Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Craig Mazin asks: Is spoof dead?

On his Artful Writer blog, Craig Mazin considers what makes a successful spoof film...
Spoof movies are not satires. They do not use comedy or mockery to comment on social problems, politics or any other serious issues of the day. South Park (and the excellent South Park films) is a satire that often uses parody (a humorous reimagining of something serious) to make a point.

Spoof movies, however, have no point. They do not have any perspective on anything important at all. They are, in a word, silly. They employ parody to make you laugh. There is no other goal.
...and asks whether the genre can recover from its current slump.

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