We've been renting depressing movies.
Little Children -a film about a child molester.
Babel - a film about how we are all tragically connected.
The Departed - a violent film about violence.
Dancer in the Dark - a musical noir about a blind single mom.
Half Nelson - a film about an inner-city teacher addicted to drugs.
Why are we renting depressing, but good movies? Because my Netflix account suggests these movies for me (based on my profile) and I believe them.
So last night I rented "You, Me and Dupree." I was looking for a laugh, something silly but funny. I also wanted to tease the Netflix gods a bit. But it was bad. Sooooo bad. Bad like "Talladega Nights" bad, bad like "Dickie Roberts Child Star" bad, "Spanglish" bad, "Gigli" bad, ohhhh so very bad. And yet, like a train wreck, I couldn't look away and wasted two hours of my life watching Matt Dillon go from "The Outsiders" to this.
Where are the great comedies? "Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, Blazing Saddles."
I need a good laugh, a belly laugh, a real laugh. Any suggestions?