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“Screwed” Gets Screwed

"Screwed" Gets Screwed

Not to keep harping on Variety (I really do enjoy the magazine, and grant it significant debt for my pre-internet adolescent education of Hollywood), but I wondered about this article about the new Kate Hudson project Big Eyes:

Kate Hudson is set to star in “Big Eyes,” the independently financed film about painter Margaret Keane. Pic marks the feature directing debut of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski; the duo also penned the script.

Call me an annoying fact-check snob, but are they forgetting about the bounty that is the 2000 Norm MacDonald project, Screwed? Written and directed by the duo (whose bizarre resume includes both The People Vs. Larry Flynt and Problem Child 2), the film also stars a pre-fame Sarah Silverman and a pre-Chappelle’s Show Dave Chappelle. Though I’ve never seen the film (and never will), Variety itself said of the film:

Pic marks the co-directing debut of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the screenwriting duo behind “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Man on the Moon.” At first glance, “Screwed” might appear to have more in common with a couple of the pair’s less prestigious efforts, “Problem Child” and “Problem Child 2,” but don’t be fooled: The latter two comedies were fitfully amusing guilty pleasures. By sharp contrast, “Screwed” provides only a few random laughs separated by long periods of mirthless tedium. Indeed, some stretches are so painfully unfunny, ticket buyers may actually find themselves feeling sorry for the folks onscreen.

Who can forget “mirthless tedium”?

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