Say It Isn't So (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Middle-management parrots often repeat the chiche that you have to train a replacement in order to get promoted. When you have a unique talent, it isn't easy to train a replacement. What do you think the chances are of being promoted to agency head when you are the greatest ad copywriter in history. Precisely zero. They can always find someone to manage the business, but they can't find a replacement for your talent. This is why great copywriters make more than agency heads, and why great baseball players make far more than their managers. There isn't any way for them to train a replacement and get promoted to management.
The same is true with comic geniuses. Imagine Jim Carrey or Andy Kaufman training a replacement so they could manage their own studios. Imagine the Farrelly brothers training a replacement, so they could move up and become producers.
Oops. They already tried! Say It Isn't So is the attempt by the Farrelly's to train replacements for themselves as writers and directors. Didn't work.
The Farrelly formula was about the same - jokes about embarrassing bodily functions, making fun of the handicapped, various politically incorrect gags, followed by a likeable guy kinda triumphing over the assholes. Yup, that's the formula ...
... but writing a five act play in iambic pentameter doesn't make you Shakespeare.
|Chris Klein plays a poor small-town orphan who's a lonely schmuck at the beginning of the picture because he has never met the right girl. Then he meets Heather Graham, and it turns out that they are soul mates. They have six glorious months of movie love (jumping up and down is the most common symptom of this malady; running toward each other in slow motion "runs" a close second ) until he makes a movie proposal. Everything is hunky-dory until Klein finds out the identity of his real parents - and they are the same people as Graham's parents. Oops! Well, Klein stays in the home of his newly discovered trailer-trash parents, but Graham is so humiliated by the revelation, that she flees to Oregon.||
hasn't scraped the bottom of the barrel yet. What little dignity he
has left is scraped away when he finds out that the brother-sister
thing wasn't true, as demonstrated when the real brother shows up one
day with conclusive evidence. At this point, Klein has lost his
parents as well as his soul-mate. He resolves to go to Oregon and
reclaim his love but now his "parents" don't want that,
because their daughter is engaged to a rich man, so they are about to
strike it rich and turn around their dismal existence. Therefore,
"mama" calls up the Beaver, Oregon police and warns them of
the sexual predator headed their way. Mama also neglects to tell
Graham that Klein is really not her brother, thereby assuring that
Graham will think he is a nutbag, and simply proceed to marry the rich
It's not really a good movie. Klein and Graham are not funny people, even though they often play in comedies. Essentially they are both loveable kewpie dolls who are good at providing somebody with a "straight man". While comedy teams can include two comics, two straight men don't really make for great laughs. This is why you never see teams like Abbott and Rossi.
The rest of the cast does try for laughs, but in a very unsophisticated way. The incest jokes here are like the jokes you might hear on the playground in fifth grade. Overall, the humor tends to be shrill and sometimes repetitive.
The one really funny thing in the film is Orlando Jones as a legless pilot, but even his material is very broad and childish, as if they decided to target those same fifth graders as their audience. Not a good idea, since the l'il nippers couldn't get in the r-rated film.
The movie was generally blasted by critics, and it bombed at the box as well, but you might find it a tolerable watch if you liked Dumb and Dumber or Me, Myself and Irene. It has some funny moments. Just be aware that it doesn't have the sustained loony inspiration and comic flair of the Farrelly's own movies.
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