Monday, July 19, 2010

Too bad there aren't vitamins for this.

When it comes to entertainment, I wish there was some sort of disciplinary filter that would sift out the crappy from the non. Movies and music alike have suffered from what I have so eloquently labeled as "crude-crap-a-titis," a disease that has spread exponentially over the past few years.

In film, for example, movies likes Superbad and Step Brothers have taken the reigns in terms of media popularity, but their "quality" does not reflect their superstar status. I'm not sure when society decided that having the humor of a four-year-old was acceptable for anyone above the actual age of four, but apparently it was some time before each of these films came out.

I don't and won't ever understand how a movie can resort solely to crudities for a laugh and still be considering funny; if you ask me, that simply shows a writer's inability to be genuinely amusing. Cheap laughs are just that: cheap.


Tyler Kirk said...

Let me explain exactly why most people, including myself, pay to see movies like Superbad and Step Brothers: Situational Comedy and Quotability

Situational Comedy: The films' characters are thrown into normal situations (job hunt, teenage party, et cetera), and then put a comical twist on it. Most of said twists are things that normal people would deem inappropriate in the given situations. And their dialogue in these situations is also unexpected, which leads to Quotability…

Quotability: If the entire audience walks out of the theater with a single one-liner or more memorized, then the writers did their job. The situations mentioned above are meant to provide small bursts of humorous dialogue that can be easily remembered and whipped out at parties and other social gatherings. They want viewers to think of their films as a brand without actually thinking of them that way. Confusing? Yes. But these films truly are a brand. The brand includes Anchorman, Old School, Wedding Crashers, Talladega Nights, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, The Hangover et cetera, et cetera. Each of these films star a certain clique of actors, are directed by Judd Apatow or Adam McKay, and are viewed by the same audiences all across the nation.

These movies are by no means worthy of an Academy Award, but they are cherished because sometimes toilet humor is a sweet release to a place where witty humor doesn't serve a purpose. It's a break from the work day, and a chance to slip back into the days when you had the "humor of a four-year-old."

And the laughs may be cheap, but the writer's are rich. So the joke's on us.

Betsy said...

I think you have succesfully created a worthwhile argument, but I guess the real issue lies in the question of whether you find such humor funny.. Maybe I'm boring or too moraled for my own good, but I can't bring myself to laugh about completely random/crude/outlandish comments for 90 minutes.

As for quotability, I find that I'm able to do the same with classics like Airplane, Robin Hood: Men in Tights...movies that don't lower my IQ but are funny nonetheless. :)

Betsy said...

PS. You are my favorite person ever for writing this.