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Thursday, April 17, 2008

This Blog Post Is Rated R For Graphic Nudity

So I watched WALK HARD the other night, which was funny in spots, but should've been a lot funnier. What really intrigued me going in, though, was the fact that it was partly rated R for its "graphic nudity".

Even as a married man, the promise of "graphic nudity" in a Hollywood film just sounds fun.

Unfortunately, what should have occurred to me is that actual female nudity is no longer considered "graphic", unless they are doing something that they never do in Hollywood movies.

No, in today's world, beware (or be intrigued, depending on your predilictions), "graphic nudity" pretty much just means one thing:

Penis.

Not even strong, erect penis. Just penis.

I was amused the next day (yesterday) to find an article in the LA Times, about Judd Apatow and his determination to make penis mainstream.

Apparently there's a long, long scene in FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL in which lead actor Jason Segel has his junk hanging out throughout.

You might not want to bring the kids.

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Last week's blog post soliciting scripts for my friend got me almost 50 responses asking for his e-mail address. Plus he posted other places on the Internet as well.

So he's deluged. If you sent him something, be patient. I'm helping him out with some reads, but I'm getting swamped too.

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I brought the first 25 pages of my new comedy into group this past Monday, and people were laughing throughout, telling me that it's the best thing I ever brought in.

So there's that. Though then I learn there's a movie currently filming with a similar premise. Hopefully different enough so that it won't be a problem, but still, hell.

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At the box office last weekend, PROM NIGHT made a solid $20.8 million. STREET KINGS made a semi-surprising $12.4 million. SMART PEOPLE eked out $4.1 million.

STOP-LOSS has only made $10 million in its first 17 days, despite a lot of good reviews. So put your Iraq War drama back in the drawer; doesn't look like they'll be making many more, at least until it's over and we get some distance.

9 Comments:

At 12:31 PM, Blogger LHOOQtius ov Borg said...

Re: Iraq war dramas (of which I've written two, because I'm an idiot).

Do war dramas (as opposed to action dramas like Black Hawk Down or Platoon) ever make big money? (Holocaust dramas, such as the $320M grossing Schindler's List, are a different genre -- no less compelling, but subject to different social attitudes.)

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger Carlo Conda said...

Walk Hard was pretty funny. It did a lot of different things.

I mean, take the scene at the end where the wife gives birth to the black baby as an example.
You think that the joke is that the white couple is having a black baby, and you think "haha. that's funny". You can tell the baby is fake, but that's not a big deal for the first half of the scene.

However, for the last half of the scene, they focus on the doctor who continues to needlessly wiggle the baby, as if Apatow is saying "I KNOW this baby looks fake!"
The baby is obviously rubber and its limbs are wiggling around like spaghetti for a good 3 seconds, which is the real joke. It was such an unexpected gag.


The "You don't want no part of this, Duey!" scenes were great too, especially the first one whose agenda was to say "weed is fine".
Heck, the drummer was the funniest character in the entire movie.

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger wcmartell said...

Isn't there a store on 3rd St in Santa Monica called "Just Penis"?

- Bill

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Glad to hear the your comedy was a success, Scott. Can't wait to see your hard work on the silver screen.

Glad to hear your producer friend is getting ideas. Hope someone gets the break they need out of this--even if that someone isn't me.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 7:23 PM, Blogger Laura Reyna said...

Ewan McGregor tried for several yrs to single handedly make it OK to show a penis on screen. Nice to see he's got some help.

Even tho I currently have a penis sitting in front of the tv with a beer close by, it's nice to see an ocassional one in a movie.

More penises, please. They are a great invention. :-)

 
At 7:21 AM, Blogger i write with pictures said...

I saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall a couple of months ago in a preview screening for the film department. I'm pretty sure there's not one but two such scenes. The guy I brought got a kick out of. During Q&A time Nicholas Stoller was actually asked about those scenes, and he said that Jason Segel was a little nervous - not to do the scene itself, but just that it would coming out...looking right. : )

It's a pretty funny movie, if predictable. The auditorium laughed uproariously for most of the jokes.

Amy

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

Junk just isn't funny to me. Must be a guy thing.

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I would like to see as much female genitalia as they show male genitalia.

 
At 4:19 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I agree and would like to see some female genitalia. Seems like every movie has a penis in it now sometimes up close and for extended periods of time like in Bruno yet we still have never seen a vulva they always wear fake hair called a merkin or she puts her legs together.

 

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