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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 8/14-21/2015
ON NETFLIX: Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker and written by the three along with Martyn Burke, Top Secret!, a satire of cold war/teen idol movies, follows Airplane by a few years. It’s not quite as uproariously funny, but it has a lot going for it. It makes fun of clichés one didn’t realize were clichés. Val Kilmer is the lead; he looks the part, but is a bit of a stick in the mud acting wise. But still, a fun movie.
ON HULU: Writer/director Ingmar Bergman made very few comedies. A Lesson in Love is one of his first and is probably his funniest. It’s about a gynecologist and his wife who are considering divorcing, but as in The Awful Truth, they may realize that they love each other too much, and for better and worse. It seems heavily inspired by Preston Sturgess, especially a scene with a noose. An absolute delight.