No hard-hitting politics. Movie nostalgia’s the topic this time. Today’s read is from Bryan Reesman, a New York-based reporter, author of the book “Bon Jovi: The Story” and host of the podcast “Side Jams.”
Here’s an excerpt:
ZAZ (David Zucker) revolutionized movies by crafting a comedy that made you laugh because some aspects felt inappropriate, others broached edgy topics, and others still seemed illogical but somehow worked. The jokes piled up quickly and audiences had to ride the joke flow, expecting the unexpected.
Forty years later, “Airplane!” feels so wrong for its politically incorrect jokes and raunchy theatrics, but that’s actually what makes it so right: It reminds us of the importance of pushing boundaries at the same time that it gives us a playbook for doing so in a good-natured rather than vicious or belittling way.