Disaster Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Crude, dumb spoof isn't worth your time or money.
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 40 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There really isn't a message except that perhaps the directors don't understand the meaning of parody. Women are portrayed as damsels in distress; there's a scene filled with gay jokes/stereotypes. A random little person pops up as a sexual joke.

Violence

Gun play and comedic violence (like fake-looking body parts landing everywhere), Dr. Phil and others being shot, a delusional woman eating glass, a woman being crushed to death, and other disaster-movie stereotypes.

Sex

Many references to heterosexual and homosexual acts; a couple of female characters are shown wearing lingerie; Beowulf's naked rear is visible; Flavor Flav and a little person are in bed with a woman; the princess, who has a pimp, says she'll "do anything" if the price is right.

Language

The usual suspects: "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "ass," "a--hole," "p---y."

Consumerism

Starting with the framing device cribbed from Cloverfield, the entire movie is strung together by overt references to popular films, musicians, and TV shows, including Juno, No Country for Old Men, Wanted, Enchanted, Kung Fu Panda, Hancock, Jumper, Night at the Museum, High School Musical, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Get Smart, Indiana Jones, Hellboy II, Amy Winehouse, Flavor Flav, Dr. Phil, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, and many, many more. Actual products include Mac, Pinkberry, Calvin Klein, Ambien, Facebook, MTV, Head On, and others.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink at a party, where teens try to steal booze; references to various drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this crude parody is from the same directing team responsible for Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Meet the Spartans. Like all of those movies, this one features a seemingly endless list of celebrity impersonations and reenactments of scenes from other popular films. Expect strong language ("s--t," "a--hole," etc.) and comedic violence. There are a couple of scenes of women in bikinis or lingerie, a shot of Beowulf's naked behind, and tons of sex-based jokes and references. As for commercialism, the entire film could be regarded as an ad for all of the movies and celebrities it references.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 15, 15, and 17 year old Written by79awesome August 13, 2013

no way

Really not a good movie my son owns it and showed me the movie espect tons of sex jokes,language and comic vilonce just save your money and time really a bad m... Continue reading
Adult Written byDBarto January 10, 2009

Do I even need to come up with a title to discribe how bad this film is?

Okay, I enjoy a good comedy (ex. Napoleon Dynamite, Tropic Thunder) but this is far from a comedy. All the "jokes" are bland and tasteless. This movie... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2013

Weird But Wacky

Disaster movie is a rather weird movie but at the same time its not bad. Some scenes are boring but most of its quite wacky. Not really suitable for young kids... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byspotify2014 March 25, 2014

Weird,Ofensive but funny

not 4 kids, rude, offensive & weird

What's the story?

DISASTER MOVIE loosely follows the plotline of Cloverfield, one of the dozens of popular movies being targeted here. While at a party, an unknown catastrophe strikes Manhattan, endangering the lives of Will (Matt Lanter), his ex-girlfriend Amy (Vanessa Minnillo), and random other friends, including Juno-esque pregnant teen Juney (Crista Flanagan) and a Giselle-like (but really crazy) Enchanted princess (Nicole Parker) who actually lives in the sewers. As they attempt to survive falling asteroids, twisters, and other life-threatening phenomena, Will and company bump into many celebrities and re-enact scenes from scores of other movies.

Is it any good?

This decade has brought us a series of successively less bearable, virtually unwatchable "comedies" from directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, and this is yet another. Unlike the classic genre parodies of the '70s and '80s that left audiences nearly out of breath from laughing so hard, what they make isn't even comedy; it's more like a parade of popular movie characters and celebrities stitched together with punchlines so eye-rollingly predictable that most seventh-graders could have written them.

The actors themselves, a few of whom are MADtv veterans, aren't to blame. None of them is well-known enough -- with the exceptions of Carmen Electra and Kim Kardashian, both of whom have their ample "actorly" assets on display -- to turn down a film role. The fact that Lions Gate keeps giving Friedberg and Seltzer a platform for this dreck is the real disaster.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this film is really a parody of disaster movies. What characteristics of that genre is it making fun of? What other things does the movie mock? Why do you think the filmmakers included so many pop-culture references? Are the celebrity impersonators and sight-gags from other movies funny? Do you think anyone will find any of it funny decades from now, when half of the references will have been forgotten? Does any of it go too far? Are there better examples of spoofs?

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