It’s so much harder now for filmmakers to lampoon sub-cultures when their real-life members are more than happy to do it themselves – on their own shows.
In his 2000 improvisational comedy Best in Show, scenarist and director Christopher Guest plays Harlan Pepper, a good-natured soul from the rural south of America heading north so his bloodhound, Hubert, can compete at the prestigious Mayf...
An unsubtle remake about cruel corporate shenanigans.
In Dinner for Schmucks, Steve Carell plays Barry. In the conceit of the film he’s set-up as a kind of über-nerd. He works for the IRS. His hobby is taxidermy. His special interest is finding dead mice, and stuffing them. Barry then 'casts’ the...
Universal’s animated comedy is Pixar-lite.
It may seem churlish to question the motives behind the 3D animated movie which was one of the biggest hits of the US summer, raking in more than $US240 million. Yet it’s hard not to feel being manipulated as Despicable Me tries to push all the...
A sadly unfunny and cliché-ridden attempt at a romantic comedy.
With the New Zealand film Eagle vs Shark attracting comparisons to Napoleon Dynamite, audiences have just cause to fear the worst. Both films feature hypocritical 'celebration' (read mockery) of nerdy underdogs, both are cringingly cute, and...