OKGazette.com - Comedy http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-91-1-comedy.html <![CDATA[Fab film - After 50 years, The Beatles’ movie debut, <i>A Hard Day's Night</i>, still rocks.]]>

A Hard Day’s Night

5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive




<![CDATA[Obvious Child - <i>Obvious Child</i> tackles a heavy-hitting issue with both nuance and hilarity.]]> Stand-up comedians are known to mask vulnerabilities in self-deflecting insult humor or shock-value one-liners rather than embrace their flaws as part of their material.]]> <![CDATA[22 Jump Street - 22 Jump Street rises above its evident cash-grab motives.]]> 22 Jump Street shouldn’t be as funny as it is. It is a sequel of a movie based on a defunct television series, after all, which already renders it suspect as a cash-grab. Moreover, the filmmakers even include winking references to its sequelness, which makes the whole thing even more suspect for playing off the cash-grab as a cynical joke.]]> <![CDATA[A Million Ways to Die in the West - The new comedy from Seth MacFarlane manages to tire despite exerting minimal effort.]]>
There’s a moment toward the climax of A Million Ways to Die in the West that finds Seth MacFarlane — the film’s director, co-writer and lead actor — hiding among a sea of sheep. As he lays in the dirt, he looks up, and a male member of the herd proceeds to urinate on his face. This particular gag is, for lack of a better phrase, the entire movie in a nutshell.
<![CDATA[Neighbors - A couple and their infant child spar with a hard-partying fraternity in this hilarious and heartfelt crowd-pleaser.]]> Is there a more unlikely lead actor than Seth Rogen? Since assuming the forefront in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, the burly, curly haired Canadian has shown audiences he’s someone they can not only laugh at but root for, doing so in everything from stoner comedies (Pineapple Express) to, well, more stoner comedies (This Is the End). Based solely on the way the film has been marketed, it would be easy to write off Neighbors as yet another Rogen stoner-com — or worse, frat-com — yet doing so would miss the mark entirely.]]> <![CDATA[The Grand Budapest Hotel - <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel</i> — with its polarizing auteurism — is quintessential Wes Anderson.]]>

There isn’t much middle ground when it comes to how one feels about Wes Anderson, the filmmaker behind Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom. His meticulous visual style and unflagging quirkiness have won both ardent fans and detractors; one viewer’s delight is another viewer’s preciousness.

<![CDATA[The Wolf of Wall Street - Excess becomes a bit, um, excessive in the new film from Martin Scorsese.]]> After venturing outside his comfort zone in 2011’s family-friendly Hugo, Martin Scorsese returns to his cinematic turf of crooks, creeps and crime in The Wolf of Wall Street.]]> <![CDATA[American Hustle - David O. Russell's latest proves there’s still a lot of criminal fun to be had from the time of polyester and disco.]]> Starting a major motion picture with a bald guy working on a comb-over isn’t the most obvious of choices. But American Hustle begins with Christian Bale, paunchy and fleshy and in decidedly non-Dark Knight shape, fixing his hair with a watchmaker’s precision. He glues down a massive comb-over and maneuvers a monstrous toupee before the coup de grâce: dousing the hirsute creation in nearly half a can of hairspray.]]> <![CDATA[About Time - Not even time travel can save this charming, but largely by-the-book romantic comedy.]]>
Anglophiles rejoice! Love Actually director Richard Curtis is back with an easy-to-digest rom-com with a twist of magical realism.
<![CDATA[Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Rather than retire, the Jackass franchise flirts with fiction — if not sexually harasses it — in the semi-scripted, wholly hilarious Bad Grandpa.]]>

Riotous as they are, the Jackass movies have not been immune to the law of diminishing returns — in terms of laughs, not box office. That the fourth feature, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, is the funniest since the first, 2002's Jackass: The Movie, is something of an unexpected achievement.

<![CDATA[Queerbait - Shot in OKC, the VHS comedy Queerbait has so much against it — no script, a $100 budget, a 24-hour shoot — yet you'll be hooked.]]>

8:30 p.m. Friday
The Paramount OKC
701 W. Sheridan Ave.

<![CDATA[Cultish comedy - "Weird Al" Yankovic’s Oklahoma-sized motion picture debut, UHF, celebrates 25 years this month.]]>

The summer of 1989 was one of the biggest blockbuster summers of all time, with hit movie after hit movie released, including Batman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. In the middle of this cluttered schedule, a little low-budget comedy starring song-parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic titled UHF was quietly released and then quickly disappeared into the cinematic flotsam.

<![CDATA[Ghost Team One - A spirited spoof.]]> With this Halloween season being the first without a new chapter in the Paranormal Activity series, perhaps a Paranormal Activity spoof is the next best thing. There's no shortage of them, but of the roughly half-dozen I've seen, Ghost Team One is the only one worth watching. ]]> <![CDATA[I'm So Excited - Don’t be too excited for Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited and its slapstick comedy aboard an airplane.]]> When the male flight attendants eventually do an impromptu, drunken dance routine to the Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited,” it seems as if Almodovar felt he had to formulate an entire comedy to justify this sole dance sequence, when a short film most likely would have sufficed.]]> <![CDATA[The To Do List - Even if it only has S-E-X on its mind, this isn’t your ordinary gross-out comedy.]]> Let’s talk about sex. Specifically, how absurd sex can be. ]]> <![CDATA[The Hot Flashes - ]]> When five middle-aged women in a Texas town form a basketball team to save their local mammography-mobile, they count on the novelty of their ages and previous experience to get the town to bet in their favor. But the $25,000 they need to raise for the clinic is only the second-biggest issue. Dealing with the town’s general complacency regarding women’s health is really the biggest challenge. ]]> <![CDATA[Much Ado About Nothing - Great Shakes!]]> Testing the adaptability of a literary and theater masterpiece, Josh Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing obliterates all of the pomp and ceremony typically associated with a Shakespeare production, bringing it down to earth in Southern California. ]]> <![CDATA[This Is the End - If only that were true ...]]> To me, few things are as annoying as being stuck in a conversation with a group of stoners who’ve spent most of the day tokin’ it up. ]]> <![CDATA[Wuss! - Class dismissed.]]> For those who tired of the inspirational-teacher subgenre that flourished in the ’80s and ’90s — think Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds, Dead Poets Society — there’s Wuss! Exclamation theirs, the film illustrates why I never would want to teach public school in today’s environment, even as a mere sub.]]> <![CDATA[Bolo - Local filmmaker Mickey Reece corners moviegoers in the ring with a sports dramedy that comes out swinging.]]> Bolo
8 p.m. Saturday
City Arts Center
3000 General Pershing