Most American comedy movies suck and here's why

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Did you laugh in movies like The Hangover or Bridesmaids or Anchorman or Old School? I did. A lot, actually. But they're not nearly as funny as some of Edgar Wright's movies like Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and so on. Why? Because they're visually funny too.


Tony Zhou reveals how Wright uses every directing tool to his disposable and controls the entire frame to make a movie funny. It's not just two people telling jokes like in lazy American comedies but a complete comedy movie designed to be both laugh out loud hilarious and subtly ticklish in every imaginative way possible.

Like making light of things entering or exiting the frame in funny ways, matching scene transitions, syncing action to music, using sound effects perfectly, etc. They're all visual tricks used to make a movie funnier without telling more jokes.


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So what we're really talking about here is the difference between mass produced tripe and something created by someone with actual vision. All the stuff mentioned here is used all the time, it's just not applied consistently.

The main reason why so many movies are terrible is because they're merely vehicles for personalities. What's more, American humor has gone fairly absurdist, fixated on shock and discomfort over any real substance. But there's still good stuff out there, and there are classics which are ignored by this video.