Most current comedies are tough for me to get on board with - I don't think dirty jokes for the sake of dirty jokes are funny...I'd much prefer clever funny. And I don't particularly care for slapstick. So, more precisely, maybe my taste is comedies is very particular. Or, even more precisely, maybe I can only tolerate Will Farrell in smaller doses, or in movies where he is surrounded by supporting characters who are equally funny and bizarre. Anchorman would be the best example of this:
|Farrell's Cam Brady is an incombent congressman from North Carolina's 14th district who has been running unopposed for many years. He slips up - leaves an R rated message on the answering machine of a very conservative family while he thinks that he is calling his mistress - and so the billionaire brothers who were backing him decide to look elsewhere for a puppet they can control. They settle on mild-mannered Marty Huggins, who is currently running the tourisim center in town. Marty is gentle and good natured, and wants to help the town. The brothers want to control the district to sell it to China = insourcing. Cam gets upset that he finally has competition, causing the campaign to get dirty. Hijinks ensue. Marty starts out wanting to make his father proud, and make the town better, Cam eventually comes to a realization what he truly cares about, and the rich brothers get their comeuppance.|
6 out of 10. Lost points for Farrell's character having sex in a port-o-john in the beginning of the movie, really? Gained points for Sudekis and McDermott as the campaign managers - they were both great. Lost points for the random nipple...I'm not even sure what that was about or why it was necessary. Gained points for having the dog from the Artist show up - random...geez did I hate the movie The Artist. I suppose they should lost some points for reminding me of that...
Bonus Video 1: Hot Shots...second favorite ZAZ movie: