Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, collectively known as "Seltzerberg", are the a pair of American-Canadian screenwriters/directors who have made movie parodies that have received extremely negative feedback from moviegoers, even though they did well at the box office. They started off as part of the writing team for Scary Movie and Spy Hard. Much like Tommy Wiseau, the duo are fiercely private and very rarely give interviews.
Movies They Wrote/Directed (in chronological order)
- Spy Hard (1996)
- Scary Movie (2000)
- Date Movie (2006)
- Epic Movie (2007)
- Meet the Spartans (2008)
- Disaster Movie (2008)
- Vampires Suck (2010)
- The Starving Games (2013)
- Best Night Ever (2014)
- Superfast! (2015)
- Who the F#@K Took My Daughter? (TBA)
- The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D (TBA)
- Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue (TBA)
Why Most Of Their Movies Suck
- Many of their movies rely on pop culture references (many of them to movies that came out around the time that they were released) so much that they become dated very quickly. For example In Disaster Movie, both Facebook and eBay are referred to by their actual names in dialogue, even though they were shown with parody names on-screen (Facenook and Upay, respectively).
- Numerous signs of plagiarism.
- Many of their "parodies" aren't well researched, either. For example, in Epic Movie, a Wolverine parody flips off Peter with his middle claw, which the real Wolverine already did in the first X-Men movie. Often times they will get several things wrong about the source material.
- Their movies will often rely on gross-out humour. One scene from Epic Movie, in particular, has a scene where a character is vomiting for a long period of time, which is even longer in the Unrated cut.
- Very poor jokes. Most times, the characters will explain the jokes to the audience and have a parody character announce their names when they show up on-screen to remind the audience who they are.
- Numerous random jokes. For instance, in Epic Movie, after Lucy opens the wardrobe and she is buried in a bunch of random objects, a woman wearing only a bikini (she's not wearing anything in the Unrated cut) comes out of the wardrobe for no reason whatsoever. In the original PG-13 version, she tells Lucy "Whatever you do, don't go in there!". She's completely silent in the Unrated Cut.
- Some of their films (most notably Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans) have a lot of gratuitous product placements.
- Many of their films have very poor special effects. One example in Disaster Movie, in the scene where “Enchanted Princess” (or Giselle from Disney's Enchanted) is shooting Speed Racer repeatedly, you can see that the slide on her pistol doesn't move, nor are any spent casings ejected from it. That's not even mentioning The Chipmunks or Po (or "Kung Fu Panda""", as the movie calls him).
- Many of their films have extremely obvious stunt doubles. For example, in Epic Movie, during the fight between Aslo and Silas, Aslo's stunt double is a thin, bare-chested Asian guy in a wig.
- There are numerous continuity errors in their films. For example, in Epic Movie, numerous characters are seriously injured (one even having their head kicked off), but are just fine in the very next shot.
- Many of their movies contain shock humour for the sake of it (especially in the Unrated cuts).
- In the Unrated cut of Epic Movie (known in the United Kingdom, as the "Rude & Crude Unseen Version"), a joke is made after The White Bitch (a parody of Jadis the White Witch) announces her evil plan, with her midget henchman telling her it is basically the plot of Superman Returns, poking fun at the movie's own unoriginality.
- Repeated endings in every movie where the protagonist(s) or some random character(s) get killed off in a gruesome fashion.
- Many of their movies have really stupid ideas such as the cannibalistic Willy (a parody of Willy Wonka), the vulnerable Super Peter (a parody of Superman), the grotesque Paris Hilton, rabid and monstrous Chipmunks (a parody of Alvin and the Chipmunks) and an evil Kung Fu Panda (a parody of Po from Kung Fu Panda).
- Most of their movies (except for Date Movie and Vampires Suck) don't even stick to what they're supposed to be parodying, instead just picking a genre to create a very loose plot and then shoving in parodies of whatever popular films are being released at the time. This even got them fired from Scary Movie 3 (which they were originally going to write and direct) after they turned in a script that parodied The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Star Wars instead of horror films.
- They got accused of sexual misconduct like a hundred times, just like they did to those movies for making sex jokes, adult humor, gross humor, etc.
- They still haven't improved upon their filmmaking skills, even after the negative outcome their movies have received.
- Scary Movie is actually pretty funny, and Spy Hard is quite funny at times as well (though it's unclear how much of their script survived to the finished films as they each credit additional writers; some sources say that the Wayans Brothers didn't even bother reading their Scary Movie script).
- Their costumes designs look pretty decent.
- Vampires Suck is considered to be a step up for something made by Seltzer and Friedberg, as the Twilight series (which the movie is a parody of) is a frequent target of criticism and the film at least tries to stay focused on what it's supposed to be parodying.
Almost all of their movies have received extremely negative reception from critics except for Scary Movie, which received mixed reviews. Disaster Movie, for example, currently has a 1% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it has been listed as the worst movie the pair had ever created.