Happy Monday. Hope everyone had a good weekend.
As ever, I saw some movies this weekend: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and also Little Miss Sunshine. I'll keep it limited to just Talladga Nights tonight 'cause it's late. Hey! Did you know that at AMC theaters, if you go to a pre-noon show on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, your ticket price is only $4? Well, didja? Well, it's true. That's right, nerds, film-school era ticket prices. So, captivated by the siren song of bargain basement ticket prices for a first-run movie, Peggy and I rolled out of bed and drove to the 11:30AM showing of Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
Though I loved this movie, I'm not sure I can tell you with any certainty whether this movie was consistently funny throughout. I say that because there is a scene in this movie that made me laugh so hard that my reaction to it threw a monkey wrench into my emotions for the rest of the day -- after that scene, I laughed at pretty much everything else in the movie. Without that scene, I don't know what I would have thought about the movie overall, but it was in there, and I did laugh so hard I nearly died, so I'll say this: Talladega Nights is the funniest movie I've seen in years, and, possibly, ever. But then again, maybe it was just that scene.
Sense of humor's a very subjective thing, so the scene I found so funny in Talladega may not have had the same impact on those of you who've already seen this thing, but because I don't want to ruin any part of the movie by setting expectations so high for those who haven't seen it, I won't say which scene it was that nearly did me in. But I'll say that the scene I'm talking about had me laughing so hard that not only were tears streaming down my face, but I was close to sobbing in the theater, which was a complete first. I guess I was laughing so hard it just threw my emotions all out of whack. I felt kind of violated. When Peggy turned to me after the credits started to roll and said, "I thought I was going to have to take you out of the theater for a minute there," I thought of the scene in question again, laughed, and the tears started right back up. It was almost painful.
On the other hand, here's a quick way to discount my entire opinion on all things comedic: the two other times I've laughed so hard I cried in a theater were:
1) Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls -- the first scene, specifically when Jim Carrey is trying to save the raccoon in the way whacked-out parody of Cliffhanger.
2) Team America: World Police -- the vomiting scene. Something about a puppet projectile vomiting in an alley with a full orchestral score got to me.
Anyway, this scene in Talladega Nights was funnier to me than both of those. Actually, there are some really amazing laughs in this movie that I think will get everyone. In the same way Shammy sets up those pitch-perfect scares, Adam McKay sets up big big laughs. I'd say that, right now, this is right behind V for Vendetta as my favorite movie of the year so far. Maybe after I get a chance to see it again, it might go to number one.
All right. Sleepy time.