Disaster Movie (2008)
“Al Gore was right.”
Director: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Cast: Carmen Electra, Vanessa Lachey, Nicole Parker
Synopsis: Over the course of one evening, an unsuspecting group of twenty-somethings find themselves bombarded by a series of natural disasters and catastrophic events.
I can’t imagine even the most undemanding of teens finding anything to laugh about in this atrocious mess of a movie, which boasts probably one of the most appropriate titles in film history. With stolid, mindless stubbornness it wades through an unpleasantly turgid morass of unfunny one-liners and pop culture references that will hopefully make the film completely outdated within a couple of years and therefore consign it to the bargain bins where it belongs. Whether intentionally or not the acting is awful throughout, and the cheapness of the production shines through in every scene. Watching it, you can’t help but believe that the makers know but couldn’t care less that the film is a piece of trash — they just want to get it in the can so that they can con gullible teens out of their pocket money. There’s a law covering misrepresentation and it really should be applied to films like this that hold themselves out as comedies when they are clearly nothing more than a major component of a cynical, greedy publicity campaign designed to swindle people out of their money. I didn’t laugh once, I didn’t smile. I was bored to tears.
I usually add a trailer for the film I’ve just reviewed at this point, but given the utter hopelessness of everything about this rubbish, here’s something a lot more interesting…