Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[child|movies] Blazing Saddles

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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