Epic Movie



Epic Movie is an American 2007 parody film that was directed and written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer and produced by Paul Schiff. The film mainly spoofs some of the high-box-office-grossing epic films of 2005 and 2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the Harry Potter film series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, X-Men: The Last Stand, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Nacho Libre, Snakes on a Plane, The Da Vinci Code, Mission Impossible 3, Superman Returns, the Star Wars series, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Click and Borat. It was made in a similar style to Not Another Teen Movie, Date Movie and the Scary Movie series.

The film begins with Lucy, one of the four orphans, played by Jayma Mays. She is an employee at a museum and witnessed the death of Jacques Saunière, in a homage to The Da Vinci Code. Lucy is desperate to get "the code" from the dying Saunière, but is unable to understand him. Saunière then breaks out in dance, spelling out Da Vinci for Lucy. She then runs to the Mona Lisa, finds a ridiculous clue, and heads to the vending machine to hit the number 7. Through all this, Silas-like character (played by an albino black man) is in the middle of chasing Lucy, preparing to attack her. However, a chocolate bar falls out of the vending machine, her high heel shoe breaks, and she bends over before Silas is able to get her. He crashes into the vending machine. Lucy discovers that the chocolate bar is from the Wonka factory, and obtains a Golden Ticket inviting her to go on an "epic adventure".

Next, we follow Edward at a Mexican monastery/orphanage, in another homage, here to Nacho Libre. Edward, played by Kal Penn, is the oldest one at the monastery and decides he’s going to become a wrestler after declaring he is better than the rest of the orphans. He insults Nacho's cooking and then gets beaten up by one of the orphans to "teach him a lesson", and is thrown down a table. As he is sliding along, he notices a Golden Ticket from a Willy chocolate bar and takes it. Edward ends up crashing through the window.

We then see Susan (Faune Chambers) in the middle of a flight on her way to her new adoptive parents, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. She requests a glass of water from her flight attendant. The attendant pours a pitcher into a plastic glass, but instead of water, a snake falls in (Snakes on a Plane). Samuel L. Jackson shows up saying "I've had it with these god-damn snakes on this god-damn plane!" multiple times over and over again, and justifies for his actions by saying that he's Samuel L. Jackson. Afterwards, he picks up Susan, and tosses her out of the plane. On the ground, Paris Hilton is seen walking out of a store. After Paris states in a ludicrously unlikely manner that "[She's] so hot", Susan lands on Paris Hilton, crushing her, and taking the Golden Ticket from Paris' purse.

Peter (played by Adam Campbell) is a mutant, homaging Marvel Comics' X-Men. He is attracted to Mystique (Carmen Electra) and asks her to be his date to the homecoming dance. She declines the offer, as Wolverine, Storm, Rogue and Cyclops show up to tell Peter off. Wolverine draws his metal claws and begins to approach Peter. Peter panics and begins to take off his upper clothing, preparing to show his mutant ability. Suddenly, small chicken wings burst out of Peter's back. The other mutants burst out laughing at him. Magneto, the headmaster, breaks up the fight and shoos Peter off. However, Magneto uses his abilities to open a locker, smashing Peter right in the face. All the X-Men laugh and leave the scene. A Willy Wonka bar falls on Peter, and he recovers a Golden Ticket. This scene is also comparable to the movie Grease 2 in which an English student, at an American high school, asks the 'popular girl' (pink lady/mystique) on a date and is rejected. And is then bullied by the 'cool guys' (T-Birds/other x-men).

The four orphans meet at the Willy Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Willy Wonka (Crispin Glover) tells the orphans that the secret ingredient in his chocolate is human parts, and he plans to keep the orphans in his factory to use them for his chocolate. He succeeds in getting the ingredients (while dancing to Fergalicious), and is now holding the orphans captive.

All four of them are locked in a room together. They try to come up with ideas to escape, but are discouraged because of the fact they're all orphans. Willy is heard approaching, calling for the orphans to go to him. Everyone panics, trying to find a place to hide. Lucy wanders out of the room and finds a wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) in another room down the hall. She opens it, and after a massive pile of clutter lands on top of her, she climbs inside to meet Mr. Tumnus (Hector Jiminez). He welcomes Lucy to "Gnarnia", and warns her of the grave danger she's in.

Edward follows Lucy to Gnarnia and meets the White Bitch (Jennifer Coolidge). She sucks Edward's thumb suggestively and gets him to agree to get the other orphans in the same place. Susan and Peter arrive in Gnarnia and find Lucy and Edward. Edward tries to get everyone to stay put, but it doesn't work. Everyone makes their way to Mr. Tumnus' house; a reluctant Edward tags along. There, a talking beaver introduces himself as Mr. Tumnus' life partner, Harry Beaver, after Lucy kicks him. Harry tells the orphans that the White Bitch arrested Mr. Tumnus for protecting Lucy. Also, he tell the orphans that "the clues are all around you". Edward leaves just as the others are looking around the house. A painting of the last supper hangs on the wall. After examining it, the orphans discover that they are all related to one another, and that the White Bitch killed their parents. Harry Beaver emphasize's Peter's heroism, making Peter daydreaming that he was Superman--homaging the recent scene in Superman Returns, when Superman gets hit by a bullet in the eye (The difference is Peter--who is Superman in his daydream--gets hurt by the bullet).

Meanwhile, Edward goes to see the White Bitch at her castle. He realizes that she is evil, and refuses to tell her where the other orphans are. Unfortunately, the White Bitch flashes him her chest again, and Edward, transfixed, gives her the information unhesitatingly. A brief parody of Ashton Kutcher's show, Punk'd, follows. He is then locked in the castle prison.

Because the White Bitch knows where they are located, Lucy, Susan, and Peter have to leave Mr. Tumnus' house. When they leave, they run into Mr. Tumnus. He and Harry Beaver share a passionate kiss. The reunion is cut short, however; Silas is after Mr. Tumnus, and he gets everyone to leave before Silas arrives. Lucy and Susan don't want to leave him, but Peter, being a coward, leads them off. As they distance themselves from Mr. Tumnus, Silas arrives and shoots him in the chest. He cries for help from the others, but Peter assures the girls that he's testing them, where a few interesting quotes occur, such as Mr. Tumnus yelling out at them "this is not a test" and when after Peter says that they must go on for Gnarnia, he yells out "screw Gnarnia." After that they decide he's fine despite him saying "come back, i severely underestimated this battle" and that he doesn't really need their help. They then leave the scene deciding Mr. Tumnus is really okay.

Edward tries to find ways to break out of prison. He meets the very eccentric (and very drunk) Captain Jack Swallows (Pirates of the Caribbean series), who is difficult to understand, but manages to come up with a plan to get out of the prison cell. He whips out a knife, pokes Edward in the stomach, and cries out "man down!". When the guards come, Swallows picks up Edward and uses his body to knock down the guards, giving them enough time to escape.

Harry Beaver sends Lucy, Susan and Peter out of the winter scenery and into the woods to train for the war. They end up meeting Harry Potter (who claims to be "only 14" despite appearing to be at least 40), along with a balding Ron and a pregnant Hermione. They all help Lucy, Susan and Peter train for the war.

Edward asks Jack Swallows what it is like to be a pirate, and begins a dance homage to Lazy Sunday. Afterwards, he realizes that Jack Swallow isn't even a real pirate, and the ship they are on is an amusement park ride. Jack Swallows sells Edward to the White Bitch, who traps him in a prison. She then kills Jack Swallows, who swears revenge.

Upon finishing their training, they head to the camp of Aslo (a scene reminiscent of the Rohirrim camp from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), the wise but horny lion. There they are greeted by many people, including for no reason whatsoever James Bond and Chewbacca. Aslo agrees to help them rescue Edward, in return for group sex. They eventually rescue Edward, with Aslo killing Silas in the process, who is in turn killed by the White Bitch.

Harry Beaver tells the orphans that Aslo is dead, and the orphans feel alone. However, the entire camp will help them fight the White Bitch's army, including Peter's former classmates. Peter announces that they will fight tomorrow, so they will party tonight. Susan, Edward, and Lucy gets drunk, with Susan vomiting all over the camp. Meanwhile, Peter has sex with Mystique, after predictably getting her to shape-shift into what he describes as "a blue Britney Spears.

Upon facing the White Bitch's army, they realize that they are outnumbered because nobody came to help them after Susan vomited all over them. They are distracted for a time as Jack Swallows attempts to gain revenge by running over the White Bitch with a giant waterwheel. The White Bitch uses her Davy Jones mask to redirect him away from the battle. As the army begins to charge, a few Imperial Stormtroopers appear. Peter attempts to run, but rips off his chicken wings and returns to help his family. They heroically charge and all but Peter are fatally wounded in the process. As Peter is about to be struck down, he grabs a remote (Click) off the ground, which he uses to pause time. He heals the injuries of his comrades, and the orphans proceed to kill the entire army as it is paused.

Eventually, all that is left is the White Bitch. As the other orphans go to strike her down, Peter stops them, and gives a lecture about how Gnarnia will be a democracy, and that she will be given a fair trial. This lecture is interrupted as the White Bitch is flattened by Jack Swallows. The orphans then become kings and queens of Gnarnia, and in their old age they discover the wardrobe again, walking through it. They become young again, and encounter - for no good reason - Borat. Borat congratulates them for having a happy ending. As Jack Swallows, still rolling on his cart wheel (on which Sparrow didn't even ride in the source film), flattens them. The credits then start rolling.
Spoilers end here.

Parodies

* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
* The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
* The Da Vinci Code
* X-Men: The Last Stand
* Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
* Click
* Harry Potter film series
* Nacho Libre
* Snakes on a Plane
* Superman Returns
* Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
* Scarface
* The Star Wars film series
* Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
* Casino Royale
* Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
* Mission Impossible III
* Little man

Television

* MTV Cribs
* Punk'd
* American Idol
* Family Guy

People

* Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
* Daniel Craig as James Bond
* Paris Hilton
* Nicole Richie
* Ashton Kutcher
* P. Diddy
* Johnny Depp (as Willy Wonka and Captain Jack Sparrow)
* Samuel L. Jackson/Dave Chappelle
* Flavor Flav
* Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
* Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
* Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
* Jackie Chan
* George W. Bush
* Kanye West
* Chewbacca
* Lauren Conrad
* The Pussycat Dolls
* Frank the Beaver (Bell Mobility)
* Sigfried
* Rick James
* Willy Wonka
* Wolverine
* Magneto
* Mystique
* Rogue
* Aslan
* Hagrid
* Storm
* Davy Jones
* Britney Spears
* Silas
* Tom Hanks
* Mr Tumnus
* Fantasia Barrino
* V
* Michael Jackson
* Superman
* 50 Cent
* Tupac Shakur
* Saddam Hussein
* Rosie O'Donnell
* Olsen twins

Songs

* "Beep" by The Pussycat Dolls
* "Fergalicious" by Fergie
* "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
* "Ms New Booty" by Bubba Sparxxx featuring Ying Yang Twins
* Lazy Sunday
* "Don't Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)" by Eagles of Death Metal
* "Magic Bus" by The Who
* "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas
* "Milkshake" by Kelis

Brands & companies

* Doritos
* Captain Morgan
* Myspace
* Apple
* Bell Mobility
* Cap'n Crunch
* Chicken of the sea
* Grillz

* Several references are made to Kal Penn's film Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle:
o The White Bitch talks about her White Castle, and a White Castle Diner is shown, causing Edward (Played by Kal Penn) to quip "I think I've been there before."
o At one point, Kal Penn's character is referred to as 'Kumar'.
* A reference is made to Jennifer Coolidge and the American Pie series as well:
o When the White Bitch (Jennifer Coolidge) is first seen by Edward, he exclaims "Wow! Stifler's mom!"
* The Samuel L. Jackson impersonation is somewhat based on Dave Chappelle, who impersonated Michael Jackson but in a different voice.
* Harry Potter characters being old and claiming that they're fourteen years old is possibly a reference to the fact that the three main cast of the Harry Potter film series are older than the characters they portray.

* Epic Movie debuted at #1 at the box office with a gross of $18.6 million over the opening weekend. As of February 20, 2007 the film has grossed $52,515,668, with $38,366,619 of that amount earned domestically. Despite this initial commercial success, the film was the recipient of a rare 0% approval rating from the well-regarded Rotten Tomatoes website, and almost every reviewer was at least disappointed if not outright scathing of the film.
* The budget is an estimated $20 million, the same as Date Movie.
* Kal Penn, Hector Jimenez, and Jennifer Coolidge were in films that are spoofed. Kal Penn was in Superman Returns and Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Hector Jimenez was in Nacho Libre, and Jennifer Coolidge was in Click.
* This is the second movie in which Kal Penn and Fred Willard co-star, the first being Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
* The main characters supposedly take their names from the main characters in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, however in the aforementioned film the characters are called Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund not Edward
* There is a contest hosted by Epic Movie where people make their own movies, with a grand prize of $2000 and inclusion on the Epic Movie DVD.
* David Lehre, famous for The MySpace Movie, has a cameo as a parody of Ashton Kutcher.
* Crispin Glover was actually one of the candidates considered to play Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's film.[citation needed]
* Darrell Hammond (Captain Jack) spoofs the comedy video clip Lazy Sunday in one scene. Lazy Sunday was created for Saturday Night Live, on which Darrell Hammond is a cast member.
* Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Tony Cox and Fred Willard all starred in Date Movie.
* A boom mic can be seen in the corner of several scenes
* During the fight scene between Aslo and Silas, they are obviously replaced with Japanese actors to do the actual fighting. The movie doesn't try to hide it, instead using it for comic effect.
* Several parodies of the lonelygirl15 series on YouTube have been made starring Carmen Electra who plays Mystique in the movie. The movies are a promotion for the movie and can be seen on YouTube. One of the videos stars the real danielbeast.
* As of March 5, this movie is #26 on IMDb's bottom 100.
* During the end credit's dancing montage, a character is seen apparently spoofing V from V for Vendetta, but instead of a Guy Fawkes mask he is wearing a Michael Jackson mask. This character most likely was cut from the actual film.
* The "good guys' " camp is reminiscent of a scene from The Lord of the Rings, an epic movie that is, oddly, not spoofed in the film.
* The White Bitch has a Myspace page.
* Captain John Swallows is a name parodied by Carlos Mencia in one of his episodes. This could be where the directors got the name.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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