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Adult Swim is still clueless when it comes to live action.
happyreflex from United States
7 May 2008
Stiff was a terrible misfire for Adult Swim. It failed on every level.
All attempts at comedy fell flat.
First of all, Stiff tried to copy the screwball action style of Sam
Rami's Evil Dead films, especially Army of Darkness, during the fight
scenes. But it failed. When the hero battled a zombie while the zombie
trash talked him, it was just dumb. And the hero didn't have half the
charisma of Ash.
Second, Stiff was basically meant to be a parody of those Saturday
Afternoon Action Comedies that air on various networks. But the
creators mistook imitation for parody and simply made their own
particularly bad Saturday Afternoon Action Comedy. And it wasn't bad in
any kind of fun or interesting way; it was just boring. When the
heroine did a slow-motion flying kick and winked at the camera, again,
just dumb. They copied the formulas of the genre, and then they left it
at that. In scenes that were played straight, they lost the sense of
fun that actual Saturday Afternoon Action Comedies have. The characters
were dull and lifeless. And in terms of talent and ability, everything
about the production was below B-list. Way below B-list, even for the
genre. A level or two below what is involved in the shows that inspired
Stiff simply wasn't funny. It stunk.
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