Comments: Hollywood: City of Lateral Thinking

We just Netflixed The Thin Man, which I hadn't seen since I was so young that all I remembered was Asta. I actually found it to be pretty worthless as anything other than a curio of the 30s. The plot and characters (other than Nick and Nora, who are kind of cute together) are stock cheeseball lameness. But I expected all that. What I was surprised at was how silly the much-lauded "witty repartee" is.

"Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?"

"I read where you were shot 5 times in the tabloids.
It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids."

When exactly was this "sophisticated"?

It didn't even make me want a martini, and that's not hard to do.

Agreed about the sequel titles, however.

Posted by dlr at July 2, 2004 01:04 PM

Well, we clearly see this totally differently, since not only do I find the movies light, witty and amusing, but I chuckled at the two examples you gave of what you consider unsatisfactory humor.

Posted by Charles at July 10, 2004 01:31 AM