Is there life left in the action comedy spoof? Matt sees how ITV2's Action Team, starting tonight, measures up...
For almost as long as action heroes have donned vests and duffed up scheming evil doers, there have been comedians sending them up for it. From The Naked Gun to Hot Fuzz, action films have served as the inspiration behind some of the cinemas funniest comedies.
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There’s something inherently ridiculous about action films. Elevating masculinity and chaotic violence to obscene levels all while keeping a straight face is silly. How many times have we seen a hyper-muscled, wise-cracking tough nut, covered in grease and without a shirt, grappling with any man who gets in his way? Take the third Rambo film, a movie full of ultra-violence courtesy of the outrageous arsenal of its lone wolf protagonist, and one that demands to be made fun of.