Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are an American film director and screenwriter team. They were two of the writers of the original Scary Movie and have co-written and co-directed films such as Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Disaster Movie, all of which have been widely panned by film critics.


Friedberg and Seltzer's movies consistently turn in a reliable box office performance, but their critical reception has been consistently negative. Disaster Movie is currently ranked #1 on the IMDb's Bottom 100 list of worst movies, and the pair was nominated for a Razzie for "Worst Screenplay" for Epic Movie.

Critic Josh Levin of Slate said of their work:

"Friedberg and Seltzer do not practice the same craft as P.T. Anderson, David Cronenberg, Michael Bay, Kevin Costner, Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker, the Wayans Brothers, Uwe Boll, any dad who takes shaky home movies on a camping trip, or a bear who turns on a video camera by accident while trying to eat it. They are not filmmakers. They are evildoers, charlatans, symbols of Western civilization's decline...
Josh Rosenblatt of the Austin Chronicle offers similar criticism of Friedberg and Seltzer:
"Writer/directors Friedberg and Seltzer are a scourge. They’re a plague on our cinematic landscape, a national shame, a danger to our culture, a typhoon-sized natural disaster disguised as a filmmaking team, a Hollywood monster wreaking havoc on the minds of America’s youth and setting civilization back thousands of years.


Year Title Credits
1996 Spy Hard Screenwriter
2000 Scary Movie Screenwriter
2006 Date Movie Director, Producer, Screenwriter
2007 Epic Movie Director, Producer, Screenwriter
2008 Meet the Spartans Director, Producer, Screenwriter
2008 Disaster Movie Director, Producer, Screenwriter


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