Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Teddy Bears' Picnic|
Actors: Delaune Michel, Morgan Fairchild, John Michael Higgins, Ming-Na, Henry Gibson
Director: Harry Shearer
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With this much comic talent, it should be better than it is
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I went into this film with very high hopes seeing as how it is a who's who of today's best comedic talent: Michael McKean ("Best In Show"), Kenneth Mars ("Young Frankenstein"), Howard Hesseman ("WKRP in Cincinnati"), David Rasche ("Sledge Hammer"), John Michael Higgins ("A Mighty WInd"), Henry Gibson ("Laugh In"), Robert Mandan ("Soap"), George Wendt ("Cheers"), Bob Einstein ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Fred Willard ("Anchorman"), John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld"), & Larry Miller ("Waiting for Guffman"). In a movie about corporate fatcats and politicians escaping to a top secret getaway where they act like frat boys! All written and directed by Harry Shearer, one of the men behind "This Is Spinal Tap" and the voice of numerous "Simpsons" characters! How can you go wrong?See this fillm and find out. With this much pedigree, it should've been wet-your-pants funny. It turned out mildly amusing. Unfortunately, all the blame rests on the usually reliable Shearer's shoulders - his humor is often very clever if not laugh out loud funny, but here it even fails to be especially clever. It's not even especially funny in a dry way. And his directions does nothing to elevate the material. The cast of pros elevates the material as much as they can, which isn't much. A disappointment. Catch it on cable, perhaps, or rent it for $1.00."
YOU HAD TO BE THERE!
Chuck Rogers | 04/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I was at the Bohemian Grove. Neil Armstrong was there, just a year after he stepped on the moon. He speech by the lake was called "The Food of The Future: Oil". Honestly! Even the fat cats around me were moaning on their way back to peeing on the redwoods.Henry Kissinger was there, too. He began his speech talking PEACE, but morphed into a comparison between our bomber fleet versus Russia's, and ours was smaller. "Vee need more bombah's".....I was more disappointed that Armstrong never mentioned the moon once. Kissinger was predictable - he'd already bombed Cambodia.... Kissinger can't go to several countries, now, or he will be arrested. Years and years later, Harry Shearer attended the Grove as a guest.Perhaps if you are not into the dry humor of the Best In Show/Waiting For Guffman/Spinal Tap/Mighty Wind genre, you would never be able to "get" this movie as well.If Mr. Barret only shares his name with the Pink Floyd founder, his perceptions (and spelling/grammar) are equally as.....psychadelic! Well, everyone to their own....perception.Anything that pokes ANYTHING at the Bohemian Club is alright with me."
Excellent writing and acting make this worth watching
Chuck Rogers | New Orleans, LA | 02/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Teddy Bear's Picnic" is an acquired taste. Of that, there can be no doubt. Harry Shearer injects a subtle sense of mayhem in this clever comedy that pokes fun of people who we have entrusted to run the world around us. From politicians to corporate power brokers, we either tolerate or trust them to "do the right thing." When they get together, we suspect the sort of collusion that conspiracy theorists thrive on. Instead, what we get are a bunch of spoiled power-mongers, taking too much advantage of their status in society, and the results are hilarious.
Yes, this is Harry Shearer doing what he does best - a biting satire of a small portion of our society. He has put together an eclectic cast of characters that you won't see assembled in any other movie - worth it for that alone!
If you don't appreciate subtle, borderline intellectual humor - you won't like this. The best jokes will be lost on you. But if you are the type of person who laughed at Dennis Miller's references on Monday Night Football, you should love this."
Another Harry Shearer Satire
George Gryak | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 01/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hey! Let's make fun of the idle rich and politicians than run this country! Great fun and great satire from harry Shearer and his warped mind! This film did so-so in the theaters, but has a chieved a cult following thanks to harry Shearer. Get it and be prepared to laugh at all the stereotypes of the idle rich."