|Man of the House
||[Feb. 27th, 2005|06:43 pm]
한국 사람이 아니다
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Okay. Rotten Tomatoes gives this movie a whopping 9% fresh rating. And yeah, I know, I thought the same thing you probably did when I saw the trailer for this...basically: "Whoa...Tommy Lee must be pissed about letting Billy Bob get Friday Night Lights!" But it's actually got a little heart, unlike a lot of other comedies out there featuring college students that seem to think drugs, booze, and bodily functions are vital to what little plot they contain. Seriously. Man of the House is not that bad. Sure, it's a dopey comedy about a stoney-faced Texas Ranger (not the kind who knows Derek Jeter - the other kind of Texas Ranger) who has to protect five Longhorn cheerleaders who've witnessed the murder of a key witness. It's a little predictable, but all the best joks are not in the previews. And, it's the first movie ever filmed that was allowed to use the full and actual name of the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the first movie to have the permission from the University to use well-known UT symbols including: the UT tower (lit in orange and white - traditional lighting when a football game is won), Bevo (the longhorn mascot), UT cheerleaders, UT band, UT spirit organizations, and the UT Texas Exes. And it features a local pizza place (you know, the kind of place people in Austin would actually eat at and order from) instead of copping out and having Pizza Hut or Domino's deliver. And it's got a bit of character development going on, issues with Tommy Lee Jones' daughter and his little romance with Anne Archer.
And it's interesting, too...there seems to have been a subgenre of comedy created: Texas comedies (Miss Congeniality is another). By which I mean that these movies could not be remade elsewhere and would not be funny set anywhere else. There are New Jersey comedies, New York comedies...and then there are other films (High Fidelity springs to mind) that could be set in London, Chicago, San Francisco...their humour doesn't rely on their location. I never really thought of films this way, but it's interesting, and I'm sure I'll be noticing it more and more.