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Comedy & Satire: How Don't Look Up (2021) Falls Flat

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I break down the latest Adam McKay entry in the satire/comedy/social commentary film genre. 👀Despite the best intentions, an all-star cast, and somehow landing a nomination for Best Picture – what could’ve been a clever, insightful premise ended up as thoughtful and inspiring as a Facebook argument. (…and no, I’m not a climate denier.)

‼ FEATURES SPOILERS FOR: Don’t Look Up (2021), The Other Guys (2010), and mild spoilers for HBO’s Succession. ‼

🕦TIMESTAMPS:🕝
0:00 – Intro
4:19 – The wasted potential of Don’t Look Up (2021)
10:35 – Ad break!
13:14 – Don’t Look Up & and shallow climate commentary
17:13 – “Impact deniers” and leveraging hyperbole
18:51 – …Is this [comedy]?
23:23 – How Succession masters sharp social satire
26:40 – The Other Guys and absurd comedic commentary
29:48 – Does “film quality” matter if the message is important?

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📚Main Sources Used:📚

Don’t Look Up: four climate experts on the polarising disaster film (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jan/08/dont-look-up-four-climate-experts-on-the-polarising-disaster-film

How comedy makes us better people (BBC)
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160829-how-laughter-makes-us-better-people

Why politicians have failed to tackle climate change | The Economist
https://youtu.be/K7lzhYTg94s

Politics of Climate Change | Years of Living Dangerously (National Geographic)
https://youtu.be/qZdnViYza2o

Why is climate change so political? (Our Changing Climate)
https://youtu.be/r8MOJAMbzKs

Why Climate Change Denial Still Exists In The U.S. (CNBC)
https://youtu.be/f1rxv1yPQrc

“There were times when I was sore from laughing” – Adam McKay on The Other Guys at 10 (Little White Lies)
https://lwlies.com/articles/adam-mckay-the-other-guys-10-year-anniversary/

Adam McKay Reveals How He Wrote ‘Don’t Look Up’ | Around the Table | Entertainment Weekly
https://youtu.be/2bsm45CTCa0

Culture Warrior: ‘The Other Guys’ Beyond the End Credit Sequence (Film School Rejects)
https://filmschoolrejects.com/culture-warrior-the-other-guys-beyond-the-end-credit-sequence-3c173da7ca17/

The Other Guys Tells It Like It Is (Mises Institute)
https://mises.org/library/other-guys-tells-it-it

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