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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Jamie Kennedy's "Heckler": a movie review

"Paris Hilton's the reason I got fired from VH-1's Best Week Ever...In fact, this will show you how unprofessional I am, 'cause it's a fuckin' easy job...You just make fun of people you think should be dead, like Ben Affleck and Lindsay Lohan, I mean, who can't do that?...So they set you up with leading questions like, 'Hey Patton, Paris Hilton's writing a book.'

And I would go, 'She's a cunt who should die of AIDS.'

(nervously) 'Ah ha ha, OK! Heey!! Alright.. Um, OK, follow-up question, she's releasing a line of handbags,'

'As long as she gets AIDS, that's fine with me. If she could get cancer of the AIDS of the leukemia of the eyes, that would be awesome. If like, a biker could just fuck that into her skull...'

'Alright, funnyman Patton Oswalt. Let's go to the Sizzler...'"
From Patton Oswalt's, Werewolves and Lollipops
Let me say this right up front: I fucking love stand up comedy. Love it. Patton Oswalt is one of the most hilarious mofos on the planet, as far as I'm concerned. The other comics in the Heckler DVD are of varying quality, but there's a lot of amazing comedic talent piled up in there.

The first section of the documentary deals with asshole hecklers in comedy clubs and all of the comics hate them. Universally. As Joe Rogan says, "The thing about hecklers is, 100% of them are douchebags." In this I totally concur. There's not much I hate more than some drunken fuckhole screwing up a person's set. In this way, hecklers would be akin to a painter in his or her studio doing a canvas and some random douche yelling, "You suck! You call that impressionist?! Go die in a stairwell, Warhol!" Don't fuck with an artist while they're doing their art.

The problem I have with the film is when it transitions into the second and third sections where the "hecklers" are film critic and bloggers. One of the criticisms (especially of internet critics) is that they use pseudonyms and have no return address so their attacks can't be rebutted. As illustrated in my opening quote, this is exactly what a lot of comics do night after night. When Bill Hicks went after Jay Leno, it was so intense that my wife had to literally stop listening. When Patton says that he thinks Ben Affleck and Lindsay Lohan should be dead, he's not criticizing their work, he's going after them.

Now, I'm not saying that I don't approve. If it's funny, which it was in both the Hicks and Oswalt cases above, everything's good. The fact that you *don't* do it to the target's face is ok, because it's your act. The critic going after the performer is part of their act, as long as it's funny. Heckler had one part where some asshole was reading what people wrote about her to Paris Hilton and she looked like she wanted to cry - I actually felt sorry for her.

Yes, everyone has bad days and if you have a shit day at work, then someone cuts you off, then you shart in your thong, and THEN some dickhole decides to make it his job to read bullshit internet troll quotes about you to your face, it's going to suck. We know. So either don't read the critics, tell them to fuck off if they do it to your face, or tuck your fucking vagina in.

I enjoyed the film, but when Kennedy and some others started to moan about critics and bloggers, the hypocrisy was a little much at times.

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