Although comedy is a very subjective thing, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who would agree that the level of humour in comedies lately has been pretty low. I mean, sometimes it feels like they’re not even trying, and this year alone we had to endure three entries in the now notorious spoof genre: Meet The Spartans, Superhero Movie and Disaster Movie. Does it really have to be like this? Isn’t there anyone else out there who can save us from this dreck that isn’t named Judd Apatow?
Enter indie filmmaker David Murphy, a writer/director who has found the ultimate solution to the problem: a spoof of a spoof. That’s right, this guy is actually in production on Not Another Not Another Movie, a meta-comedy that pokes fun at the endless stream of parody films that have been coming out over the past few years. No joke. (Well, it is a joke, but you know what I mean.) The film stars Chevy Chase as the head of a studio who quits his job, leaving his ex-con brother (Michael Madsen) and his gangster friend (Vinnie Jones) in charge. They decide to make a spoof of spoof movies, with Burt Reynolds playing an actor who plays a director in the film (if that makes any sense, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t).
With movies like JCVD and My Name is Bruce getting attention for their self-referential humour, it seems that “meta” just might be the new buzzword in Hollywood. But how meta is too meta? If you ask me this is just getting ridiculous, and judging by the cast involved, this will clearly end up being way worse than any of the movies it is trying to lampoon. Just look at Bob Saget’s Farce of the Penguins. Let’s leave the meta movies to self-absorbed intellectuals like Charlie Kaufman… at least they’ve got the creative cojones to try and pull something like this off.