"Epic Movie" is a 2007 comedy movie directed and written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. The movie is a parody of numerous impressive films, dream adventure movies and television series. The main references consist of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "The Chronicles of Narnia", "Harry Potter" and "Pirates of the Caribbean", with some nods to other popular franchises like "The Da Vinci Code", "Star Wars" and "X-Men".
The movie follows 4 adult orphans from different backgrounds: Edward (Kal Penn), Peter (Adam Campbell), Lucy (Jayma Mays), and Susan (Faune Chambers). Each of them finds a golden ticket in strange, separate events which leads them to visit Willy's Chocolate factory for a tour. Instead of discovering a candy utopia, they find Willy (Crispin Glover) is a lunatic man who wishes to utilize them for making sweet.Struggle in Gnarnia
After a series of occasions, they fall down a closet and end up in a magical world called 'Gnarnia' (a satire on Narnia). Here, they fulfill a perverted, Turkish variation of Mr. Tumnus (Hector Jimenez), who informs that they are predestined to complimentary Gnarnia from the torment of the White Bitch (Jennifer Coolidge), based upon The White Witch from Narnia.
The orphans set out to discover the clues to a certain Da Vinci Code that would help them to find a way to beat the Bitch. With a list of absurd, ridiculous scenarios including encounters with a mutant pirate named Captain Jack Swallows (Darrell Hammond), Harry Potter characters, and X-Men themed characters in a prep school, the quartet ultimately discovers the method to beat the queen.Ending Resolve
In an elaborate parody of the epic battle from "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", the four orphans fight the army of the White Bitch. After a series of amusing, ridiculous fight scenes, consisting of a fumbling match, Peter manages to eliminate the White Bitch with a push-button control, thereby fulfilling the prophecy and freeing all of Gnarnia.Reception
"Epic Movie", however, got negative evaluations from many critics due to its excessive reliance on lowbrow humor and outright disparagement of the original source product. Nevertheless, it handled to bring in a particular audience that appreciated its outrageous spoofing design and held a decent commercial success.
In conclusion, "Epic Movie" is a broad parody film that uses outrageous humor and a range of pop-culture recommendations to amuse. It spoofs popular movie categories and specific movies with an outrageous storyline about four orphans fighting a wicked queen, mixing components from dream, experience, and epic films. Despite its low important ratings, the movie found its niche audience, making it a component of the distinct satire genre.