Oh, what a hoot! RED isn't openly parody or camp, because it's played absolutely straight. But in its own way it has a good laugh at all the clichés of action flicks. Well, maybe Malkovich's role is self-parody, considering all the kookie roles he's played. But he too plays it straight, that is, straight for John Malkovich. It's hard to explain...oh, go see the movie.