I was reading a Vanity Fair article recently about KRAMER VS KRAMER being conceived as a spiritual sequel to THE GRADUATE even before Dustin Hoffman came onboard. I had never heard that, but now that I know, thematic link makes KVK an even more fascinating Boomer snapshot. I'm looking forward to revisiting both together soon.
I always found it fun to look at GROSSE POINTE Blank in this kind of way to SAY ANYTHING... And I guess WAR, INC. for the trilogy.
As far as response films go, perhaps a rarer bird. The most famous case I can think of is Hawks' rebuke/takedown of HIGH NOON with RIO BRAVO.
I may be remembering wrong, but I believe Hughes bros.' MENNACE II SOCIETY was a similar deal in reaction to After School Special aspects of BOYZ N THE HOOD.
I read KING OF COMEDY as in part Scorsese's blackly satirical response to his own TAXI DRIVER and the Hinckley obsession.
An interesting recent review posited Scorsese's SILENCE as a refuting of Gibson's THE PASSION.
What say you? Any other examples come to mind?