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« on: December 21, 2004, 01:13:01 AM »

I just watched the trailer for his remake of The Pink Panther, and sat stone-faced while doing so. Following Cheaper By The Dozen and the other crap he's been shoveling lately, I'm convinced this once-hilarious comic has completely forgotten any meaning of the word "funny."

/weeps for the loss of a great comic
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2004, 02:24:59 AM »

Yeah, family life seems to degrade many people.  Look at George Lucas.  I mean please, if you are going to lose your talent, please dont blame your kids for it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2004, 02:28:17 AM »

*blink*  I laughed myself silly during the trailer for Pink Panther.  And I liked Cheaper by the Dozen, but not because of him.  The kids were the hook there.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2004, 02:36:44 AM »

he was funny?
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2004, 02:37:51 AM »

The Jerk is comic genious!

To clarify myself, yes I am being serious. I love that movie.
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2004, 02:40:00 AM »

Nevermind his acting for a minute. The man wrote The Jerk, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger. Show some respect!

I think he's always funny, even in movies that are beneath him.
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2004, 03:08:00 AM »

I actually laughed at the trailer. *shrug*
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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2004, 03:13:01 AM »

Read his novels.  They're pretty good.

http://www.compleatsteve.com/biblio.htm
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2004, 03:49:41 AM »

Ummm he has'nt been funny since the early 80's at the latest.
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2004, 03:51:51 AM »

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The Jerk is comic genious!


Whether intended saracastically or not, you are correct.

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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2004, 04:46:29 AM »

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Nevermind his acting for a minute. The man wrote The Jerk, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger. Show some respect!

I think he's always funny, even in movies that are beneath him.


Explain "Looney Tunes: Back in Action."

/pwned

I will grant you "The Jerk" and "LA Story" as two classics (LA Story is one of my favorite romances) but "Bowfinger" was hit or miss. The whole Mind Head part being one of the bullseyes. biggrin

And I failed to laugh because I recall laughing hysterically at any and every Clouseau vs. Kato fight from the original series. Or the synchronizing of the watches in "A Shot in the Dark." Or the nudist colony. Or the drive back from the nudist colony. Or Clouseau breaking into the fortress of Dreyfuss. "That is not my dog."

Brilliance, all.

"That must have hurt." = Not so much.
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2004, 06:28:58 AM »

I hated the way Martin sounded in that trailer, and I found what the trailer showed to be fairly lackluster as far as comedy goes. I wish Steve was funny like he used to be.
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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2004, 06:39:27 AM »

Well,EXCUSE MEEEEEEEE!
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2004, 08:00:43 AM »

Meh. Yet another remake that didn't need to be remade.
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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2004, 01:56:45 PM »

I think he is still FUNNY.

But he has made some bad script choices.

He has gotten older, and less hungry I suppose.

But he is still great.
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« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2004, 02:38:35 PM »

The man's standup (decades ago) was brilliant!  He could be extremely funny without dropping the f-bomb every other word.  He has done alot of good work, but lately he's gone the family comedy route and seems really watered down.  I havent seen a trailer for the Pink Panther, but I doubt that taking on the role of Closeau would work for anyone.   Come on how can anybody come even close to Peter Sellers.  It aint gonna happen.  They may as well have cast Pauly Shore.  This is destined to fail.   PS  If you want to watch a very funny Martin movie that slips under the radar, check out All Of Me with Steve and Lily Tomlin.  Very funny stuff.
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2004, 04:01:41 PM »

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The man's standup (decades ago) was brilliant!  He could be extremely funny without dropping the f-bomb every other word.  He has done alot of good work, but lately he's gone the family comedy route and seems really watered down.


Amen. Steve Martin was my childhood hero. I remember having and 8-track tape of his comedy routine in the 1970's! I'd listen to it daily. I've always greatly admired Steve Martin, and still do, despite some recent movies he's done. He'll always be my favorite comedian.
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« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2004, 04:44:27 PM »

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The man's standup (decades ago) was brilliant!  He could be extremely funny without dropping the f-bomb every other word.  He has done alot of good work, but lately he's gone the family comedy route and seems really watered down.


Amen. Steve Martin was my childhood hero. I remember having and 8-track tape of his comedy routine in the 1970's! I'd listen to it daily. I've always greatly admired Steve Martin, and still do, despite some recent movies he's done. He'll always be my favorite comedian.


I had the Steve Martin vinyl, the one with "Getting small." smile  I also got in trouble in elementary school for bringing in my 45 of "King Tut" and playing it on the class record player during free time.

I agree that I am puzzled by his movie choices the last several years.  I still need to see Spanish Prisoner though, I assume he was pretty good in that.  (I love Rebecca Pidgeon, swoon...)  And it looks like they are doing a movie of Shopgirl sometime soon, which could be good.
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« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2004, 07:34:58 PM »

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Ummm he has'nt been funny since the early 80's at the latest.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles came out '87ish so you're off a couple of years at least.  That movie and his work before has pretty much given him a pass in my eyes to do whatever he wants.
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« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2004, 07:42:59 PM »

The Spanish Prisoner was a great flick, but it wasn't a comedy. I'm just looking at his IMDB list, and I'd say his last good flick was Bowfinger in '99, and even that wasn't "classic" Steve Martin.
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« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2004, 07:46:26 PM »

His writing is pretty consistently solid.  He's had a couple of New Yorker essays in the last couple of years  that have been unsafe to read while drinking.
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« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2004, 10:07:17 PM »

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The Spanish Prisoner was a great flick, but it wasn't a comedy. I'm just looking at his IMDB list, and I'd say his last good flick was Bowfinger in '99, and even that wasn't "classic" Steve Martin.


If anyone's interested, there was another serious drama that he was very good in, and that was Grand Canyon, with Kevin Kline and Danny Glover. I thought that was a great movie.
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« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2004, 01:23:23 AM »

Bowfinger was brilliant, IMO.  A nice move for both Steve Martin as well as Eddie Murphy, who also seems to be into making unfunnies.
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« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2004, 03:09:43 AM »

is it because we are so used to their antics, their styles, and their comedic routines that they no longer surprise us?

it is also unfair to compare Martin with Sellers.  Sellers created that role and was brilliant at it.  Unless Martin recreated that role based on his own ideas, we will not think that Martin is funnier than Sellers.

however, if Martin did recreate the role, wouldn't we expect the good inspector to be like who we expected him to be?

in my opinion, we outgrow every single comedian; even the comedians themselves outgrow themselves.

i do admit that some of the old SNL bunch have not produced their best stuff in recent years, but they are still "good".
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« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2004, 03:32:49 AM »

I wouldnt say Ive outgrown Steve Martin, its just that he does stuff which isnt funny.  "Bowfinger" was Steve Martin being his old school type of funny.

I wouldnt chalk it up to the reason Chevy Chase isnt funny (no talent), its probably just either bad directing or an 'off' performance.  Heck, even Chevy's lack of talent can result in good movies with a good director- the Vacation movies are classics!
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« Reply #25 on: December 28, 2004, 07:46:56 AM »

Credit for Spanish Prisoner goes to David Mamet.

I do think Martin's acting has gotten a bit cliched, but his writing is top-notch.  I was in a production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" a stage play he wrote in 1999 (I played Elvis), and its brilliant.  He actually came to see the production and was very humble and gracious when I met him.

"The Cruel Shoes" is also pure genius.
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« Reply #26 on: December 28, 2004, 05:04:56 PM »

Steve Martin's choice in scripts of late has been terrible. He's fallen into that Nice Guy Syndrome that killed my respect for Robin Williams. Way too much sentimentallity, way too clean. I hate family films, but I really hate to see people who I know can be great cynical comics lowering themselves to do family films.

He's still funny in every single other venue, from his essays to his novels to his hosting of the Oscars. In fact, he's the only decent Oscar host we've had this century. Chris Rock will suck. God, will he suck.

I'd like to see Martin play another grouch, another character who could go off on a tirade of profanity like his character in Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Stop being the sappy nice guy, Steve.
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« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2004, 06:09:11 PM »

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The Spanish Prisoner was a great flick, but it wasn't a comedy. I'm just looking at his IMDB list, and I'd say his last good flick was Bowfinger in '99, and even that wasn't "classic" Steve Martin.


If anyone's interested, there was another serious drama that he was very good in, and that was Grand Canyon, with Kevin Kline and Danny Glover. I thought that was a great movie.


Parenthood is one of my all time favorites as well.  Not a pure drama but a mix of comedy/drama.
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« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2004, 06:11:57 PM »

Parenthood is a classically well-written film. It was one of the key examples we used in my screenwriting courses to analyze proper cinematic storytelling. Great movie.
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« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2004, 12:55:58 PM »

Hey now! Chevy Chase is funny in Caddyshack.

And my own personal dirty secret: I love Spies like us with Chase and Aykroyd. I watched that movie again and again when I was younger.
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« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2004, 01:48:31 PM »

Spies Like Us rules. Great stuff there despite the weak ending. I never liked Parenthood, though I'm not sure why. It just struck me as overly phony in parts and trying like hell to be sincere in others. It makes the wife all weepy though, so what are ya gonna do? smile
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« Reply #31 on: December 30, 2004, 11:27:39 PM »

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Hey now! Chevy Chase is funny in Caddyshack.

And my own personal dirty secret: I love Spies like us with Chase and Aykroyd. I watched that movie again and again when I was younger.

Some of us even own the DVD. :oops:
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