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Matt Lanter, Nicole Parker
C+

Disaster Movie

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo; Director: Aaron Seltzer; Author: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer; Release Date Wide: 08/29/2008; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Title aside, Disaster Movie may be the first Airplane!-style parody that has no overriding concept beyond…skewering a bunch of recent hit films. It should have been called I Love the First Half of 2008. Since many of the targets (Cloverfield, Hancock, Kung Fu Panda) already have a cheeky self-consciousness, the comedy rarely seems more than a hasty patchwork of cheap-shot allusions. But a few arrows hit their marks. The movie is merciless sending up Juno’s self-satisfied hipster gobbledygook, and it’s quite funny to see Hannah Montana still promoting her tie-in products as she lies crushed and dying under a meteor. C+

Originally posted September 10 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT

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