Not Funny? Not Funny How? Like no clowns..
I loved it, but I usually know who to recommend it to. Seeing the 4 films on which it was based help you get the jokes, but you have to love those films, their characters and dialogue to appreciate the comedy fully. You know which scenes are being parodied in most cases in the first shot of each scene. I know a lot of people "get it" but fail to appreciate that this film took 4 of the best dramas in the past 30 years, and parodied them while paying tribute to them. Comedy runs mostly on exaggeration, this is why the impressions were funny. The De Niro did not have to be dead on nor was it intended to be. You already know these things I guess, and are more interested in laughs than the mechanics of it. It's not my intent to force my opinion and tell you that you should be laughing all the way to credits. But to point out that credit is due for any well made film not produced solely on how broad an audience it would reach. In these times of Comic book hero movies built around special FX and merchandising, here walk the true heros. 15 minutes can't be too long if its all in good fun. The real nightmare is when they take a great like Taxi Driver or Manchurian Candidate, and re-make it as if it will be better than the real thing. Millions are sitting through 2-3 hours of cinematic sacriledge all summer. Fifteen Minutes won't kill you.. unless it stars De Niro, don't slip like that again Bobby.
- Jun 23, 2007
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