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Epic Movie (Unrated Edition)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
4 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Kal Penn as Edward
Adam Campbell as Peter
Jennifer Coolidge as White Bitch
Jayma Mays as Lucy
Faune A. Chambers as Susan
Crispin Glover as Willy
Tony Cox as Bink
Héctor Jiménez as Mr. Tumnus
Darrell Hammond as Captain Jack Swallows
Carmen Electra as Mystique
Fred Willard as Aslo
David Carradine as Museum Curator
David Lehre as Ashton Kutcher Look-Alike
Kevin McDonald as Harry Potter
George Alvarez as Ron

Special Features:
Commentary by Writers/Directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Breaking Wind: An Epic Journey Into the Sounds of an Epic Movie
How Gratuitous
Everyone Loves Beaver: Epic Hookups
Making the Video: Lazy Pirate Day
Outtakes
Alternate Ending
Epic Porn – What Would Your Porno Movie Be Called?
What Makes Aslo So Irresistible?
Hot or Not: Character Turn On's and Turn Off's
Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making A Spoof
Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character With Fred Willard
Die Libre: The Winning Short From The Epic Movie Viral Video Contest

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 130 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"The hilarious hi-jinks begin when a hapless group of orphans from curious backgrounds come together to embark on an adventure that takes them to a special chocolate factory where they fall into an enchanted wardrobe and wind-up in a magical land. Here, hilarity ensues when the bungling bunch run into a colorful collection of characters including a flamboyant pirate and a gang of wizardry-apprentices who they join forces with to overthrow the wicked White Bitch of Gnarnia."

"Epic Movie" is unrated. The theatrical version was rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and some comic violence.

Mini-Review:
"Epic Movie" is pretty much what you'd expect from the creators of "Scary Movie." It's a really bad film featuring raunchy jokes, dumb jokes, and movie parodies loosely strung together by something vaguely resembling a plot. "Epic Movie" is worse than most of these parody films because it doesn't effectively mock any of the movies it targets. It briefly makes fun of "X-Men," "Harry Potter," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Superman Returns," "Nacho Libre," and "Pirates of the Caribbean." These generate a few chuckles. However, "The Chronicles of Narnia" is its main target and it's a weak one at that. Why "Narnia" and not, say, "Lord of the Rings"? The result is a lame parody.

The only shining moment in the whole film is Darrell Hammond as Captain Jack Swallows. His spot on imitation of Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the few things that make "Epic Movie" worth checking out. (Oddly enough, Kal Penn and Héctor Jiménez both starred in movies parodied by "Epic Movie.")

If you're a big fan of the "Scary Movie" films, then you'll probably enjoy this.

There is an insane number of bonus features on this DVD. You have your standard offerings like the Commentary by Writers/Directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Outtakes, an Alternate Ending, the making of Lazy Pirate Day, and others. But you also have "Everyone Loves Beaver: Epic Hookups". In this, the cast jokes about the secret relationships created on the set. Then there's an interview with Fred Willard entitled "What Makes Aslo So Irresistible?". Two specials from the Fox Movie Channel are also included with some games and a special on the sounds of the film. In short, while the movie is crap, they went all out on the extras.

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