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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-07-20 05:24
Subject: [child|movies] Blazing Saddles
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Tags:child, movies, personal
Last night at her request the_child and I watched Blazing Saddles [ imdb ]. (She'd been finding it in my video library for a long time.) That was an interesting experience.

In about 1980, I thought this was the funniest movie ever made. I watched it again in about 2000 and thought it was drop dead stupid. I thought it was moderately funny again this time, but the really odd thing was seeing it through her eyes.

the_child was getting only the surface story, not the endless roundels of Hollywood jokes, Jewish jokes, self-referential humor, serious (and even bitter) racial politics, parodying of classic Westerns, et cetera et cetera et cetera. She had a great deal of trouble understanding the race angle, for one. We had an extensive discussion of the N-word.

I am either very progressive or the World's Worst Dad. Not sure which. When the questions come bubbling up over the next few days, we'll find out.
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M.K. Hobson
User: mkhobson
Date: 2007-07-20 13:01 (UTC)
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World's worst dad for watching "Blazing Saddles" with your child? I doubt it.

How'd she like the fart scene? Is she at the fart-joke age? I never left the fart-joke age, I guess, because even just remembering that scene makes me giggle.





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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-07-20 13:10 (UTC)
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Oh, yeah. She nearly came unglued laughing.
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brni
User: brni
Date: 2007-07-20 23:02 (UTC)
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Ya know, last time I saw Blazing Saddles on network tv, the censors had hacked it so badly that even the farts were edited out. No bleeps, just silence as men lifted their butts off their seats.
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2007-07-20 13:34 (UTC)
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I just watched that again a couple weeks ago. I thought it was still pretty funny. :)
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Renegade Vagabond
User: khaybee
Date: 2007-07-20 13:38 (UTC)
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When my son was 14, I force fed him Barbarella in an attempt to interest him in someting that wasn't a video game. When it was over I asked him what he thought. He told me that it was a perfect example of a movie you don't want to watch with your mom. Oops.
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Twilight: Smile
User: twilight2000
Date: 2007-07-20 13:40 (UTC)
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You're gonna have to go a LONG way for World's worse, m'dear. The questions should be interesting though :>.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2007-07-20 13:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, "Blazing Saddles." This will mean nothing to anyone here, but the radio commercials (yes, back when they HAD radio commercials for movies) for that movie were downright hilarious. They prompted a very long gigglefest at the station back when the film came out.

As for me, I prefer "Young Frankenstein" but I do have to say that Mel Brooks' humor generally tickles me.
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bluesgirly: Donuts
User: bluesgirly
Date: 2007-07-20 15:13 (UTC)
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I love the toll booth scene when they're all looking for dimes in the middle of nowhere.
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Rose Fox
User: rosefox
Date: 2007-07-20 15:44 (UTC)
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I first watched that movie when I was about her age--the first R-rated movie I ever saw, in fact. I thought it was pretty funny, but I definitely only scratched the surface.

Several years later I watched it again and thought it was hilarious.

This year I watched it with a friend my age who'd never seen it. She didn't laugh once (though she smiled at the Yiddish-speaking Indians). Afterwards she said she didn't really get what was supposed to be funny or interesting about it. Apparently she's not a big Mel Brooks fan in general, and I suspect she's never seen a Western. I guess you really need a certain background in order to not just understand but enjoy it.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2007-07-20 17:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I once heard someone say that everyone is either a Mel Brooks fan, or a Woody Allen fan.
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Rose Fox
User: rosefox
Date: 2007-07-20 17:27 (UTC)
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Was that someone Jewish? *)
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2007-07-20 15:48 (UTC)
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I've never managed to see it the whole way through or without it being chopped to pieces by TV censors.
It's on my 'to watch' list, just haven't gotten around to it.

Young Frankenstein is my favorite Brooks movie, and really, the only one I really like. Spaceballs and Men in Tights are amusing to me, but just barely.
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2007-07-20 15:49 (UTC)
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As for worlds worst parent... when sbloss and I saw the recent remake of Dawn of the Dead I think the couple with their 4 year old with them have you beat.
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2007-07-20 15:53 (UTC)
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The 23 year old son of a friend of mine just saw Blazing Saddles recently and was remarkably shocked. He was reacting to all the still (more, these days?) politically incorrect aspects of it. He said, several times, "they can't DO/SAY that!", despite the evidence to the contray. This from a young man who was raised in an extraordinarily libertarian family and who just finished law school.

Our culture gets to us, no matter how hard we fight it. It seeps into our minds and alters our beliefs, when we aren't looking.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2007-07-20 16:47 (UTC)
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Hey, I think you're a pretty damn cool dad.
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frabjouslinz
User: frabjouslinz
Date: 2007-07-20 17:32 (UTC)
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Well, I first saw that movie when I was about 11 or 12. My older brother rented it on the brand new, still very bizarre to us VCR technology that we had. (I'm pretty sure Mom didn't know it was R rated, or we'd never have managed it.) That means my little brother was about 7 or 8. We *loved* that movie. I'm sure we watched it about 5 times in one weekend. I bet Mom wanted to kill us all. I'm sure she was less than pleased at some of the content. All things considered, though, it's not that bad of a movie for that age group. The broad humor translates well, anyway. So I guess what I'm saying is, my little brother didn't end up turning to crack because of it. B's probably OK.
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seventorches
User: seventorches
Date: 2007-07-21 00:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I LOVE Blazing Saddles.
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