Is it a hint at the plot, or simply Pixar setting up a totally cute sight gag
involving Slinky Dog's hind end?
Set in Nazi-occupied Polandnot the obvious locale for a laugh-riot night out at the movies in wartime AmericaTo Be or Not to Be opens with a bracing sight gag
: Adolf Hitler, alone, is walking the streets of Warsaw in August 1939or rather his dead ringer is, the actor Bronski (Tom Dugan) who impersonates der Fuhrer in an anti-Nazi play being mounted by a plucky Polish theatrical troupe.
Still, no matter how many times you see "Noises Off," you won't get all the jokes or catch every sight gag
in Michael Frayn's rollicking 1982 backstage farce about a second-rate theatrical troupe taking an asinine British sex comedy on a tour of the provinces.
The movie was able to have a sight gag
and cut away, another sight gag
and cut away.
Although he worried about issues like cultural differences and language, as he did in Cannes, both audiences were "there from the very, very beginning," even applauding an early sight gag
. "They loved it, something that did not happen in New York." To gauge reaction at the IFP, Pouliot says he used a time-honoured method: a lengthy post-screening piss.
The film boasts several frenetic dance sequences and an eye-opening sight gag
while Tatum anchors the film with his sensitive, believable portrayal of a dreamer who is ploughing all of his tips from the club into a fledgling custom furniture design business.
In fact, an overdependence on the sight gag
ultimately proves to be their undoing, overshadowing the graver aspects of the painter's chosen subjects.
Some of the running gags aren't funny the first time, let alone the third or fourth, and Atkinson looks bemused throughout, but a spot of comedy cross-dressing and a sight gag
involving a security pass enlivens the closing minutes.
A spot of superfluous cross-dressing enlivens the closing minutes, garnished with a very funny sight gag
involving a security pass.
Very occasionally, when you least expect it, writers David Zucker, Craig Mazin and Jim Abrahams hit the mark: the President of the United States (Nielsen) learning of the alien invasion whilst reading a book about a duck with schoolchildren (a la George Bush on September 11), a cute sight gag
with a hand-glider.
After a promising start, the film sags badly in the middle, but it's worth staying with for a fantastic sight gag
near the end.
Director Rob Herriot, alas, never passed up a chance to have a sight gag
take the focus away from the main action and the music.