TheBookPolice wrote:This movie (from my perspective) doesn't show the latent racism and bigotry of middle America. It shows that a comic with little to no heart can rip them to ribbons by abusing their notions of "let's make the stranger feel at home."
To me it sends up bigotry more than individuals. If some individuals get run over on the way, well, fuck em. They deserved it. The three women he interviewed about women's issues certainly didn't come out looking bad, and it was hilarious to boot. The driving instructor scene was good, as well as the humor coach (well-layered satire).
It's only those individuals who are CLEARLY bigots, full of hatred and ignorance, who come out looking bad. And you know what? FUCK those people. If you don't want your prejudices exposed for the world to see, then try not to be such an asshole. If you can't help it, well, tough shit.
Personally, I thought the dinner scene was the worst part of the movie(the end of it), but that was before it became clear that the hooker was in on it. Feeling bad for her made me feel bad for laughing. Racists and bigots do not garner the same kind of sympathy, which is what makes the the vast majority of it a guilt-free gut-buster. To be honest though, I laughed through that part too. It just hurt because I thought it was mean to her until I found out she was in on it.
The "vanilla face" bit also didn't succeed 100% because the hotel staff figured it out right away. They obviously left the only salvagable film from it.
The key seems to start subtle, making sure they buy it 100%, and then ask with sincere curiosity how it is possible for women to vote if their brains are only the size of a squirrel? You need to get the knee-jerk reaction before they figure it out, or it takes some of the edge off.
I was impressed with the overall style of the film though. Kazakh Ministry of Information educational film - outstanding!! Director listed as "Operator of Camera Machine" or something. Even the credits were done in character. Quality!!