Saturday, January 12, 2013
Yesterday I was bemoaning the state of modern comedy films. Particularly, the absence of plot/plethora of poop jokes. Then today I caught "Oscar," a John Landis homage to 1930's screwball comedy with lots of (perhaps too much) plot and no poop jokes. How refreshing. Critics hated it at the time because it had Sylvester Stallone, and when is it ever fashionable to give Sylvester Stallone a good review?
According to IMDB it cost $35 million to make and made $25 million which explains the absence of Oscar II. And Hollywood then learned that when making comedies use as little plot as possible, and as many poop jokes that can fit.
Friday, January 11, 2013
For a hit movie, it was really not very good:
Extra-long sequence of dueling toasts which outlasted its funniness
Extra-long sequence on airplane which outlasted its funniness
Extra-long sequence at bridal shower that outlasted its funniness
Diahrea sequence which is somehow mandatory in every modern comedy
I read once that in any movie that centers on women it has to be about competition between two women, either for a man, or in this case, the friendship of another woman.
This was a thin thin story. I keep thinking the original version of "The Producers" is the last comedy that had a plot. Every comedy since "Porky's" has been about people pooping, and isn't it hilarious when people get the runs.
OK, no one got kicked in the balls, somehow they forgot to do that, probably because there were so few men in the movie.
Great cast, some good set up, meeting all the characters, then it loses momentum with the dueling toast scene and never recovers.