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One of the greatest comedies ever, and more than just what it appears

  • Jul 14, 2010

What can I say about this film, and where should I start?  A huge cult classic, one of the greatest comedies of all time, and my personal favorite.  What I love about this movie is how every time I watch it something new jumps out at me, that I’d never noticed before.  A movie with some real talent behind it (David Hyde Piece, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo and the guys from “The State”) could appear at first glance a run-of-the-mill camp movie.  In fact, it’s anything but.  The jokes and funny moments in this film are constant, original, and perfectly timed.  The characters manage to be both ridiculous, and incredibly true to life.  Anyone who never had the opportunity to go to camp can feel what it’s like through this movie.   And in the midst of all the laughter lies - could it possibly be? – a movie with both heart, and courage. Particularly, a relationship between two gay characters is portrayed honestly and bravely.  And one of the best moments of the movie ‘McKinely and Ben, this is for YOU!” is so well-placed to prompt any viewer to reflect on their own views and stereotypes of homosexuals.  In the end, an original, complex comedy to watch again.  And again.  And again.

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