I wanted to write about 3 movies and a stand-up special that I watched recently. They include The Addams Family, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and Tom Segura: Disgraceful.
1991, 1h 39m
A film that I seem to enjoy more each year is 1991’s The Addams Family starring Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia. Also starring Christopher Lloyd, the movie is about a wealthy and eccentric family who become the targets of con artists. The Addams Family was originally a comic series created by Charles Addams in 1938, was later a tv series in 1964, and two more films were made after this one. Making his director debut is Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black trilogy, Get Shorty), who made the film to be hilarious while appearing to be lifeless, expertly crafting a unique family and film. While the subject can be somewhat macabre, all of the Addams have a fun, watchable feeling, and while Lloyd uses his physicality for laughs, Huston and Julia own every scene they’re in. Huston with her long black hair, controlled speech, and measured expressions, contrast well against Julia’s electric, cigar smoking, renaissance man. Nominated for Best Costumes at the Oscars, The Addams Family also enjoys some amazing set design, and was filmed in California. I like the escape from the normality this family brings, the moments of laughter (when they would be shock or horror if played in any other genre of a film), and of course the theme song.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Two years after the original, a sequel to Home Alone set in New York came out, and both starred Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern. This time the young boy is left alone in a whole city with the bumbling criminals chasing him down. More of the same happens here with accidents occurring to the burglars, the lead learns life lessons from unlikely sources, and his mother (Catherine O’Hara) feels terrible for again losing her child during the holidays. There have been more Home Alone films but this cast and crew, including director Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) stopped at two (as did I watching them). The lead is charming, the setting is magical (especially if you watch during the holidays), and it will bring a sincere smile out of you.
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
1996, 1h 29m
What a long title eh? I continue to go back to the Wayans brothers for laughs, this time to their 1996 feature which was a parody of multiple films released at the time about living in the ‘hood.’ There is plenty of absurdity in this movie, with sight gags steadily populating the screen and Marlon’s hair filling the rest of the screen. While they perfected their humor in future projects, this film gave the Wayans many chances at getting laughs, and you can see their potential was there (the leads being in their early 20s at the time).
Tom Segura: Disgraceful
2018, 1h 11m
One of the comedians that my wife and I listen to on our road trips is Tom Segura so we were happy to see he has a new comedy special on Netflix, Tom Segura: Disgraceful. Like his albums, we laughed from start to finish, and enjoy his observations and sense of humor. If you need a stand-up special to listen to, give this one a shot. He can sound like he is being rude but wait until the end of the joke and you will hear his redemption with the punch line and laughter.