OKGazette.com - Comedy http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-129-1-comedy.html <![CDATA[Knights of Badassdom - There's a chink in this armor.]]> In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. ]]> <![CDATA[The Wolf of Wall Street - Badfellas.]]> Leaving the recent Academy Awards empty-handed, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street nonetheless is one of the few 2013 Best Picture nominees we'll still be watching decades later.]]> <![CDATA[Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - When there's a Will, there's a way-out comedy.]]> By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John, I just don't understand those who knock Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as “a retread.” That's like saying you don't like sex because it “feels the same as the last time.” If this sequel to the 2004 cult comedy weren't funny, they might be onto something. Alas, they are not.]]> <![CDATA[Return to Nuke 'Em High - Radiates bad taste.]]> At once a reboot of and a sequel to 1986's Class of Nuke 'Em High, the comedy Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 presents a premise as thin as a used Kleenex — radioactive tacos mutate high schoolers — in order for the Troma label to unleash its distinctive brand of rapid-fire, unrestrained lunacy designed to upset everyone. It's something else, all right — I'm just unsure what that “else” is.]]> <![CDATA[Reel Zombies / Sorority Party Massacre - Ha? Bah.]]> Despite horror comedies being extremely difficult to pull off, indie filmmakers keep trying, to a degree of sheer obliviousness. The latest examples are Reel Zombies and Sorority Party Massacre, both of which come off as in-jokes — not exactly the most ingratiating approach for attracting an audience.]]> <![CDATA[Blind Date - Yippee-ki-hic!]]> Remove all the Billy Vera & the Beaters songs, and time has been pretty kind to 1987's Blind Date. Arguably the last good movie directed by Tulsa-born comedy legend Blake Edwards, it's new to Blu-ray, just shy of its (gulp) 30th anniversary.]]> <![CDATA[Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Badder equals better.]]> Strange as it sounds, come March 2, one of the films that stands a good chance of walking home with an Academy Award is Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. It’s one of three nominees in the category of makeup, but still, the recognition marks real progress for films that open with a senior citizen getting his junk caught in a vending machine.]]> <![CDATA[We're the Millers - And you'll laugh lots.]]> Imagine if Vacation patriarch Clark W. Griswold dabbled in drugs, not food additives. That's essentially We're the Millers, a family-on-a-road-trip comedy about a fake family and fake road trip. At least the laughs are genuine, and plentiful.]]> <![CDATA[Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas - Bah, humbug.]]> I plead guilty: My friends and I have goofed around with a camcorder before and made stupid movies, but we were smart enough to know that no one outside ourselves would think they were funny. If only the makers of Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas realized the same. ]]> <![CDATA[Clear History - Curb your enthusiasm.]]> Technically, Larry David may not be playing "Larry David" in Clear History, but let's not kid ourselves. The made-for-HBO movie might as well be a Very Special Episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm — it has the beats, the rhythms, the observational improvisation, the happy-go-lucky music, the lisps of J.B. Smoove and, of course, Larry David doing Larry David. The guy has the range of a Playskool walkie-talkie, but hey, can't that be enjoyable for a while? 
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<![CDATA[Girl Most Likely - 'Girl,' corrupted.]]> Among the principal creatives of Girl Most Likely, five of them are Academy Award nominees of this millennium, which makes the film's failure all the more worrisome. ]]> <![CDATA[The Big Bus - Get on the 'Bus,' Gus]]> Beating Airplane! to the punch — but not to pop-culture relevance — by four years was the 1976 disaster spoof, The Big Bus. Only two of the four Airport adventures had taken off at the time and were quite popular, so it's possible audiences at the time didn't have the sense of humor about it as they would today. ]]> <![CDATA[The Hangover Part III - Let's 'Hang' again.]]> Once The Hangover became a monster hit in the summer of '09, a sequel was inevitable. So was the backlash, which greeted The Hangover Part II upon its arrival two years later. Complained the multiplex populace, "It's too much like the first one!" ]]> <![CDATA[This Is the End - If only that were true.]]> This Is the End is the cinematic equivalent of being stuck in a living room with a group of High Times subscribers who have plenty of money to burn and plenty of fart jokes to release. Yes, there is a twist to it all, but it seems more like an afterthought than an actual plot point.]]> <![CDATA[Sex Kittens Go to College - And I want a scholarship!]]>

Everything you need to know about Sex Kittens Go to College before watching Sex Kittens Go to College

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<![CDATA[The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue - Didn't dig it.]]> Tenants of a low-rent apartment building have some problems: The electricity has been shut off; their pets are disappearing under mysterious circumstances; and worst of all, they're stuck in a horror comedy that's not the least bit amusing: The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue.]]> <![CDATA[Cockneys vs Zombies - You can't spell 'yuck' without the 'UK.']]> I've been unkind to zombie movies of late, so let me hereby take this opportunity to apologize ... because my ire continues with Cockneys vs Zombies. It's like every other third- or fourth-tier zom-com you've seen (or ignored, hopefully). The only twist, if it can be called that, is the addition of thick English accents and senior citizens, neither novel.]]> <![CDATA[Heavy Traffic - It's a Heavy cartoon.]]>

Ah, the early days of video stores. Most every city, burg and/or township had that one glorious store with one copy of everything. OKC had Kaleidoscope Video Stores; Mid-Del had Bob’s Video; and in the dark regions of Bob’s Video sat the “adult” movies which were basically comprised of Paul Morrissey’s Flesh For Frankenstein and Blood For Dracula and Ralph Bakshi’s two X-rated cartoons, Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic. Oh, how I wanted to see all these movies! Of course, as an eleven-year-old, I never had the gumption to try to rent any of them out of fear I would be ejected from the store and banned for life.

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<![CDATA[Ishtar - Don't believe the hype.]]> Telling the truth can be dangerous business, but here goes: Time slowly is proving me correct in my long-held assertion that Ishtar is a funny movie. Believe it.]]> <![CDATA[Disorderlies - Filmed in 3-D, only the ‘D’ stands for ‘diabetes.’ ]]> As someone who is doing his damnedest to lose more than three decades of weight gain, it has taken years of self-inflicted embarrassment to fully realize that “all you can eat” isn't a challenge, but a curse. ]]>