EXTREME MOVIE (2008)
Starring Michael Cera, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Pinkston, Cherilyn Wilson, Vanessa Chester, Shasa Dabner, Christina DeRosa, Jane Silvia Epstein, Andy Milonakis, Kyle Gass and Vanessa Lengies.
Screenplay by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson and Will Forte & John Solomon and Andy Samberg & Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone and Erica Rivindja and Phil Lord & Chris Miller.
Directed by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson.
Distributed by Dimension Extreme. 88 minutes. Rated R.
The good news is that Extreme Movie is not a super-stupid film parody like Scary Movie, Date Movie, Superhero Movie, Disaster Movie, etc.
The bad news is that it’s not quite as extreme as it wants to be, either.
Extreme Movie is an old-school comic bits compilation – like Kentucky Fried Movie, Amazon Women on the Moon, The Ten, The Onion Movie or The Boob Tube – except Extreme Movie is all about sex.
That’s a huge subject with lots of funny things to delve into and Extreme Movie does a pretty good job of tapping it… so to speak.
Like any of these films, there are some great moments and others which are just painful.
Very short vignettes take comic looks on such taboo subjects as sex toys, webcamming, bestiality, online hookups, pornography, flatulence, blue balls, homosexuality, premature ejaculation and sexual fantasies about long dead Presidents. (Yes, that last one was a surprise.)
Quite a few of these are extremely clever – for example a chubby high school loser (Andy Milonakis) who gets into a passionate love relationship with a rubber vagina, or another shy kid (Michael Cera of Superbad) who meets a woman with rape fantasies online. There is also a good running gag about a good girl who keeps going “to the next level” with her boyfriend (Frankie Muniz) until he is totally freaked out.
Lesser skits include the President fantasy – in which a guy builds a time machine to go back and have a homosexual affair with Abraham Lincoln. They try to make it clever by turning the scene in the past into a silent movie, however silent movies were not around until about 50-60 years after Lincoln’s death.
There is also a semi-lame Broadway musical takeoff in which a group of people making a porn film try to explain their real aspirations in song. Semi-clever, but goes on way too long.
There are a few running threads that the film keeps returning to – comedian Matthew Lillard giving some seriously politically incorrect advice about love and sex and a slightly clichéd bit about a virginal guy who is trying desperately to talk to a girl he has a crush on in a sex-ed class.
The directors of Extreme Movie had previously done a similarly uneven film parody called Not Another Teen Movie. Like that film, Extreme has some real dry spells, but often it is surprisingly – occasionally even shockingly – funny.
The good outweighs the bad, making Extreme Movie definitely worth the time, but only for people who are very hard to offend.
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