April 25, 2008
Apparently, the principal problem with Hollywood movies today is that there is not enough nudity. A. O. Scott, writing in today’s New York Times, interrupts a generally positive review of “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” to complain that “the movie loses some credibility when it declines to show the full extent of its’ stars eventual participation in the festivities. Dudes, if the dude in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ could put his business up on the screen, then so can you.” Indeed, the director of “Sarah Marshall,” Judd Apatow, is quoted as boasting in the April 16 Los Angeles Times that “I’m gonna get a penis in every movie I do from now on.”
One wonders what artistic heights such primitives as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and Billy Wilder would have been able to scale had they enjoyed the same “freedom” as the movie geniuses of today. In fact, humor in movies was virtually non-existent before such as A. O. Scott and Judd Apatow had shown us the way.
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