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March 4, 2007

Maybe My Sister Should be a Movie Critic.

By: The Dude on the Right
The movie industry is a bizarre monster, and so are the critic rating scales.  My case in point is the release of "Wild Hogs" this week (and I suppose "Norbit" a few weeks back).  Hundreds, if not thousands of critics, thought it (they) sucked, yet as of tonight "Wild Hogs" did about $38 Million bucks worth of business for the weekend.  Me, I gave it 1 1/2 stars out of 5, which pretty much for me means it's a rental at best.  But where did these $38 Million dollars worth of people come from?  Was the word of mouth that great?  Did people just want to see a movie, and rather than see something that was nominated for an Academy Award, or the R rated "Zodiac" or "Black Snake Moan" that also opened this weekend, did they just opt for "Wild Hogs" by default?  I don't know, but maybe critics need a new rating scale, kind of the anti-critic scale, so I'm trying to come up with one, based mostly upon my sister.

You see, and I can't verify this yet until she sees it, but I think my sister will find "Wild Hogs" one of the funniest movies ever (she also really liked "RV"), as opposed to most people who watch or analyze movies for a living.  While I was watching the movie I could pretty much envision every instance where my sister would be laughing, mostly because there was a woman, a couple of rows behind me as I was watching the movie, laughing at those moments.  Me, I found Borat very funny, 4 1/2 stars funny, as did most critics, but this woman behind me, during "Wild Hogs" well, from her laughter, this was probably a 7 Stars out of 5 comedy.

As a critic I try to at least relate my reviews to those who might like the movie, and I can see how "Wild Hogs" can give folks some entertainment for a little over an hour and a half.  But you can't get that from a simple 3 stars out of 4, from a simple thumb, from a simple tomato, or from a simple beer rating.  Nope, who will like a movie is a hell of lot more complicated than that, sometimes it just has to relate to my sister.

And right now I'm just wondering what she would have given this movie?

Maybe, in a bizarre way, there's actually a place for her to be a movie critic.  Too bad I can't offer her a job, unless, with the Mega Millions jackpot at over $340 million, I might be able to, when my numbers come in this Tuesday night.

Then again, maybe not, and "Wild Hogs" is still a 1 1/2 star movie out of 5 on my critic scale, or also rated "Sister" on my new scale.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at March 4, 2007 7:40 PM


All I have to say is if you rate it "sister" you are not a snobish boring brother and enjoy a good laugh now and then.

Posted by: Sister at March 5, 2007 5:29 PM

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