Bring out the usual suspects, as in the only few directors that parodists seem to have a handle on for their film spoofs. And when I say “a handle,” I mean they don’t actually get them at all. CollegeHumor has a new video meant to show what “The Social Network” would have been like had other well-known filmmakers gotten the gig instead of David Fincher. As we saw earlier this year in a Slate satire presenting the Super Bowl as made by famous directors, Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino are favorite auteurs to try and mimic. Anderson has also been the butt of other similar gags, including one involving Spider-Man, and Michael Bay has always been an easy target. These three directors are joined in spirit here by Frank Capra, Christopher Guest and Guillermo del Toro, all of whose imagined visions of the Facebook origin are laid out for laughs.
The problem, even worse than in prior videos of the sort (I like much of the Super Bowl one), is that the guys at CollegeHumor have no sense of what makes these filmmakers auteurs. Rather than adapt their familiar and easily recognizable style and form to the plot of “The Social Network,” they’ve just focused on one specific film of each director and simultaneously spoofed that. So it’s not really about what Mark Zuckerberg’s life would look like through the eyes of Anderson, Tarantino, Capra, Del Toro, Guest and Bay. It’s what the story would be like filtered through, respectively, “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Reservoir Dogs” (from which Tarantino has grown in many wonderful ways), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (so many other Capra films would have been more fitting), “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Waiting for Guffman” (mixed with “Best in Show,” maybe) and “Bad Boys” (I guess? parodists just throw explosions in as the sole identifier of Bay, even though his camera work is so distinctive).
Watch the totally clueless video after the jump and see if you agree.