Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stupid Movies

I get really frustrated with the seemingly ever-increasing popularity of stupid movies, and with how people seem to insist that they're really funny.

Take, for example, something like Scary Movie. Or Hot Shots. Or really, practically every Will Farrell, Adam Sandler, and Ben Stiller movie. You will probably laugh when you watch these movies because they're kind of funny. But they won't really stand out in your mind a year or so after you've seen them because the humour is safe and obvious. There is nothing risky, original, or especially interesting there. This means they are not, and can never be, really funny.

So yeah. Get your heads on straight, people.


  1. How can something be "not really funny"? Either you laugh about it or you don't. Of course "Hot Shots" is not necessarily the intelligent kind of funny. But funny, nevertheless. I laughed a lot, when I saw it the first time and I still do. Sometimes you're just not in the mood for something intelligent.
    Or if you take "Airplane!", for example: When it came out in 1980 there haven't been many movies that dared to be so stupid. So you can't really say, it wasn't original. And there certainly aren't many movies (even today) which have such a huge amount of gags. Of course you don't remember all of them. But sometimes someone quotes a line from "Naked Gun" or "Austin Powers" and you come up with another one and you have ... like a little battle about who remembers more of those silly gags. And that's what's so great about these kinds of movies. In a way they're more social than others. They're the kind of movies you can start to watch at a party at 3am and you can be sure, everyone will have a good time. Not in intellectually stimulating way. But in a laughing-your-ass-off-kind-of-way.
    So ... I wouldn't say that intelligent humor is in any way better than the kind of humor these comedies provide. They're just made for different occasions.

    BTW: "Robin Hood: Men In Tights" is definitely one of my top-5-all-time-favorite movies. It's a masterpiece if silly humor!

  2. Generally speaking, I agree with this. That being said, Anchorman is still one of my favourite comedies ever.

  3. Andi, I think you make some good points and fear I probably didn't say what I meant to say properly. I agree that Airplane! is a great movie. I actually wouldn't really call it a stupid movie because it is pretty innovative in its way. The same goes for Zoolander, which I know is a Ben Stiller movie but I think it's quite edgy and funny, and Anchorman, which I know is a Will Farrell movie but I think is also pretty original. So I'm not at all saying that intellectual humour is "better" than goofy humour.

    What I am saying is that most movies of the general "goofball comedy" genre just don't have anything innovative in them, and therefore aren't THAT funny. It's sort of like, well, you could laugh a bit while watching them, or you could laugh a bit while watching something else. But you probably won't piss yourself laughing either way, if you know what I mean.

  4. Protest the goofball movie! I'm with you. ;)


  5. I agree to a certain extent, but some of those movies stand out. Airplane, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, to name a few. The generic Scary Movie type of spoofs are poorly-written, but then again, it doesn't take much to entertain today's youth.