mrsl wrote:I so agree with Mr. Farr's assessment of today's comedy in movies. Where are all the graduates from Universities and Colleges who received their degrees in popular writing? Have they quit already?
It's probably just me, but I think it's disingenuous for Farr to compare the R-rated Bridesmaids
to six classic screwball comedies. It's equally, or even more unfair to indirectly compare Kristin Wiig to some of the greatest "fabulous screen comedians of yore."
This is the kind of article that will inevitable keep people away from classic films, rather then draw them to them. In his article, Farr essentially says that if you enjoy movies like Bridesmaids
, and don't feel bad about it afterwards, there is something wrong with you and the cure for your ills are these old movies; films that have little or nothing in common with Bridesmaids
except that they are all made up of single, still images, which, when projected, appear to move.
There's nothing like being told that "the movies you like are bad/sad and you should try these instead" to turn one completely away from any of the "better for you" recommendations. It's particularly galling when this "advice" comes from someone who admits that he "laughed hard…" during the bad/sad movie, which, one might suppose, was what the filmmakers intended in the first place.
That Farr feels sad about enjoying a film like Bridesmaids
is his problem. That he writes about it, essentially condemns it, as well as its' fans, and instead recommends unrelated films from those 'bygone days of yore' is our problem. He's doing classic film no favors.
Maybe Hollywood isn't currently making pure screwball comedies, but many modern comedies contain elements of screwball, and are often smart and well-written. David Mamet, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and especially the Coen Brothers are just a few writer/directors that come to mind.
It's not all bad.
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