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Actually rather good,
This review is from: The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies (Paperback)
I've just been in my local pub & thought I'd give this book a read. It was actually surprisingly good & was pretty much what it said on the tin.
If I recall correctly, there is a section on 'Comedy Greats', one on the '50 Greatest Comedy films ever' & a final section on foreign comedy films from around-the-World.
There were sections on Dan Ackroyd, Monty Python (naturally!), Charlie Chaplin & Steve Martin & the book seemed to cover all manner of comedies from Bringing Up Baby, through Ferris Bueller's Day Off to the modern classic Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. I also got the impression that the writer was really engaged with his subject and really knew his films, enough to recommend the lesser known films by great comic actors, etc.
I have two criticisms though.
First, is that the foreign films section was a little boring & I didn't recognise a single one.
Second is that there was a lot of repeated material. As the two main sections overlap, often there would be a film in the top 50 (e.g. Monty Python's Life Of Brian) & then a whole section on the comedic group/ comedian (in this example 'Monty Python'). I got the impression with comic actor Robin Williams that the two sections were very similar & that the review of Good Morning, Vietnam had similar content to the main article.
Still, as a 'rough guide' & a quick read, I found it entertaining & well-written. I actually bought the copy that is now in the pub & feel that it was a good purchase & that it fits the category of 'coffee-table reads that aren't too stretching'.