Funny Weird Or Funny Ha Ha?

Time for some more movie reviews. This time, I will run over a few comedies that passed by my TV screen.

  • Napoleon Dynamite – Wow. Deadpan is about the only word that comes to mind on watching Napoleon Dynamite. It is bizarre film, so utterly stupid and completely off the wall that humor doesn’t really matter. I don’t know what to say about this nonsense. I really don’t know. Did I like it? It’s like driving by a train wreck – I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. It certainly takes high marks as the most absurdly stupid movie I’ve seen in a long time. If this movie reminds me of anything, it’s the asinine late-night cartoons that are shown on the Cartoon Channel weeknights. Yes, this is the live action film version of Adult Swim
  • I Heart Huckabees – What the hell? This is pretty much incomprehensible philosophic mishmash done up in pastel colors. Enlightenment is found screwing in the mud or wearing clothes like the Amish, or maybe it’s just being nice to people. Okay, whatever. But go with the flow, sit back and enjoy the ride. After all, it is a 13 hour flight and there’s not much else to watch. In the end, this movie is an enjoyable mess.
  • Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle – Not a bad stoner/road trip movie. Certainly had some funny segments, including a strung out, horn dog Doogie Howser who steals the hero’s car. And it certainly made me crave some White Castles. The movie makes some pithy comments on race in 21st century America. Probably one of the most honest explorations of American ethnicity I’ve seen in some time. And it was pretty damn funny too boot. It was like a great stoner high, bouts of complete lucidity puncuated by moments of absolutely skewed humor.
  • Shaun of the Dead – I heard a great deal about this movie, so I was eager to watch it. Zombie movies are fairly easy targets to lampoon, and Shaun of the Dead does not disappoint. Two drunken slackers barely notice the end of the world going on around them. And when they do realize the zombies have taken over, they settle on the local pub as the best place to lay low and ride out the apocalypse. Easily the funniest of the recent spate of zombie movies, it even gets in a few digs at the other movies, like 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, and Resident Evil.

3 thoughts on “Funny Weird Or Funny Ha Ha?

  1. CC

    I was chuckling nonstop for the first 20 minutes of Napoleon Dynamite, of course I’m also the one looking for the last three Chinamen to go along with that zeppelin I’ve rented. Then ol’ Napoleon got a bit boring and really drug toward the end. I saw Pablo on the Kimmel show and it looks like el Pablo will make a career out of this.

    And Huckabees was odd, but I gotta say Naomi Watts in them hotspant in her first shot onscreen was itself worth the price of admission. But if you watched this one on a Continental flight, they might have cut out that shot.

  2. Thomas

    Well, I saw Huckabees on Continental, and I do remember Naomi Watts looking cute, but nothing memorable. Perhaps she was expunged from my mind by the sight of Rosario Dawson naked in Alexander. Do airlines edit movie material in first class? I distinctly remember seeing American Beauty – and Mena Suvari – in all its uncut glory in business first on a Continental flight years ago.

  3. CC

    I saw some movie on a CO flight that they just tore the guts out of, knowing this because I’d seen it before. I was trying to think of which film, but couldn’t remember. It must have been on a coach ride to Vancouver or something.

    But I do remember I was watching a movie in first class on CO and realized they had cut out all allusions to an air crash that happened in the movie. Now that thar is some propaganda.

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