i also found the film to be less of a "parody" than i was expecting.
however, looking back, i think NBK's most powerful message comes not
in the acuteness of its parody, but in the observation that these
supposed moments of parody are virtually unremoved from there original
sources. the "i love mallory" segment obviously would not be seen
on television, or would it? is it a parody, or simply an overt statement
of the implied themes in shows such as married with children? all humor
is ultimately based on pain, so the theory goes...
much of what i believe was supposed to be considered parody in the film
failed to strike me as something i wouldn't actually see in our
media or culture. the mirror which stone holds up to our world is
only slightly distorted.
i have a question i'd be interested in bringing to discussion... it's
a little off the typical intellectual level of this group, delving more
into emotional response. i'd like to know where your sympathy level was
with mickey and mallory. did you want them to escape? did you want them
dead? did you care? does your reaction on this point stem from the content
or the way stone presented it?
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