From Roger Ebert’s Step Brothers review (via Vulture):

Sometimes I think I am living in a nightmare. All about me, standards are collapsing, manners are evaporating, people show no respect for themselves. I am not a moralistic nut. I’m proud of the X-rated movie I once wrote. I like vulgarity if it’s funny or serves a purpose. But what is going on here?

The children of Darfur agree.

Said one child, “I don’t know which nightmare will end sooner, the genocidal violence in my country, or Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s reluctance to make a mature and thoughtful comedy that doesn’t rely on their intellectually lazy and well-tread fart schtick. What is this? Oh, a land mi–”

Comments (4)
  1. joa  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2008 +4

    I don’t get it.

    Is the joke that Roger Ebert’s critical disgust seems petty and self-involved in the face of world poverty and genocide? If so, doesn’t this all seem a bit dubious on a site that publishes essays probing the nuances of Kevin Spacey’s performance in K-Pax?

  2. I don’t think ‘nightmare’ is a word that deems usage for only serious, non-petty issues. Yes, Darfur is a bigger nightmare than bad comedy, but you should be able to use the word in both situations without being offensive to the world’s larger problem.

  3. sarah  |   Posted on Jul 28th, 2008 +1

    is that K-Pax review up yet?

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