The Five Year Engagement

I found it extremely odd that 3 out of the last 13 movies I have reviewed have had Jason Segel in them. Jason is a likable goof, but I don’t seek out films that he’s in – I don’t even watch How I Met Your Mother. But it all came clear to me when I discovered Vulture’s very informative Map of the Comedy Zeitgeist that explains the hierarchy of hilarity – study it carefully, as it will keep you abreast of the next wave of funny that will be coming your way. Apparently Paul Rudd will be in all of them, and that is a good thing. Continue reading

Part II: Jeff Who Lives at Home/Friends with Kids

A well-known side effect of the recession has been the creation of Boomerang Kids; that group of young Millennials (also known as Generation Y) who have been escorted through college and life by their Helicopter Parents and then graduated to find there are no jobs available and end up living back home in their parent’s basement. I would like to be the person who makes up these names that effectively label and stereotype whole groups of people into small segments of the population that can then be categorized and identified by a single phrase. I think we need one for people who write reviews on the internet about things of which they know nothing. Critical Massholes? Continue reading

The Muppet Movie

Anyone who follows pop culture is sure to have noticed the surge of puppet sex in the last several years. Avenue Q (2002) started it on Broadway, when the loveable Muppet-like characters began getting it on in a way that was vaguely unsettling, considering that they were blue and fuzzy. In 2004, Team America (Fuck Yeah!) took it to a whole new level. Trey Parker and Matt Stone had to fight to keep their little movie from being tagged with an NC17 rating because of the variety of positions the dolls assumed. They succeeded, but left in just enough marionette fornication to forever change the way you look at the racks of Barbie dolls at Target. In last year’s The Beaver, Mel Gibson wanted to do it with Jodie Foster while the beaver puppet participated, opening up the plot line to a whole new array of punch lines. Continue reading