Parody films are a subgenre of comedy films where the film uses outside ingredients and turns it around often in hilarious ways. Nowadays, parody films are not as prominent as they were in older decades. Here we’ve compiled a list for you; you can always watch these five parody films, which will cause the pseudobulbar effect on you!
1. Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975) / Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
It should come as no surprise that the satire-comedy group, Monty Python, made not one but two parody films. The first one being Monty Python and The Holy Grail, which serve as a parody of the Arthurian legend of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. It is considered a cult classic among cinephiles and is sure to make you laugh out loud.
The Black Knight – ‘Tis but a scratch.
King Arthur – A scratch?! Your arm’s off!Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Life of Brian was the group’s second venture into the feature films. This time with this film parodying the followers of organized religion, they decided to retell the tale of Jesus but with a mistaken Messiah, Brian. The film succeeds in asking the viewer some bottomless questions while making you laugh out loud.
2. Airplane! (1980)
Airplane! is a parody film starring Robert Hays as Ted Striker and Leslie Nielsen as Dr. Rumack. When most of the passengers and the pilots of a passenger jet get food poisoning, it’s up to an ex-war pilot to land the jet safely.
Striker – Surely you can’t be serious.
Dr. Rumack – I am, and don’t call be Shirley.Airplane!
The film is a parody of the disaster genre, with the plot being heavily based on Zero Hour! (1957) and borrowing some parts from Airport (1970) and its franchise. As a result, Airplane! became one of the funniest movies ever created.
3. Scary Movie (2000) / Scary Movie 2 (2001) / Scary Movie 3 (2003) / Scary Movie 4 (2006)
By perfectly mixing comedy and horror, the Scary Movie franchise successfully parodies some of the most iconic horror movies. Scary Movie is a parody of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, while Scary Movie 2‘s primary target is The Haunting. Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4 are parodies of The Ring and Saw films respectively, while also using elements from other films, both horror, and non-horror.
Cindy Campbell – Ray, if you see Bobby, will you tell him I love him?
Ray – Okay if I see Bobby I’ll tell him I love him.Scary Movie.
I’ve chosen not to add Scary Movie 5 as the fifth installment had no involvement from the original cast and crew members. As a result, the first four films comprise an entire arc that is loved by many horror and comedy fans alike.
4. Johny English (2003) / Johny English Reborn (2011) / Johny English Strikes Back (2018)
If you think Mr. Bean is Rowan Atkinson’s only iconic role, you need to watch Johny English! Atkinson nails the role of Johny English, an idiotic British spy who attempts to be like the charming James Bond but ends up being a parody of the legendary character.
Lorna Campbell – What are you going to do? Sit in this grotty flat feeling sorry for yourself, or are you going to get out there and save your country?
Johny English – I’m going to sit in this flatJohny English
Not much should be said about these films except that they’ll leave you crying with laughter, one joke after another. The humor just keeps getting better and better as the film progresses, proving that Atkinson’s still got it.
5. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) / Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020)
Easily the most offensive film on the entire list. Borat is a film starring Sacha Baron Cohen as the titular character. Told from the perspective of a fictional journalist from Kazakhstan, Borat serves as a parody of American customs and how bizarre they seem to a foreigner. Borat is a noteworthy watch if you can tolerate some crude and often obscene humor.
My name-a BoratBorat
Borat 2 came out unexpectedly in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video. Being a direct sequel to Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen reprises his role as the Kazakh reporter alongside Maria Bakalova as his daughter. This movie, which was released during the epidemic, was meant to mock the followers of then-President Donald Trump and his prejudice.