March 20, 2008

How Not To Make a Comedy

Saw "Drillbit Taylor" last night. Please don't make the same mistake I did.

It's like an abject lesson in how to screw up a Hollywood comedy. Nothing about it works- not the premise, not the gags, not the acting, not the characters. It's like someone saw "Superbad" and decided, "hey, it would be better if we took out all the raunch, and all the humor, made all the characters unlikable, and toss in this homeless army deserter who fights bullies, but not really!" Ugh. People were worried that people would have trouble laughing at Owen Wilson after his suicide attempt, but I consider that about the 45th-most problematic thing about the movie.

With this and "Walk Hard," it's now been two duds in a row from the previously unstoppable Apatow factory, though to be fair Judd neither wrote nor directed it.

But even more unfortunate was the trailer for Mike Myers' new film, "The Love Guru," which seems to consist entirely of tired ethnic jokes and rehashes of bits that were already in all three "Austin Powers" movies. Did "Wayne's World" really come from the same mind as this garbage?

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 20, 2008 05:06 PM

Just saw Drillbit for free last nite. It started out as ok and then got worse. What was even funnier was how Owen was clearly stoned the entire movie. I just couldnt believe how red and glazed his eyes were thru it all.

Posted by: A at March 28, 2008 12:42 PM
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