Do These Hilarious Goodfellas Spoofs Amuse You??

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Every once in a while a movie so distinctive, so iconic, comes along just begging to be spoofed. Be it the larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue, or savage beatings for mentioning a stint as a shoeshine boy, the elements easily lend themselves to comedy — sometimes just based on reference alone. Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic Goodfellas is one of those movies. But like the shower scene in Psycho or Darth Vader’s paternal revelation in The Empire Strikes Back, Goodfellas sparked such a parody abundance that it became hard to find the good among the lame.

Fortunately, we sifted through the chaff to come up with these six best Goodfellas spoofs. Enjoy!

6. “Raging Rudolph” (MADtv)

There’s something about Scorsese’s flashy ultra-violence that mixes so well with family-friendly productions. Perhaps it’s our innate desire to see our cherished childhood friends curse, flirt, and kill, because this Goodfellas-inspired parody of the Rankin/Bass Christmas special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is very satisfying to see. That’ll learn them reindeer for mocking a birth defect!

5. “The Goodfeathers” (Animaniacs)

Much like the frequent Sesame Street parodies that use strictly adult fare as a source, a few recurring characters in the madcap children’s show Animaniacs represent the trio of leads from a movie that (hopefully) kids haven’t seen. And yet, young or old, viewers can appreciate a quick-tempered cartoon pigeon flipping out over innocuous comments, whether the source inspiration was seen or not.

4. “Baldwin’s Mob Buddies” (Saturday Night Live)

In the cold opening to a 1993 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (remember when they were a thing?), Saturday Night Live turned Scorsese’s long take of the Goodfellas goons into a rogue’s gallery of outlandish Dick Tracy street toughs. There’s Jimmy Five-Times (who says everything five times), Nick “The Puppet” Lamponi, and Out-of-Focus Eddie. And maybe it’s our obsession with everything Norm Macdonald, but we’d watch a feature-length spinoff starring Richie Pause-And-Shout.

3. “Contemporary American Poultry” (Community)

It didn’t take long for the cult comedy series Community to establish its trope-spinning style by taking every genre imaginable and turning them inside out. And by the time the show hit its 21st episode, viewers knew Dan Harmon’s deep pop culture knowledge would be represented on screen. In “Contemporary American Poultry,” the Greendale gang corner the chicken finger market and quickly learn the thrill of power and corruption like a certain Lufthansa crew.

2. “Bart the Murderer” (The Simpsons)

Voiced by the indelible Joe Mantegna, there was no question that the Simpsons character Fat Tony would become a regular by his first appearance. In this classic third season episode that spoofs Henry Hill’s rise in the ranks, Fat Tony and his cronies hire Bart for his inherent mixology skills and lead him into a life of organized crime. The characters became so rife for parody that actual Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero sued Fox for $250 million for allegedly stealing his likeness for the character Louie.

1. “Pallies” (Mr. Show)

Watching a gangster movie like Goodfellas on TV is always a blast. Chock full of not-safe-for-network content, these films regularly have to be edited down — or better yet, awkwardly dubbed over — to meet the strict policies of the FCC. (That’s why you should always watch it uncut on IFC!) And here, the team at Mr. Show spoofed the practice of lesser networks by using an infamous scene in Goodfellas and censored it to the point of inscrutability, proving they’re a bunch of funny “mother-father Chinese dentists.”

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Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

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Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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