Wednesday, January 04, 2006

this is a little late, but

Dear Steve Martin,

The "too many kids" genre may even be worse than the "switching bodies with a parent" films, and making a sequel to one of these travesties is really unforgivable. Do you really think any of the unfortunate audience members who sat through the original Cheaper By the Dozen left the theater unfulfilled? Well, I'm sure they did--but I doubt that it had to do with any nagging loose ends. No, I think the first one pretty much covered it. You had a shitload of annoying kids and at least one scene where you were struck in the groin.
Leave that sort of thing to Eugene Levy, Steve. That's what he's there for.


Blogger Chez Bez said...

But Rex. Consider this. Those films pay for projects like Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Shopgirl, and the like.

I'd say it's a justifiable trade. As long as I can choose not to see drivel like Cheaper By The Dozen and its successor.

6:34 PM  
Blogger John said...

Actually, I guess it's indirectly true that Steve's more commercial projects make it possible for him to do his more creative ones. But I think there's a more direct result. When the BBC did a documentary on Steve a few years back (I saw it on Comedy Central, IIRC), they quoted John Cleese as saying that whenever you see Steve in something like "Sgt. Bilko" you know that there's a painting he's been itching to buy ....

6:45 PM  
Blogger Chez Bez said...

John's right on the money there. I knew that there was something else that I had heard about that topic but I was unable to put my finger on it.

Suffice to say, they'd better be nice paintings.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

I don't mean to suggest that I wouldn't sell out in a heartbeat. I would do it in a fraction of a heartbeat, and it wouldn't be pretty.

I just hate those damn "too many kids" movies and felt like unloading on Steve. It doesn't mean that I don't still have much love for Steve or that I would have any more artistic integrity.

I certainly wouldn't.

However, I would love to see Steve do some more Mamet. It could even be a Mamet version of a "too many kids" movie.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Short and Fat said...

Hating too many kid movies is like hating a cop-paired-with-a-dog movie.

Who wouldn't want a sequel to Turner&Hooch?

Turner&Hooch 2: Hoochier

10:08 PM  
Blogger jag said...

I would watch Turner & Hooch 12 as long as I didn't have to sit through K9 ever again. It's not necessarily the genre, it's the content.

Although, there are few too many 'too many kids' movies than there are plots for 'too many kids' movies. I have a grudge against the Cheaper By The Dozen film franchise anyway because I am a huge fan of the book of the same name by the Gilbreath children, and the previews alone for the film(s) are an insult to the purpose of the novels.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

Damn! You beat me to the K9 reference, Jag.

It doesn't even belong in the same genre with Turner and Hooch. Hanks had more chemistry with Hooch than he's ever had with Meg Ryan.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Peggasus said...

And how's about the remake of 'Yours, Mine and Ours' with Dennis Quaid and whoeverelse, currently out as well? Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda starred in that one. Talk about selling out. That is no more deserving of a remake than CBTD was (though I do agree with Jag in liking the original. "Our Daddy's dead!" Heartbreaking.).

3:57 PM  

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