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Rick And Morty’s 5 Greatest Movie Parodies

Rick And Morty's 5 Greatest Movie Parodies

Rick and Morty might be known for its creative storylines and adventures, but its spot-on movie parodies are also a huge draw.

What separates Rick and Morty from other animated series like Family Guy is that it focuses more on plot and character than gags and pop culture references. Still, the gags and pop culture references are there.

On a few occasions, the show has parodied a specific movie with its episodes, either by taking the concept of a recent sci-fi movie and Rick and Morty-izing it or making an overt reference to the movie itself, like Rick¡¯s quote about Inception: ¡°It¡¯s like Inception, Morty, so if it¡¯s confusing and stupid, then so is everyone¡¯s favorite movie.¡± So, here are Rick And Morty¡¯s 10 Greatest Movie Parodies, Ranked.

Needful Things

Rick And Morty's 5 Greatest Movie Parodies
Although it isn¡¯t identified as such, ¡°Something Ricked This Way Comes¡± is pretty obviously a parody of Stephen King¡¯s novel Needful Things and its subsequent film adaptation. In both stories, a mysterious man comes to town ¨C in Rick and Morty, his name is literally Mr. Needful ¨C with a store whose products come at an ironic price.

In Needful Things, this is really creepy and Twilight Zone-y, but Rick isn¡¯t impressed. He sets up his own store where he removes the curses from people¡¯s stuff for free. At the end of the episode, he and Summer get jacked up on ¡®roids and beat him up. That¡¯s one way to end the story.

Cloud Atlas

Rick And Morty's 5 Greatest Movie Parodies
When Rick first shows the Smith family his interdimensional cable hook-up, one of the first channels they come across is showing a version of Cloud Atlas that stars Jerry instead of Tom Hanks. It was an obscure choice for the writers and Jerry even says, ¡°What¡¯s Cloud Atlas?¡±

But that¡¯s what makes it a good choice, because it shows that even being a movie star is no guarantee of feeling fulfilled. Jerry is a rich and famous movie star in this world, but no one¡¯s heard of Cloud Atlas, so he wouldn¡¯t feel any happier in that dimension as he does in this one.


Rick And Morty's 5 Greatest Movie Parodies
In the season 1 finale of Rick and Morty, Beth and Jerry go on vacation, leaving Rick, Morty, and Summer to throw a wild interdimensional party. They go on a recreation of the Titanic that hits a fake iceberg and simulates the sinking of the actual ship.

It¡¯s the kind of tacky, tourist-y thing that people love, based more on the James Cameron movie than the actual historical event. At the episode¡¯s climax, the ship¡¯s crew starts panicking as they realize the ship they initially declared ¡°un-unsinkable¡± might miss the iceberg and not sink. It¡¯s a really fun take on a real tragedy and a silly movie based on it.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Rick And Morty's 5 Greatest Movie Parodies
Season 3¡¯s ¡°Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender¡± is more of a general parody of the MCU than just Guardians of the Galaxy, but Guardians is clearly the movie it takes most of its inspiration from.

The episode makes a lot of sharp satirical points about the characters and storylines in everyone¡¯s favorite cinematic universe: all of the characters¡¯ powers and backstories are interchangeable, a huge villain like Worldender is just a stepping stone to another huge villain who will take his place, needless romances are forced between members of the team, and the team is led by a creepy chauvinist.

The Purge

Rick And Morty's 5 Greatest Movie Parodies
In ¡°Look Who¡¯s Purging Now,¡± Rick and Morty arrive on a planet that has a legal system in place like the movie The Purge. As Morty kills an aspiring screenwriter who¡¯s walking him through his script beat by beat, he gets into it and he and Rick start to enjoy the Purge, leading to one of the show¡¯s most violent sequences.

In the episode¡¯s final moments, we see Rick abolish the planet¡¯s Purge laws before leaving, and then the second they leave, we see this civilization devolve into re-Purging as they agree on exchanging goods for services and decide to set aside a period of time every year to take out their anger on each other.

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