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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.

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Nutty as a…

“Time to nut up or shut up!” — Zombieland, 2009

That’s right — it’s National Nut Day!

No doubt most of you have the day off from work, gathered with your family and friends, celebrating all those great National Nut Day traditions.

Um…any idea what those are?

Don’t feel bad.  No one really knows how National Nut Day got on the calendar…or if it was, in fact, originally dedicated to the food category of nuts as you might first expect.

Perhaps the founder created National Nut Day to pay tribute to all those crazy, kooky characters that make our lives more interesting — the ‘nuts.’

They act like nuts.  They drive us nuts.  Their brains are full of nuts.  And seriously — without them, wouldn’t life be a whole lotta boring?

(I think I prefer this version.  I’m going with it.)

There’s no data on when National Nut Day was added to the calendar, either.  So you have to wonder if the founder was thinking about real-life nuts — family, friends, wacky neighbors who borrow tools and don’t return them…argh! — or if he was including nuts from television and movies.

(I think I prefer this version.  I’m going with it.)

Then National Nut Day could pay tribute to Senor Chang from “Community.”  And pretty much everyone in the “Anchorman” and “Hangover” movies.  Gosh, there are so many nutty fictional characters.  Oh!  The original nuts — Chip ‘n’ Dale!

I’m sure you have your favorites as well.  And I hope you’ll salute them during your day off.

That’s right — during National Nut Day!

High note

Every year, movie actors come to Broadway to explore their craft, and Broadway welcomes them with open arms (to exploit their popularity and sell tickets).

Hey, we all know it’s true.

How many stars of movie and television have made their ‘Broadway debut’ years into their careers and gotten lackluster reviews?

Sadly, Broadway often comes out on top in this equation. Audiences will still fill the seats, even if the movie actor isn’t all that good. Let’s face it — we love a train wreck as much as a triumph, and add a celebrity and some Milk Duds to the carnage, and…

That’s entertainment!

Luckily, the revival of “Lend Me a Tenor” on Broadway, which is loaded with actors you know and love from movies and television, leaves no blood on the Great White Way.  Just lots and lots of laughs.

How refreshing to see this great comedy played to its fullest potential!

And while the audience in attendance last night no doubt expected great things from Tony Shaloub (“Monk”) and Anthony LaPaglia (“Without a Trace”), they saved the standing ovation for Justin Bartha, formerly known as the underused groom in “The Hangover” and Nicolas Cage’s assistant with the funny one-liners  in the “National Treasure” movies.

Now?

Call him a Tony nominee.