Spy Hard sets out to parody the James Bond films but of all the films to have copied the Airplane style, it is one of the worst and the one that probably has the least to do with the subject matter it tries to send up. [Although, it was subsequently surpassed in both these regards by the excruciating 2001: A Space Travesty (2001), also featuring Leslie Nielsen]. There are numerous of send-ups principally from films in recent memory the dancing scene from Pulp Fiction (1994), the bus chase from Speed (1994), the presidential motorcade from In the Line of Fire (1993), the horse in the lift and Harrier Jet scenes from True Lies (1994), the bicycle tomfoolery from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and various parodies of Sister Act (1992) and Home Alone (1990).
Oddly, bar an amusing parody of the trademark James Bond credits sequences with silhouetted fat ladies swimming, which is written, directed, sung by and starring Weird Al Yankovic, and the odd gags about martinis shaken not stirred, there is precious little in the way of parody of the James Bond film and what there is is predictably dull, like the briefcase in the gadgeteers office that turns out to only be a briefcase. The other movie parodies seem empty and pointless there seems staggeringly little purpose or humour to them, they seem inserted more as quotes than as actual send-ups. Simply parroting a scene does not count as satire. The most amusing gag is the kid who looks like Macaulay Culkin that the bad guys torture for having inflicted My Girl (1991) and Getting Even with Dad (1994) on the world. The real spy spoof would have to wait until Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (1997) for an effective workout. Although, those interested should search out Stephen Chows hilarious spoof of the Bond films in From Beijing with Love (1994).
Co-writers/producers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer later came to specialize in this form of movie parody one founded on gags making reference to films that came out in about the last six months, all overlaid with much schoolboyish humour. They also co-wrote Scary Movie (2000) and then went onto together direct/write Date Movie (2006), Epic Movie (2007), Meet the Spartans (2008), Disaster Movie (2008), Vampires Suck (2010), The Starving Games (2013), Best Night Ever (2013) and Superfast! (2015).
(Winner in this sites Worst Films of 1996 list).