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By: Addison Wylie

Superfast is a spoof of the Fast and the Furious franchise brought to audiences by infamous filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.  How long do you think it takes for them to set up a joke where someone swaggers onto the street and gets hit by a car?  Not too long.

The aim of the Superfast game is to reenact a scene and point out the obvious. I would’ve gone in another direction, and had taken potshots at Fast and the Furious’ phoney family values and how severely the series has jumped the shark.  Then again, I’m not on the same comedic wavelength as Friedberg and Seltzer;  both of whom assume the height of hilarity is Vin Diesel’s bald head and Dwayne Johnson’s tight-fitting T-shirts.

Like the duo has been since their collaboration on Date Movie, the filmmakers can’t comprehend comedy.  With their recent offerings, they’ve moved away from pop culture references, which is a good choice.  However, they truly believe that making fun of something is to simply mimic.  What they constantly fail to realize is that adding a nonchalant fart joke, gross visuals, and broad stereotypes doesn’t add a fresh spin on things.  All these choices do is bring out the embarrassment of the actors and amateur qualities in the screenwriting.

Superfast, at the absolute very least, sometimes looks the part.  The filmmaking bozos have rented the right cars and have shot most of the generic races on location;  though the film loses points by stressing out lots of post-production chromakey work.

By now, the audience is forced to rate these slapdash movies based on the impersonations given by the sheepish cast.  As I’ve mentioned, the roles are basically lame stereotypes and accents, but Dale Pavinski (as Diesel’s Toretto character) and Dio Johnson (portraying Dwayne Johnson’s cop role) are trying their best to spruce up their scenes.  On the other hand, Alex Ashbaugh’s witless surfer dude is so far removed from Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner, he may as well be in a whole other movie.

If Superfast has succeeded in spoofing anything, it has captured the bloated boring blah each movie has in its aftertaste.  Although, I don’t think that was intentional.

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