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"Insufficient Laughter" (Woody Allen)
on 4 December 2016
This is weak and unfunny comedy telling the story of how two British scriptwriters cope or don't cope with Hollywood and LA and all those Americans. The script carefully takes aim at the barn-door that is the Hollywood cliché and it hits it every time. But it is not just having such an unambitious target that dogs this "comedy". At fault too is the thread of meanness of spirit and spitefulness manifesting itself into cruel and sweary dialogue which runs through the whole thing. Yes, human beings are fundamentally horrible, all right, I get it.
I could imagine a Hollywood exec type previewing “Episodes” and complaining every 20 seconds or so ‘I’m not laughing here’ as he waits for the next robotic wise-crack to be delivered by the caricature creations swapping insults on screen. There’s also a certain lack of warmth between the actors playing the British leads too which doesn't help but the chief culprit is that leaden, depressing script which has enough exaggeration to overwhelm just anyone.