10 Best Parody Movies Of The 2000s, According To Rotten Tomatoes | Pretty Reel

The 90s and 2000s were the heyday of parody films, but the upcoming arrival of Disenchanted suggests that the 2020s could also make waves in the world of parody and satire, and with all that is happening this decade, there is certainly a lot of forage material. Movies like The Bubble and Don’t Look Up have started the work, but the big works of the decade probably haven’t been done yet.

Those hoping for a parody revival may have to settle for older movies that master the genre. In the 2000s, many parody movies were hugely popular — classics like the Scary Movie franchise didn’t even make the top 10, based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings. While that might be surprising, it does mean that there are some great 2000s parodies that aren’t widely known. These unknown parodies (alongside their more famous contemporaries) top the charts according to Rotten Tomatoes critics, and they deserve public attention to match their critical ratings.

Haunted Hills of Elvira 69%

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Stranded in Romania, Elvira and her servant end up spending the night at Castle Hellsubus, where strange things begin to happen. Among the mysteries of the castle, Elvira’s resemblance to the Lord’s late wife is prominent. The film spends a lot of time parodying horror films from Roger Corman and Hammer Films.

This is a rare case where the audience score is significantly lower than the critics, with a difference of 25 points. Audience critics find the jokes don’t land well and the haunted house setting takes away from what made Elvira so great in previous films, but critics say the film is the epitome of camp, but never at the detriment of his tributes. to classic horror.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 74%

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story parodies the biopic genre, with particular emphasis on those featuring rock stars. Rather than poke fun at the music industry, the film pokes fun at documentaries, which works surprisingly well.

Critics applaud the film for its ability to capture all the manipulative editing strategies of traditional biopics. Plus, the movie has a really good soundtrack, which helps make it an interesting movie beyond its meta commentary. As one reviewer put it, “That’s how parody should be done.” »

OSS 117: Cairo, nest of spies 77% & OSS 117: Lost in Rio 75%

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OSS 117 was France’s answer to James Bond, but the film adaptations were more focused on parodying the spy genre than faithfully adapting the books. The films follow Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, who tries to manage the international intrigue while collecting love interests along the way.

The first film won several awards when it was first released, which paved the way for its equally successful sequel. If the movies feature jokes that haven’t aged well, they’re usually spoken by the main character, who is a caricature of the stereotypical European spy hero. In fact, many reviewers point to the clever deconstruction of colonialism as one of the best parts of the series.

Team America: Global Police 77%

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This film uses puppets to critique action movies and American militarism, in an early version of the kind of commentary found in Netflix’s Guardians of Justice. A counterterrorism group hires an actor to infiltrate terrorist groups, but their penchant for destroying public property and cultural landmarks draws criticism from Hollywood liberals and paves the way for Kim Jong-Il’s schemes.

The film is extremely vicious with its sex and violence, but it does so in the service of its larger arguments about American politics. Critics happily share that the film is likely to offend many, but its combination of serious criticism and absurdity strikes the right balance for a quality parody.

Brother undercover 78%

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Parodying both 70s spy movies and blaxploitation flicks, Undercover Brother examines how a group of agents attempt to take on “The Man,” a literal personification of the forces that stand in the way of success for black people in America. The newly recruited Undercover Brother attempts to infiltrate The Man’s company, but must contend with powerful forces to stop The Man from controlling the world’s mind.

While critics admit this movie has a few missteps, its take on racial dynamics is still enjoyable. While not ideal for kids, it generally walks the right line between scathing criticism and silliness, and can be compared to the Austin Powers franchise, with added social criticism.

A powerful wind 87%

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A Mighty Wind is another musical mockumentary, following three folk groups who come together for a memorial concert for their collective manager. The film follows the three bands as they discuss their declining careers, prepare for the gig, and then discuss how it changed them moving forward.

It doesn’t quite hit the critical slant of the parody genre, but that can be forgiven because so many other elements have succeeded. The relationships between the characters are just weird enough to be easily mocked, yet sincere enough for some genuinely sentimental beats.

Shrek 88% & Shrek 2 89%

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The Shrek franchise was seen as a punishment for animators when it was first created, but it became a beloved movie series once released. The first film follows the ogre Shrek as he rescues Princess Fiona from a tower for a cruel ruler to leave Shrek in peace. However, they inevitably fall in love, and the second film shows the consequences of breaking the mold.

The series does a fantastic job of emphasizing tropes just to completely subvert them, and Shrek 2 is one of the few sequels to surpass the original. Taken on its own, the film is a fun ride with clear messages to children about the power of love and the importance of seeing beyond appearances. As a parody, however, it managed to call out Disney in a way that forced the media giant to be more nuanced going forward.

Kung Fu Hustle 90%

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Kung Fu Hustle follows petty criminals, Sing and Bone, as they try to make it in the Ax Gang. Sing had lost his money as a child to learn martial arts, but it only left him humbled and poor. However, Sing soon discovers that he has become a kung fu master and, alongside many others with mystical kung fu skills, turns on the gang instead.

Critics appreciate how the film mixed real martial arts with cartoons and physical comedy. Mixing different media can be incredibly difficult to do right, but Kung Fu Hustle has managed to find the right side of the line, making every interaction both a love letter to its source material and a well-placed move at the chess of the gender.

Hot Fuzz 91%

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When Angel, a serious cop accustomed to the chaos of London, is transferred to a small town, he resents everything and everyone around him. But then, signs appear that a major criminal is at work in town, brutally killing any leads Angel can begin to investigate. He and his new partner must use their “buddy cop” knowledge to find the killer and save the day.

Hot Fuzz does a great job of crafting an action genre-conscious mockery that still manages to keep the suspense going. The plot and characters engage in their own right, and their knowledge of cinematic tropes and conventions only makes them better at what they do.

Delighted 93%

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Giselle is luckily on her way to her when an evil witch transports her to the real world. There, she learns that things don’t always work out for the best. But between Robert’s amorous realism and Giselle’s idealism, they just might have the means to stop the witch and help everyone find true love.

Enchanted tries to be a romantic comedy, a fairy tale, and a satire all at the same time, and it actually manages to succeed on every front. The actors are incredibly dedicated to playing their characters as dumb as they really would be, and that keeps him from feeling useless. It’s absolutely a feel-good movie, but it manages to do it in a way that fans are talking about 15 years later.

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