2015 / Directors. Jason Friedburgh and Aaron Seltzer.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
As I write this in the early hours of the morning there is a glorious full moon outside my window. Strange and unexpected things happen during a full moon and that's about the only explanation I have for how much I enjoyed SUPER FAST!
Jason Friedburg and Aaron Seltzer are the poor man's answer to the Zucker Brothers. Having cut their teeth writing SCARY MOVIE they went on to direct some the truly awful (and unfunny) slapstick titles such as DATE MOVIE, EPIC MOVIE, MEET THE SPARTANS, DISASTER MOVIE, VAMPIRES SUCK and THE STARVING GAMES. For some absurd reason (possibly the decline of teenage intelligence) their movies have made money and so the studio continues to throw more at them. Their average budget is twenty millions dollars, which is ludicrous for the quality of work they deliver.
And now suddenly from out of nowhere comes SUPER FAST (...SUPER FURIOUS). Perhaps it landed in my hands at the right time and maybe it tickled my funny bone at a susceptible moment - like I said, there's a full moon outside... but damn I laughed. Taking aim at the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise (derr) this new parody seems smarter than their previous efforts. To start with they are lampooning a movie-property that is ripe for the comedic pickings. When you consider the F&F series there isn't much that cannot be parodied. From physical appearances to pimped out rides and everything in between.
Where Friedburg and Seltzer's previous movies have been little more than over-boiled crock-pots of bad jokes, SUPER FAST feels a lot more calculated and intentional. Of course there are plenty of gags that miss the mark (heck, even the Zucker Brothers threw foul balls) but the movie is packed so tight with jokes that the majority of them do hit their target. From street-racing smart-cars to well lubricated cops and dumbass lines like “It's not the car you drive, it's the driver in the car who does all the driving”... the Goddamn movie works. It just fucking does.
As I write this I am well aware how most people will respond to it. I cannot even believe it myself. But I make no apologies. If something makes me laugh as much as SUPER FAST did and it entertains me from start to finish, then I must give credit where credit is due. Friedburgh and Seltzer have finally delivered A FUNNY MOVIE. Wonders will never cease and with their next one in production (titled WHO THE F#@K STOLE MY DAUGHTER?) I can only hope that they've hit their stride.... though I highly doubt it.