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Showbiz Assassin: the Sadly Unavoidable ‘What’s up with Jim Carrey?’ Edition

Is Ace Ventura crying out for help? And is Katt Williams a racist or a patriot?

by
Kathy Shaidle

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August 31, 2011 - 1:04 pm

2. Can’t they both lose?

The list of “new movies I have no intentions of seeing” gets longer all the time.

I’m old (see above). I’ve already seen the originals of all these remakes and spinoffs and ripoffs and leaden Tarantino “homages.”

And those movies that don’t have a past-its-best-before-date pedigree just recycle tiresome tropes: “romantic comedies” that are neither; grown men acting like drunken frat boys; aliens destroying every building except the UN (have you noticed that, too?) — and my particular favorite, “Let’s Make Fun of People From the South.”

I was so relieved that somebody finally turned the “hicksploitation” genre inside out this year, I may force myself to go to the theater:

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But then, alas, we hear of this:

Is it time for Will Ferrell to bust out his famous Bush Jr. impression for the big screen? His political comedy with Zach Galifianakis, “Southern Rivals,” will officially start shooting this October.

There aren’t a ton of details about the plot as of yet, other than the fact that he and Galifianakis will be, well, Southern rivals in a political race.

I’m pretty sure there aren’t a ton of details about the plot because there isn’t one. Southern Rivals will be ninety minutes of inaccurate Southern accents and obnoxious “jokes” about grits and big hair and guns and guys named “Billy Bob.”

And the scary part is: it will make $300 million.

Yes, I laughed at Ferrell’s post-Osama-raid effort, below. But not enough to endure what I know will be almost two solid hours of mean-spirited, predictable insults about the folks in “flyover country.”

 

Right around election time, TCM tends to air the rarely broadcast flick The Best Man (1964). If you’re hankering for a good film about presidential contenders next fall, watch that movie instead.

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