Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Movie Review)

I like Steve Martin. I think The Jerk might very well be the best comedy film of all time. But I’ve been wary about watching this movie. Maybe because it’s in black and white (don’t ask, it’s a thing), maybe because it’s a spoof of old detective movies, something I’ve never been into. But a friend recommended it, and it was on OnDemand for free, so what’s the harm, right?

Well, I’m sorry Beau. I made it about a half an hour into it and had to turn it off. It just wasn’t working for me. The thing with the clips from old noir movies being edited in, that was clever, but the novelty wore off after the first few times.

Maybe I’ll try this movie again in the future. We’ll see.

6 comments:

Elise said...

How old is this movie?

Rob Rosenblatt said...

1982, so 26 years. That makes it older than you.

Kate said...

But not older than me...

No wonder I've never heard of it, I'm not so well versed in my early Steve Martin. I'll have to check it out despite your not-so-glowing review. I don't mind B&W.

Rob Rosenblatt said...

I don't know what it is about me and B&W movies. I think I would have enjoyed Clerks more had it been in color. As it is, it's my least favorite Kevin Smith movie that I've seen (I haven't, and probably won't, see Jersey Girl).

Kate said...

I loved Clerks at the time but I don't know how it'd hold up for me. Getting aged and all. I don't think it's a "classic" comedy, one that'll be around in fifty years like The Philadelphia Story or The Jerk.

I do think Bowfinger is highly underrated, speaking of Steve Martin movies. And I loved, loved, loved Shopgirl.

Rob Rosenblatt said...

It's definitely a product of the early '90s...and I don't know what The Philadelphia Story is. I've only seen bits and pieces of Bowfinger, but I enjoyed what I saw.