Check your theater’s local film listings and you will see a lot of comic book films, comedies starring the same five people, and a horror film shot on a cheap budget trying to recreate the magic of ‘The Blair Witch Project.’ No longer are some of our favorite film genres as common as they once were. Nearly extinct, these are the film genres we need to reclaim before it’s too late.
Lovable Loser Sports Teams
The 1990s was a decade of excellence when it came to classic films about sports teams of lovable losers. ‘The Mighty Ducks,’ ‘Little Giants,’ ‘The Big Green,’ and others followed in the footsteps of the original, ‘The Bad News Bears.’ Even the 1980s took this genre to the professional level with ‘Major League.’ The closest to this we have experienced were films like ‘Rebound’ and ‘Kicking and Screaming’ which were nowhere near as memorable as the others. Where did these films go? Did the Boston Red Sox final winning the World Series in 2004 ruin our love of the underdog? Is making fun of kids for being poor athletes now in bad taste?
What makes a parody film a good one? Chances are it does not have the names Adam Seltzer or Jason Friedberg attached to the project in anyway. Mel Brooks along with the Zucker Brothers helped create the perfect parody films in the 1970s, continuing the trend into the 1990s. Today the closest we get are the Seltzer/Friedberg literal disasters like ‘Disaster Movie,’ ‘Meet the Spartans,’ and way too many more. To type them all out, the world would come to an end.
PG-13 Teen Comedy
We need to give some credit to John Hughes. He managed to create lots of teen comedies without relying on gross-out humor. Best of all, many of his films are as universally enjoyed by males as they are females. Now, most comedies targeted toward teens are raunchy and push the envelope. Not that there is anything wrong with this style. It’s just a shame we no longer have the option to see a ‘Ferris Bueller’ and instead are pretty much stuck watching Judd Apatow’s friends bitterly curse and laugh at each other’s crude jokes for 40 minutes longer than the movie should have been.
For many people the slasher film is considered nothing more than a drive-in guilty pleasure. True in many ways, this is still a genre to never let die. Current horror movies scare us with use of the paranormal, almost always ghosts or something else insidious. Days of hormone driven teenagers suffering ill-fates from crazed maniacs appear over and are instead replaced with families living in haunted houses.