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'Zero Dark Thirty' Parodies: With Lena Dunham and As A Rom-Com

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens February 28, 2013 at 12:10PM

Who knows if these parodies might have helped Zero Dark Thirty in the Oscar race? (Could they have hurt more than the controversy about torture?) Laughing about the subject probably wasn’t in anybody's awards strategy, but these two very funny videos reveal how firmly the film has pervaded the cultural conversation.
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Who knows if these parodies might have helped Zero Dark Thirty in the Oscar race? (Could they have hurt more than the controversy about torture?) Laughing about the subject probably wasn’t in anybody's awards strategy, but these two very funny videos reveal how firmly the film has pervaded the cultural conversation.

Jimmy Kimmel Live has an expertly light way of tweaking Hollywood inanities. Here’s a trailer for Zero Dark Thirty, recut to suggest it’s a romantic comedy about a woman pursuing her man. Tag line: “Sometimes it's good to be a little Abbota-bad.” 



And comic Chelsea Davison does a hilarious impression of Lena Dunham as Hannah in Girls, auditioning for the Jessica Chastain role. What’s funniest here is Davison's perfect appropriation of Dunham's lilting delivery, as if every statement is a question, and her character's utter self-absorption.




I still say the film did not condone torture, and wish the backlash hadn’t derailed its Oscar chances, but watch Kathryn Bigelow defend Zero Dark Thirty  herself on The Colbert Report.


This article is related to: Television, Zero Dark Thirty, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lena Dunham, Jessica Chastain, Girls, Zero Dark Thirty Parody

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