Wise: Hey, Werth!
Werth: I just got a message from Olivia de Havilland’s agent and she is so impressed by our blog that she AND her sister, Joan Fontaine, want to do an interview with us!
Wise: Jiminy Crickets! That’s amazing! I can’t wait—
Werth: April Fool’s!
Wise: I hate you.
Werth: I can’t believe you fell for that. Everyone knows that Olivia and Joan don’t speak to each other.
Wise: Kind of like us after this blog?
Wise: An appropriate title for what I’m thinking about right now.
Werth: Murder by Death is the 1976 comedy that spoofs all those crime-solving characters from literature and film. Famed TV and theater writer Neil Simon pokes fun at such mystery mainstays as Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and Charlie Chan. The world’s greatest detectives have been invited to a mysterious manse to solve a murder that will be committed at midnight. Or will it...?
Wise: I don’t know. Do I look like Jessica Fletcher?
Werth: A little around the mouth. Anyway, these silly sleuths attempt to find out who killed who in order to win a million dollars—and to survive the night.
Wise: Sounds like Clue.
Werth: What’s even more amusing are the comic turns by normally dramatic Alec Guinness as befuddled, blind butler Bensonmum and author turned caricature
Werth: Has your mood improved enough to tell us your favorite silly cinema?
Werth: Before he served his time as Renee Zellweger’s arm candy?
Wise: It also showcases a fully committed and fully absurd cameo from Law & Order’s Christopher Meloni as a Vietnam vet camp cook who speaks to a can of mixed vegetables and has romantic designs on a mustard-colored, side-by-side refrigerator.
Wise: The movie barely made it to theaters when it was released in 2001, but it has since become a cult classic. Ostensibly, it’s a parody of summer camp movies from the early 80’s, and while it does tinker with the likes of Meatballs and its ilk, there are moments inspired by The Bad News Bears, The Breakfast Club, and Serpico.
Werth: What?! Don’t tell me they do some sort of disrespectful, drag-queen Mommie Dearest shenanigans! Cause I don’t think that’s funny!
Wise: April Fool!
Werth: God, that revenge dish was served cold!
Werth: We’ll warm it up next week with a fresh plate of Film Gab.