Nov. 7, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
Always enjoy watching this one. Much better than Rat Race IMO. There's been talk of the Kramer family trying to put a sequel together...with modern day all star cast, in addition to the surviving actors of the first film. Don't think it will ever get made though.
Nov. 7, 2008, 6:49 a.m. CST
I was so lucky to see this hilarious film in the original Cinerama. It made good use of the wide, wide, wide, wide, screen.
Nov. 7, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST
I think I was 8 when I saw this on Movie Greats. I loved it then. I've not seen it since. I have no doubt it is a different movie as an adult, but probably one people can watch with their children. I bet any adult jokes just went directly over my head. <p> And I LOVE Terry Thomas. If you've not seen he and Jack Lemmon in "How to Murder your Wife" it is highly recommended you do so.
Nov. 7, 2008, 7 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
despite it's reputation as a bad film. I like all it excesses.
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST
I'll probably be the only one but... Caught this on cable a few months ago and made my wife watch it. Saw it when I was 7 or something and loved it. But I have to say, this time around I found it pretty unwatchable. So much mugging and laziness. Bonk!
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST
Everytime it was on tV I missed it. (I was able to catch the last 3 minutes of it one day!) I bought the DVD a few months ago. Haven't watched it yet. If I will ever find the time for MY movie a day, this will be the first.
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST
...Rat Race which tried to recreate this movie and almost would have been somewhat successful if the ending had been better...
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
Jack Davis did 'em. 'nuff said.
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST
It was the last film Willis O'Brien worked on, as well as one of the first for Dick Smith and Jim Danforth, all three contributed to the firetruck ladder sequence. Great silly movie.
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST
It really makes me feel good to watch it. I can almost smell my grandparents' cigarette smoke and hear the Rat Pack on the radio. Sigh.
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST
Dick Shawn ruled this film: <br> http://tinyurl.com/5uvux3 <br> <br> One of my all time favorites. One of those films that just puts a smile across your face. <br> <br> SYLVESTER!
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST
The ending was perfect. All their woes and problems were simply resolved by laughter. It was a silly slapstick moment, but that's what made it such a wonderful touching ending. Kind of like the film Sullivan's Travels was talking about.
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST
Dick Shawn was fucking awesome!
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST
This is the proper url for the Sylvester scene. <br> http://tinyurl.com/5ct43e
Nov. 7, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST
Nov. 7, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST
Sylvester's groovy intro & the gas station scenes are my favorites among many classic bits. I watch this every few years around the holidays with the family. Good times.
Nov. 7, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST
not knowing anything about "widescreen" back then but knowing something is really fucked up. People and jokes would be completely cropped out on some showings or they would be squeezed into a small space and everyone would be really skinny.
Nov. 7, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST
Glad you finally saw this one Quint, welcome aboard. I've loved this movie for years and years, and it still holds up. Yes there's tons of mugging and craziness but it's light years better than any of the Adam Sandler/Will Ferrell crap that passes for comedy these days. The script is well constructed and even at the length, it never really lags. There are SO many brilliant moments here, it should be required viewing for anyone who says they're a movie buff...you have not seen comedy until you've seen this. If only MGM would go back and release the 181 minute version on DVD , it would be heaven! And yes, Shawn ruled the film lol.
Nov. 7, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST
and it's still funny today, the end in particular is a riot! Sid Ceaser is priceless in this film and Spencer Tracy is GOLD. Mickey Rooney and his bunch in the airplane is another hilarious sequence from a film filled to the brim with the most craziest sequences ever! Ethel Murmen and Johnathan Winters are at their greatest in this movie, everyone should see it at least twice!
Nov. 7, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST
Love this movie. Big dubya.
Nov. 7, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST
Probably one of the best write-ups that I've ever read about this film. This is the kind of movie that would be darn nearly impossible to make these days. The scene where Jonathan Winters tears apart the gas station (right after it first open for business!) with his bare hands is one of the most over the top funny moments in cinema history. It's a wonder nobody got KILLED going after the money!
Nov. 7, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
Maybe not a great film overall, but it has great moments. Even some old comedians that I hate, like Phil Silvers and Milton Berle, were funny in this.
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST
I remember seeing this for the first time when I was six years old on the ABC Sunday Night Movie around '77-78. It was the first time I ever remember laughing so hard that I couldn't breathe. Thirty years later, it's still one of my all-time favorites. It's just sheer silliness from beginning to end and one of those rare movies that has a bare sliver of a plot, yet it works anyway. Only a filmmaker like Stanley Kubrick and a cast like that could pull it off. Fun fact - Stan Laurel was offered a cameo, but he turned it down, keeping his vow never to work after the death of Oliver Hardy.
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST
The plot point has been used to death, but never so good as it has been on this one. Maybe it's the "several stars doing cameo" gimmick, or Spencer Tracy - who brings this whole thing to a who different level. The firefighter ladder at the end is one of my favorite scenes, even though it looks dated. And boy, this movie does look dated, but it's good nonetheless. I think you're right, it doesn't have to be 3 hours long, but don't you want to see everything? Plus, it has Milton Berle VERY gently telling Ethel Merman to stick a plant up her anus! And it's such a quotable film as well! And the theme song is still remembered even after all these years... Well, enough for now. One of my favorite films from the ones you've had on your list. Well done.
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
The way Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett keep referring to Ethel Merman as "The Old Bag" always makes me double over laughing.
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST
I have it in my head RIGHT NOW. I actually did some "fantasy casting" back in the 90s for a remake.
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST
come on quint, i thought you were better than that. kneeling to that 360 bullshit
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST
If you want a solid double feature, watch this one and "The Great Race" with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon, and Natalie Wood. Peerless performance by Lemon on it. Wasn't the black cabbie somebody famous too? You know, Peter Faulk's cohort?<p>Dick Shawn is superb, but he's even better in the original Producers with Zero Mastel and Gene Wilder. Now THAT's a must see.
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST
it is a great comedy, packed with classic comic actors that reminds us of a simpler,less complicated time.
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST
Sans widescreen,you lose one of the Stooges in their cameo (as firemen, standing shoulder-to-shoulder; airport scene). And don't forget Arnold Stang ('60s supergeek who subsequntly developed a homoerotic crush on that other Arnold [Schwarzenegger] in HERCULES IN NEW YORK). Unfortunately, most of Buster Keaton's "business" was trimmed from the movie.
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST
I didn't want to move to California!" Stan Laurel was offered a cameo? Dman, I'd cut off a thumb if he would have eapproved. But I understand his resistance (sans Ollie): that's true (non-Holywood) bonding. Peter Falk is a lot of fun as a loud-mouth cabbie, ditto the great Phil Silvers. And watch for "Bowery Boy" Leo Gorcey's cameo as another cabbie (where was Huntz Hall?).
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
was pretty good. I should see the original.
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST
For me, a great cast, some great moments, but the parts don't make a good whole. Very overrated IMHO.
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST
Apart from Henry Mancini's VERY memorable score, it's sub par compared to IAMMMMW. "May you just DROP DEAD!"
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST
..."Rat Race" was actually funnier.
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST
a Japanese or Korean director. Take that Hollywood!
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST
It was awesome... loved this flick
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST
Each one altered slightly from the other. You had to see it on both networks in order to see the biggest chunk. It would be shown on New Years Eve and we'd have eggnog and brandy (and I was just a kid)! Still THE BEST comedy ever made p-e-r-i-o-d.
Nov. 7, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST
what bothered you in the Great Race? the femminist plot? Hezekiah? What?
Nov. 7, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST
Bilko is a comic performance of Herculean stature! Nat hiken was constantly amazed by Silvers and Bilko is the only truly timeless sitcom! You can knock many things but Silvers was way above Hackett and Rooney, frigging genius. Jack Benny rated Him. I rest my case.(and if anyone want to start on jack benny it's pistols at dawn)
Nov. 7, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST
but it seems that calling Great Race subpar compared to MMMMW is kind of ridiculous? MMMMW is one of the most famous and highly regarded comedies ever made. I'm fine with the fact that it might be better than Great Race (which is one of my personal favorites) but I don't think declaring MMMMW to be "average" is exactly fair.
Nov. 7, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST
Mostly the pace - yes, it moves slower than MMMMW - Jack Lemmon's villain is the basis for Dick Dastardly, but it doesn't play too well, it's too farcical, and his double-role is unnecessary. The slapstick seems forced. And the end is such an anticlimax...
Nov. 7, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST
The basis for Dastardly, but I feel Jack Lemmon's character had more of it.
Nov. 7, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST
since it was my introduction, at a tender, impressionable age, to Natalie Wood at her loveliest.***Sigh***
Nov. 7, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST
I saw at the Cinedome when I was 6. When Jonathan Winters demolished the service station, it's the only time in my life I literally fell out of my chair laughing. How can you not love a movie with the power to do that? How about Terry-Thomas' flip (or at least his stuntman's) over the bridge, thanks to Dick Shawn? Hilarious. And if you think this version is long, it originally clocked in at 192 minutes. It was a "roadshow" version with an intermission. If you went to the restroom during the break, the sound system in the lavatories were playing police broadcasts reporting on the progress of the various miscreants. Some of us hope this version and those audio recordings will still turn up.
Nov. 7, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST
I really like the editing and the cutting back and forth between multiple scenes (years before George Lucas did it).
Nov. 7, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST
by The Jailer
The scene at the end with the swinging ladder was stop-motion animated by Willis O'Brien, the guy who brought King Kong to life in 1933
Nov. 7, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST
Melvin Crump was originally supposed to be played by Ernie Kovacs opposite his real-life wife Edie Adams, but he was killed in a car accident. Also, Ethel Merman's mother-in-law was originally supposed to be a father-in-law played by Groucho Marx.
Nov. 7, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST
My big problem with the movie was the way in which it crammed tons of people into the film just for the sake of being seen. My least favorite cameo was the 3 Stooges with Curly Joe, if only because there was no nostalgia in a moment where the celebrated hero of comedy was the 3rd or 4th stand in for the original stooge, depending on if you start counting with Shemp or with Curly
Nov. 7, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST
by Second Try
Way better than Rat Race. One of my all time favorite comedies.
Nov. 7, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST
as it was meant to be seen! god it was great. there has never been a comedy as epic as this before or since. it's just pure hilarity. Phil Silvers gets my personal vote for funniest bastard in the film, but Sid Caeser is great as well. <p>one line in the airplane scene made the entire theater laugh so hard, we all missed the next couple lines.<p>Rooney passes the headphones to Hackett, and says they want to talk to him, and hackett goes, "what, am I supposed to everything? You want me to fly the airplane, you want me to work the radio, what are you, the hostess?"<p>so funny! this is truly a great GREAT movie, and up there with The Russians are Coming as one of the greats from that era...<p>Quint, you gotta get that on your list if it isn't already...contains some of the best lines EVER!<p>"I am wounded in dignity only."
Nov. 7, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST
seriously too much good stuff for me to respond in this post. All the cameos, so many that it's just fun to watch how many people you can identify! And Jonathan FREAKIN' Williams, man! At the end when it dawns on him that he's found it, that look of his into the camera, almost like his brain said HEY STUPID, TURN AROUND!<BR>BR> And one of the best lines: "Listen, you don't have to explain your mother-in-law to me, know what I mean? I mean if she was the star of some really crummy horror movie, I'd believe it!"
Nov. 7, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST
Classic film from my youth. From the physical insanity of Jonathan Winter to the sad-sackness of Sid Cesar to the stoned goofiness of Dick Shawn ("I'm coming mama!" is one oft-repeated lines in our house) to the verbal eviscerations of Ethel Merman (God what magnificent BITCH she is in the movie!), its a wonderful movie to laugh at. But for all of those greats, its Spencer Tracy who has the hardest part-the Straight Man. He's what holds this film together. Glad you liked i Quint.
Nov. 7, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST
AMC runs a version of this movie that is quite different from the DVD (much to my dismay). Wikipedia has a pretty good page about the movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_mad,_mad,_mad,_mad_world
Nov. 7, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST
I loved this movie ever since I saw it on the giant screen in its original Manhattan run. Still do. The only thing that depresses me is when I watch it I invariably go "Dead...dead...alive...dead...dead..dead...alive...dead...dead..." and now we just lost Edie Adams. There will never be another one like IAMMMMW.
Nov. 7, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST
Nov. 7, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST
by Admiral Nelson
...where Jonathan Winters "hulks out" and destroys it with his bare hands is one of the funniest things ever committed to film, period. ("He's nuts, he's really nuts!" "We're gonna have to KILL HIM!") Yep, the film is too long, but damn, it's got so many hilarious moments and endlessly quotable bits of dialogue that you have to love it. (And as I said in another talkback, the first appearance of Dick Shawn, where he just leaps into the scene like a madman, is freaking HILARIOUS!) If you've never seen this movie, set aside 3 hours, pop some popcorn and enjoy!
Nov. 7, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST
Just the title brings back fond memories. Seeing this movie with my brother & sister during its original run & laughing so long and hard that we were hoarse the next day. The Jerry Lewis cameo was brutal & priceless. Then just when you think you can't laugh anymore without seriously hurting something, along comes the ladder scene. Good times, the only other times I've laughed as hard at the movies was seeing Blazing Saddles with my mom (she worshiped Harvey Korman), and Richard Pryor's first concert movie (which was preceded by a 3 Stooges short). Comic gold all.
Nov. 7, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST
...with all the comedy stars of the modern era. RAT RACE was pretty good but it wasn't MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD II. Breckin Meyer is not one of the top comedy stars of our age.
Nov. 7, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST
I want to see him purposefully run over something else with his car.
Nov. 7, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST
Next to Animal House and Blazing Saddles. It is a bit too long (should have cut the basement scene by a few minutes), but it is fantastic even in its length. Tracy was God. We will never have a better actor in comedy or drama.
Nov. 7, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST
I absolutely LOVE this movie! One of my all time favorites. We will never see a movie like this again. It would be impossible to make today because part of the charm of this movie is that every major comedian of the day was in this film. It was a Who's Who of cinematic comedy. With today's multi million dollar salaries that today's actors command and add to that 7 or 8 obligatory rewrites of today's Hollywood and you would have a budget beyond comprehension. Also, how many of today's actors with bloated egos would agree to only a cameo. The days of this kind of event picture are over.
Nov. 7, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST
... shame on MGM for not spending the dough to allow Robert Harris to do a complete restoration and salvage what's still salvagable of the original "roadshow" version. Shame, shame, shame...
Nov. 7, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST
He was playing his Bilko con man sans heart (his always yielded to his conscience on the GREAT, underrated sitcom). MAD WORLD is a clutterd film but I never miss it (love Jack Benny's cameo).
Nov. 7, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST
I remember this movie always seemed to be on Sunday afternoons... watched it many times. Always loved it and it was always like 4 hours long (with commercials). About time to introduce my son to it :)
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST
Just thinking about the who's who of comedy nature, I was trying to think of comedians of today. Who would we have? Louis CK, Ricky Gervais, Steve Carrell, Patton Oswalt, Dave Chapelle, Bob Saget, Lisa Lampanelli, Brian Posehn, Jeffrey Ross, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, the daily show team, Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Craig Robertson, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel... who am I forgetting? We missed the opportunity to get people like George Carlin in, but he would have been a natural. Don Rickles is still kicking around, he'd be pretty awesome...
Nov. 7, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST
Yes, the legendary "King Kong" animator worked uncredited on the film's effects...mostly on the spectacular finale which apparently involved extensive minature work. Also, I think "Mad World" was the first Cinerama film shot in a one-camera process...ditching the cumbersome procedure of using three in-synch cameras, which then required 3 in-synch projectors..which is why you can still see the dividing lines on "How The West Was Won".
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST
Really important to note about Mad Mad World: The climactic scene with all the cast hanging on to a wildly swinging fireman's ladder was ANIMATED by none other than WILLIS O'BRIEN, after which he went home, laid down on his livingroom sofa and died. The father of Kong's final contribution to cinema.
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST
I've been meaning to write in that info all day and somebody beat me to it.
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST
a sad bit of trivia is that the wildly talented Terry Thomas was found very near the end of his life in a cold water flat penniless, ragged and unkempt and suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease. Entertainers including Elton John led an effort to raise money for the actor's care. Good on them.
Nov. 7, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST
Awesome review Quint! This is one of my all time favorites. They showed it here in MI 2 years ago at the restored Redford Theatre (complete with organ and intermission)...great time!
Nov. 7, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST
..even THEY pay taxes. Now look, if it wasn't for all the millions of dollars this country gave yours, which you never even bothered to say thank you for, the whole phoney outfit would have sunk beneath the ocean years ago. GET OUT!!
Nov. 8, 2008, 3:22 a.m. CST
most recently by rat race, which was a rip on both this movie and cannonball run...so no, dont do a sequel or a remake...and this movie is best when watched on widescreen...saw it in its remade print at the cinerama dome...totally brilliant
Nov. 8, 2008, 3:26 a.m. CST
dont know why...but i do...and i cant believe that people really found rat race funny...let alone funnier...before that, there was the million dollar challenge, and cannonball run
Nov. 8, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST
The Pegg/Frost/Hynes triumvirate. But as has already been mentioned, there's been several horrible ripoffs, Rat Race being IMO the biggest mess.
Nov. 8, 2008, 4:47 a.m. CST
You're right, actually. It's the only Mel Brooks film I haven't seen. I've been meaning to get to it for a while... guess I should sniff it out and throw it on the pile.<BR><BR>mooli, right... that was right in front of me! Of course, those guys should be top of the heap.
Nov. 8, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Nov. 8, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST
would be perfect for cameos in our imaginary remake. Also Mike Myers, Shatner, Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Rip Taylor, Phyllis Diller, Tom Green, Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Ben Stiller, Johnny Knoxville, Cheech & Chong, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christoper Walken, Seann Willam Scott, Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, Paul Reubens, Seinfeld, John C. Reilly, Dave Chapelle, John Cleese, Chris Tucker......
Nov. 8, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST
Jay & Silent Bob, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Cloris Leachman, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Wilder, Sandra Bernhard, Fry & Laurie, Kurt Russell in his Death Proof-mobile or as road-kill....
Nov. 8, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST
okay, I'll stop now.
Nov. 8, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST
.. Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Chris Rock, Gary Coleman, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry.... Now I'm done. Probably.
Nov. 8, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST
Nov. 8, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST
That's pretty much all I remember--he totalled that place. I remember thinking I wanted to be that brutally strong, which is kind of funny, because I ended up (physically speaking) more like the wimpy-looking gas station attendants than like any sort of strongman.
Nov. 9, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST
..then I don't think he's gonna say anything, and I KNOW he's not gonna say anything, and I'M not gonna say anything...Awww, this is a little girl's bike, this bike is for a little girl...why don't you get that bike out of the way, you know we don't want someone tripping over it in the dark...ZZZOOOMMM! I love this friggin' movie, practically every line is a quotable.
Nov. 9, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST
that mother-in-law line was one of my favorites, i laughed still as I read it. Winters greatest work.
Nov. 9, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST
"Go ahead... I'm gullible!" This can only be appreciated in a theater. Saw it at both The Egyptian for an cast reunion and The Cinerama Dome for an anniversary... both times was awesome. Except for Mickey Rooney at the reunion. Went on and on for years talking about his career, virtually reprising Dana Carvey's impression of him. That part was tough.
Nov. 9, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST
--Don't forget Eddie "Rodchester" Anderson as a cabbie (collapsing into the arms of the park's Lincoln statue). A wonderful talent (I think I'm the only bloke on this site who has seen CABIN IN THE SKY).
Nov. 10, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST
So sayeth Orcus
Nov. 10, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST
Introduced me to comedy. What happened to Scavenger Hunt? I'm sure it was funnier to me when I was 7 than it would be to me now when I'm....older. But It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World is still great. I've often wondered about a round up movie with everyone who is or ever was funny and willing to work. I doubt it is remotely possible anymore to have so many personalities take part, if nothing else ego would always get in the way. But Quint, I don't think that in your imagining a current update that you should omit comedic talents like Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Bette Middler, Lily Tomlin, John Goodman, Goldie Hawn, Margaret Cho, Robin Williams, Albert Brooks, the Casts of Frasier and Cheers, Wanda Sykes, the cast of Seinfeld, Ben Stiller, the Three Amigos (Chase, Martin, and Short), Whoopi Goldberg, remaining cast of MASH, Cheech and Chong, Roseanne...tons of people who are or at least were once funny. I'm afraid that excluding any of them that are interested would be elitist, choosing only one person's favorites and ignoring a lot of other tastes. I'm not that big a fan of the Appatow bunch outside of Freaks and Geeks (I often debate who is more overrated, Jack Black or Seth Rogen), but I can't ignore that they bring the funny for many.
Nov. 11, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
this is available to watch instantly on Netflix
Nov. 12, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST
okay, i can be forgiven for that. If you gonna mess someone's name up, at least confuse him with another genius.
Nov. 12, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST
Because the future sucks saggy nads
Nov. 17, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST
[In the plane] "I'm going to make an Old Fashioned." "But what if something happens!!??!" "Nonsense, what can happen to an Old Fashioned?" "I cawn't see! I cawn't see!" "He cawn't see!!!!"
Dec. 8, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST
I thought it was hilarious for about 90 minutes. Problem is, it still had another 80 minutes to go, and it ended up feeling like an endurance test. I can think of very few comedies that can justify a 174 minute running time, but I could list endlessly the ones that drag too long. For some reason, you just can't sustain comedy (especially zany, slapstick like this) for this long. It becomes exhausting. I had hoped it was mercifully over when they found the big W, but no... it had so much more zanyness to go. Too big, too ambitious, too many stars with big egos whose scenes can't be cut. Would have been great at 100 minutes. Sadly, that's about the halfway point.