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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-22-09 08:09 AM
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Movie Review “Year One”: In the beginning … there was gay panic.
by Brent Hartinger

Here’s my question for straight male comedy writers everywhere: even if you think the idea of a straight guy being lusted after or forced to have sex with a creepy gay guy is comedy gold, have you really not noticed how 500,000 movie comedies have already made this same joke? Does it not seem the slightest bit tired?

That’s what I was thinking when I sat through Year One, the latest in a loooooooooooong string of American comedies that think that “gay panic” is, well, frickin’ hilarious, dude!

What’s Year One’s set-up? In the ancient world, hapless cavemen Zed (Jack Black) and Oh (Michael Cera) are exiled from their village for being lousy hunters and/or gatherers. So they set off on a quest that leads them from the tent of the Biblical Abraham to the city of Sodom, where “what happens in Sodom stays in a Sodom!”

The endless succession of circumcision and sodomy jokes aren’t particularly funny, but they aren’t offensive either. Given that the second half of the movie is set entirely in the city of Sodom, I was expecting a stream of cheap, easy gay jokes that never really came.

http://www.afterelton.com/movies/2009/6/yearone
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-22-09 08:27 AM
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-22-09 08:44 AM
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2. Read a review of this last night that said it made Land of the Lost look like a masterpiece.
:scared:
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 12:19 PM
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7. I read a review that said Will Farrell will enjoy Year One
Edited on Tue Jun-23-09 12:23 PM by rocktivity
because it means that his Land of the Lost movie is no longer "this summer's biggest turkey"!

:rofl:
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-22-09 08:54 AM
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3. One reviewer suggested that no one over the age of 16 should see this movie.
At 16, homophobia is still new and funny.
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-22-09 10:22 AM
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-22-09 12:37 PM
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5. "...that never really came"
sounds like...

oh never mind. Yeah, I could tell from the trailers that this movie looked completely stupid and not worth it.

I do agree with your point, and while barbed, offensive humor can work if done well, it's usually just a cheap excuse for a cheap laugh, and also usually falls flat. I can laugh at myself, as can many others, but when it starts to feel malicious or like a pot shot, it's generally not funny, something most comedy writers don't seem to get.
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 12:24 PM
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8. I'm glad someone understands
Edited on Tue Jun-23-09 12:24 PM by rcrush
I love offensive humor. IF DONE RIGHT. I.E. Carlos Mencia he's the example of how NOT to do offensive jokes. People shouldnt be afraid of 'offensive' jokes but they have to be funny in the first place.

As for this movie PG13 comedies are lame ass.
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-22-09 01:06 PM
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6. It has Jack Black in it. What was the reviewer expecting? (n/t)
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