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June 4th, 2020 at 1:55:05 AM permalink
rxwine
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While I don't agree that Carrell isn't funny, he does seem like he'd make an excellent straight man if he was part of a comedy team. You don't see too many 2 man comedy teams anymore.
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June 4th, 2020 at 2:20:37 AM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: rxwine
While I don't agree that Carrell isn't funny, he does seem like he'd make an excellent straight man


Carrell very much IS a straight man
in this farce. He sets up jokes for
other people. Like the running gag
of some unannounced person
always waiting in his office that
tells his secretary not to tell Carrell
he's there. Carrell is the straight
man in that joke, he has the reaction
to the prank. He's Dean Martin to
Jerry Lewis. He's Abbott to Costello.
He isn't funny, that's not his job.
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June 4th, 2020 at 5:56:20 AM permalink
ams288
Member since: Apr 21, 2016
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Quote: Evenbob
His wife is played by Lisa Kudrow from Friends.
We see her at the beginning of the show in bed
with her husband, and in the very next scene
she's in prison in an orange jumpsuit. I read in
one of the reviews of somebody who saw all
10 episodes that they never explain or even
hint at explaining why Lisa Kudrow's character
is in prison. Is this supposed to be funny,
because nobody gets it if it is.


I was wondering about this. I still have only watched the first episode but I got the impression they were not going to explain what she did to get in there.
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June 4th, 2020 at 6:42:45 AM permalink
Gandler
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Quote: ams288
I was wondering about this. I still have only watched the first episode but I got the impression they were not going to explain what she did to get in there.


They don't. It's kind of bizarre. She just ends up there.
June 4th, 2020 at 9:25:33 AM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: Gandler
They don't. It's kind of bizarre. She just ends up there.


The next day after seeing the first
ep, this is one of the stupidest
shows I've ever seen, especially
given the stellar cast that signed
on for this turkey. What were they
thinking. I suspect because it mocks
Trump a little, they thought they
would make some kine of political
statement. But like a reviewer
pointed out, Netflix has to tread
lightly, there are millions and
millions of Trump voters that
are subscribers.
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June 4th, 2020 at 5:43:07 PM permalink
ams288
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I watched the second episode. It was funnier than the first.

How much did Netflix spend on this thing? This episode had some pretty expensive looking CGI with the chimp.
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June 4th, 2020 at 5:58:58 PM permalink
rxwine
Member since: Oct 24, 2012
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Quote: ams288
I watched the second episode. It was funnier than the first.

How much did Netflix spend on this thing? This episode had some pretty expensive looking CGI with the chimp.


I wonder how expensive CGI really is these days? You ever see the YouTube channel where a dad puts his kid in special effects short episodes?

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June 4th, 2020 at 10:06:09 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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We've discussed this topic before. Most comedies are expensive because of salaries. "Outside of salaries, a large budget seldom creates a successful comedy. By some standards "EVAN ALMIGHTY" starring Steve Carrel is that most expensive comedy ever made and also one of the biggest flops despite the effort to bring in the Sunday School crowd.

Possibly the most financially successful comedies of recent years is “JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE” (2017). I would expect Netflix to try to create a clone in the near future.


Most Expensive Comedy Movies (March 9, 2019 By Jackson Murphy)

“DADDY’S HOME 2” (2017)
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow
Budget: $69 million
Worldwide Gross: $180 million

“WHAT WOMEN WANT” (2000)
Cast: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda
Budget: $70 million
Worldwide Gross: $374 million

“HITCH” (2005)
Cast: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Paula Patton
Budget: $70 million
Worldwide Gross: $368 million

“OCEAN’S 8” (2018)
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, James Corden
Budget: $70 million
Worldwide Gross: $290 million

“BRUCE ALMIGHTY” (2003)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell
Budget: $81 million
Worldwide Gross: $485 million

“BEWITCHED” (2005)
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Michael Caine, Shirley Maclaine
Budget: $85 million
Worldwide Gross: $131 million

“IT’S COMPLICATED” (2009)
Cast: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski
Budget: $85 million
Worldwide Gross: $219 million

“TOWER HEIST” (2011)
Cast: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick
Budget: $85 million
Worldwide Gross: $153 million

“TOWN & COUNTRY” (2001)
Cast: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Garry Shandling
Budget: $90 million
Worldwide Gross: $10 million (Yeah, you read that right.)

“YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN” (2008)
Cast: Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson
Budget: $90 million
Worldwide Gross: $200 million

“JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE” (2017)
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan
Budget: $90 million
Worldwide Gross: $962 million

“TROPIC THUNDER” (2008)
Cast: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Cruise
Budget: $92 million
Worldwide Gross: $188 million

“SEX AND THE CITY 2” (2010)
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Catrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
Budget: $95 million
Worldwide Gross: $288 million

“FUN WITH DICK AND JANE” (2005)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins
Budget: $100 million
Worldwide Gross: $202 million

“LAND OF THE LOST” (2009)
Cast: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Matt Lauer
Budget: $100 million
Worldwide Gross: $69 million (Not Good.)

“PIXELS” (2015)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan
Budget: $129 million
Worldwide Gross: $245 million

“HOW DO YOU KNOW” (2010)
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson
Budget: $120 million
Worldwide Gross: $49 million (Ouch.)

“EVAN ALMIGHTY” (2007)
Cast: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, Wanda Sykes
Budget: $175 million
Worldwide Gross: $173 million (Another Ouch.)

“MEN IN BLACK 3” (2012)
Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson
Budget: $215 million
Worldwide Gross: $624 million
June 7th, 2020 at 9:30:58 AM permalink
Gandler
Member since: Aug 15, 2019
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Quote: ams288
I watched the second episode. It was funnier than the first.

How much did Netflix spend on this thing? This episode had some pretty expensive looking CGI with the chimp.


I do agree it gets better (and then worse) the middle episodes are probably the strongest.
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