This list is pretty straightforward. Nat Berman, who watches more movies than I do, thinks that recent efforts in spoof movies miss the mark. You can make fun of a movie or movie genre, but if you want it to be successful, it has to be funny in its own right. You can’t just take an idea and push it to the extreme and hope that’s funny enough.
Personally I miss the spoof movie. When it’s done right it’s a thing of beauty. You take one situation a bit too far. You embellish a character just enough that it’s funny to laugh at. But one thing you can’t do is overdo it. And I think that’s been the real problem recently. Just too much overdoing. It’s hard to explain but there’s a subtlety to the spoof genre that has to be taken care of. I think the newest spoof movies don’t get it…at all.
While spoof movies have existed for the entire history of cinema, the heyday was during the 1970s and ‘80s, as you’ll realize in this list of the 15 funniest (with video evidence) at TVOM. Mel Brooks and the Zucker Brothers are well represented, but there are others who nailed it as well. You may have seen every move on this list, or you may find one you’ll want to watch next.