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#123797 - 04/20/05 07:31 PM Scot's Pick O' The Week - 4/20
crisispoint Offline

Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 2154
Loc: Massachusetts
The sign on the door says "Open" again!

Time again for the little bit of ego stroking that is.......


.......Because the dietary requirement of "weird crap" is never completely met! \:D

"The Party" (Shown on "Flix" cable/satellite movie channel)

Long before the advent of sophomoric humor in the '70s-'80s, the British were doing farce better than anyone else. The fact that they weren't blocked by current "Political Correctness" concerns may have had something to do with it. This little gem, not one of Peter Sellers' best known films, proves you can be tamely juvenile and still be uproaringly funny.

Sellers plays Bakshi Hrundi, a Bollywood actor who somehow gets invited to a Hollywood dinner party full of stars, execs, hangers-on, and other assorted "star types." His wide-eyed innocence plays very well off of the disasterously (and cluelessly) dysfunctional celebs and wannabes around him.

So many bits of this movie are funny that it's hard to know where to begin. Is it the constantly drunk waiter who screws up and is throttled by his boss whenever he gets in arm's reach? Or is it the oblivious woman who ends up with Bakshi's cornish hen anchored on her tiara? Perhaps it's when Bakshi needs to use the facilities, and, trying to find a private spot in the garden to take care of the matter, turns on the underground sprinkler system? I think what really wins the day is when Bakshi finally gets to use the toilet, discovers it's leaking, and tries to fix it. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

More of a chance to see Sellers' improvisational skills than high-art comedy, "The Party" ends up being both slapstick and intelligent. Who'da thunk that was possible?

Until next time, don't fix the toilet yourself.

Peace and love,


There are reasons I'm taking medication. They're called "other people." - Me, displaying my anti-social tendancies

#123798 - 04/21/05 04:31 AM Re: Scot's Pick O' The Week - 4/20
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That's a classic, and one I'd forgotton about. Thanks for reminding me just what a genius Peter Sellars was.


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau


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