Monday, April 09, 2007
critical quackery: Sean Burns Deconstructs ... Will Ferrell's Nipples?
Excerpted from the movie review "Too Little to Skate: Blades of Glory falls flat in more ways than one," written by Sean Burns for Philadelphia Weekly (March 28, 2007):
"Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Will Ferrell—if a scene stalls, they can’t seem to keep away from their own nipples. It’s become comedy shorthand.
"Honestly, has anybody ever done this, like, ever? Men’s nipples are decorative at best. The most they’re really good for is to tell us when we’re cold. I don’t get out much, but I’ve seen my share of pornography (probably your share too), and for the life of me I still can’t recall glimpsing any male autoerotic mammary stimulation anywhere outside of bad Hollywood comedies.
"But it’s somehow become the new hack staple, the physical equivalent of complaining about airplane food. These days when I see a comedian going for his man-teets, I know he’s got nothing else on the bench."
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(Artwork: Still shot of Will Ferrell and Jon Heder in DreamWork/Paramount's "Blades of Glory")
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