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Film: Superhero Movie

Not by Seltzer and Friedberg, it's actually from Craig Mazin and David Zucker, the creative team behind Scary Movie 3 and 4. While Superhero Movie still relies on some of their gags, it can still be considered as good a quality movie as the Scary Movie series.

Being a parody of the Spider-Man Trilogy films, it uses the basic premise. Kid isn't popular, goes on field trip to science-y place, gets bitten by a bug, gets superpowers. Meanwhile, the kid's crush's boyfriend's uncle's company is working on an untested device that can cure anything and tries it on himself to heal his terminal illness, which is due to kill him in one hour. It explodes, and gives him some nifty powers that allow him to suck the life out of people, starting with the board of directors who were observing his demonstration.


Tropes:

  • Alone Among the Couples: After forcing himself to reject Jill, a saddened Rick walks down a street, the people he passes by being exclusively couples (performing more and more exaggerated romantic activities).
  • Badass Preacher: In a scene the Pope is hitting Rick. (Especially if we consider that an earlier scene, Rick had defeated several security guards easily.)
  • Beard of Sorrow: Parodied. It's fake.
  • Black Best Friend: Trey to Rick.
  • Black Comedy: Rick being tricked into attacking the Dalai Lama, and the fight that ensues.
  • Butt Monkey: Rick. And Lance, to an extent.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The Hourglass's titanium blades can cut through diamonds. But Dragonfly's ace in the hole...?
    Dragonfly: I'm not wearing any diamonds.
Lampshaded by an irritated eye-roll from the Hourglass immediately afterward.