April 12, 2001, 10:31 a.m. CST
Sorry to burst your bubble, evil one. Haven't read the script, but I think it's pretty obvious that your surfboard fell off the Zeitgeist on this one.
April 12, 2001, 11:13 a.m. CST
by marla singer
Mr. Moriarty - Glad you liked the script as much as I did. (and no, Mr. Note leaver above, Dr. S resembles Puffy more than Tubby. But Im glad you're indepth knowledge of the script helped you suss that one out. Thanks!)
April 12, 2001, 11:19 a.m. CST
The "I am cancer" speech Moriarty quotes sure sounds an awful lot like the Alec Baldwin "I am God" monologue in "Malice." It will be interesting to see how they stage it. Since almost no one saw "Malice," this seems a pretty obscure reference.
April 12, 2001, 11:22 a.m. CST
It doesn't make sense to me how bent out of shape everyone gets over Joan Cusack's plot to kill Fester. In this family, all of her diabolical shenanigans would be embraced! Every time she tried to kill Fester, he'd just get more turned on. The rest of the family would cheer. Instead, Rudnik gives them conventional reactions that just aren't as funny. The summer camp stuff is priceless though.
April 12, 2001, 11:36 a.m. CST
I always wait for Rudnick to write a good movie but they all end up with just a few good one liners here and there. Usually the come down to Moriarty's first impression of this story...1988, Touchstone. Hope it leads to bigger things for Damon Waynes.
April 12, 2001, 1:27 p.m. CST
Rigby- Actually, the Addams' DID accept Debbie the way she was. Watch the electrocution scene again, and watch them play along with her dementia. The problem wasn't that the Addams' didn't accept her, but that she didn't accept herself. That and her terrible fashion sense, of course. And as for you, Mr. Evil Genius, I wish you (and everyone else) would stop worshipping at the altar of Kate Hepburn. She was passable at screwball at best, and was pretty bad if she didn't have Cary Grant to bail her out. What that Marci X role sounds like is a modern recreation of Carole Lombard, the true Queen of Screwball. Now THERE was a funny dame.
April 12, 2001, 1:33 p.m. CST
by Sith Witch
April 12, 2001, 3:05 p.m. CST
I do think that the one thing this entire project hinges on, if it is made at all, is can Lisa Kudro rap? Or more important can the team that has to teach her how, give her some good rhymes, and pass her off as believable? That was what I hated about Bulworth, Warren Beatty couldn't even get a decent beat, much less rap. The only non-documentary I have seen so far that pulls off the whole package is "Fear of a Black Hat." It may have been a spinal tap ripoff, but it still spoofed that whole era pretty well. Of course I don't listen to any of that, it just pisses me off when it is done wrong, like this movie no doubt will be. They (those in charge) don't know what goes into making a good record, but still try without any help. Oh well.
April 12, 2001, 3:06 p.m. CST
by Sith Witch
April 12, 2001, 3:59 p.m. CST
Well, despite the fact that he is not one of my favourites screenwritters, I do like what he did with Addams Family Values and In & Out. Even Jeffrey had good laughs. On the other side is, for example "My stepmother is an alien". Anyways, his strong point is what in Spain we call "mala leche" (bad milk, or something similar): he's good at satire, and so you have the dysfunctional Addams Family and the oh-how-great-it-is-my-gay-teacher finale in In & Out ... politically correct? Only at first sight... everybody was SO nice with Howard Brackett, from Greenleaf, Indiana. Bad Milk samples: In & Out - My mother says this marriage won't last. - Your mother is an alcoholic, my dear. Addams Family Values (about Pugsley) - Oh, he must be a ladykiller! - You bet. Please, do not mistake Bad Milk with Dark Comedy. It is stronger.
April 12, 2001, 6:47 p.m. CST
If this piece had been written on April Fools Day, I would have thought it a joke. 'My booty is smiling?' That's supposed to be a good J-Lo joke? Puleeze. Not a single line referred to in this review was even the slightest bit funny. I'm a fan of both cutting satire like South Park - BLU and Rudnick's brilliant Addams Family Values, but this just sounds horrific. I really do not want to pay $8 to see Lisa Judrow (or ANYONE from the friends cast) attempting to rap, even for laughs. You want to see cutting rap parody that's still timely? Watch Fear of a Black Hat. Want to see funny racial satire that's still timely? Watch Blazing Saddles. This sounds like pure unmitigated feces.
April 12, 2001, 9:51 p.m. CST
"'Libby Gelman-Waxner.' I can't imagine what would make someone write a column using a fictional character's name, but I guess it takes all kinds." Duh! The reason is that he is WRITING AS THE CHARACTER, not as himself.
April 13, 2001, 1:47 p.m. CST
I got to peek in on the Marci X dance scene with bongo drums. I am assuming this is for the Harlem Dance parody. Anyway, Lisa was in good spirits (especially for having been dancing for around 2 hours straight) and the number looked fun. That helps no one. But I figure I'd share. 'til then, me
April 13, 2001, 1:56 p.m. CST
Chris Rock cut closer with CB4, but even that was scattershot at best. As for Rudnick, read his plays (I HATE HAMLET, THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD, JEFFREY) to best appreciate his singular gift for garish satire.