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Laugh till it hurts

I was very excited to watch the new comedy Telenovela on NBC.

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Instead I am watching the goings on in the Mt. Sinai Urgent Treatment Center waiting room.

Bored patients like me.  Street traffic.  And a Will Smith movie on TV.

Oh well. Telenovela looked funny.  Would have made my ribs hurt to laugh that much.

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All in the family

Turns out you can’t judge a musical by its poster.

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The only thing I knew about the Broadway show Fun Home before I saw it last night was a) the critics loved it and b) the Tony voters did, too.

It scored 12 nominations earlier this week.

I didn’t know the soundtrack or the book upon which it was based. I walked in the theatre about as clueless as a person could get.

So imagine my surprise when the show wasn’t the singing, dancing Partridge Family parody that I had cooked up in my head.

If you too are in the dark (and wish to remain so), stop reading now.

Have they left?  Okay.  So the rest of you know why my mind is a bit blown right now.

The musical’s narrator is a lesbian cartoonist. (Yeah, this show’s no Cinderella.) With the help of her very young self and college-aged self — two incredible young performers — she tells her life story.  With captions.

(‘Cause she’s a cartoonist.)

Fun-Home-2How her father was a part-time teacher and part-time funeral director — FUN HOME was the family nickname for the funeral home — and a closeted gay man who slept with lots of boys and committed suicide while she was away at college.

Yeah.

But that’s not to say there weren’t moments of humor and laughter.  Her first girl-on-girl experience in college inspired “Changing My Major to Joan,” one of my favorite songs in the show. And the kids did do a little Partridge Family at one point, so the graphic designer gets to keep his job.

The cast is all-around amazing. I do wish I had seen the show off-Broadway before they were plopped down into this in-the-round venue. It has led to a lot of ‘singing to the audience’ staging that seems amateurish for a story of such complexity.

It is quite a ride.

Mood movies

I see a lot of movies for different reasons.

Usually it’s because of a favorite actor or genre. Sometimes the movie has Oscar buzz…or the subject matter is ‘good for me’ (meaning it’s gonna feel like homework, so I have to talk myself into going).

best-man-posterThe Best Man Holiday is none of these.

It’s a sequel of a movie from 15 years ago that I didn’t see. I just thought the promos looked light and fluffy and fun, and that’s what I was in the mood to see.

By now I should know to never trust trailers.

The plot was exactly what I expected — best friends reuniting for the holidays — but the film deals with some very real issues.  It’s saved from being throwaway by the quality of the cast who deliver genuine laughter and tears — lots and lots of tears.

I loved seeing Terrence Howard in this kinda role and movie–Taye Diggs and Morris Chestnut, too.

Rumor has it they are already talking about making the third movie.  No 15-year wait this time.

I’ll be there.

Sensitive much?

Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.” -Steve Martin

I saw We are the Millers this week and did not puke once.

we are the millersI did laugh a lot — often very loudly.

In fact, I am confounded why a majority of movie critics were so harsh toward the comedy.

Perhaps I have seen too many R-rated comedies, but I think the “offensive content” in Millers pales in comparison to The Hangover trilogy or, say, This is the End.

The movie actually supported family values, for cripes sake…albeit in a subversive, round-the-bend way.

Kathryn HahnPlus, watching Kathryn Hahn — who plays the wife of an RV family the Millers encounter on their journeys — scream bloody murder for a full minute is worth the cost of the ticket.

So ignore the critics like you usually do and laugh a lot.  If you find it offensive…

Well, consider that a bonus.