Trashiness abounds from the opening scene, a Da Vinci Code rip off in which Lucy (Jayma Mays) trips over her father, a recently murdered museum curator (David Carradine sighting), and finds he has a pentagram carved in blood on his chest, along with 2Pac's infamous “Thug Life” tattoo. She is soon attacked by the “albino” assassin, an African-American who talks trash in Latin.
The “story” then jets from scene to scene, poking fun at Hollywood's biggest, glitziest, over-hyped “epic movies” of the past couple years with transitions that lack any semblance of wit or creativity. Here's a quick rundown: Da Vinci begets Willy Wonka (with a rare, delightful Crispin Glover sighting as Johnny Depp's confectioner), leading into Nacho Libre, begetting a confoundingly uninspired Snakes on a Plane riff, then X-Men, and finally settling into a Narnia theme with asides from Pirates of the Caribbean (another spoof of a Depp character, which, one might note, is already a send-up of Keith Richards), Harry Potter and Click.
Friedberg and Seltzer borrow from Christopher Guest's stable of comedians by casting Jennifer Coolidge as “The White Bitch/The White Witch” and Fred Willard as “Aslo/Aslin.” Former
Kids in the Hall
cast member Kevin McDonald is perfectly creepy as an over-the-hill Potter.
provides these luminaries with a nice paycheck and a little publicity between better projects. But, other than that, the best part of
is its mercifully un-epic running time.
Cast: Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jayma Mays, Faune Chambers, Crispin Glover and Tony Cox
Directors/Screenwriters: Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
Producer: Paul Schiff
Genre: Comedy Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and some comic violence
Running time: 86 min.
Release date: January 26, 2007