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Jason Friedberg

Jason Friedberg (born (1971-10-13) October 13, 1971 (age 42) in Newark, New Jersey, USA) and Aaron Seltzer (born (1974-01-12) January 12, 1974 (age 40) in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) are a film director and screenwriter team known for making parody films. They were part of the writing team for Scary Movie and Spy Hard. They have also written and directed films such as Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, and Vampires Suck.

Filmography

Year Film Directors Producers Writers RT Approval
Rating
Metacritic Budget Worldwide
Gross
1996 Spy Hard
YesY
7% 25/100[1] $18,000,000 $99,960,191
2000 Scary Movie
YesY
53% 48/100[2] $19,000,000 $278,019,771
2006 Date Movie
YesY
YesY
YesY
6%[3] 11/100[4] $20,000,000 $84,795,656[5]
2007 Epic Movie
YesY
YesY
2%[6] 17/100[7] $20,000,000 $86,865,564[8]
2008 Meet the Spartans
YesY
YesY
YesY
2%[9] 9/100[10] $30,000,000 $84,646,831[11]
Disaster Movie
YesY
YesY
YesY
1%[12] 15/100[13] $20,000,000 $34,816,824[14]
2010 Vampires Suck
YesY
YesY
YesY
4%[15] 18/100[16] $20,000,000 $80,547,866[17]
2013 Best Night Ever[18]
YesY
YesY
The Starving Games[19]
YesY
YesY
2014 Superfast
YesY
YesY

Date Movie opened with $12.1 million and earned $48.9 million overall.[20] Disaster Movie opened with $5.8 million and earned $14.2 million total in the United States.[20] Vampires Suck, which opened on a Wednesday, earned an estimated $19.7 million in its first five days.[20] Freidberg and Seltzer announced that they are making two new movies, including one that will spoof The Hunger Games (called The Starving Games). Filming commenced in 2010, and the film will be released in theaters in 2013. The movie will be released on October 31, 2012 in Argentina and December 15, 2012 in Germany. In 2013, Friedberg and Seltzer has announced that they will be making a movie that spoofs The Fast and the Furious franchise called Superfast. It is expected to be released in 2014. In 2013, it was announced that The Starving Games will be released on November 8, 2013.

Other

Year Film Based on characters created by Budget Worldwide Gross
2001 Scary Movie 2 Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer $45.000,000 $141,220,678
2003 Scary Movie 3 Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer $48,000,000 $220,673,217
2006 Scary Movie 4 Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer $45,000,000 $178,262,620
2013 Scary MoVie Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer $20,000,000 $75,070,313

Critical reception

"Yes, we all know that a lot of movies put aside the more artistic aspects of film making to solely make a profit; we're not naive. But, the films that these two directors make are so blatant at being nothing more than a juvenile finger pointing at an image or mention of a popular trend that, to me, they seem exploitive of a young culture raised to have an ever-decreasing attention span, thanks to the internet and channel surfing and, this may sound a little crazy, but, I think it shows a slight de-evolution in what people will accept as entertainment."

—Korey Coleman of Spill.com, 2010.[21]

The critical reception of Friedberg and Seltzer's movies has consistently been almost entirely extremely negative.[22][23] Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans were rated the two worst films of 2008 by The Times newspaper.[24] Additionally, every film they have directed has made it into Rotten Tomatoes' "Worst of the Worst" for the 2000s, only scoring one spot outside of the bottom 25.[25] The duo received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Screenplay for Epic Movie at the 2007 Razzies[26] and were nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay for both Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie at the 2008 Razzies,[27] as well as nominated for 'Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel at the 2011 Razzies for Vampires Suck. The pair appears on noted British film magazine Empires fan voted top 50 worst movies of all time more often than any other person. Almost all of their movies appear with a rank, and all are mentioned in the full review text.[28]

Critic Josh Levin of Slate commented that "Friedberg and Seltzer...are not filmmakers. They are evildoers, charlatans, symbols of Western civilization's decline..."[29] Josh Rosenblatt of the Austin Chronicle said that "Writer/directors Friedberg and Seltzer are a scourge. They’re a plague on our cinematic landscape, a national shame, a danger to our culture, a typhoon-sized natural disaster disguised as a filmmaking team, a Hollywood monster wreaking havoc on the minds of America’s youth and setting civilization back thousands of years."[30] Korey Coleman of Spill.com has claimed that he is "bothered" by the duo's films, as he believes they are dumbing down the film industry and popular culture in general.[21]

Critic Nathan Rabin also gave their films an indignant condemnation, saying "spoof movies, as practiced by the cultural blight that is Seltzer-Friedberg, aren’t just troubling from an aesthetic viewpoint. They’re horrifying from a moral standpoint as well. The parody of the Zucker brothers and Mel Brooks is defined by love, knowledge, and appreciation: The Zucker brothers and Mel Brooks love, know, and appreciate the source material they’re spoofing enough to get all the details perfect. The comedy of Seltzer-Friedberg, in sharp contrast, is defined by contempt: contempt for the attention span, intelligence, maturity, and frame of reference for the audience, and an even more raging contempt for the source material they’re spoofing. Friedberg and Seltzer aren’t writers; they’re comic terrorists who cavalierly destroy what others create for their own ugly self-interest. Their success is entirely dependent on making comedy a dumber, crasser, less dignified place."[31]

Recurring cast members

Actor Date Movie
Epic Movie
Meet the Spartans
Disaster Movie
Vampires Suck
The Starving Games
Best Night Ever
Diedrich Bader NoN NoN NoN
Carmen Electra NoN NoN NoN NoN
Adam Campbell NoN NoN
Matt Lanter NoN NoN
Tony Cox NoN NoN NoN
Ike Barinholtz NoN NoN NoN
Crista Flanagan NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Nicole Parker NoN NoN
Jennifer Coolidge NoN NoN
Fred Willard NoN NoN
Jim Piddock NoN NoN
Tad Hilgenbrink NoN NoN
Nick Steele NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Jareb Dauplaise NoN NoN
Martin Klebba NoN NoN

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Internet Movie Database
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