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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    As a big fan of that era of Chevy Chase, I'd say if you already don't like his style you probably won't love it.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I love older Chevy Chase stuff

    Original Vacation, Christmas Vacation, Fletch, Spies Like Us

    He’s fucking hilarious in all of those.

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  • shoeboxjeddyshoeboxjeddy Registered User regular
    Christmas Vacation is one of my favorite comedies of all time. If you hate Chevy though (which is fair enough), you might not be willing to come in ready to laugh and enjoy it. Which would be miserable, in a comedy. I will say, if you've had uncomfortable or flat out terrible family gatherings, it still might get you, it portrays that topic extremely well.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    The scene in Spies Like Us when he and Akroyd are taking the test is an all time favorite comedy scene for me.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    Spies Like Us and Three Amigos are probably tied for my favorite comedy.

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  • Houk the NamebringerHouk the Namebringer Nipples The EchidnaRegistered User regular
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    Christmas Vacation has a lot of good bits that aren't focused around Chevy or don't even involve him at all, plenty of other great characters, but he's also the main character and definitely has more than a few grating/obnoxious moments.

    I'd still say at least give it a chance, but I wouldn't blame you if you decided to turn it off halfway through. I don't actively dislike Chevy but he's never been my favorite comedian from that era, and I still like the movie itself a whole lot.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Spies Like Us and Three Amigos are probably tied for my favorite comedy.

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  • Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    Spies Like Us and Three Amigos are probably tied for my favorite comedy.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    Spies Like Us and Three Amigos are probably tied for my favorite comedy.

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  • astrobstrdastrobstrd So full of mercy... Registered User regular
    The Vacation movies are one of the few times where Chevy lets himself be the butt of a joke. They (1 and 3 at least) are good and he is good in them (I also do not generally care for most CC stuff).

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  • ShortyShorty touching the meat Registered User regular
    Fletch is funny because it's one of the last movies they made before people realized you can't put houndstooth or herringbone on video

  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    Three amigos is apex of comedy for me.
    It gets real weird real hard

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    A Christmas Vacation is basically a documentary of my family events living in the suburbs of Chicago.

    It's our Thanksgiving tradition that after the meal it is put on.

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  • mrpakumrpaku Registered User regular
    Still gets me, every single time

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Christmas vacation always felt like the most mean spirited cynical movie everyone seems to love.

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Christmas vacation always felt like the most mean spirited cynical movie everyone seems to love.

    yeah chevy chase was in it

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Christmas vacation always felt like the most mean spirited cynical movie everyone seems to love.

    some people hate their families, yeah

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  • Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    Bloods End wrote: »
    Three amigos is apex of comedy for me.
    It gets real weird real hard

    Great in its own right, and also a vital predecessor of Galaxy Quest.

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  • shoeboxjeddyshoeboxjeddy Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Christmas vacation always felt like the most mean spirited cynical movie everyone seems to love.

    Because it's more realistic to many people's lived experiences with trying to do huge family events. Yet it still has heart snuck in there, like the talk Clark's dad has with him when things are going wrong or Clark looking out for his idiot cousin's kids as much as he can.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    I only saw Christmas Vacation once, and the only thing I remember about it was being completely unable to understand anyone's motivations

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Mysst wrote: »
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Christmas vacation always felt like the most mean spirited cynical movie everyone seems to love.

    some people hate their families, yeah

    And some people's family fucking suck, you know?

    I am in the business of saving lives.
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  • mrpakumrpaku Registered User regular
    KalTorak wrote: »
    I only saw Christmas Vacation once, and the only thing I remember about it was being completely unable to understand anyone's motivations

    Clark needs to buy a pool to prove to his family he's a Real Man/ Ellen needs to tolerate her Manchild husband and prove to her parents she has a successful marriage

    Also, Ellen clearly isn't happy, and Clark would probably cheat given the opportunity, and the kids are well aware of the fact that their parents are barely restrained whack jobs

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  • Sweeney TomSweeney Tom Registered User regular


    The Humans is an A24 adaptation of the Stephen Karam play from a few years ago about an average family gathering for Thanksgiving

    Starring Richard Jenkins, Steven Yeun, Amy Schumer, June Squibb, Beanie Feldstein and Jayne Houdyshell
    Directed by Karam
    Coming to theaters, and to Showtime, Nov 24

    so this is out now and i fucking loved it

    there's a lot to gush about and i don't know how much can really be done without spoiling. untagged i'll play it safe and say Watch The Humans
    so this broken family gathers for a Thanksgiving meal. that's it, that's the film

    it works. so so well

    Richard Jenkins, in the best performance of the film, is made anxious by...everything, and i don't think that's even an exaggeration? off the top of my head:
    1) one of his kids (Beanie Feldstein) lives in this shitty broken-down apartment* 1a) with a lot of noises that spook him*+ 1b) that's close to where a flood recently happened
    +2) noises in general spook him, especially when he's deep in thought
    3) weird dreams he's having
    4) weird neighbors of Beanie's he keeps seeing around the house off and on walking to do their own things that we never get a good/clear glimpse of because why would we, they're not relevant
    5) relationship issues, whether it's his or his family's
    6) stability
    7) the concept of if he's capable of having depression
    8) seeing what's happening to his mom with Alzheimers 8a) and the possibility that might be his fate too
    *9) seeing every flaw and crack and deterioration in this shitty broken-down apartment 9a) and the possibility that might be his fate too

    *so sidenote i'm classifying this as at least partially a horror film. despite having a whole lot of drama and a decent amount of comedy, there are a Lot of jump scares and a surprising amount of tension, especially later in the film when the place gets increasingly darker as their power grid completely fails them over the course of the night

    Feldsetin's character has student loan debt making this decrepit place more viable than most in the area she wanted to live in. She can't afford therapy for her depression, a plight few else in the family can afford financially or with time to assist with, and the ones who can don't take depression seriously enough to try, even though they definitely also have it. When it's all too much, she cries in a different section of her own home so as to not disturb the rest of her family, even when it's their words that cause the tears

    i was surprised at how even Amy Schumer's performance was captivating! She's unemployed, has health issues, also has money issues, and has no real and/or healthy relationship to fall back on because her family's clearly dysfunctional and she's not yet over her girlfriend breaking up with her

    Despite being an office manager, Erik's wife Deirdre (Jayne Houdyshell) has similar financial issues, which are admittedly not helped by taking care of both Erik's mom with Alzheimers and her own aunt (recovering from knee injuries) simultaneously. Given the awful things she's seen, and the awful things done to her, and the awful things said around and about her (that she inevitably overhears), she has maybe the least reason to have as much faith as she does that things will improve for the better. That life has its ups and its downs, and the ups can't be limitless or end at a certain age

    Steven Yeun's character as Richard, the girlfriend of Feldstein's character, is the one most visibly held together, which
    a) is contrasted by him being visibly the most overworked character of the day trying to make this Thanksgiving meal work out for a family he's not even really an official part of yet,
    and b) has an emotional payoff where he is the only character to openly admit he has/had depression, and when he says he likes to think he's done things to try overcoming that and believes he's in a better place, effectively instigates the family to talk about how (whether they realize it or not) they all know they have it too, right now, they just don't want to call it that, because it's not supposed to happen to them, and even if it were you're not supposed to admit it out loud

    In a lesser, worse film like a Malcolm & Marie, any or all of these scenes could be more confrontational than any of them end up being, or more pointless, or just devolve into one ninety-minute argument scene that makes you just wonder why they'd ever still willingly speak to each other, let alone stay. Not once, even at the beautifully-done end scene (that could have ended moments earlier and had an entirely different meaning/feeling), did this ever come up as a real possibility of happening in The Humans. Through it all you get the sense this Is a family, these people Do love and care about each other, they just...need to try harder at showing that as best as they can

    It's a testament to the quality of the film and its talent that none of the above is really a spoiler for the directions, and depth, the tale goes; it's a testament to the performance of Jenkins that he can have his character say a cheer "To knowing this is what matters. Right here." and concede "Everything you have in this life, it goes" in the same conversation and it not only feels sincere, it doesn't feel awkwardly out of place like a thing multiple people should be saying

    Not my favorite film of the year, maybe not even the one I've thought most about after the credits rolled, but definitely the one I've paused and taken the most notes on during its runtime just because of moments that made me go wow, that stood out, that made me emotional, and that at times made me feel like I was gazing into a mirror or at my own family

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  • shoeboxjeddyshoeboxjeddy Registered User regular
    mrpaku wrote: »
    KalTorak wrote: »
    I only saw Christmas Vacation once, and the only thing I remember about it was being completely unable to understand anyone's motivations

    Clark needs to buy a pool to prove to his family he's a Real Man/ Ellen needs to tolerate her Manchild husband and prove to her parents she has a successful marriage

    Also, Ellen clearly isn't happy, and Clark would probably cheat given the opportunity, and the kids are well aware of the fact that their parents are barely restrained whack jobs

    Both Clark and Ellen have very direct opportunities to cheat in the previous two movies and both of them ultimately flinch. Further, Clark is buying the pool because he genuinely thinks his family will love it and is rushing the decision based on financials that would have been safe in prior years. Based on dialogue in the movie, he's actually had an incredible year at work to the point where the prick CEO is forced to directly acknowledge him as a superior employee, so his assumption of an incoming bonus is not really presumptuous at all. Inviting the extended family IS an ego thing, but he's also feeling magnanimous at the time. Clark has very realistic holiday motivations (spoil the kids/wife, impress the guests, blow off steam from work), it's just that he wants everything to be perfect and impressive, which Ellen points out as his Achilles Heel right at the start of the movie.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    Bloods End wrote: »
    Three amigos is apex of comedy for me.
    It gets real weird real hard

    Great in its own right, and also a vital predecessor of Galaxy Quest.

    OMFG I literally had this exact thought two days ago and I was literally going to post it here but I got so busy.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    I was going to troll with my response and say "Three Amigos is just a remake of Galaxy Quest".

    Which I thought would be funny for multiple reasons, not solely because Galaxy Quest came out way after Three Amigos.

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    They are both remakes of tropic thunder

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    Bug's life.

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  • QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Hmmm, HMMMMM. On the one hand you incline me to give it a shot. On the other multiple people have indicated Fletch was humorous which....I just ...I don't know if we see the same things, is all I'm sayin.

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  • MulletudeMulletude Registered User regular
    If you just don't like the guy, I don't see Christmas Vacation being an enjoyable experience.

    Kinda like how I feel about Adam Sandler.

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  • minor incidentminor incident Quincentuple Your Money! Registered User regular
    At the end of the day, he’s still fuckin’ Chevy Chase, so if you hate him with the fury of a thousand suns, Christmas Vacation ain’t gonna change that.

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  • MaddocMaddoc I'm Bobbin Threadbare, are you my mother? Registered User regular
    Chevy Chase also largely isn't capable of not being Chevy Chase in anything he's in, so he's not gonna come out and surprise you or anything

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Watched 8 Bit Christmas with the fam.

    5 year old whined it was boring the whole movie

    11 year old was reciting some of the closed captioning out loud and said it was AMAZING when it was done

    My wife(MY WIIIIIFE) who loves the cheesiest hallmark Christmas said it was alright

    My 13 year old was downstairs playing Xbox so I do not have his opinion

    I thought it was ok. Solid C+ movie. Waaaaay too saccharine at the end and it kind of felt like someone modernizing A Christmas Story but keeping it rated PG.

    It was fine

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    I like June Diane Raphael a lot but the trailer didn't entice me very much, I'll probably skip it

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  • ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    Maddoc wrote: »
    Chevy Chase also largely isn't capable of not being Chevy Chase in anything he's in, so he's not gonna come out and surprise you or anything


    When Bill Murray and Chevy Chase got into a physical fight during Chase’s return to SNL as a guest host, Bill Murray pointed at Chase and yelled, ‘MEDIUM TALENT,’ and I think that might be the most brutal insult in history.

    No Wilde quote, no rap diss track compares.

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    KalTorak wrote: »
    I like June Diane Raphael a lot but the trailer didn't entice me very much, I'll probably skip it

    It’s definitely skippable. I got roped in on the name and thinking it would be more video game stuff

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    Just watched Shang Chi. I don't know if it's just because pulling so hard from Chinese mythology was a nice change of pace or if I was just jazzed to see a basically all Asian cast in an MCU film or what, but I had a blast with that movie. Super charming. I even liked the climactic CGI punchfest more than usual.

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    Tonight I decided to treat to myself to some international cinema, as I am a consumer of worldwide culture.

    So, obviously, I watched the 2018 French movie, MILF.

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    The film, directed by Axelle Laffont, who also plays Elise, follows a trio of forty-something women who begin dating younger men while on vacation. The trio, Sonia, Cécile, and Elise, are friends who go to the Côte d'Azur in the south of France to help Cécile prepare her vacation home to be sold.

    During their vacation, they meet 3 men in their twenties – Julien, Paul, and Markus (a former family friend of Cécile's), who work at a local sailing club. The men are immediately interested in the women, who they have deemed "MILFs". The 6 of them spend a lot of time together as a summer fling; the movie ends on their last day of vacation.

    Spoilers: this movie is horny and erotic, while also featuring scenes of folks crying. French cinema!!!

    But the movie as a whole? What this movie is about? Oh, its a tale as old as time:

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    I can't believe I missed a whole page discussion of Hollywood's Fishman fetish.

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