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9th March 2006 15:08  #1

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
RIP, Steve Martin's career
I went to see The Pink Panther last night, not really expecting much out of the movie (after all it was delayed from summer 2005 to February 2006, never a good sign).  I went mainly because I had a free coupon to go and I hate to waste those things.  I have never seen a comedy without a single ounce of hilarity in it.  The only good part was the title sequence with the animated Pink Panther.

9th March 2006 15:41  #2

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
So true

9th March 2006 18:37  #3

Brian O. Member Join Date: October 2005 Location: United States Posts: 92
Hmm, I had the opposite reaction and thought the movie was actually funnier than I expected (which was preparing for the worst). It is a dumb, slapstick comedy, but still funny IMO. BTW, in terms of box office, it was wise to move it anyways as it would've been crushed in the summer. Right now it's on its way to around $80m and having decent legs.

9th March 2006 19:01  #4

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
I woulda walked out on this after 20 minutes had it not been for my going to see it with my girlfriend and her parents who drove us all there. Terrible, terrible movie...the only consulation for of which was that it was a free preview screening and I only wasted my time in seeing it.

9th March 2006 20:49  #5

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
I'm with you Matt.  I would have walked out if I had anywhere better to be, but I was bored and the show was free.  It's movies like this that make me wish that they served hard liquor at theaters!

9th March 2006 20:53  #6

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Brian O. wrote: It is a dumb, slapstick comedy, but still funny IMO.

All of the comedy bits were horribly telegraphed.  You could tell exactly what was going to happen minutes before it happened.  Comedy is as much about timing as anything else, and this one had horrible timing.

No one can argue it isn't doing well at the box office, but you also can't argue that January/February and usually even March are a dumping ground for films the studios don't know what to do with.

10th March 2006 2:36  #7

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
I've seen worse than Steve Martin's career falling. So far this year, Pink Panther and Big Momma's House 2 are leading the box office totals this year. I want to see both films, but it's just funny how these two films get all this hype, and films that were released last year like Chumscrubber and Hustle and Flow get no box office revenue at all. That being, Martin Lawrence's career is falling down slowly.

10th March 2006 3:18  #8

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Depends on how you interpret the meaning of a 'career falling'...Steve Martin hasn't been funny in several years, and this movie was just another in a long line of duds. I'd say he's far past falling having reached terminal velocity at this point.

10th March 2006 9:49  #9

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Its weird, back in the day Steve Martin could have turned a dying child into the funniest thing ever

10th March 2006 13:59  #10

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Ummmm.... I never really found him all that funny to begin with.

10th March 2006 14:14  #11

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,104 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Well he was. Perhaps not to you, but the bloke used to be a comedy genius. The Man with Two Brains and The Jerk are absolutely fantastic, but yeah, he's c**p now. Kind of fits in with Sick Boy's unifying theory of life...

10th March 2006 16:10  #12

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Steve should try Bill Murray's career path and start doing some serious rolls.

10th March 2006 18:03  #13

James Tully Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 436
Adrian wrote: Steve should try Bill Murray's career path and start doing some serious rolls.

Dont give him ay ideas! I'm quite happy with him churning out dire comedies that I choose not to watch. I dont want him invading my space!

Anyway.....I thought he was spending time with his kids so they dont turn out weird!

10th March 2006 19:07  #14

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Hey, if Steve could emulate Murray's success in dramas, I'd be happy.  Murray's last two have been great, Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers.

12th March 2006 1:42  #15

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Chris wrote: ... the bloke used to be a comedy genius. The Man with Two Brains and The Jerk are absolutely fantastic, but yeah, he's c**p now.

Let me understand you correctly...  "The Man With Two Brains" and "The Jerk" represent the work of a comedy genius? That IS what you said, right? Confused

12th March 2006 1:49  #16

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,104 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
They're funny as f**k, which is all that matters to me when it comes to comedy.

12th March 2006 15:56  #17

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
O.K. Chris, I will admit to one Steve Martin comedy that I still enjoy watching: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." But mostly because I have great affection for the late John Candy. The comedy films that can actually make me laugh out loud are void of the Martin effect: "There's Something About Mary," "Airplane," "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles," High Anxiety," "Tommy Boy," "Back To School," the original "Out-of-Towners" "Team America," and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."

12th March 2006 20:32  #18

Tigerclaw Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 493 Send a message via MSN to Tigerclaw
Three Amigos! and Planes, Trains & Automobiles are the only 2 movies I like to see Martin.  His other works doens't interest me.  I'm more of a Chevy Chase kind of guy.

1st June 2006 16:36  #19

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
He was so boring hosting the Academy Awards

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