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mtoomey 07-15-2010 11:39 PM

Comedies with a dark twist
 
looking for examples of comedy films with a dark twist/ending. Observe and Report comes to mind. any and all suggestions are welcome. thanks in advance.

MT

NatachaVonBraun 07-16-2010 12:06 AM

Re: comedies with a dark twist
 
In Bruges, Bad Santa, Adam's Apples, anything Aki Kaurismaki, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness.

johnmonster 07-16-2010 12:17 AM

Re: comedies with a dark twist
 
VERY BAD THINGS. Also, DEATH TO SMOOCHY is a favorite of mine, but I seem to be in the minority there.

Signal30 07-16-2010 01:19 AM

Re: comedies with a dark twist
 
Very Bad Things is the first one that sprang to mind. I mean, the whole damn' thing was dark, but that ending was brutal. Maybe the most nihilistic ending of a post-Strangelove comedy.

Loved it.

via negativa 07-16-2010 02:41 AM

Re: comedies with a dark twist
 
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Originally Posted by johnmonster (Post 660211)
VERY BAD THINGS. Also, DEATH TO SMOOCHY is a favorite of mine, but I seem to be in the minority there.

Count me amongst the minority.

nic.h 07-16-2010 03:13 AM

Re: comedies with a dark twist
 
Aren't a lot of the Coen Brothers' films pretty dark, or with dark twists? Fargo is my all-time favourite.

Also, as mentioned, In Bruges is great.

Some more obscure (Australian) ones are:

Bad Boy Bubby
Two Hands
He Died with a Felafel in his Hand
The Square

There are others. (All of our comedy seems to be dark - not sure what that's about.) But that's off the top of my head.

Nic

JRS3 07-16-2010 03:25 AM

Re: comedies with a dark twist
 
Dr. Strangelove. Boom.

Funny how a lot of the films mentioned are almost dramas.

via negativa 07-16-2010 03:28 AM

Re: comedies with a dark twist
 
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Originally Posted by nic.h (Post 660231)
(All of our comedy seems to be dark - not sure what that's about.)

I wish Americans would embrace dark comedy more. Words can't describe how much I loathe this Judd Apatow bullsh!t. Ugh.

nic.h 07-16-2010 03:34 AM

Re: comedies with a dark twist
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JRS3 (Post 660233)
Dr. Strangelove. Boom.

Funny how a lot of the films mentioned are almost dramas.

I think that's an inevitable consequence of being dark. It's almost not funny. Except it is.

nic.h 07-16-2010 03:39 AM

Re: comedies with a dark twist
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by via negativa (Post 660235)
I wish Americans would embrace dark comedy more. Words can't describe how much I loathe this Judd Apatow bullsh!t. Ugh.

The British do it brilliantly - Monty Python being an obvious example. (How much darker can you get than a comedy about the Crucifiction?)

In fact, the more I think about it, the Australian propensity toward dark comedy is probably just an extension of our British heritage. Compounded by our fairly ruthless (convict) history, and our anti-establishment attitude.

That, or because our film bodies fund them. ;)


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