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Ah, to be so easily amused.

To those who recommended Undercover Brother:
    I will forgive you.
        ...but it may take a while.

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emilyonline
Nov. 1st, 2003 08:08 pm (UTC)
Undercover Brother
Maybe they recommended Undercover Brother and a six pack of your favorite beer--kind of helps the laughter along.
self
Nov. 2nd, 2003 12:15 am (UTC)
It might have helped.

But then, so might the movie actually being funny.

To be clear, there is good comedy to be found in sexism and race relations. But, not automatically. Playing out the politically incorrect stereotypes with a smile on your face just isn't enough. That's about the same as pointing out that most pornography doesn't have very good stories, or that the people onscreen in 'em couldn't act their way out of a paper bag - these aren't revelations. Nobody thinks you're clever for pointing them out. Now, there are still new jokes to be made on the subject, but you have to work a little harder for them because the material is so obvious.

And, it's not like I don't enjoy big stupid comedies. But, the good ones work on several levels. Beyond the laughter, there's usually some real heart at the core. Check out "Bubble Boy" for a great example of all of this coming together. Undercover Brother, using very bad movies as it's language, couldn't afford to work on any other level. If it did, it would contradict it's own premise. That's a problem.

I laughed at the bit with the potato chips, and there were two lines of dialog that made me smile, but I don't remember what they were anymore. And that's not a good sign, either. When I think of comedies that really worked, there are a handful of moments in each that I'll never forget.

I spent the whole film waiting for the good part, and growing to resent all the time I'd wasted leading up to it. But I trusted my friends, and figured when the punchline came, I'd see how all of this had built up to it so cleverly. No such luck. There was no payoff. It wasn't building anywhere. What I hadn't been enjoying was the actual joke.

Like I said, a six-pack might have helped. But whoever it was who recommended this had seen it in theaters, stone-cold sober. And, not only did they enjoy it without the benefit of mind-numbing alcohol? They felt certain that I would as well...
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