Running Time: 93 mins
Rated: Rated M: infrequent moderate coarse language
Two of the six writers of "Scary Movie' tackle the biggest mega-blockbusters of all time in Epic Movie. The story centres on four not-so-young orphans: one raised by a curator at the Louvre (where an albino assassin lurks), another a refugee from Mexican "libre' wrestling, the third a recent victim of snakes on her plane, and the fourth a "normal' resident of a mutant "X'-community. The hapless quartet visits a chocolate factory, where they stumble into an enchanted wardrobe that transports them to the land of Gnarnia (with a "G'). There they meet a flamboyant pirate captain and earnest students of wizardry - and join forces with, among others, a predatory lion to defeat the evil White Bitch of Gnarnia.
The ideas behind this film are well above average, and there is serious money in it Unfortunately, the satire does not go far enough, so it only half as funny as the creators imagine Epic Movie to be and the humour settles for adolescent giggles over sexual innuendoes and women's breasts. Nothing epic here.
Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.