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Old 07-15-2010, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default 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.

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Old 07-16-2010, 12:06 AM   #2
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In Bruges, Bad Santa, Adam's Apples, anything Aki Kaurismaki, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness.
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VERY BAD THINGS. Also, DEATH TO SMOOCHY is a favorite of mine, but I seem to be in the minority there.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:19 AM   #4
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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.
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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.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:13 AM   #6
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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.

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Dr. Strangelove. Boom.

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