Owen Gleiberman
September 10, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Disaster Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/29/08
performer
Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo
director
Aaron Seltzer
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
genre
Comedy

We gave it an C+

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+

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