If John Cassavetes had directed a script by Eric Rohmer, the result might have looked and sounded like "Mutual Appreciation." Indie auteur Andrew Bujalski ("Funny Ha-Ha
") has studied his mentors closely--Mike Leigh and Jim Jarmusch are among his other obvious influences--and put whatever lessons he learned to good use in this unaffectedly naturalistic and appealingly quirky low-key comedy about twentysomethings in the process of inventing themselves.
Rogers is a man who has seen many funny things - 'funny peculiar, not funny ha-ha
' as his West Walian peers might say - and relishes all the experiences he gets in life.
The home movie-ish result is more funny peculiar than funny ha-ha
. For Soderbergh fans only.
THE HANGOVER PART II Follow-up from the surprisingly funny original - which wasn't just funny ha-ha
but also funny-clever in places.
It is a comic piece but it's not funny ha-ha
all the way through it.
: Laughs at the on-board Jongleurs comedy club; SADDLE SAW: A bike excursion from the Island Star
"Because my husband also works within the NHS as a low-paid worker, the 1.5% pay increase they are proposing this year is a joke - not funny ha-ha
, but funny in that it makes you feel like crying."
Then I came upon Manhattan one night on TV and found it to be a better film without the distance, not as funny ha-ha
, perhaps, but braver and edgier, invested with a dreadful fullness that my self-protective presumption of irony had previously diluted.
Death is usually a pretty grave affair, but it can be a funny business at times - funny peculiar AND funny ha-ha
! is a board game packed with jokes and a tape of fun laughter - but to win you mustn't laugh or even smile.
COMEDY is a funny business, but not always funny ha-ha
. Michael Aitken's Waiting for God was hilarious, but the jury's still out on his new one, A Perfect State, even with the wonderful Gwen Taylor.
But humour has moved along apace in four decades, and often the result here is more good fun than funny ha-ha
I say funny, I mean funny ha-ha
. Funny peculiar still has to go to the show about the man who inseminated cows.
NOISY TRIX: John shows the audience his exploding banana trick; Pictures: JASON ROBERTS; FUNNY HA-HA
: The youngsters roar with laughter, and John shows off his special number plate
Funny peculiar that is, not funny ha-ha
. He can make jokes about the Irish while he reports that his company's sales are down again.