‘dads’: Does The Seth Macfarlane Backlash Touch His Movies?
The results are perhaps predictable. Their biological son is living with a family that is relatively poor but boisterous and happy. Hospital officials say in cases like this the children are virtually always switched back but the families hesitate. They circle each other, trade the boys for weekend sleepovers, grapple with new ways of raising kids (our protagonists are horrified when their son comes back with a very minor scrape from a playground) and so on. Will Nonomiya in particular become a better father with this second chance? Does he love his son only because his son is his blood or because they’ve shared a life together for six years? Will they raise both boys? Or will the other family? I might have mapped out these changes myself, but Koreeda keeps it fresh by staying observant and quiet, letting the drama of what’s going on unfold naturally. The cast is suitably restrained despite the high melodrama taking place. You wrestle with nature versus nurture and what it means to be a parent while watching this movie — familiar stuff all. But it’s to the film’s credit that I was genuinely unsure of what would happen. And the familiar aspects (such as Nonomiya loosening up) weren’t overdone.
Thats of considerable interest to moviedom. MacFarlane has two big films coming out over the next 20 months: the comedic western A Million Ways to Die In the West, out in May, and Ted 2, the sequel to the Mark Wahlberg blockbuster that shoots next year and will hit theaters in April 2015. West starring an ensemble cast of MacFarlane, Neil Patrick Harris , Sarah Silverman and Dads Giovanni Ribisi is about a sheep farmer, a duel, a criminal and other genre absurdities. Its a big test for MacFarlane, since it takes him deeper into a new territory and much further from the Family Guy-esque comedy hes known for on TV and was able to smuggle into Ted. Having a strike against you leading up to that film won’t help the cause. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers Indeed, the biggest problem for MacFarlane on Dads isnt the offensiveness its that, so far, its not bringing the laughs. Regardless of what you think of the so-called edginess the Hitler video-game jokes, the cancer jokes, the Asian-school-girl jokes that will matter a lot more than whether the show sets off taste alarm bells. As Mother Jones said , The real problem does not lie with any ethnic or racial stereotypes, but with the fact that it is unoriginal and often a painfully unfunny, lazy waste of production space.” Or as the Associated Press put it , “The truth is, viewers who celebrate MacFarlane as well as those who revile him should be equally dismayed by ‘Dads.’ It’s just a mediocre multicamera sitcom, complete with formula humor and unearned laughtrack. FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 The fact is, MacFarlanes yet to prove he can pull off true live-action without quippy computer-generated people or animals. As my colleague Scott Collins asked, “Is Seth MacFarlanes Dads the worst-reviewed show of the season?” But heres why the movies probably won’t take a hit. While TV types like to tout the open-ended advantages of the form compared to the constraints of film, in this case MacFarlane will have a lot more freedom working in cinema. Hes one of the rare commercial directors with heavy sway over the final cut. And the 22-minute multicamera sitcom is about as restrictive as it gets; compared to it, a 100-minute feature offers the malleability and creative freedom of a Tolstoy novel. Hes also directing the films, which usually means a more hands-on involvement than executive-producing a TV show. So West may yet be a more interesting effort than Dads. And even if its not, hes heard it before, and yet…. The 2013 Oscars were the highest-rated telecast in several years. The “Dads” pilot drew a solid 5.6 million viewers.
9 Gloriously Trashy Movies
Come Play With Me (1977) A British entry into the trash stakes, I used to find this film quite repellant, but I found my copy of Come Play With Me (which I got on a collect the coupons special from the Daily Sport!) the other day and I watched it and reappraised it. I actually found it quite entertaining. Total garbage but unintentionally funny. The plot is pretty basic. Cornelius Clapworthy and Maurice Kelly are two hoary old men who specialise in forgery and have spread illegal bank notes all over the UK. They are on the run from their gangster boss and an effete, cross dressing copper. They hide out in the Scottish Highlands in Bovington Manor a B&B run by Lady Bovington. Pretending to be musicians, Clapworthy and Kelly resume their forgery, hiding the sound of the printing press by singing O For the Wings of a Dove. The scarcely frequented manor is visited by Rodney, Lady Bovingtons choreographer nephew and his troupe of dancing girls. The girls agree to help Lady Bovington, and with little distress they don nurses uniforms and agree to run a brothel in the manor. Business sure picks up but Clapworthy and Kellys antics are about to catch up with them The shenanigans of Clapworthy and Kelly are deeply unsexy and lend the film a vaudeville touch which is at odds with the sexual goings on. But never mind all the hoary old British comics in the movie, the best thing about it is the appearance of British sex siren Mary Millington.