Alyssa Famiglietti Film and Literature
Professor Talbird Essay 1/Genre Analysis
When it came to watching comedy films, I started realizing more and more that they'regenerally all the same story line. You have numerous characters, where something bad happens,or they get put into an obstacle which they need to overcome and of course Everything always works out in the end. Which makes sense when looking up the definition of Comedy, you see "a play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending; a dramatic work in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion. "(dictionary.com) For the most part everybody loves to laugh and everybody loves conflict so what can be better then putting these two things together right? Three relatively recent movies that I've found that fully support this theme are The Hangover, Superbad, and Get Him to the Greek. All consist of the same ingredients of a comedy but put in a way where they are still very different and original. The Hangover directed by Todd Phillips ended up being one of the most popular comedies released in 2009. Aimed more towards a young audience, people of all ages found this movie hilarious. Taking place in current Las Vegas, four friends go celebrating ones bachelors party. Which goes well until they wake up the morning after looking for the missing groom. During the movie they try to trace back their night in the hopes that they'll find their missing friend not knowing when in fact he went missing. The more they trace back the more they start to realize that the night they had was one of the most wildest nights they had in their lives. While putting the pieces together they also end up in numerous obstacles like trying to find the mother of a baby found in their hotel room, which then results into the reveal of a unwanted marriage between character Stu and stripper Jade; Getting their lives in danger when Chinese mobster Mr. Chow accuses them of stealing his man purse filled with poker chips worth thousands and of course the obstacle of returning Mike Tyson's tiger back to his mansion in the grooms borrowed Mercedes given to him by his soon to be father in law. Of course after all their shenanigans and experiences they put the puzzle together and figure out where the groom was hiding all this time and it makes you think to yourself why it couldn't have been easier. But then their would also be no movie. In any comedy you always have the cliche characters which play off each other. For example you have Bradley Cooper who plays "the asshole, hot shot" Ed helms playing "the nerdy dentist" who is overly controlled by his girlfriend Melissa and then everybody's favorite Zach Galifianakis playing "The underdog/idiot" also the brother of the bride which is why he was ever included on their outing. The mix of these characters give the viewers everything because it doesn't overdue any one personality and each character gives off their own persona and has their own story to tell.
This Aspect also relates to the film Superbad which was released in 2007 and directed by Greg Mottola. Two friends Seth played by Jonah Hill and Even played by Michael Cera are inseparable and while Seth in the loud obnoxious one full of crazy thoughts Even sits back being the shy and quiet one. They have always flown under the radar through out high school either being ignored or picked on But one night changes it all. It opens up with the BFF pair talking about how they want to increase their sexual experience before going to college. Then with a positive turn Seth gets asked by his crush to come to a party that shes having at her place later that night. While he brags about how much of a party animal he is he accidentally states how he has access to a fake id and could get loads of alcohol for the party which now makes him being the one in charge of how this whole night can turn out. It all...
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