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Better Off Ted (2009)
A Very Funny Comedy With Potential To Last
"Better Off Ted" chronicles the title character's business in Veridian Industries, a corporation that has a group of scientists come up with various ideas and creations to test and sell to the public. Some of these ideas include business chairs that has fabric employees find uncomfortable, yet they improve productivity because employees won't be able to daydream.
This show has gotten off at a good start. The characters are likable, and the jokes are pretty funny. Even the ideas, like when they freeze one employee just for the heck of it, are crazy and random.
A nice touch of the show is its use of stock music. It's not an original idea ("Ren & Stimpy" and "Spongebob" did it before), but like those two cartoons, the music helps the comedy, bringing more laughs.
One thing I hope for "Better Off Ted" is that it will last. Usually, hilarious shows without laugh tracks or studio audiences struggle to survive on network TV, probably because TV watchers don't seem to know what's funny unless they hear a laugh. The show's creator, Victor Fresco, also created "Andy Richter Controls the Universe", a really good comedy that was unfortunately canceled due to low ratings. Hopefully, more people will tune in to this show, along with its side-partner, the very funny "Scrubs". It's entertaining, and it has potential.
Disaster Movie (2008)
How NOT to Make a Spoof & a Comedy In General
Out of curiosity, I saw "Disaster Movie" online. Man, curiosity can be a bad thing at times.
I'm going to say it right off the bat: this movie is awful. It really amazed me at how little effort was put into this mess.
Instead of actually parodying actual disaster movies, writers/directors Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer made the insipid decision to instead make references (not jokes) to nearly every movie that was released that summer. It's easy to see that "Disaster Movie" was a rushed production, because most of the movies they supposedly riff on weren't even released when they were shooting! This means that F&S just saw the trailers to "Juno", "Alvin & The Chipmunks", "Kung Fu Panda", "High School Musical", "Hancock", "Love Guru", "Speed Racer", "Wanted", "You Don't Mess With the Zohan", "Indiana Jones", "Superbad", "Narnia", "Dark Knight", "The Incredible Hulk", "Iron Man", and "Sex & The City", then decided to craft gags around them. Smart, isn't it? It's from this tactic that shows how much F&S care about the moviegoer's intelligence. This is insulting. The only movie they use that's actually a disaster movie is "Twister" (complete with a horrible CGI created tornado).
I didn't have high expectations for "Disaster Movie", thankfully. I do enjoy spoofs, and I am a proud fan of offbeat/slapstick comedy. That being said, the movie failed to even do slapstick right. The only scenes that made me laugh was the Chipmunks segment and when the Jumper landed on Caspian's sword. Also, Nicole Parker as Giselle got some chuckles from me.
And...that's it. A few moments out of 70 minutes. Now, correct me if I'm wrong: isn't a spoof, and a comedy in general, supposed to have a medium-to-high level of funny scenes and jokes? I plan on becoming a filmmaker soon, creating my own comedies. For me and any other person who wants to make comedies, this movie is the perfect example of how NOT to make a spoof or a comedy. The fact that LionsGate thought this was fit for theatrical release boggles the mind. Even a baby would think it's terrible.
"Disaster Movie" is an unfunny, desperate, lame excuse to cash in on the parody scene. Friedberg and Seltzer should be ashamed of themselves. The script is terrible, and the directing and editing has no sense of timing. I feel bad for the cast; they might not get better work because of this on their resumes.
For those who are curious to see this movie, don't. Just... no. In fact, see Airplane!, a spoof that makes fun of ACTUAL DISASTER MOVIES and knows what it's doing.
This is quite possibly the worst comedy I've seen. Unspeakably bad.
Family Guy (1999)
The Most Uneven Comedy on TV
"Family Guy" spotlights the life of a Rhode Island family, the Griffins. Peter is a fat, stupid husband to Lois, who is smart and surprisingly tolerates Peter despite the various antics he does. They have three kids, angst-ridden Meg, dim-witted Chris, and Stewie, an intelligent baby with a demented plan of dominating the world (and killing Lois). Topping off the family is Brian, a talking dog who is somewhat the most normal one in the family.
The early seasons of "Family Guy" were very funny, with random gags and some envelope-pushing humor along a good storyline. Now, the reason why I say the show is the most uneven comedy on TV because after it has returned to TV, it's very hit-or-miss. Story lines were kicked to the curb in place of pop-culture references and long jokes. There's nothing wrong with a comedy that's completely random, but it has to be funny all the way, or at least most of the time.
The long jokes are mostly annoying, ruining the punchline by making it go on and on. If I was running the show, I'd fire the editor.
The pop-culture references swing wildly between a funny joke or just a reference, which is unnecessary. Also, at times the show tries too hard to be offensive.
The recent season so far is mostly funny, so I'm not complaining. However, Seth MacFarlane and his crew needs to let the funny outweigh the unfunny.
Scrubs: My Fishbowl (2007)
A great episode!
I saw this episode about 4 times after it aired, and also downloaded the episode on my SanDisk.
This episode was hilarious. Ted was a crack-up, the Stacy flashbacks were laugh out loud funny, especially Turk's. The subplot with the Janitor and the fish is classic surreal comedy. When the fish talked and hit the high note, I lost it. Along with Turk's super fart and JDs out-loud thought after-wards.
It also seems like when they get a veteran "Scrubs" director back to direct, things get back on track. Don't get me wrong, I am one of the few who have enjoyed this season so far. Chris Koch (the "My Screw Up" and "My Female Trouble" episodes) did a great job with directing, especially the Janitor/Roger scenes. He gives them a great feel of weirdness that sells it (the angles, extreme close-ups and low shots of the Janitor) and makes it funnier than what it could have been. All in all, along with "My Musical", it's one of the best episodes of the season.
Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
Now I Understand
Tonight, I saw "Freddy Got Fingered" on YouTube. After viewing the film, I realized how on-the-money these critics are about it. It's a mostly bad comedy, probably only fully enjoyable to die-hard fans of Tom Green, who can be funny, but only in small parts. He is mostly unfunny and annoying here.
However, there were some moments that made me laugh, mostly those that were in the commercials, such as "the backwards dance", "the sausage song", the "cheese helmet", the opening (that is, until Tom out of nowhere plays with a horse's penis) and a random cameo by Shaq.
But these are overshadowed by gross gags that are just not funny and completely unnecessary. Was there really a need for scenes of cutting open a deer, licking a open wound, swinging a baby by its umbilical cord (which by the way, Green cuts with his teeth), a laugh-less running gag about a little boy being injured, and shooting his maniac father (Rip Torn) with elephant semen? I don't think so. The film's title, by the way, concerns Green's character Gord framing his father for molesting his brother, Freddy, during a therapy section. Could someone tell me how is this funny? If anything, these scenes reveal how mentally whacked Green is.
What amazes me, like the many other critics, is that "Fingered" was greenlighted by Fox, with nationwide ad campaigns and in many theaters while a funny silly comedy like "Kung Pow" was treated like dirt.
"Freddy Got Fingered" could have been a hilarious dumb comedy, but it ends up being just DUMB, and not in a good way. I'm a fan of blissfully silly comedies, but this movie had the opportunity to be funny, and it blew it.
Anything But an Insult
I enjoyed the first two Naked Guns. I laughed at the gags and slapstick and inside jokes that I missed. "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" is even better than the two installments, and, despite the subtitle, you won't be insulted.
Police Squad Lieutenant Frank Drebin is now married to the love of his life, Jane (Precilla Presley) and has retired from his job. Unfortunately, she wants a baby, but Frank is sterile. Fed up with him, Jane leaves him.
Frank's police buddies Ed and Nordberg (George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson)force him to get back on the squad. He accepts, taking the case of a criminal (Fred Ward) who, along with his mother and sister (Kathleen Freeman & Anna Nicole Smith) plan to bomb the Academy Awards. As usual, it's up to Frank to save the day... and his marriage.
"The Final Insult" continues the ZAZ (Zucker-Abrams-Zucker) team's staple of non-stop jokes and gags, and a great amount of them work. Laughs here are frequent. Peter Segal, who went on to direct the very funny cult hit comedy "Tommy Boy", started his film-making career with this sequel, and he does a great job setting up the jokes, especially the slapstick free-for-all at the Oscars, which has to be one of the funniest climaxes in the history of comedy. Pratfalls and sight gags galore, it had me laughing hard.
I think this is the best of the series, and if they make a fourth installment, maybe they should rehire Segal.
The Pink Panther (2006)
A Funny Addition to the Series
I thought "The Pink Panther" was funny throughout, despite what the critics say (is there some kind of law for critics to hate comedies and family films?) I saw the original movie before seeing this one, and it was a well-done introduction to the series. However, the wacky slapstick is only in small doses. I'm a slapstick fan, so it was a bit disappointing. The new prequel, however, is crammed with slapstick, so I enjoyed this movie more than the original (yes, I said it!) Steve Martin pulled off a wacky performance as Jaques Clouseau, a former gendarme (police officer) who is promoted to Inspector by Chief Dreyfus (Kevin Kline), who plans to take full credit of the case of the missing Pink Panther diamond to win the Medal of Honor. Clouseau takes the case, teamed up with assistant Ponton (Jean Reno), who is sent by Dreyfus.
The movie is a fine addition to the series, and a good tribute. Martin is hilarious, and his cartooning French accent and physical comedy never fails to get a laugh. Shawn Levy, who previously teamed up with Martin in "Cheaper by the Dozen", doesn't top Blake Edwards in comic directing, but he can still set up good gags, even some you didn't see coming (the chandelier, globe, and an exploding food stand comes to mind). The slapstick is done well, too. Beyonce's performance is not as bad as everyone says, but it's not perfect.
If you want to enjoy good comedy, see "The Pink Panther". If you want to follow what the critics said, well, you're missing out.
Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
"Son" Is Funny
This installment of the "Pink Panther" series was a good romp.
Italian comic Roberto Benigni is Jaques Gambrelli, the son of Inspector Clouseau, who has to save a princess from being taken by criminals. Gambrelli, however, carries a lot of traits from Clouseau, including giving Chief Inspector Dreyfus a hard time.
"Son" doesn't quite measure up with the other films: Series director Blake Edwards seems to lose some of his talent of choreographing slapstick, and the story has nothing to do with the diamond. However, there are still enough funny moments, and Benigni gives a good performance. The opening credits are funny too, presenting Bobby McFerrin's strange scat version of Henry Mancini's theme song, while the animated Pink Panther and Gambrelli chase each other. The movie is not a disaster like most say, and it isn't brilliant, but it will still make you laugh. That accomplishment is good enough.
The Simpsons' forgotten cousin
Futurama is the best show since the yellow family down at 742 Evergreen Terrance! It's funny and contains hidden jokes. FOX moved this show and other comedies around the schedule like a chessboard thus causing viewers to miss it every single week. 7PM?? Why did they want this show to die? It was worth seeing for Fry's discovery of the future, Leela battling something or avoiding Zapp, Bender doing hilarious things, Zoidberg being a loser, and the Professor saying "Good news everyone!" Well, at least, we would always have DVDs and Adult Swim to look forward too despite no new episodes unless a Family Guy-like miracle happens. Season Four was sort of a bust compared to the others since FOX was canceling it and the writers was rushing story lines so the show could end happily. If you don't believe me, try to watch those "emotional episodes" such as Jurassic Bark and the series? finale. At least those "episodes" beat the recent episodes of The Simpsons. Why don't they just cancel that now and focus on bringing this show back? When you have the chance, watch Futurama, Family Guy, and the Aqua Teen Hunger Force every Monday to Wednesday from 11pm to 12:30am on Adult Swim!
We are the Geekers...
This show is okay, not the heap of trash I expected it to be from other user comments. The song is great, and the stories are funny. But there's too much of The Greasers. WAY TOO MUCH. People should had watched some more episodes before describing it as garbage and putting it down, especially anyone at the Jump The Shark web page. Anyway, if you had never heard of CatDog, it's that cartoon about a cat and a dog put together by a potion and was raised by some odd parents, not to be confused with that cartoon with the odd parents name. The show didn't catch on, it was hated by most, and was canceled before 2 episodes could air. You should watch it and give it a shot, it's an okay cartoon, it might not be as good as the old Nicktoons like Rocko's Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy, and the old Doug, but it's worth watching anyway like Invader Zim or Yakkity Yak.