Monday, May 25, 2009

This Ain't Happy Days Ain't Shit


Sigh. I wonder if these television porn parodies are going to continue on this downward spiral? I was pretty excited about this XXX parody of Happy Days, but I turned it off after about 20 minutes. Hence, this review will be rather brief, and I won't bother with a plot overview, seeing as I didn't get that far. Call me picky, but I have certain standards regarding sound recording quality, even with my porn movies. This Ain't Happy Days was unwatchable, partly due to very amateurish set design/production values, but primarily due to the poor sound. I couldn't make out what the characters were saying half the time, and the laughter track was not authentic-sounding (something that really added a lot to the excellent Not The Bradys, Not The Munsters, and Not Bewitched). I have found that the authenticity of the parody, in terms of looking, sounding, and feeling like the original show will make or break its success - a rather obvious statement, perhaps, but one worth making in light of huge disappointments such as this. I am still hopeful for Not The Cosby's, especially as there is a stark lack of such feature-type roles for black actors and actresses in the adult industry. I'm very excited to see Jada Fire in the upcoming Star Trek parody, and Not The Cosby's will provide further opportunities of this kind. Nevertheless, it's still disappointing that black actors only seem to get cast in features when the source material is such that a black actor is positively required. The last time I can remember seeing a black actor in a feature was Deep Threat in 2008's The Accidental Hooker (a great film). I'm sure there are more, but considering how much black talent is out there, it's clearly imbalanced. I won't go into the more blatant racism that goes on in the adult industry...

Ultimately, This Ain't Happy Days felt like an amateur stage play, with a laughter track composed of five friends standing behind the camera laughing as loudly as possible. Weak.

8 comments:

Radiation Cinema! said...

Gore Girl: What a shame. The potential here was astronomical. Consider a scene with Potsie and Joanie. Of course, as you say, a close resemblance to the look and feel of the original series would be crucial. As the poet says - "of all sad words of tongue and pen the saddest are these - 'it might have been'." -- Mykal

Gore-Gore Girl said...

I know - a tragic shame. I was hoping for some subversive scripting in the same vein as Not Bewitched, especially regarding Fonzie, but alas it was not to be.

I have a feeling Not The Cosby's will be a little more interesting. Until then...

deep_friar said...

Wait wait wait, there's a Munsters porn movie?

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Indeed there is! I don't like it too much (as a porn movie) but it's worth watching. There used to be a review of it over at XXX Marks the Plot, but I just tried to link it and it says it no longer exists. Oh, and it's called This Ain't the Munsters - my bad.

Roger Feelbert said...

Porn parodies - like mainstream parodies - are a fickle things. Done properly (Airplane!, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!) they're fantastic. Done lazily (Friedberg and Seltzer travesties) they're a worse torture than waterboarding.

I wrote in my un-blogged review of Frat House that if you were to ask a random person to name characteristics of porn movies "porn versions/parodies of mainstream movies" would likely be pretty far up there. Whether or not they exist in real life (and I'd bet that they do, somewhere), most people would know, straight away, what Forrest Hump or O Boner, Where Art Thou? were. In fact, you could get really post-modern and say that the newest onslaught of these (Bradys, Munsters, Cosbys) were as much parodies of the convention of making porn parodies as of the television shows they're modeled after.

I suppose it makes sense that, as there are more of these Not the... flicks made, the quality is going to suffer. Early editions are likely to be at least somewhat carefully made and creative, whereas the later ones are likely to be lowest common denominator/path of least resistance productions.

What I'd like to see (and, truth be told, the screenplay, I've lazily been writing) in porn is a smart send up of a genre instead of a specific show or movie. Sort of the porn equivalent of what Wet Hot American Summer was to late '70s/early '80s camp movies. I'm inclined to ask that nobody steals my idea, but let's face it, the odds of me actually finishing the project I've started are basically nil....

Gore-Gore Girl said...

I think you're right, and it's a pattern you can see throughout most entertainment industries. Still, I'm about halfway through Star Trek XXX, and it's nowhere near as bad. Not great, but at least worth a watch.

I would like to see parodies of genres also - there are a few out there, like Powertool Massacre, and a movie called Hardgore from the 70s. Both are horror parodies. Powertool Massacre is great. But there is certainly a dearth of these kinds of creative risks. Good luck with your screenplay!

X-Ray Specs said...

Wow, I hate to hear that this one is so bad, since I'm a sucker for spoof pornos. But at least you have saved me a wasted rental. I will look forward to your review of Star Trek XXX

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Glad to return the favor, Specs - you saved me some money and time due to your review of The Partridge Family. Star Trek XXX is much better, but still not as good as Bewitched/Bradys.

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