last week I was beat like a Korean in Tokyo. Dog tired and wondering
if I had the Mono. I didn't want to do anything except sit on
the sofa, or lie on the shag, watching shows about home design
hosted by chicks with nice tits in tight softball shirts. Mono's
a scary thing, you know, because, first, you want to sit down
for a while. Then you start thinking about who gave it to you.
Worse is Mrs. Filthy wondering who gave it to me because she always
assumes that I did something stupid.
I did some
reading about it. I looked it up on the Web and found a few articles
about the virus's common symptoms and ways people get it. Mostly
it's exchanging fluids. They call it the kissing disease because
that's a pretty damn easy way to get someone else's spit in your
head. Then I started thinking about people kissing, mostly hot
lesbians. And they're at this wild hot tub parties, and maybe
they're cheerleaders. Anyway, someone says the water's getting
too hot, so they all take off their swimsuits and one of the girl's
says her tongue hurts, so they all start kissing it. That's about
the time I stopped reading WebMD and then my research took a turn
toward the sociological.
So how did
I get Mono, I wondered. Was God punishing me for crapping in the
Lutheran Church's junipers? Or did he figure he was even after
striking me with that tree limb Tuesday? I haven't been kissing
anyone except Mrs. Filthy. Not that I remember. And I haven't
even been kissing her that much because they're doing button inventory
at Hancock Fabric and she gets pretty stressed out about counting
I held hands
with this guy who kept licking his palms, but that was only because
we were really giddy about the Tavern's new jar of pickled eggs.
There are 32 hours I blacked out, but I think I mostly watched
a "Real World" marathon and maybe rolled a liquor store. I kissed
this chunky girl who had a "Kiss me, I'm Irish" button, but there
was hardly any tongue and I forgot when St. Patrick's Day was.
And I licked a toilet seat, something I'm not proud of, but we've
all done it.
self-treatment for Mono with airline-size bottles of vodka. I
don't know if these are any better for you than chugging straight
from a 750 ML bottle, but they feel better. You know, because
they're tiny like bottles of penicillin, and it feels more precise
to drink them, like they're doses. Anyway, funny story: I didn't
have Mono. Turns out I'm just really fucking lazy. Given that,
it wasn't easy, but I dragged myself out of the house and to the
movies this weekend. I saw Anchorman, a pretty damn mediocre
comedy, saved from the shit heap of SNL movies by Will Ferrell.
He;s funny, the rest usually isn't.
Ron Burgundy, a 70s San Diego news anchor in the male-dominated,
chauvinist TV news world where the men wear a lot of polyester,
talk a lot about groping women's boobs and smoke like chimneys.
It's a world like a Playboy cartoon come to life. That's
almost the entire joke here. There's a plot as thin as Ashley
Olsen about a woman anchor (Christina Applegate) moving onto the
men's turf and threatening their manhood with her dreams of being
an anchor. She as ambitious as Ferrell, leading to a rivalry that
sends him into a tailspin. He loses his job, goes into a drunken
stupor, and finally triumphs by returning to the anchor chair,
and to save Applegate from zoo bears.
this skeletal story like so many Ding Dongs in Ashley's belly
before she purges are dozens of silly, distracting SNL-type skits.
I don't mean that as a compliment. I mean that the way SNL skits
are: really fucking shitty, bloated, pointless, and hoping for
a graceful and swift death but usually living too long, like my
Aunt Horis and making us all pay. Ferrell and his news team get
into a gang fight in an alley with the other local news teams.
This might have been funny if it had anything to do with the rest
of the story, or wasn't paced like a bad hair-metal video. Similarly,
Steve Carell plays a retarded weatherman whose role in the movie
is to blurt out something silly every time a scene is about to
bog down in exposition. You know, fellas, there's a reason the
"Simpsons" use Ralph Wiggum sparingly. He wouldn't be funny if
he had to save the fucking story every three minutes.
is really funny. He fills his oblivious blowhard characters with
a deep patheticness. His characters don't act sad, sometimes they
don't even know they are. But there's always sorrow right below
the surface that raises the stakes for all their blunders and
vanities. It's what Ferrell brings to Anchorman that saves
it from being as bad as Superstar or Ladies Man.
It's too damn
bad nobody else could do the same, or that Ferrel's (and Adam
McKay's) script didn't give them a chance. Actually,m the script
is just plain awful. It's the sort of lazy turd where any lousy
plot device is used with the excuse that it's "wacky." The result
is a movie full of individual skits that don't build to much and
don't let us care what happens. I mean, how can we care when we
don't have the slightest clue where it's going? I fucking hate
when people think they can do a shitty job on the story because
it's "zany." I don't worry about Will Ferrell not being funny,
but I do worry that as long as he makes money, the studios are
going to be afraid to make him work hard.
The cast is
stuck with one-joke characters like the vaguely-gay, locker-room
talk sportscaster and Carell's retard. They're funny the first
time we see them, but by the halfway point, it gets pretty fucking
tiresome. If I wanted repetition, I'd rent Candy Bottom's Up
the Ass, All the Time for an eighth time. But I won't, see,
because after seven viewings I get it. She takes it up the ass,
all the time. Even while sleeping. Even while shitting. Even while
taking it up the ass from some other man.
by Ferrell's co-writer Adam McKay is as dull as the scissors they
let my cousin Larry use. Mostly, the movie is made up of characters
talking in place, or walking stiffly in the center of the screen.
The action sequences are awkward and unexciting.
funny thing about this movie is that it's supposed to be a comedy
that makes light of the male-chauvinist world of 1970s TV news,
yet it's made by a bunch of woman-fearing comics. The story doesn't
give Applegate's character any good lines, or even much of a character.
She's hot and smart in the stereotypical way that virginal males
imagine woman can be, but she's not very interesting. And, she's
the only woman with more than a couple lines. What's the matter,
guys? Afraid to be upstaged by a broad?
for Anchorman. Holy shit, I'm tired. Time for eight or
nine more doses of medicine.
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