Film Studies Comedy Essay

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COMEDY ESSAY PART ONE - LABELING THE TYPES OF COMEDY The Haunted Mansion is a film that finds the humor in what most of society would label as “frightening.” The Haunted Mansion pokes fun at ghosts, zombies, ghouls, demons, and floating inanimate objects. It would be considered a comedy because all of the characters are cracking jokes, whether they be real or out of sarcasm. Although this movie deals with horror-related topics, there is more humor than there is fright, and therefore it is considered a comedy. I would classify Monty Python and the Holy Grail as slapstick or anarchic comedy. I see this as a slapstick comedy, because of all the childish antics the actors in this movie engage in. This movie humorously shows two people sword-fighting, a man chopping off another man’s limbs, a man getting shot with an arrow, and a man beating up a village of people. Slapstick comedies are usually defined as a more aggressive-type comedy which involves humorous violence and wit in a positive manner. Steve Martin’s Father of the Bride is an American family comedy. It is a movie about the struggles of parenthood. In Father of the Bride, Steve Martin plays a father that is scared to watch his daughter grow up because she is getting married. This film finds a way to humorously depict what parents go through and how hard it can be to let go of your child or loved one. In this movie that revolves around a family, a concerned dad finds himself saying all the wrong things at all the wrong times. The way he views his daughter and growing up and dealing with relationships is very comical, therefore considered a family comedy. Revenge of the Pink Panther is a slapstick comedy due to its exaggerated violence that is considered to be funny. In this film, Chief Inspector Jacques Closeau gets in all sorts of mischief when he accidentally sets an office on fire, brings a
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