Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Remember When Steve Martin Used to be Funny?


Yes, folks, Steve Martin used to be funny. Back in the late 70's and even the early 80's we would never have dreamed of the day when "Steve Martin" and "lobotomy" would be integral parts of the same sentence in a movie review.

This star of the "Cheaper by the Dozen" remakes(!) (see CBTD2 in theaters today! No, really, don't!) and the "Father of the Bride" remakes(!) bears no resemblance to the star of "The Jerk" and brilliant LPs like "Let's Get Small" and "A Wild and Crazy Guy." It just makes me soooo angry!

Where did it happen? Who lobotomized one of the great comedians of the 20th century? I blame Opie, Ron Howard, who directed him in "Parenthood," who set him on the slippery slope to blandsville. Perhaps it was his appearance in a John ("king of bland family comedies") Hughes film, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, a couple of years earlier that marked the very beginning of the end. I don't know.

(OK, there were some post-Parenthood bright moments, like "LA Story" and his funny stage play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," but those are exception to the rule, so excuuuuse me!)

6 Comments:

At 12:28 PM, Blogger The Optimist said...

Give the man a break. His kids are probably college age and he needs the money. Bland is fine.

And yous better not a be mockin no Planes Trains and Automobiles, there fella! Them's fightin' words!

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger DougH said...

the "PT&A" comment was more about Martin's association with the Dark Lord, John Hughes, than a critique of the film itself.

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger DougH said...

...and bland is NOT fine

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger Ashley Gags said...

Hello has anyone heard of Father of the Bride. In my opinion one of the greatest Steve Martin films. It is not bland in anyway and extremely funny! I think Steve Martin is a little bland in Cheaper by the Dozen but hey it paid off his debt for Christmas.
-Ashley

 
At 6:33 AM, Blogger DougH said...

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At 6:34 AM, Blogger DougH said...

I was specifically talking about "Father of the Bride." -- an abomination (though Martin Short was kind of funny in it)...

...and "Father of the Bride II"...

...and both "Cheaper by the Dozen" films...

...and that Queen Latifah thingy....

Our poor Ashley has already been living in L.A. too long.... ;)

 

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