Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Andrew Bergman

Premiere magazine had a cover story listing the "best comedies ever" - a topic calculated to both interest and enrage - and while many of my favorites were on there, they also listed some real doggies. One movie they discussed was "The In-Laws" (1979). I had heard of it before and avoided it on the general principle that it appeared to be part of that execrable 'comedy' subcategory: The Two Hours Trapped With An Annoying Person movie.

But, like all red-blooded American bloggers, I checked out the movie on IMDB and found that the screenwriter, Andrew Bergman, has written some of the funniest films out there. Consistently top-notch stuff! One guy wrote these 4 movies, which I consider some of the best comedies of all time: Blazing Saddles, Fletch, The Freshmen, and Soapdish!

So we tried out The In-Laws. Whoa, is that a good movie. It's worth it's reputation; it has perfect casting (Falk and Arkin!); and gives Bergman a 5 for 5 of top comedies.

Backpost finished 4/11/08. Had most of this back then.

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