Monday, March 15, 2010

Why do I like movies about things that I can't relate to?

I've noticed recently that most of the movies that my generation finds funny don't have much to do with what people my age have actually gone through. These movies I'm speaking of are movies released within the last decade and are undoubtedly some of the most quoted movies amongst you and your friends (if youre between the ages of 18 and 25). Movies like Old School, Wedding Crashers, and The Hangover.

The Hangover is about a guy getting married and the wild bachelor party that takes place the night before the wedding. I am 21 yrs old, have never been to Vegas as a 21 yr old, have never been to a bachelor party, and have never been married (thankfully). Despite not being able to relate to any part of the story (except for waking up in the morning realizing I had blacked-out a little the night before) I found this movie to be hilarious. Same thing with Wedding Crashers; the last wedding I went to was when I was 12 years old. I know nothing of wedding receptions yet I still found this movie funny. Perhaps the best example is Old School where the story is about a college fraternity (something I can relate to), yet the primary members of the frat are all not in college. Most movies that come out that are about college are generally not well recieved. In fact there was a movie called College that came out two years ago that looked like a piece of shit (and according to reviews, was). The most well received comedy that came out the past decade that wasn't about adult life was strangely about high school (Superbad). It's kind of strange that even the young comedic actors in Hollywood (Seth Rogen, etc.) are making movies about having to raise a child after accidentally impregnating a woman (another thing I can thankfully not relate to) or dealing with the perils of cancer, pretty extreme adult sitautions that most people 18-25 don't have to deal with.

Maybe its because most of the people writing these movies are not in college so when they do write a movie about it, it sucks. Yet when they write a movie about what they are currently going through, its naturally just better. And maybe thats why we like these movies because even though we can't relate to the situations, the movies are just good and we like them despite not being familiar with the situations represented (although if this is true, I should have liked It's Complicated).

Or maybe its just that we young people have yet to experience these kind of situations and we kind of like how we are getting to experience it, yet at the same time remain far enough removed where we can laugh at the fact that Seth Rogen has to raise a kid he doesn't want (yet still gets to bang Katherine Heigl). So according to this theory, maybe I'm too far removed to enjoy It's Complicated because it's about people who are 40 yrs older than I am. So check back with me when I'm 45 to see if I'm hating movies about wild bachelor parties and getting girls pregnant and am suddenly liking movies where Meryl Streep is kind of a slut.

1 comment:

Swayze said...

Note: This post about relating to movies is only valid for comedies. Action movies, thrillers, and Sci-fi are never relatable. And as for dramas, well....fuck dramas.