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Parody movies have been a staple in Hollywood since the 1960s, but the 2000s saw a resurgence of these comedic films. The early 2000s brought us a wave of parody movies that lampooned popular genres such as horror, action, and romance. From Scary Movie to Date Movie, here are the 10 best parody movies of the 2000s, ranked.
Scary Movie (2000)
Scary Movie is the film that kickstarted the parody movie trend of the 2000s. The film parodies popular horror movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Directed by the Wayans brothers, the film features a star-studded cast including Anna Faris, Regina Hall, and Marlon Wayans. The movie’s success led to four sequels, although the quality of the sequels declined over time.
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
The third installment in the Austin Powers series is a parody of James Bond movies. In this film, Austin Powers travels back in time to the 1970s to rescue his father and stop Dr. Evil from taking over the world. The film features the usual slapstick humor and cultural references that are hallmarks of the Austin Powers franchise. It also features an impressive list of celebrity cameos, including Britney Spears, Steven Spielberg, and Tom Cruise.
Team America: World Police (2004)
From the creators of South Park, Team America: World Police is a satire of American foreign policy and action movies. The film uses marionettes instead of live actors to create a unique visual style. The movie follows a team of American special agents as they try to stop a terrorist attack. The film’s musical numbers, including the famous “America, F**k Yeah!” song, have become iconic.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead is a parody of zombie movies, but it also works as a standalone horror-comedy film. The movie follows Shaun, a slacker who must save his friends and family from a zombie apocalypse. The film’s clever script, likable characters, and gory action sequences make it a must-see for fans of the zombie genre.
Date Movie (2006)
Date Movie is a parody of romantic comedies like Bridget Jones’s Diary and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The film follows Julia Jones as she tries to find true love. The movie’s humor is over-the-top, but it still manages to lampoon the cliches of the romantic comedy genre. The film’s cast includes Alyson Hannigan, Jennifer Coolidge, and Adam Campbell.
Epic Movie (2007)
Epic Movie parodies popular fantasy and adventure movies like The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. The movie follows four orphans as they journey through different movie universes. The film’s humor is hit-or-miss, but it features an impressive list of celebrity cameos, including Crispin Glover, David Carradine, and Fred Willard.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Hot Fuzz is a parody of buddy cop movies like Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. The movie follows Nicholas Angel, an overachieving police officer who is transferred to a small town. The film’s clever script, likable characters, and well-executed action scenes make it a standout in the parody movie genre.
Superhero Movie (2008)
Superhero Movie is a parody of superhero movies like Spider-Man and Batman Begins. The film follows high school student Rick Riker as he gains superpowers and becomes the superhero Dragonfly.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
“Not Another Teen Movie” is a parody of teen movies, directed by Joel Gallen. The movie takes aim at the cliches and tropes of high school movies, including the love triangles, prom nights, and makeover scenes. With its cast of up-and-coming actors and its self-aware humor, “Not Another Teen Movie” is a fun and entertaining film.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a parody of the romantic comedy genre. The movie follows a middle-aged man who has never had sex. The film is full of raunchy humor and hilarious gags. The 40-Year-Old Virgin was a critical and commercial success and has since become a classic of the genre.