Category Archives: Comedy

The Graduate (NR)

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Ben Braddock may be the most selfish character ever idealized on the screen. An adolescent with no regard for others, he goes from being an indecisive college graduate to a degenerate and sadistic creep. He bulldozes and takes advantage of giving people until they’ve served his purpose, and then, like a packet of ketchup or […]

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Swiss Army Man (R)

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I wonder what has to go through a writer’s mind to come up with “Swiss Army Man:” there would have to be some chasm of depression and isolation, but also a heavy-duty sense of humor and creativity.  I can say I have never seen anything like it, and can be almost certain I never will […]

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Ocean’s 11 (PG)

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A framed photo of the legendary Rat Pack members sharing drinks and a laugh at Carnegie Hall in 1961 has hung in my apartment for a decade. The black and white image captures with it two things; a frozen moment in time, and the essence of coolness that these men were at the genesis of […]

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Turner & Hooch (PG)

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In the world of police procedurals, the ‘buddy cop’ routine is fairly established. We’ve seen it before with films like “Rush Hour” and “Cop and a Half.” However, the 1989 film “Turner & Hooch” takes a different take on the genre, establishing as a cop’s buddy not a kid or a hardened officer, but rather […]

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Animal House (R)

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National Lampoons is known for producing its share of raunchy comedies, and the 1978 “Animal House” is no exception. It’s a college movie through and through, and a celebration of that side of college life sandwiched between sleep and good grades – parties, drinking, girls…fraternities. The film follows the exploits of a rowdy and black […]

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Caddyshack (R)

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Before he would star in “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis would direct “Caddyshack,” a wild time of an ‘80s movie released, aptly, in 1980. The film had a bevy of stars renowned today, such as Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Rodney Dangerfield, and mixed a posh country club setting with ‘80s hijinks aplenty. Oddly nominated for a […]

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Road Trip (R)

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“Road Trip” is a zany movie, a film, like “American Pie,” that borders on raunchy yet is never cruel, that uses hijinks and sex to tell it’s story. It’s a college movie. This is unmistakeable from its opening, which features a dumbed down tour of Ithaca College by an aloof character named Barry (Tom Green […]

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Chasing Amy (R)

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From the man who directed “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Chasing Amy” remains one of Kevin Smith’s deepest and best. Smith’s later films have such a way of including zany or larger than life material (“Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Dogma” the best examples of these), that we forget […]

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