Another Movie, the newest spoof film from the writers of Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Disaster Movie, badly underperformed in its opening weekend, grossing only $2.8 million. Although the previous spoof films of writers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer did much better at the box office, critics say Another Movie has one fatal flaw: no scenes of characters breaking out into humorously unexpected breakdancing battles.
"Remember in Meet the Spartans when the Spartans started breakdancing? Oh my god, that was so hilarious! Real Spartans didn't breakdance!," commented film critic Roger Ebert. "And then in Disaster Movie they had the Juno character break it down. Have you ever seen something so goddamn fucking funny? A pregnant white girl breakdancing? I know you didn't see that one coming!"
Although Another Movie had plenty of tired, recycled jokes and uncreative references to celebrities with unstable lifestyles, it evidently was not enough to compensate for the complete absence of scenes portraying breakdancing by characters that you would not typically expect to be capable of breakdancing.
Another Movie came fast on the heels of Disaster Movie, which premiered only two weeks ago and is also failing at the box office. Friedberg and Seltzer said they wrote Another Movie in one 25 minute sitting, after spending a couple of hours watching the E! channel and movie trailers for recent blockbusters. "That's how we get our material and inspiration," said Friedberg. "It's pretty simple," added Seltzer. "We just take a well-known scene from a movie trailer and reenact it basically to a tee, but maybe have the character talk in a funny way or get hit by a car. I like to think of myself as a modern day Mel Brooks."
The duo also said they spent five to ten minutes trying to think of a better title, but couldn't come up with anything. They are already wrapping up their next project, Fuck the Title, Just Give Us Your Money And Attempt To Be Entertained By Our Completely Uninspired Unfunny Piece of Shit Spoof Movie Which Isn't Really A Spoof Movie Because It Just References Passing Pop Culture Phenomena And Scenes In Other Movies Without Making Any Sort of Original, Intelligent, Or Remotely Funny Observation or Comment Whatsoever, though studio executives requested that they shorten the title.