Who said Albert Brooks is an acquired taste? After watching "The Muse,"which until this day remains the FUNNIEST comedy I've ever seen, I've beencurious about Brooks's work. Since this had its place on the AFI's funniestcomedies of all time, I decided I'd check it out. <br><br>Though I didn't feel this was quite as funny as "The Muse," Brooks delivershis trademark sarcastic comic gags. It's hilarious to watch Brooks, ayuppie businessman who just quit his job, try to apply for a job among thelower class. Asking if there are any "executive positions." <br><br>Brooks has the best timing among all the comic actors. His style ofdelivering his brilliantly sarcastic dialogue is impeccable and almost neverfails to crack me up! Brooks's movies are not only funny, but they'rewell-written. Lots of the time comedies move on the sheer energy of thecast. In his films, the writing alone is energized enough and the cast addsto that energy. Brooks and Julie Hagerty have an incredible chemistry, andtheir conflicts are absolutely hysterical. "From now on, you will never beallowed to use the words 'nest' or 'egg' ever again!" That's a line I willalways remember. Brooks has that memorable, unique style of writing thatI'm sure comedy writers everywhere will either acknowledge thoroughly or tryto imitate (unsuccessfully, of course). <br><br>One thing I just cannot understand is the R-rating. Brooks, being one ofthe few tasteful, intelligent comedy writers in the biz, rarely usesprofanity in his movies. Only twice do we hear the "f" word, and for theright reasons (He was angry at his boss for God's sake!). I'm well-awarethat the PG-13 rating wasn't invented when the movie came out, but "SixteenCandles" used the "f" word twice and got away with a PG, as well as a showerscene involving a female and a notorious close-up of her breasts. Don'texpect anything filthy in this movie, because of the stupidly-awardedR-rating. Brooks doesn't sink that low.<br><br>For all those who appreciate good, intelligent humor--an escape from cheapslapstick and gross-out gags. Not that I don't appreciate that type ofhumor ever, but this is REALLY what comedy is all about!<br><br>My score: 7 (out of 10)
Lost in America
Lost in America
David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives travelling around America...in a Winnebago! (This is a kind of large, luxurious mobile home which suits a 1980's yuppie more than the counterculture dropout approach of Easy Rider.) His idealized, unrealistic plans soon begin to go spectacularly wrong.
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