Comedy versus Stupidity
Old movies are wonderful, specifically, old comedies.
I hate to say this, but they just don't make 'em like they used to.
Who're the biggest names in comedy movies these days? Ben Stiller, Will Ferrel, and that whole gang.
The movies are stupid. Let's be honest here. Dodgeball? A movie where the main joke revolves around people being hit with random objects. Anchorman. A movie where the main joke revolves around bad 70's cliches. They're just...brainless. A monkey could watch these movies, and laugh like mad.
Where's the wit? The snappy dialogue?
Where's the comedy?
Yes, there is a place for slapstick comedy. If it's done right, a guy getting hit in the (insert genital slang here) is funny. If it's done right, jokes about a time period can be great.
Just watch the Wedding Singer. In that movie they used the time period jokes to good effect, and it was funny, because when that movie came out, it hadn't been done to death.
What I'm saying is that comedies today can't even compare to a lot of older movies.
Take, for instance, the Philadelphia Story.
It's brilliant. The dialogue is witty and snappy, the premise is funny, and the actors don't have to resort to crotch-knocking to get laughs.
Macaulay Connor (Jimmy Stewart): Doggone it, C.K. Dexter Haven. Either I'm gonna sock you or you're gonna sock me.
C. K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant): Shall we toss a coin?
Macaulay Connor (Jimmy Stewart): I'm testing the air. I like it but it doesn't like me.
C. K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant): Sometimes, for your own sake, Red, I think you should've stuck to me longer.
Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn): I thought it was for life, but the nice judge gave me a full pardon.
C. K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant): Aaah, that's the old redhead. No bitterness, no recrimination, just a good swift left to the jaw.
Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn): You're too good for me, George. You're a hundred times too good. And I'd make you most unhappy, most. That is, I'd do my best to.
Macaulay Connor (Jimmy Stewart): (drunk, to driver) Well, this is where Cinderella gets off, now you hurry back to the ball before you turn into a pumpkin and six white mice, goodbye.
It's wonderful stuff. You can't even compare the belch, burp, fart, fall, disgusting, and bad-fashion jokes that seem to be the only way to get laughs anymore.
Is it the movies themselves that are going downhill, or are they dumbing it down because they have to, in order to hit the average person's humor?
I don't know.
(Incidentally, I also suggest watching Bringing Up Baby, the Court Jester, any of the Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies, and a movie with Don Knotts called the Love God.
...and a million others.)