrealistic most horror movies are. The way the story plays out is a parody of Scream mixed in with a few others, but Scream is the central movie being parodied. The ending is a bit ridiculous, even for a parody, but for the most part, Scary Movie does exactly what a parody should, and that's entertain you.

*I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

-So, when we talk about Blaxploitation parodies, there are only two true examples in two different eras: this film and Black Dynamite. This film was modeled after various movies from the Blaxploitation era, but it has its own flavor and style as well. Starring Keenan Ivory Wayans and a top tier cast that features Bernie Casey, Kadeem Hardison, Damon Wayans, Chris Rock, Jim Brown, and more. The film has many iconic scenes, but my favorite is forerver the Chris Rock scene where he asks for one rib. That scene is a memorable moment in the black film world and a highlight of this parody. Though Hollywood Shuffle (a parody we didn't list here) came slightly before it, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka took it up a notch further with the parody quality.

*Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

-Am I a huge fan of this film? Not as much as some people are, but the movie shows John C. Reilly as a Johnny Cash reject named Dewey Cox who is going through his own share of issues, mostly self inflicted. Produced by Judd Apatow, you could expect this film to be filled with laughs and for the most part, it is. Reilly is at his best when he plays these type of roles, and as the clueless Dewey Cox, he shines extremely bright. The film would be a commercial disaster, as it didn't do well in the theaters, but it has gained a reputation as a top tier parody, and rightfully so. Parodies are always hit or miss, and while there are moments moments where you might find yourself slightly bored, for the most part, Reilly is excellent and the film has enough cameos by real musicians that it all flows well. Reilly would even get a Golden Globe nomination from this movie, and that's something you almost NEVER see with a parody film.

*Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (1996)

-This is my personal favorite parody film and one of my favorite all time comedies. The movie is cinematic comedy gold, and of course, it is yet another parody film that the Wayans have a hand in. The film parodies all the popular black hood films of the era, with hilarious depictions of scenarios from Boyz N Tha Hood, Menace II Society, Higher Learning, and more. Every scene features a ton of laughs, and the dialogue leaves a lot of quotables along the way. Marlon Wayans is hilarious here, and he steals the show for most of the movie. Overall, each of these parodies have qualities about them that entice the viewer, but my favorite remains Don't Be A Menace.



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