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** After ''Epic Movie'', they had plans to helm ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''-style holiday comedy that was sold as a star vehicle for Creator/RainnWilson, but was cancelled days before production would've started due to budget concerns from [[Creator/RegencyEnterprises New Regency]].

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* UniversalRemoteControl: ''Epic Movie'' has a parody of the ''{{Film/Click}}'' remote, which the characters use to win the battle of Narnia.


* CreatorKiller: ''Disaster Movie'' was their only movie to bomb both critically and financially, and since then, their output has been far more sporadic.



* DVDCommentary: Two film critics who did not like the movie were hired to commentary ''Date Movie''. Highlights include pin-pointing exactly where movies like ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' succeeded while ''Date Movie'' failed. The directors themselves did a commentary for one of their films that started out informative, but quickly turned into a tongue-in-cheek bullshitting contest.



* FollowTheLeader: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQJ5X4YhpFk Spanish Movie]],'' ''Film/SuperheroMovie'', and ''Film/DanceFlick''. Sometimes, these guys are mistakenly credited for the latter two.
* GenreKiller: You could argue that the spoof genre would have died out in the late [=2000s=] regardless, as audience tastes moved to "bromance" films, ensemble pieces and more intellectual comedies, not to mention the rise in popularity of quickly-produced (and, therefore, more topical) web-based comedy, but Seltzer and Friedberg helped completely drive the genre into the ground, with ''Disaster Movie'' being seen as the one that officially signified its death. These days, most spoof movies are relegated to Direct-To-Video or digital.



* NoBudget: Considering the [[UncannyValley poor quality of their]] [[SpecialEffectsFailure special effects]] along with how fast they [[ShallowParody apparently write]] [[NegativeContinuity and produce their films]], this should be a given. Following "Vampire's Suck", their later films would be produced [[UpToEleven on even smaller budgets]] compared to their Hollywood titles.
* NotScreenedForCritics: A tradition for each film, and considering the rather vicious reaction the films tend to get, rather unsurprising.



* ProductionPosse: Usually includes Jerry P. Jacobs and Peter Safran as producers, with regulars like Ike Barinholtz, Crista Flanagan, Carmen Electra or Creator/DiedrichBader as actors. Creator/PixelMagic serves as their usual visual effects contractor.



* ReclusiveArtist: Understandably, considering their public reputation, the duo make no spectacle of themselves. They have granted exactly ''one'' hour-long phone [[http://grantland.com/features/surely-they-cant-be-serious/ interview]]. Beyond that, all we have are two photos floating around the internet and some very cryptic, uninformative {{DVD commentar|y}}ies.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: One of the main criticisms of their work is that the pop culture jokes that they rely on become outdated within just a few years, with the things that they're parodying having fallen out of the collective consciousness. A few of their gags had fallen out of memory before the respective movie came out. Their tendency to base brief parodies on the trailers to movies that wouldn't be released until well into their own production probably has something to do with it.




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** The duo were the first choice to write and direct ''Film/ScaryMovie 3'', but turned in a script that barely parodied horror films at all, and instead mostly spoofed ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' and ''Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings''. In the duo's defence their script was written in 2001, which was an '''awful''' year for the horror genre -- there were no real high-profile horror releases at all that year, outside of ''Film/TheOthers'' and ''Film/JeepersCreepers'', and maybe ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'' and ''Film/DonnieDarko'' if you're being generous -- but the studio quickly realized that they were more interested in just getting cheap laughs from whatever happened to be popular rather than sticking to what they were actually meant to be spoofing, resulting in them being canned and replaced by David Zucker.
** They spent several years trying to sell a script for [[CreatorsOddball a straightforward Liberace biopic]], only forfeiting when ''Film/BehindTheCandelabra'' was produced.
** The were supposed to make ''The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D'', a spoof of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', but nothing came of it outside of some pre-production work.


* ActorAllusion: Hector Jimenez and Kal Penn appear in both ''Epic Movie'' and the subjects of parody (''Film/NachoLibre'' and ''Film/SupermanReturns''), adding two actors to the short list of those to get roles in both the straight and parody adaptations.



* DVDCommentary: Two film critics who did not like the movie were hired to commentary ''Date Movie''. Highlights include pin-pointing exactly where movies like ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' succeeded while ''Date Movie'' failed. The directors themselves did a commentary for one of their films that started out informative, but quickly turned into a tongue-in-cheek bullshitting contest.



* FollowTheLeader: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQJ5X4YhpFk Spanish Movie]],'' ''Film/SuperheroMovie'', and ''DanceFlick''. Sometimes, these guys are mistakenly credited for the latter two.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: One of the main criticisms of their work is that the pop culture jokes that they rely on become outdated within just a few years, with the things that they're parodying having fallen out of the collective consciousness. A few of their gags had fallen out of memory before the respective movie came out. Their tendency to base brief parodies on the trailers to movies that wouldn't be released until well into their own production probably has something to do with it.


* CrackFic: Most of the XMeetsY formulas for the Seltzer and Friedberg are bizarre beyond belief, with the very few threads connecting them being that they were in the public's zeitgeist by the time the film was created. For example, "Meet The Spartans" was ''Film/ThreeHundred'' combined with ''Film/MeetTheParents''. As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic [[BlatantLies eloquently asked]]: "'''What''' the '''fuck''' do those two things have in common?!"

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* CrackFic: Most of the XMeetsY JustForFun/XMeetsY formulas for the Seltzer and Friedberg are bizarre beyond belief, with the very few threads connecting them being that they were in the public's zeitgeist by the time the film was created. For example, "Meet The Spartans" was ''Film/ThreeHundred'' combined with ''Film/MeetTheParents''. As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic [[BlatantLies eloquently asked]]: "'''What''' the '''fuck''' do those two things have in common?!"


* RedundantParody: Sometimes, they make jokes that were present in the original source material. For example, the Wolverine parody in ''Epic Movie'' uses his middle claw to flip Edward the finger. This would be a valid parody of the character... if the real Wolverine didn't do the ''exact same thing'' in the first ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' movie.

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* RedundantParody: Sometimes, they make jokes that were present in the original source material. For example, the Wolverine parody in ''Epic Movie'' uses his middle claw to flip Edward the finger. This would be a valid parody of the character... if the real Wolverine didn't do the ''exact same thing'' in the first ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' ''Film/XMen1'' movie.


After ''Disaster Movie'' flopped even by their standards (largely due to popping up in August, which has become a much more crowded Dump Month in recent years), they took a short break before jumping on board the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' train with ''Film/VampiresSuck''. While the latter was still not well received, it did slightly better critically than their previous couple of films and returned them to box office glory. They are currently working on two more projects, ''Best Night Ever'' and ''The Starving Games'', the latter a clear parody of ''Film/TheHungerGames.'' While their output has slowed since their heyday, they've hardly stopped.

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After ''Disaster Movie'' flopped even by their standards (largely due to popping up in August, which has become a much more crowded Dump Month in recent years), they took a short break before jumping on board the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' train with ''Film/VampiresSuck''. While the latter was still not well received, it did slightly better critically than their previous couple of films and returned them to box office glory. They are currently working on have since released two more projects, ''Best Night Ever'' and ''The Starving Games'', the latter a clear parody of ''Film/TheHungerGames.'' While their output has slowed since their heyday, they've hardly stopped.


* DontExplainTheJoke: Every single reference will be explained flatly to the audience. ''TheSoup'' made fun of this with a parody of the movies entitled "Reference Movie" in which every character parody explained who they were and said "Get it?"

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* DontExplainTheJoke: Every single reference will be explained flatly to the audience. ''TheSoup'' ''Series/TheSoup'' made fun of this with a parody of the movies entitled "Reference Movie" in which every character parody explained who they were and said "Get it?"


* NarrowParody: The movies "parodied" are often only one or two years old. For example, ''Film/DisasterMovie'' had parodies of ''Film/{{Juno}}'', ''Series/HannahMontana'', ''Film/IronMan'', ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''Film/{{Superbad}}'', ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', ''Film/TheLoveGuru'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'', ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'', ''Film/{{Jumper}}'', and ''Film/TenThousandBC''. None of these movie were older than a year at the time, and many were in fact released after ''Disaster Movie'' hit theaters.

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* NarrowParody: The movies "parodied" are often only one or two years old. For example, ''Film/DisasterMovie'' had parodies of ''Film/{{Juno}}'', ''Series/HannahMontana'', ''Film/IronMan'', ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''Film/{{Superbad}}'', ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', ''Film/TheLoveGuru'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'', ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'', ''Film/{{Jumper}}'', and ''Film/TenThousandBC''. None of these movie were older than a year at the time, and many were in fact released after ''Disaster Movie'' hit theaters.



-->" I! AM! [[Film/{{Beowulf}} BEOWULF!]]

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-->" I! AM! [[Film/{{Beowulf}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}} BEOWULF!]]


Due to the nature of their films largely being simplistic parodies of whatever is popular at the time, a number of other parody films in the same style have been wrongly attributed to them. This includes ''Not Another Teen Movie'', ''Film/SuperheroMovie'' (which was in fact by a ''different'' pair of ''Scary Movie'' alumni), and ''Dance Flick'' (which was actually the Wayans brothers).

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Due to the nature of their films largely being simplistic parodies of whatever is popular at the time, a number of other parody films in the same style have been wrongly attributed to them. This includes ''Not Another Teen Movie'', ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'', ''Film/SuperheroMovie'' (which was in fact by a ''different'' pair of ''Scary Movie'' alumni), and ''Dance Flick'' (which was actually the Wayans brothers).


* ActorAllusion: Hector Jimenez and Kal Penn appear in both ''Epic Movie'' and the subjects of parody (''NachoLibre'' and ''Film/SupermanReturns''), adding two actors to the short list of those to get roles in both the straight and parody adaptations.

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* ActorAllusion: Hector Jimenez and Kal Penn appear in both ''Epic Movie'' and the subjects of parody (''NachoLibre'' (''Film/NachoLibre'' and ''Film/SupermanReturns''), adding two actors to the short list of those to get roles in both the straight and parody adaptations.



* CrackFic: Most of the XMeetsY formulas for the Seltzer and Friedberg are bizarre beyond belief, with the very few threads connecting them being that they were in the public's zeitgeist by the time the film was created. For example, "Meet The Spartans" was ThreeHundred combined with MeetTheParents. As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic [[BlatantLies eloquently asked]]: "'''What''' the '''fuck''' do those two things have in common?!"

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* CrackFic: Most of the XMeetsY formulas for the Seltzer and Friedberg are bizarre beyond belief, with the very few threads connecting them being that they were in the public's zeitgeist by the time the film was created. For example, "Meet The Spartans" was ThreeHundred ''Film/ThreeHundred'' combined with MeetTheParents.''Film/MeetTheParents''. As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic [[BlatantLies eloquently asked]]: "'''What''' the '''fuck''' do those two things have in common?!"


* HumongousMecha: In ''Meet the Spartans''. It even has a TV screen on its chest playing ChrisCrocker's Britney Spears rant. For no reason.

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* HumongousMecha: In ''Meet the Spartans''. It even has a TV screen on its chest playing ChrisCrocker's Britney Spears Creator/ChrisCrocker's Music/BritneySpears rant. For no reason.

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* RaidersOfTheLostParody: ''Disaster Movie'', like most films made by them, contains a parody of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''.


* CrackFic: Most of the XMeetsY formulas for the Seltzer and Friedberg are bizarre beyond belief, with the very few threads connecting them being that they were in the public's zeitgeist by the time the film was created. For example, "Meet The Spartans" was ThreeHundred combined with MeetTheParents. As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic [[BlatantLies eleqouently asked]]: "'''What''' the '''fuck''' do those two things have in common?!"

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* CrackFic: Most of the XMeetsY formulas for the Seltzer and Friedberg are bizarre beyond belief, with the very few threads connecting them being that they were in the public's zeitgeist by the time the film was created. For example, "Meet The Spartans" was ThreeHundred combined with MeetTheParents. As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic [[BlatantLies eleqouently eloquently asked]]: "'''What''' the '''fuck''' do those two things have in common?!"

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* CrackFic: Most of the XMeetsY formulas for the Seltzer and Friedberg are bizarre beyond belief, with the very few threads connecting them being that they were in the public's zeitgeist by the time the film was created. For example, "Meet The Spartans" was ThreeHundred combined with MeetTheParents. As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic [[BlatantLies eleqouently asked]]: "'''What''' the '''fuck''' do those two things have in common?!"

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