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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Everyone, but particularly gays, little people, and women.
    • A meta-example in the movies themselves, which are this for pretty much the whole Internet.
  • Award Snub: A rare case of Golden Raspberry Award snub. So far all of their nominated works won nothing.
  • Bile Fascination: Basically why most of their films gross more than twice their budget.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The jokes in Disaster Movie about Amy Winehouse's drinking are especially disturbing after her alcoholism finally killed her.
  • Growing the Beard: Relatively speaking. Their work has gotten more sporadic as of late and, while still very poorly reviewed and generally considered bad, many have noted that the filmmakers are at least now attempting to more accurately satirize the films they're referencing and not cram as many random bits of pop culture in as possible.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of many Big Lipped Alligator Moments in Epic Movie is a Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl-themed parody of "Lazy Sunday". Cut to 2011 with the song "Jack Sparrow".
    • Also from Epic Movie is the fact that Willy Wonka was played by Crispin Glover. In the original film, Wonka was played by Johnny Depp. What makes this funny is the fact that both actors would eventually appear together in Alice in Wonderland (2010).
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    • In a more meta-example, in Disaster Movie one of the brief reference gags involves "Iron Man" introducing himself before quickly being squashed by a falling cow. While Disaster Movie became Seltzer And Friedberg's worst reviewed movie before losing mainstream appeal after Vampires Suck, Iron Man would wind up starting an entire series of movies for years afterwards worth billions.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Despite Disaster Movie being perhaps their most critically panned movie, some are willing to watch it simply to see Kim Kardashian (as herself, not an imitation) get killed.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The "chipmunks" from Disaster Movie.
    • The Willy Wonka expy in Epic Movie plays up his creepiness by making him downright cannibalistic.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Josh Meyers' impersonation of Napoleon Dynamite was widely agreed to be one of the few good things (if not the only good thing) about Date Movie.
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    • The HeadOn skit from Disaster Movie, often considered the best joke in the entire film.
  • Padding: Meet the Spartans' total runtime is 86 minutes, but about twenty minutes of that is extra padding before the credits roll.
  • Shallow Parody: Not surprising, since the duo has admitted they generally just watch the trailers of their target and go from there. Given that often the movies parodied haven't even been released at the time of filming, it's really all they've got.
  • Snark Bait: Their films generally gain this reputation due to their poor quality.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Many gags can be so stupid that they wrap around to being funny again, and they can actually come up with watchable material when they're putting effort into it. Weed helps, as does beer.
  • Special Effects Failure: The effects are just as cheap as the parodies these films attempt.
    • This is especially visible in Disaster Movie:
      • The nightmarish and stiff Chipmunk puppets and piss-poor animatronics used for the Po parody are standouts in an already ugly-looking film.
      • It's obvious they just used some sort of distortion effect to crush the Iron Man, Batman and Hulk parodies under falling cows. Said cows also look like wooden sculptures.
      • The Hulk parody is clearly wearing a pair of green-painted underwear when his shorts rip off. Bear in mind, he was supposed to be nude.
    • Meet the Spartans has the terrifying ogre and Leonidas baby puppetsnote  and the "obviously a midget" penguin at the beginning. "Xerxestron" is also pretty hokey looking in and of itself.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously:
    • Alyson Hannigan, like Josh Meyers, has been widely agreed to be one of the few good things in Date Movie.
    • Similarly, Maiara Walsh in The Starving Games absolutely brings her A game and shows total dedication to the material. With better material, it could have been a breakout performance.
    • For a given value of "seriously", Nicole Parker is one of the few players to consistently turn in a decent comic performance, because she had a lot of experience playing ridiculous characters on Mad TV and is obviously throwing herself into the roles full-tilt.
  • Uncanny Valley: The puppets used in the films such as the Shrek baby in Meet The Spartans and the chipmunks and Kung Fu Panda from Disaster Movie mentioned above looked really off
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Their 2013 offering, The Starving Games crosses a new threshold by referencing Angry Birds and Double Rainbow.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Even by the standards of these films, Kim Kardashian stands out as being woefully miscast as one of the main protagonists in Disaster Movie.


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