Category Archives: Comedy

Talladega Nights and Perfect Story Structure: What You Need to Know

Talladega Nights and Perfect Story Structure: What You Need to Know

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a goofy 2006 comedy starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Leslie Bibb, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jane Lynch, and Gary Cole. The film reunites Ferrell with director and co-writer Adam McKay, with whom he previously worked on Anchorman. With that kind of talent behind and in front of… Read More…

This Is Why Movie 43 Offers Viewers a Unique Treat

This Is Why Movie 43 Offers Viewers a Unique Treat

Finding unique, major Hollywood releases is difficult. That’s understandable. Producing movies is risky. Most productions are major financial investments. Studios are often unwilling to take risks on projects that don’t have built-in audiences. That’s why most Hollywood films are based on existing properties. Those that aren’t still tend to follow a well-established format. That’s why… Read More…

Why Shark Night 3D Is One of the Most Fun Movies You Can Watch

Why Shark Night 3D Is One of the Most Fun Movies You Can Watch

Hollywood films typically fall into familiar genres, with filmmakers taking stories and inserting them into formulas that audiences expect. However, these genres aren’t always basic classifications like “the western movie” or “the gangster film.” Sometimes the genre has more to do with the type of experience filmgoers have when they go to see it. For… Read More…

This Is How Take Me Home Tonight Perfects the Retro Comedy

This Is How Take Me Home Tonight Perfects the Retro Comedy

Retro comedies can be difficult to make. On one hand, leveraging the nostalgia factor to tell a funny story can yield an entertaining film. The problem is, too often, filmmakers rely solely on the nostalgia factor to make the film work. They include numerous references to older movies and pop-culture icons, but they don’t actually… Read More…

This Is Why The Family Has a Perfect Cast

This Is Why The Family Has a Perfect Cast

The Family is a 2013 black comedy about a mafia family that tries to start over in France after joining the Witness Protection Program. Although there is much to praise about the film, the team behind it deserves special credit for appreciating the importance of smart casting. The black comedy genre is difficult to get… Read More…