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Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

Jason Friedberg (born October 13, 1971 in Newark, New Jersey, USA) and Aaron Seltzer (born January 12, 1974 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) are an Canadian-American film director and screenwriter team known for making parody films. They were two of the writers of one of the three drafts combined to make the original Scary Movie and have written and directed films such as Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Disaster Movie.

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Criticism

Friedberg and Seltzer's movies consistently turn in a reliable box office performance, but their critical reception has been consistently negative.[1][2] Disaster Movie is currently ranked #24 on the IMDb's Bottom 100 list of worst movies,[3] and Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans were rated the two worst films of 2008 by The Times newspaper.[4] Additionally, every film they have directed has made it into Rotten Tomato's "Worst of the Worst" for the 2000s, only scoring one spot outside of the bottom 25.[5]

Critic Josh Levin of Slate said of their work:

"Friedberg and Seltzer do not practice the same craft as P.T. Anderson, David Cronenberg, Michael Bay, Kevin Costner, Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker, the Wayans Brothers, Uwe Boll, any dad who takes shaky home movies on a camping trip, or a bear who turns on a video camera by accident while trying to eat it. They are not filmmakers. They are evildoers, charlatans, symbols of Western civilization's decline..."[6]

Josh Rosenblatt of the Austin Chronicle offers similar criticism of Friedberg and Seltzer:

"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."[7]

Another Austin-based reviewer, Korey Coleman of the Podcast Award winning review site[8] Spill.com, even added a new low rating (known as "f*ck you") to the site's rating system specifically to rate "Disaster Movie." In this review, Coleman notes,

"Most of it is just referring to whatever movie is popular at the time - and they keep getting worse with every film... I drank, I beat myself silly, I touched substances that I would never imagine doing before or ever again just to prepare for this movie, and it didn't help at all." [9]

The duo received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Screenplay for Epic Movie at the 2007 Razzies[10] and were nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay for both Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie at the 2008 Razzies.[11]

The pair appears on noted British film magazine Empire's 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.[12]

Filmography

Year Title Credits
1996 Spy Hard Screenwriter
2000 Scary Movie Screenwriter
2006 Date Movie Director (Seltzer), Producer (Friedberg), Screenwriter
2007 Epic Movie Director, Producer, Screenwriter
2008 Meet the Spartans Director, Producer, Screenwriter
2008 Disaster Movie Director, Producer, Screenwriter

Recurring cast members

Friedberg and Seltzer often cast certain actors more than once in their own films. Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan, Carmen Electra, Jennifer Coolidge, Fred Willard, and Tony Cox are amongst their most frequent of collaborators.

Actor Date Movie (2006) Epic Movie (2007) Meet the Spartans (2008) Disaster Movie (2008)
Ike Barinholtz X markN X markN
Adam Campbell X markN X markN
Jennifer Coolidge X markN X markN
Tony Cox X markN X markN X markN
Jareb Dauplaise X markN X markN
Carmen Electra X markN X markN X markN X markN
Crista Flanagan X markN X markN X markN
Nicole Parker X markN X markN
Jim Piddock X markN X markN
Nick Steele X markN X markN X markN X markN
Fred Willard X markN X markN

References

  1. ^ http://movies.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/movies/26spar.html?scp=13&sq=Jason%20Friedberg&st=cse
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/27/movies/27epic.html?scp=12&sq=Jason%20Friedberg&st=cse
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213644/
  4. ^ The 100 Worst Movies of 2008 The Times Accessed 12-12-08
  5. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/guides/worst_of_the_worst/8/
  6. ^ http://www.slate.com/id/2198611/
  7. ^ http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Calendar/Film?Film=oid%3A664798
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2] Spill.com
  10. ^ John Wilson (2008-01-21). "Razzies – 2007 Nominees for Worst Screenplay". Razzie Awards. http://www.razzies.com/history/07NomSP.asp. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  11. ^ John Wilson (2009-01-21). "RAZZIES.COM 2008 Nominations". Razzie Awards. http://www.razzies.com/history/29thNoms.asp. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  12. ^ "The 50 Worst Movies Ever". Empire Magazine. 2010-01-29. http://www.empireonline.com/features/50-worst-movies-ever/. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 

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