July 13, 2006

Film Critic Quote of the Day

"Even the healthiest attitude toward same-sex relationships will not prepare an audience for You, Me and Dupree, a mainstream comedy which clings to a love triangle constructed between one woman and two men, and owes as much to Brokeback Mountain as it does to There's Something About Mary."
-Sean O'Connell, on FilmCritic.com. Yea, I caught that too. The movie had a few funny gags here and there, but ultimately it just didn't work. Also, a likely career-worst performance from Michael Douglas.

A much better film? "Talladega Nights," with Will Ferrell, which I saw tonight. Everyone who loved "Anchorman" will love this too, I assure you- it's the same hilarious, anarchic spirit, and is likely to inspire one of the most-read "Memorable Quotes" sections on IMDB. But the highlight was unquestionably Sacha Baron Cohen's turn as a gay French NASCAR driver, a performance I don't think I stopped laughing at from beginning to end. It's Cohen's fourth great character.

And no, you don't have to like NASCAR to like the movie (I certainly don't). And even after seeing it, I'm still not sure if they were making fun of NASCAR/Southern culture, or paying homage to it.

Posted by Stephen Silver at July 13, 2006 10:45 PM
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