Sunday, January 18, 2009

Enjoyably racist

Last weekend we had some time without the kiddos, so David and I had a Sunday Funday with Kevin, aka The Klondike Kid. We went to see Clint Eastwood's latest, Grand Torino. It's about an old, crotchety, racist Korea War veteran whose once All-American neighbourhood is now full of immigrants. While this was meant to be a serious and powerful film, it also managed to be the most unintentionally funny movie I've seen in a long time. The racism and intolerance was so smooth, blatant, and uncloseted (that is, the character isn't just racist, he also doesn't hesitate to express it to people of those races) it became ridiculously entertaining.

Curiously, the rest of the audience wasn't that comfortable expressing their amusement when it was primarily racism towards Asians. Once there were some epithets thrown out about black people that seemed to break the ice for them to start laughing.

Really good film overall. Highly recommended. 

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