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  •  not all humor has to be deep and (10+ / 0-)

    sophisticated.

    I take issue with the idea you present that "adolescent humor" is somehow inferior and only worthy of teenage boys.

    There's room for both, and sometimes a chance to just laugh at something silly or stupid is mighty fine.

    I haven't seen the movie yet so it could be really bad, but Anchorman was full of "adolescent humor" and it was quite entertaining.

    Was it deep and meaningful? No. But it wasn't intended to be, and that's ok.

    And I'd say the fact that this movie is in existence is solely because the first movie was very popular and people wanted a sequel. It's not about connections.  If the original Anchorman had bombed we wouldn't have seen an Anchorman 2 most likely, connections or no.

    •  Adolescent humor is big because... (1+ / 0-)
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      a2nite

      As is noted, a lot of people don't seem to grow out of it, and (and this is probably the big part of the story) there are a lot of adolescents out there with money to see stuff like this, along with those who've never gotten past it.

      Money. Hollywood's biggest addiction.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 09:27:00 PM PST

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      •  Not a big Anchorman fan (2+ / 0-)
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        I do enjoy the Scotchy scotch scotch ice cream though.

        In my past I personally have even bitched and moaned about how much I cant stand Ferrell.

        But holly shit if I ever sound like you lot, shoot me now.

        The whining about how some people enjoy slapstick comedy is extreme, and childish in itself.

        If you dont like it dont watch it.

        There is nothing fundamentally wrong with that kind of humor.

        A "No my comedy is better" rant is stereotypical of a drunken adolescent that you claim to be better than.

        A style of comedy is fine to enjoy your whole life. A "my personal tastes are soooooo much better than yours" world view is something you should grow out of.

        •  Chill, dude! Or better yet, Get out more! (0+ / 0-)

          No one is trying to take away the stuff you find funny.

          My point was there are a lot of people who DO enjoy this kind of stuff and they have enough money at their disposal that Hollywood finds it very profitable to go after it. The problem is when Hollywood just shovels a pile of crap together that looks like it fits by following a 'formula', and when it drives out other kinds of comedy that other people enjoy just as much. (Just not as easily entertained perhaps and, more important, not in the guaranteed numbers a "Will Ferrel Movie" or an "Adam Sandler Movie" can hope for.)

          Granted, those other kinds of comedy can be formulaic too - but a varied diet is still generally better than the same thing over and over.

          Hey - I like cult classics like "The Titfield Thunderbolt" or (sadly out of fashion) comedy/adventure/romances like "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines." If you want to see some well-done black humor with a lot of slapstick, check out the original "Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe" (and skip the American remake with Gene Wilder.) If you want over the top physical comedy and a cast more notable for who ISN'T in the movie, dig up a copy of "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World". (Check out the list of actors who appear in it at the link - it's unreal!)

          And for the record, I really enjoyed "Blades of Glory" despite some of the more gratuitous bits.

          "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

          by xaxnar on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:22:29 AM PST

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      •  the grow out of it comment (0+ / 0-)

        is the silly bit in there.

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