Comedies Change Lives

Comedy is one of my favorite forms of media, whether it be in books, movies, television shows or stand up specials on Netflix, I will always look forward to watching a comedy far more than a drama. However, I have to admit, I have still always seen comedies as less important and profound than tragedies because of the grand reputation that dramas have for speaking on tough issues. Dramas are often moving, and really make the audience think, whereas I have always thought of comedies as an escape from reality rather than something of a magnifying glass. However, this unit on comedy has made me reconsider my ideas about the purpose of comedy.

According to Aristotle, a comedy is a story of the rise in fortune of a sympathetic central character. One of my favorite television shows, Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows this formula, but also adds to it. Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg as the childish New York City cop, Jake Peralta. The entire series does not necessarily focus on Jake’s rise monetarily, or status wise, but focuses on his character, and its development. From the start of the show, Jake is established as a loveable, but immature character with daddy issues. Throughout the show, with the help of the other characters in the show, he is able to mature as a person and become a better cop. His rise in fortune occurs when the 99th precinct in which Jake is working gets a new captain, Captain Holt, who is very uptight and strict to contrast with Jake. Throughout the show, Holt’s strictness helps Jake mature and become a better cop. Jake’s rise in fortune is the introduction of Holt, which helps him gain what he wants, which is to be a better cop.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine perfectly represents comedy’s importance to literature and media, hence it’s importance in helping us understand our world. Where someone may be turned off by a movie exploring the trials and tribulations of being gay, they may be more inclined to watch a comedic tv series. Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars two openly LGBT characters. Not only is the comedic aspect of their lives as LGBT people explored, the more serious and tough parts of their lives as LGBT people are also explored. Because most people like to laugh, it is one thing that attracts most everyone to comedies, it really expands the bounds of exploration within comedies, and how it can explore issues such as that Brooklyn Nine-Nine explores. Whether it’s through satire or plain old slapstick comedy, it is much easier to sneak in representation and conversations about real issues into a piece of comedic media because those serious discussions are offset by the comedy, which is what makes these shows so attractive in the first place. Thus, because of its wider appeal, comedy might just have even more impact on people’s ideas about the world because of its more subtle ways of unpacking such issues. With these conversations that shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine are having about race issues and LGBT issues, it could truly change someone’s perspective on these issues, and quite possibly change lives.


Be kind!

As defined by Aristotle, a comedy is the story of the rise in fortune of a sympathetic central character. 

Cady Heron, the “central character”, or protagonist, is a classic example of a comic hero. She isn’t necessarily the most liked person by other characters in the movie or by viewers, but she does display a “minimal level of personal charm” and sometimes sparks sympathy from the viewer. Cady moved to the Illinois suburbs after living and being educated in Africa for many years. She starts to attend high school and faces all the typical stereotypes of high schoolers, including facing some very mean girls. The characters that embody the basic high schooler stereotypes (jocks, nerds, popular kids, etc.) are “ordinary people ” at heart, or at least that’s what the director aimed for them to be. Although these characters might have some relatable qualities, I have never met anyone who is outrageous and obnoxious as most of the characters in this movie.  These ordinary people allow the viewer to compare and contrast the actions/words of the main characters and see them in a different light.

In my opinion, Mean Girls touches on multiple different types of comedy, including farce, romantic comedy, and satirical comedy. I think that, in some sense, this movie is making fun of the ridiculous stereotypes that high schoolers feed into and how popularity is shown to be so much better than it actually is. The movie also has a romantic aspect of it, as Cady has a big crush on Aaron Samuels, one of the most handsome, popular guys at the school. Even though I have watched this movie hundreds of times (probably) and can recite all of the lines, I never truly understood that Mark Waters (the director) was trying to prove a point about human nature. Waters is using exaggerated versions of normal teenagers to show that being mean and feeding into stereotypes and materialism gets you NOWHERE, and kindness can go such a long way.

When I took a deeper look into analyzing this film, everything became clear. This movie, although funny and entertaining, wasn’t only made for pure enjoyment or humor, it was made to show that our generation is getting quite ridiculous in terms of social expectations and actions. If everyone chose kindness instead of cruelty and backstabbing in the movie then all of the characters would have gone a lot farther and achieved a lot more (yes, I know it’s necessary for the plot).

“Groundhog Day” — A Less Conventional Comedy

“Groundhog Day,” directed by Harold Ramis, is the story of a cynical newscaster, Phil Connors, who lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where Groundhog Day festivities occur every year. After reporting on the groundhog, Phil goes to bed and wakes up again to Groundhog Day. His repeated Groundhog Day helps him to have a different perspective on his life and gives him a chance to make a better impression on his co-host, Rita. The main plot of the movie follows Phil as he tries to have the perfect day with Rita.

While “Groundhog Day” could be dismissed as a light-hearted romantic comedy, I think that this would be a very shallow look at this movie. On the surface, it may just seem to be a movie about when the guy gets the girl. I believe that one of the most important parts of this movie is the character development of Phil. He transitions from an unlikeable character to a very sympathetic character by the end of the film. In this way, “Groundhog Day” strays a little from the traditional comedy path. Aristotle’s definition describes a comedy as the rise of a sympathetic central character. “Groundhog Day” adds a layer to this definition, and takes an unsympathetic central character and makes him extremely likeable to the audience. Although this does not strictly follow the formal definition, I think that this progression makes the movie even more of a comedy. Not only is there a happy ending, but the fact that a sour character was able to change makes the movie overall more meaningful for an audience.

In this same way, this less conventional comedy sheds light on human nature. While some may think that a person’s character cannot be changed, I think this movie illustrates that a person can change for the better. After being a man a haughty and egotistical man, Phil eventually begins to shed his egotistical exterior, and works toward improving his life and those around him. Only after he chooses to use his life to love himself and those around them is he set free from the endless loop. This shows that anyone can change for the better, but also has a deeper meaning. I think that his loop and cycle could also represent any type of struggle someone is going through, and the way he dug himself out of his hole was through kindness and selflessness. I think this that message is incredibly important, and the fact that it can be delivered through what seems to be a light-hearted comedy is even more impressive and powerful. Giving people this important and uplifting message while also making them laugh makes this comedy a meaningful art form.

The Blues Brothers: A Comedy

The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, is a hilarious farce comedy that takes place in 1980 Chicago, Illinois. Belushi plays an ex-convict, Jake Blues, while Aykroyd plays his brother, Elwood Blues– the two of them are on a mission to save the old Catholic orphanage that they grew up in. However, in order to do so, they must get their old R&B band back together to raise the money.

Both Belushi and Aykroyd were popular comedians of their time and were both part of the SNL cast during the 1970s. The Blues Brothers uses a variety of satire, farce, and other comedic strategies to enhance the plot of the movie. The countless reckless car chases and the crude humor used. There’s a particular scene that I think is hilarious– when they go back to visit “The Penguin”, who is the nun that took care of them when they were younger. As they enter the orphanage, the doors open and close on their own as they walk towards The Penguin’s room. The Penguin tells them to sit down so they squeeze into these old desk-chairs that are made for kids as she tells them the bad news about how the orphanage is getting sold. They proceed to swear as she proceeds to smack them back and forth with a ruler while swearing. Aykroyd runs down the stairs and Belushi tumbles down still stuck in the desk. It’s a lot funnier when you watch it, trust me.

I think The Blues Brothers is hilariously well done and I recommend it to people who like older films as well as just anyone in general.

While it is really funny, I don’t really think that farce and similar types of comedy enhances our understanding of the world. I think that farce and more “goofy” comedy is created for people’s pleasure rather than enhancing our understanding of the world and how it works. In this sense, I think Aristotle would basically consider this meaningless. However, I do think that it’s still a great movie even if it didn’t make my understanding of people and the world better. Maybe it could make people know what not to do? Who knows. At least to my understanding, it didn’t really have any meaningful intellectual impact. But it is funny 🙂

A Bromance Rom Com

 Love You, Man is a 2009 American comedy film starring Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, and Jason Segel.  Peter Klavern (Paul Rudd) proposes to Zooey Rice (Rashida Jones) and realizes he has no close guy friends that he can choose to be his best man. Peter then goes on a quest to get a best friend and enlists help from his fiancé and brother. Along the way he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) and they become best friends. Of course there is drama that strains Peter’s relationship with Zooey and later with Sydney but in the end everything works out which is why this movie fits Aristotle’s definition of comedy.

The whole movie is about an ordinary person who is trying to find a guy best friend. I think that it is normal for people to try and find a new friend. There are also many societal norms associated with weddings like having a best man, so Peter was just trying to fit in which is something that ordinary people often experience. This fits Aristotle’s definition of comedy because at the end of the movie the audience is pleased with the outcome of Sydney and Peter becoming best friends. All of Peter’s family members do not believe that he will be able to get a guy bets friend because the closest people in his life are his parents, Zooey, and some female acquaintances. This resembles Peter’s stance as an underdog in the comedy.

This romantic comedy helps us understand societal norms and constructs. People expect that by the time that you are an adult you will have at least a few really good friends that you have probably known since college. It also demonstrates the expectation that at a wedding there will be a bridal party. Peter fell victim to this societal norm because the reason he had to find a best friend was because he needed to find a best man. Peter did not not choose to have no bridal party but instead did everything in his power to fit in. The movie does not teach us that it is fine to live a life that is different than this but rather that this is expected from young adults. However, since there is tension between Peter and Zooey and Peter and Sydeny the movie shows its audience that it is human nature to go through rough patches and those that love you will be there to lift you up. Friendship and family are important aspects to a human’s survival in society.

“Dumb and Dumber”: Laughter Without Meaning

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The 1994 comedy directed by Peter Farrelly, “Dumb and Dumber,” still manages to impress audiences worldwide with its complete and utter stupidity to this day. You might want to check out the trailer and this list of 100 dumb things that happen in this comedy for context and a laugh.

Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) are the two main characters, and Lloyd, a taxi driver, falls in love with a rich woman which he drove to the airport, who leaves a suitcase full of money behind. Seeking to return the money to her and gain her love, the two begin their journey to Aspen, the woman’s destination, pissing off several people along the way. Little did they know, the money left behind was ransom for a kidnapping, leading to several complications. Of course, on their journey, Harry and Lloyd spend “a little bit” of the money, only enough to get them each a lamborghini and a full new wardrobe, and at the end, one of them gets the girl.

In an Aristotelian sense, “Dumb and Dumber” can be considered a classical comedy (ignoring the semi-cliffhanger ending of the film). But unless one considers learning how to be a nuisance as valuable, this film is as far from meaningful as a film can be. There are multiple hyperbolized references to societal prejudices against the poor and women, but the way they are portrayed in the movie, the audience is not given a chance to even notice while they are uncontrollably gagging. Stereotypes are also evident and exaggerated throughout the movie, but are not critiqued in any way, shape, or form.

These comments on “Dumb and Dumber” can be extended to almost all laugh-out-loud comedies in the contemporary film genre, where the goals of the film makers do not extend far beyond making people exhale through their nose for money. However, comedies that tend to be more literary and a bit less stupid and where seeds of meaning can be scattered throughout can enhance the audience’s understanding of the world around them There seems to be a tradeoff between the amount of enjoyment a comedy can bring about and the weight of the meaning it carries.

Anchorman 2 Is More Than a Raunchy Comedy

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The beloved story of Ron Burgundy delivers a deeper meaning than one would perceive. The sequel carries the story plot of Ron’s initial fame to a spiral of depression and then an ultimate rise in the end. Ron deals with a variety of moral dilemmas, the pressure of revenge, reigniting his life, and choosing work or family. Although some would view this movie as raunchy and dumb, the underlying issues that occur in life are taken head-on by one fascinating man.

As the movie begins, Ron recently lost his head position in anchoring a prestigious new network in New York City to his wife and ultimately leaves his family because of it. Following this tragedy, Ron is at his lowest point of life and finds himself in a state of depression. As the story continues, Ron gets his old news crew back together, battles with goofy issues, get back to the top of the news world and ultimately realizes that his family is worth more than his job. Through all the stupidity and comedic nature of the movie, the general story-line is utterly meaningful. This movie is meaningful in a way that shows how people are easily distracted by the luxuries of life and how they distract us from what matters. Ron is so caught up in fame and the itch success that it initially drives him away from his family. By the end of the movie, the audience is filled with enlightenment and a lesson.

Overall, many people are caught up in the temptations of life. The legend of Ron Burgundy lives as a story for people to think about. Ron once valued materialistic items and fame ahead of family. He changed his ways and was there for his family at in the end.


Guardians of the Galaxy – A Superhero Comedy

Highly recommend you watch the trailer if you haven’t seen the movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper is yet another addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie follows the Guardians as they start out at galactic criminals who only care about themselves, as they rise up to be the ones that spearhead the attack again the main villain, Ronan, to protect the planet of Xandar. With plenty of jokes and overall stupidity by each of the members there is still a depth you may not realize that is brought on by the jokes. Guardians of the Galaxy definitely deserves to be called a comedy.

Guardians of the Galaxy was the first Marvel movie to focus on a cast of criminals and be centered more on humor that any of its predecessors. The audience knows that the cast are not good people, we see examples of it in the first 20 minutes, and how they really only think of themselves. We are are still rooting for them even from the beginning. The Satirical Irony of the whole movie is that the Guardians have spent so long running from and fighting the Nova Corp, (aka Space Police), but the Guardians themselves are the ones that end up saving the Nova Corp and Xandar from the Kree.

While Guardians of the Galaxy is not a tradition Comedy, it still has the main aspects of what makes up a comedy. With the Guardians being the crazy and spontaneous Comedic Heroes. I mean the final battle is SPOILER a dance battle, that should be enough of a reason, to showcase their personalities. They still rise up and do what is right, even risking their lives for a planet that hates them. The Movie shows that even the most unexpected people can do the right thing and to not judge a book by it’s cover, Someone may be hiding something you can not see. Even an action comedy movie can have a deeper meaning if you look hard enough.

Life Is Beautiful

I never saw myself smile or laugh while watching a film about a tragic historic event that affected so many lives. With Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful, a film about a Jewish Italian waiter (Guido) who falls in love with a women, eventually they marry and have a son (Giosue) . Then in turn of events the family is separated from each other and taken to concentration camps. The father focused to protect his son from the horrors of reality, he convinces his son that it is only a game and everyone is playing along. the film is set against the tragic backdrop of the Holocaust, but doesn’t focus on the tragedy. Benigni uses comedic elements, antics and humorous interactions, and physical gestures to bring comedy to the dark event.

Benigni use of noticeable physical gestures, humorous interactions, and antics. Benigni starts the first half of the film more lighthearted and romantic between two characters who eventually fall in love. But the audience is soon reminded that this movie is set in a tragedy under Mussolini and Nazi power.

The first comedic strategy Benigni uses is the interactions Guido has with his son Giosue, who doesn’t understand what’s happening around him. Benigni takes advantage of this and uses the knowledge of a child for comedic purposes. For example in the film, upon arriving at the prison camp, Giosue is confused why so many people are lined up, the father Guido explains that everyone is lined up because they can’t wait to get inside. Benigni is using the interactions between a son and father to express comedy in very tense situations in the film/

Another comedic strategy Benigni uses is Guido’s physical gestures throughout the film. Throughout the film Guido performs a goofy walk while being escorted by any Nazi solider. Guido performs this goofy walk because he knows his son is watching him. Guido needs to act funny to show his son that the situation isn’t serious. There are many physical gestures throughout the film that bring light to the situation.

Life is Beautiful is the perfect example of comedy because it focuses on bringing the Holocaust a very dark event in history into the light with comedic strategies.

The Princess Bride: A Comedy

The Princess Bride is a adventurous take on a romantic comedy, where the simple farmhand Westly and friends face many dangers and challenges in order to rescue Princess Buttercup from a marriage with Prince Humperdinck.

This movie is full of iconic lines, one of which being “Inconceivable!” THis is frequently exclaimed by Vizzini, (Prince Humperdinck’s mastermind,) when Westly continues thwart his plans to deliver Buttercup to her husband. This well-known phrase is an example of satire: a hyperbole.

There are many complex characters, such as Fezzik the Giant, who is huge and menacing, and can throw giant boulders at people or pose as a monstrous ghost. Ironically, he has a very kind disposition and enjoys rhyming.

During his pursuit of Buttercup, Westly renders both Fezzik and Inigo Montoya unconscious. However, these two men are the ones who end up reviving Westly from his near death, which is an example of situational irony. In the beginning of the film, these three men were fighting against one another but in the end they work together in order to storm Humperdinck’s castle, partners in crime.

There are many examples of dramatic irony throughout the adventure as well. For example, as Buttercup and Westly are submerged in quicksand, the viewers see a giant rat walk by, unknown to the pair in the quicksand. The rat ends up being their next obstacle.

Although they may be cliche, The Princess Bride offers many lessons regarding honor, friendship, and love. The movie is critiquing how society underestimates the power of love, whether it be between a man and his bride or two good friends. With the help of his friends, Westly is able to reclaim his love and Inigo Montoya is able to finally get his revenge. This movie is trying to prove to society that love conquers all.

The movie’s final meaning is representative of a lot of romantic comedies. I think tragedy always gets dubbed as the more intricate and intellectual type of story because it’s themes are darker and more varied than that of comedies. Even though the themes in comedies may be more cliche and repetitive, its easy to take comedic lessons with a laugh than to actually live by them.

A Curious Case of Senioritis

Dear OPRFHS Junior class, 

As I am nearing the end of my senior year of High School, I have some friendly advice that I would love to pass on to you. To preface my message, keep in mind that you still have over a year of High School left before you are able to graduate, and after that most of you will be going off to 4, or even 5 year universities. No one likes school (me especially), and as a senior, the thought of dropping out has seriously (yes, SERIOUSLY) crossed my mind. Therefore, my main message to you is to DROPOUT NOW.  

This may sound quite harsh and impulsive, however I have a lot of reasoning behind my logic; please allow me to elaborate.

#4 School is Overrated

Many of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world did not end up going to a 4 year university. Some even dropped out of High School half way through. For those of you juniors that have a million dollar idea in mind, please do yourself a favor and pursue those dreams–while leaving all types of schooling behind.

#3 $$

You all thought that college was expensive? Well senior year is a whirlpool of money that will leave both you and your parents/guardians confused about where their money even went. From college application fees, to graduation and prom fees, senior year is filled with absolutely unnecessary costs that will cause a huge dent in your bank account.

#2 Money is (also) Overrated

You don’t think you can be successful without a High School or college degree? I beg to differ! Think about all of the people in the world that do not even have access to proper schooling, and they seem to be doing just fine. If that is not convincing enough, you could also always just become a stripper, or a street dancer! Tips are great.

#1 Why leave your Parents?

Alright, I know you juniors are probably looking at this thinking, “um I want to be FREE from my parents!”. But listen, considering that both your parents most likely have day jobs, if you drop out of school, you will have the entire day to do as you please! In addition to this, you will see (if you make the mistake of staying in school) that senior year you will begin to appreciate your parents far more than ever before. Therefore, why leave the comfort of your own home? Anyways, your parents really only wanted a child so that they could love and nurture them (sorry for the accident children out there, maybe you should move out). A parent’s sole job is to care for you so take advantage of that while they are alive!

I hope you all are able to follow my message and realize that school is absolutely not necessary to survive in this day and age.


Asta Simonovic

“Wedding Crashers” as a Comedy

Wedding Crashers is a 2005 romantic-comedy starring Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams. It also features a cameo role from Will Ferrell. In the movie, Vaughn and Wilson act as divorce lawyers with many different alias’s that they use to crash weddings. They use this practice as a way to dress up for a party, drink for free, and meet pretty women. During one wedding though, Vaughn’s character gets involved with a young, possessive women while Wilson’s character falls for her older sister, Rachel McAdams, who is about to get married to Bradley Cooper’s character. They end up spending more and more time with the family and things become complicated. Wedding Crashers qualifies as a classic Aristotle comedy because Wilson and McAdams’s characters are sympathetic characters in which the audience hopes fall for each other. They also have a personable charm and you see their love for each other, unlike most other relationships in the movie.

The movie could be considered a romantic comedy for many reasons. One being that the two central characters are young and likeable. They are also apparently meant for each other but are kept apart by a complicated scenario. This scenario being that McAdams is about to get married to Cooper’s character, who is the jerk boyfriend of the movie and Wilson is using his alias the whole time as he is getting to know and falling for McAdams. Spoiler: Wilson wishes, and comes close, to revealing his true identity but can’t in time before McAdams finds out. Although the movie doesn’t end with McAdams and Wilson’s wedding (hint hint), it ends with McAdams’ character and her sister going off together with Vaughn and Wilson and accepting who they really are. Wedding Crashers enhances our understanding of the world by proving a point that you should be true with the people you love and not hide things from people you are closest with. It also teaches not get romantically involved with someone for a long period of time with them not knowing who you really are, so just be yourself.

“Crazy Rich Asians”, a Rom-Com with a Deeper Meaning

The film “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018) directed by Jon M. Chu is one of the highest grossing romantic-comedy films of all time and is the first film in 25 years to have an all Asian cast in Hollywood. This rom-com was adapted from a novel also titled “Crazy Rich Asians” written by Kevin Kwan. “Crazy Rich Asians” not only broke box-office records, it also increased representation of Asian-Americans in Hollywood.

The film centers around Rachel and Nick, a young couple living in New York. Nick and Rachel have been dating for quite some time, and Nick invites Rachel to go with him to his best friend’s wedding in his home of Singapore. As Rachel and Nick leave on their trip to Singapore, Rachel (who was born and raised as a part of the middle-class) begins to realize Nick’s secret; his family is insanely wealthy.

When the couple arrives in Singapore, Rachel learns that Nick is one of the most “eligible bachelors” in all of Singapore, and women are fighting to be with Nick. Rachel, who has never once been in the spotlight, gets to know Nick’s elite and eccentric family, as well as learn the ways of extremely wealthy socialites.

The comedic elements of the film are not solely represented through one-liners and jokes, but rather a much deeper social meaning. The film focuses around a female protagonist, who, in the end of the film, is the one person to make the biggest choice that determines her and Nick’s future as a couple. Rachel is the one who is given the choice whether or not to marry Nick, as marrying Nick would force him to break off ties with his mother, who disapproves of their relationship. Rachel loves Nick, but also wants for him to be able to have a relationship with his mother.

These power dynamics are very interesting and quite ironic, as the middle-class woman is the one who is making this major decision for an extremely wealthy man.

This irregular shift in power dynamics is very comedic, because in today’s world, all too often, money equals power, but in this instance it didn’t. In addition to money, Nick is also a man, and it is a “norm” in society for the man to make major choices in a relationship. The woman of normal economic status was the one making the decision that would impact Nick’s entire family with either choice she made.

Rachel made the decision to not marry Nick out of love for him, as she did not want him to lose contact with his family. But, in the end, Nick proposes to Rachel with his mother’s ring, and reveals that she has given them her blessing to marry.

The comedic element of irony is quite present in this film, and it is used to reveal the roles of gender and class, and how our views of them impact our perception of the world. Personally, I found it quite comedic that Rachel was the one to make the choice, when Nick and his family are of elite social status and great wealth.

I now realized after more closely analyzing the comedy in this film that it has a much deeper and socially rooted meaning, as it discusses the issues of gender and wealth, and how we view people according to these factors.

Comedies Have a Meaning Beyond Just Entertainment

The definition of a comedy has changed drastically since when they were first created to now. Whether your definition of comedy is that the story ends in a marriage, that there is the rise of a central character, or if you think comedies are just categorized by what makes you laugh, each comedy has a deeper meaning beyond what you might think and prove to be meaningful art forms.

For example, the movie The Breakfast Club is categorized as a comedy. In this movie, a group of high schoolers all get detention for their own separate reasons. All being from different cliques, they eventually get along throughout the movie as they smoke weed, share their feelings, and rebel against the principal who is watching them. If you want to know more, here’s the trailer:

Most people assume comedies are meaningless and are strictly for entertainment but many comedies prove otherwise. For the example I gave, The Breakfast Club, there are many comedic things that happen throughout the movie that may seem absurd and just for laughs like when they smoke weed or when they run around the halls trying to get away from the principal. However, there are deeper meanings that develop throughout the movie and through these comedic moments.

There are 5 main characters: the jock, the rebel, the nerd, the outcast, and the popular one. All come from different backgrounds and neither of them really get along at the beginning. However, they show sides of them that prove they aren’t just a label. The rebel can be caring and is only reckless because of his parents, the jock only wrestles to prove himself to his dad, the popular girl feels so much pressure from her friends, the nerd might have his grades together but not his whole life, the outcast steps out of her comfort zone; they all are relatable characters that make the audience feel less alone. Among the funny and ironic dialogue, there are also serious moments like when the nerd talks about suicide, the rebel talks about his abusive dad, and the jock talks about how his dad won’t accept him unless he wrestles. They are all people who struggle and their character development show the audience that once you take down the barriers of labels, it is easy to connect with one another.

Another example of a comedy that might seem just playful and funny is 10 Things I Hate About You. This movie is about a studious teen girl who is closed off when it comes to boys. Her pretty and popular sister isn’t too happy about this however since she won’t be able to date until her sister does. She finds a guy who will be payed to charm her older sister and try to date her so that the younger sister can date too. To see more about this movie, here’s the trailer:

With there being scenes of the older sister being publicly serenaded, her getting drunk and embarrassing herself at a party, and many other funny moments, it can be easy to overlook how this movie is very meaningful as well. This movie explores the ideas of feminism, individuality, and independence. The main character, Kat, is a strong minded and independent person who is the movie’s main source of feminism. Her character and her best friend, Mandella, promote female independence throughout the movie and show their strength as women which made the movie very iconic for its time period.

It is easy to overlook most comedies’ true meaning and the message they promote but I strongly believe that every comedy has one. Comedies, just like every other genre of movie or book, have depth and purpose. They teach us lessons just as much as other genres do, just in a different way.

Local Man Shocked To Find His Vote Only Vote To Count

November 4, 2020

“I don’t believe it!” cried 45-year-old Oak Parker George Shure when he was informed by local government officials that he was the only one to vote in Tuesday’s general election in the entire state of Illinois.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” said Shure. “I’ve heard people say that a vote in Illinois doesn’t really count because of how consistently blue the state is, but I never thought it would come to this.”

After a 2016 general election which had roughly 43% of eligible voters not bother filling out a ballot, Illinois’ 2020 general election marks a new low in voter turnout, with Shure as the lone voter.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot among all other Illinois residents not to cast a vote Tuesday.

“I’ve had a lot of work on my hands recently and didn’t really love either of the candidates, so I decided to sit this one out,” said Pritzker. 

“I, as all other Illinois residents, believed this election was surely going to be a win for the Democratic candidate,” said Lightfoot.

Oddly enough, Shure didn’t even vote for one of the eligible candidates, having written in Bears linebacker Khalil Mack. “I thought it would be something I could joke with my friends about,” said Shure. “Turns out none of them even voted.”

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The 1989 British TV show Blackadder goes forth may not be known to most Americans. But it should be. The 4th installment of the main 4 part series continues the adventures of Edmund Blackadder, (played by Rowan Atkinson) and his idiot manservant Baldrick (played by Tony Robinson) as he is reincarnated into different eras in English history, Starting out in the war of the roses, then the Elizabethan era, then the Regency, and finally in Blackadder goes forth, the First world war.

As you can probably tell this is were the satire comes from. But before we get to that, lets talk about the cast. The cast has the best actors from the previous 3 seasons all playing characters that each perfectly contribute. Theirs Capt. Edmund Blackadder, a career soldier and veteran of numerous colonial African conflicts in which he fought against people of far less technological advancement, once against a women armed with a sharp slice of fruit. Upon fighting against people with actual weapons, he declared it to be stupid and barbaric. Blackadder since then spends his time completely dissalutioned with the war and tries his best to wait out the remainder of the war in his trench. His superior is General Sir Anthony Cecil Melchett VC KCB. He is a complete idiot. Like many Generals at the time he is a boistourous, out of touch arm chair general who’s sheer hubris and unwilling to change to modern battle tactics. He is accompanied by Captain Kevin Darling, Blackadders rival and suck up to Melchett. these 3 are were some of the shows best satire come from.

In the first episode Blackadder is asked to come to Melchett to discuss a planned offensive straight from field marshal Douglass Haig. Their after some talking Blackadder correctly surmises the battle strategy,

"Would this brilliant plan involve us climbing out of our trenches and walking very slowly towards the enemy, sir?"

From this Darling is suprised that he guessed correctly. This leads to the following extange.

Blackadder:It’s the same plan that we used last time, and the seventeen times before that.

Melchett: E-e-exactly! And that is what is so brilliant about it! It will catch the watchful Hun totally off-guard! Doing precisely what we have done eighteen times before is exactly the last thing they’ll expect us to do this time! There is, however, one small problem.

Blackadder: That everyone always gets slaughtered in the first ten seconds.

If WWI is known for anything its insainly high numbers of young men slaughtered en mass under the command of idiots for stupid reasons. The mindset of British Generals like Melchett was that the most important factor was not technology or logistics but instead moral. This lead to many failure blamed not on them but their soldiers. The generals were also Extremely over optimistic, used to decisive battles quickly ending the war.

Their are also 2 more characters. Private Baldrick, and Lt. The Hon. George Colthurst St. Barleigh, and over eager and gullible soldier who belives every lie he was told. One originally 10 of a pals brigade called the Trinity college Tiddlywinks. Despite being dumber than somehow both Melchett and Baldrick he is a Lt., probably because he is high born. But he does have an upbeat attitude and has a kind heart. He does however show some awereness. When he is about to go over the top with all the other cast (baring Melchett) he said “I’m scared”. He and the rest died in the battle.

However, it wouldn’t be a satire without an alternative. And it does have it, during one episode he said that it would be more efficient to shoot 3000 of our own men a day back in englang.

A Boy Trying To Be Part Of A Club

JoJo Rabbit is a coming of age film about a 10-year old boy at the end of WWII in Nazi Germany.  JoJo is a naïve boy who has been brainwashed by Nazi fanaticism (the movie begins on JoJo’s first day at a Hitler Youth camp), yet lives with his mother who–unbeknownst to him–is actually part of the resistance against the dictatorship.  Further eroding his beliefs, JoJo learns that his mother has been hiding a Jewish girl, Elsa, in their home, who JoJo befriends. Indeed, JoJo develops a “crush” on Elsa and realizes that his “beliefs” are completely misguided and incorrect.


The movie uses satire in many different ways. 

First, JoJo’s inner thoughts are manifested by an imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler.  However, the imaginary Hitler is played as a child-like buffoon, such that the dictator is seen as a representation of what evil really is–sad and pathetic.  Second, the Nazi followers are displayed as “over the top” fanatics whose unthinking devotion is made to look silly. For example, one female Nazi at the Hitler Youth camp notes that Germans are the most civilized people, and then says, “OK kids, let’s burn some books!”  Even the opening credits show actual footage of the blind appeal the German people had for Hitler, while the Beatles’ “Hold Your Hand” music (which also created similar hysteria) plays.

Jojo Rabbit displays a representation of the horrific time of World War II. Making this event into a satire ultimately does deliver the concept of the brutal events that occurred. It is interesting because most movies on this topic obviously have a very different tone to them. In the movie, there is a scene in which Jojo sees that his mother has been hanged for going against what the Germans thought was right. We see him crying and holding onto her legs. This moment in the movie reminds us of the terrible things that happened during the war and how it affected every person in some way.

How Carrie Bradshaw and Her Friends Make Sex and the City the Rom-Com of the Century

Sex and the City is a television series with six seasons and two movies that add on to the series. The whole show is about four girls, Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York, Miranda Hobbes, and Samantha Jones, living in New York City on a quest for love. The girls are in their early thirties working, having sex, and eating brunch talking about is boys and marriage and babies, oh my!

Throughout the show, the girls complain about how they can’t find someone to marry in a city as big as New York City. They search clubs, restaurants, an the streets of New York to find the man of their dreams while time is of the essence. They seem to struggle to find “Prince Charming” while all of their friends are far ahead of the game with weddings and baby showers. As stressful as it seems, there is comedic relief and usage of figurative language to ease the pain of the four girls.

Hyperbole is a big concept used throughout the show when talking about how late the girls are in the game. The girls are in their mid thirties and still cant find the perfect man, and if they do, there is always one thing that seems to make him imperfect. However at the end of the series, the men who are not so perfect, seem to be the Mr. Right.

Irony is also used a lot between the girls. For example, the girls are all different in how they find men, which makes the girls very ironic from each other. This makes the show very interesting and also funny in how they interact with men and each other.

The work of the writers for this show use satire as a way of showing that it is okay if people do not find love at a certain young age. Even though the clock is ticking, there is no start time or end time for love.

Satire In “White Chicks”

As a result of accidentally botching a drug deal bust, brother FBI agents are forced to escort two young white females to the Hampton’s as kidnapping bait. Soon after the girls are exposed to the plan they back out leaving the brothers in a panicked state after their recent screw up. With no other choice they transform themselves into the sisters pretending to be them.

From the title to the names of characters this movie cleverly exaggerates various stereotypical forms of African American behavior in order to express white imagery. Social class, slang and even the style, are ways that director Keenen Ivory Wayans characterizes white people. White Chicks is a gold mine for reflections on race because it functions to put whiteness and blackness on display and resurrects the basic elements of racism(though with a lesson attached).

Some films actually go as far as to challenge anti-black racist stereotypes with a more direct approach and confront white privilege as well as the power it holds. White Chicks is similar to movies such as Some Like It Hot (1959) Tootsie (1982), and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), where the theme centered around men disguised as women. However, the film presents the men disguised as women motif in order to present a serious message regarding racial relations in America.

White men continue to possess the majority of political and economic power in America even today. Hence, it can be argued that while wealthy white women are the main characters throughout, white men slip through the film counter-gaze of the brothers and that this slippage serves to reassert white male domination.

Popstar: Hollywood Satire

Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping is a mockumentary about the pop star, “Conner4Real” created by the comedy group “the Lonely Island,” consisting of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, guest-starring many of their famous Saturday Night Live friends. Popstar about the rise of Samberg’s character, Conner4Real in the boy band, “Style Boyz” and his eventual downfall when he goes solo.

Clearly, this movie makes fun of the overzealous delusional self-image of popstars such as the likes of Justin Bieber, and how the industry is conducted in general. The first utilization of this is with the use of understatement when Sarah Silverman’s character says, “…Sure, Conner surrounds himself with people who are agreeable.” Directly after this, Conner misses a shot in a basketball hoop, and then everyone cheers despite his clear failure. This is far more than expected based on the above comment, thus it helps further illuminate the ridiculous egomania of popstars such as those Andy Samberg is trying to emulate.

The writers also use parody in this movie to help develop the satirical nature of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping in this scene, where Maya Rudolph’s character, Deborah proposes that they upload Conner4real’s new flopping album onto appliances. This causes outrage, reminiscent of when Apple made their products come with a compulsory download of U2’s new album that was also flopping. However, the writers hyperbolize this by using this technique on appliances, where the consumer wouldn’t be able to escape it, making the industry and consumers simultaneously aware of ridiculous sales tactics of the industry.

The best way in which Popstar is able to satirize the pop music industry is through their parodies of the lyrics of these songs. This song, Finest Girl in particular is clearly criticizing the way in which many popstars think that whatever they touch turns to gold, perhaps in particular when Justin Bieber allegedly said this:

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Clearly, both Conner4real and Justin Bieber are making light of issues and current events that are pretty serious, making them both seem tone-deaf, which is likely the point of this parody. Additionally, the ridiculous visuals in the video are quite akin to those found in many pop music videos.

The writers of Popstar do a great job of making fun of Hollywood and the ridiculousness of the pop music industry. What truly makes this film a satire, however, is how it ends. Conner4real’s downfall ends when he reunites with his bandmates and somehow learns how to be less shallow. This alludes to the fact that while the movie had a lot of fun making fun of the pop music industry, it was also trying to send a message that it is uncool to be shallow and that it is often what makes the industry so unbearable. By giving them a happy ending, Popstar is able to achieve its goals.