This is the kind of movie parody I can get behind. And I'm guessing a lot of other TV viewers Saturday night felt the same way. Most of us haven't seen "Unstoppable" yet, but I'm sure we've all seen the trailer. So during opening weekend it's more prudent for "Saturday Night Live" to lampoon that trailer. If the film ends up a big hit or some scene or dialogue enters the pop culture consciousness then these other moments can be spoofed. But many of the people watching "SNL," and many of us seeing the parody later, on the Internet, aren't going to the movies regularly enough to do appreciate immediate parodies of a new releases in full. I'd kind of like to see this be a regular thing on the show. I wouldn't mind seeing a parody of the "Next Three Days" trailer next weekend -- though I guess a "Deathly Hallows" spoof would get more attention. A week later: spoofs of the "Burlesque" and "Love and Other Drugs" spots. Let's just rename the show "Saturday Night Trailer Parodies."
I think back now, however, to when I used to get Mad and Cracked as a kid as soon as they hit the shelves. They always had spoofs of films that weren't even out in theaters yet (I always wanted the job of Mad cartoonist, partly because they seemed to see movies in advance) and they often even spoiled the endings. But that was also a time when I read novelizations of many films beforehand, so I typically was over-informed going into the theater. Now I'm a different person. Still, I must acknowledge that fuller parodies on "SNL" and elsewhere on the web can be produced at any time during a film's release. Because they're now all available digitally for our convenience whenever we do get the chance to see a minor release like "Unstoppable."
Watch the video after the jump.
I have to admit, I had no clue who the actors appearing in this are except guest host Scarlett Johansson, who does a fine Rosario Dawson impression. Apparently Jay Pharoah has been doing Denzel on "SNL" for a while, and he is spot on. Let's now watch the real "Unstoppable" trailer for a comparison: