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10 Slapstick Comedies That Don't Hold Up Today

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  • Posted on 04th Oct, 2022 01:31 AM
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These slapstick movies weren't funny to begin with, and they only worsened as time passed.

In comedies, there are many ways that filmmakers and actors can tell a joke. One of the most famous methods is slapstick, or physical comedy, which is paradoxically easy and difficult to do. It's easy to exact violence on others, but making this funny or even relatable is challenging. Unfortunately, these slapstick movies failed at both.

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In a best-case scenario, these slapstick movies were funny in their respective time periods. What made them funny years ago may not work today without their original time settings and context. But at worst, these slapstick movies weren't funny to begin with, and they only worsened as time passed.

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The weird thing about Don't Be a Menace to South Central while Drinking your Juice in the Hood isn't that it's a spoof of a very specific indie wave from the '90s, but how oddly mean-spirited yet surface-level it is. Don't Be a Menace parodied dramas like Boyz n the Hood or Menace II Society, but in the most low-effort ways possible.

Here, basic slapstick replaced stark violence, and existential reflections were supplanted with deliberately saccharine platitudes. The end result was a childish parody of an important movement in American indie cinema, and it only feels more tasteless with each passing year. At best, some jokes landed only because of how absurd the hijinks got.

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