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


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Prepare to be lectured on the climate for 2 and a half hours by celebrities who fly private jets.

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. ‼

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)

How comedy makes us better people (BBC)

Why politicians have failed to tackle climate change | The Economist

Politics of Climate Change | Years of Living Dangerously (National Geographic)

Why is climate change so political? (Our Changing Climate)

Why Climate Change Denial Still Exists In The U.S. (CNBC)

“There were times when I was sore from laughing” – Adam McKay on The Other Guys at 10 (Little White Lies)

Adam McKay Reveals How He Wrote ‘Don’t Look Up’ | Around the Table | Entertainment Weekly

Culture Warrior: ‘The Other Guys’ Beyond the End Credit Sequence (Film School Rejects)

The Other Guys Tells It Like It Is (Mises Institute)

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