A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Vampires Suck is a very lowbrow spoof of the Twilight films from the makers of previous lame parodies like Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans. It's rated PG-13 but pushes the boundaries of that rating with it's frequent (albeit cartoonish) violence, sexual obsession, and language (there's one "f--k" and several "s--t"s). Teen boys who are sick of Twilight might find some perverse pleasure in seeing it skewered, but the satire here isn't very smart or funny, and there's little of value.
What's the story?
Becca (Jenn Proske) moves to the small Washington town of Sporks to live with her sheriff father (Diedrich Bader). There she meets the mysterious, brooding Edward Sullen (Matt Lanter) and becomes fascinated with him. That he's a vampire only increases her obsession. Meanwhile, other vampires are constantly trying to kill her, while friendly werewolves try to help her. All the while, lots of ridiculously silly stuff happens. Will Edward and Becca make it through the prom alive?
Is it any good?
From the writers/directors of Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Disaster Movie, this is an exercise in lowest-common-denominator humor, in which the pop culture reference is king. Merely dropping a name or imitating a scene or a character passes for a joke in these films. (Though newcomer Proske is uncannily good at imitating Kristen Stewart's shy stammer in the Twilight films).
The so-called "filmmakers" have nabbed a PG-13 rating to lure in what they consider to be gullible teens, but they push the limits of that rating to include as much sex, violence, and language as possible, not to mention product placements and pop culture references galore. What's missing is any real humor, characters, or emotions -- as well as any kind of attempt at an actual spoof, parody, or satire. This movie doesn't have the slightest idea what it wants to say about the Twilight saga in particular or vampires in general.
Talk to your kids about ...
- In theaters: August 20, 2010
- On DVD or streaming: November 30, 2010
- Cast: Diedrich Bader, Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter
- Directors: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 77 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: crude sexual content, comic violence, language and teen partying
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