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Jun 15 2018

"Monkey Business" Giggles

I caught a retro matinee of Howard Hawk's silly delightMonkey Business(1952) for my birthday last weekend.I'd never seen it before and was giggling throughout.Cary Grant,Marilyn Monroe,Hugh Marlowe,and Charles Coburn were in great form but Ginger Rogers completely steals the movie -- no small feat with that cast!

She plays the ridiculously patient and then suddenly immature wife of a chemist (Grant) who is trying to find a formula for de-aging that he's testing on monkeys.Hijinx ensue!My main takeaway this week has been that modern comedies try too hard to have a message,a character arc,and "heart"to go with the laughs.This spring'sI Feel PrettyandLife of the Partyhad this problem and one assumes the newly openedTagdoes,too,merely because almost all comedies now do.Heart and message and meaty arcs (if you have to have them) should just spring from silliness rather than be inorganically thrown on top of the comedy like a blanket.That blanket is wet and it dampens the fun.

Do you have this problem with modern comedies and what do you love most aboutMonkey Businessif you've seen it?