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by Nick Schager
[This week's "Retro Active" is inspired by Marlon Wayans' Paranormal Activity-spoofing A Haunted House.]
Paving the way for 2000's Scary Movie and the attendant spoof-current-cinema fad it ushered in, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood remains the best of Shawn and Marlon Wayans' parodic collaborations, even as it reveals the inherent limits of such comedy. The target of the Wayans' goofiness is "hood cinema," the class of '90s inner city dramas that included Boyz N the Hood, Menace II Society, Juice and New Jack City, all of which—along with the era's hip-hop videos—receive more shout-outs than need to be specifically detailed here. The particular way in which the Wayans poke fun at those influential African-American-centric stories may have been the prime selling point for its target audience at the time of its theatrical release. However, Don't Be a Menace was, and remains, less interesting as a compendium of allusions »
The movie parody game has gone through a lot of changes in the last few decades. With A Haunted House about to hit theaters, followed by Scary Movie 5 in April and The Starving Games sometime later this year, things can get confusing. It seems like a good time to look at the big movers and shakers of the parody genre and where they stand, quality-wise. The Wayans Brothers Films Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Who Are They? Typically, the modern Wayans brothers parody film stars Marlon and Shawn Wayans with Keenan Ivory Wayans doing something behind the scenes, whether it be producing, writing or directing. Higher profile Wayans brother, Damon Wayans, usually sits these out. Are They Good...
- Evan Saathoff
2 items from 2013
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