Taking a pause from writing “thank you” notes to all the Critters who’ve taken a stab at my current queue offering . . .
Saw American Wedding yesterday. Okay, I’m really not a fan of slapstick or scatological humor. I turned off Something About Mary and for the most part, Jim Carrey makes me roll my eyes and change channels. But I really like all of the American Pie movies, even this most recent incarnation which focused on one of my least favorite characters (Stifler). Somehow, the writers manage to walk the edge without crossing into “seriously not funny.” Laughed right out loud many times in the theater, although I also spent the time in a nearly perpetual state of cringing–much like how I felt watching AP I and II, actually. There was one scene which did push into “more gross than funny” but one bad scene in three movies is pretty good. And, of course, Alyson Hannigan is quite the hottie.
Turner Classic Movies is doing marathons of various famous actor-types this weekend. Yesterday was Cary Grant. I adore Cary Grant, so we spent a lot of yesterday parked in front of the television. Matthew made his delicious Eggplant Parmesan and we saw in quick succession: I Was a Male War Bride, Notorious, Father Goose, and Operation Petticoat. Fell asleep during Arsenic and Old Lace but that’s okay. We have it on DVD. Today is Jack Lemmon. It’s a good passive entertainment sort of weekend.
I finally rented American Pie and American Pie 2 just so I could stop being mystified by all the “this one time, at band camp” references I’m always hearing.
I enjoyed them, and really like most of the characters, but the gross-out gags just leave me cold. They don’t offend me, I just don’t find them funny. I like character-based humor better.
Jim Carrey is not my favorite either. I think he’s corny and most of his comedies are just plain silly, not funny. The only movie I like of him is The Grinch, that’s about it.
Strangely, while I tend to have odd-but-brainy tastes in movies, I basically stopped watching Jim Carrey’s movies when he started to get brainier (I’ve only seen the first Ace Ventura, the Mask, and the Batman one.)
I really admire what he’s been able to do (with films like The Truman Show, the Majestic, and so on), however. I think, with luck, he could achieve a successfully bifurcated career, a la Steve Martin or Robin Williams (goofy comedies of questionable quality mixed with quirky or unusual quality movies.) Remember, one of his first roles was in a TV movie, as a man dying of AIDS.
Unrelated note: I just joined up with Critters; I think workshopping may help me get past whatever hump seems to be impeding my progress.