Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

The Bell Won’t Save This

Kristian Lin
I never got into the whole Saved by the Bell thing even though I was of high-school age in the early 1990s. Jimmy Fallon, who is also of that age, has lately been drawing attention for his new TV talk show by trying to get the ...


Not So Minny Laughs

KRISTIAN LIN
The whole time I was watching New in Town, I was wondering why Renée Zellweger didn’t fit her role. In this throwaway comedy she plays Lucy, a Miami-based executive for a food conglomerate who’s sent to Minnesota j...



Supergrass

Kristian Lin
Marijuana makes you mellow, so movies about people who smoke lots of marijuana usually try to be mellow.


High 90s

Kristian Lin
“Do you ever feel like a fuck-up?” So inquires recent high-school grad Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) of his psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley).



Death, Thou Shalt Die

Big Ticket
A whole slew of events this week is going on thanks to the More Life Festival.


Young Love

Even good chemistry can’t save Baby Mama.
COLE WILLIAMS
There’s a scene early in Baby Mama where two women – a white-trashy vamp and an upscale VP – watch a dad play baseball with his son on America’s Funniest Home Videos.



Quaid Pro Quo

Wordy, wayward, and well-acted, Smart People is a slacker comedy for the literary set.
Kristian Lin
Mark Jude Poirier’s name will be more easily recognized by readers than cinephiles.


Fat Pegg

This British romantic sports slacker comedy runs pretty smoothly.
Kristian Lin
I wrote the headline on this story because I’m helpless in the face of an easy pun, but seriously, Simon Pegg isn’t fat.



Insert Your Own Jokes

New comedies flood our theaters, but they’re mostly all wet.
Kristian Lin
Some observers are calling this a golden age for comedy films, but even a golden age has its share of fool’s gold, not to mention Fool’s Gold.


Corpse Bride

A major character may be deceased, but it’s Over Her Dead Body that’s really rotten.
Kristian Lin
When you encounter hideous misogyny in a movie pitched aggressively at male audiences (like last fall’s Good Luck Chuck), it’s shocking but not necessarily surprising.