Hey, folks! It’s almost the weekend! Why not kick it off with a few idiots? Lovable film idiots, that is. Josh of JJames Reviews is here to share his own list of April Fools for our reading enjoyment. Hailing from a thorough, intelligent film review blog (that you should definitely follow), Josh wisely chose to narrow the large scope to his favorite film fools of last year alone. Who made the cut? Read on to see! 🙂
2013’s Top Five Dunces
5. Burt Wonderstone – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Despite a veneer of competence and intellect, Burt Wonderstone is socially clueless and foolishly arrogant, thinking himself the greatest living creature. In conjunction with his womanizing ways, Burt’s misguided self-perception should make him unlikable. But it never does, because, no matter his stupidity, he is funny. While the film itself is imperfect, I can’t help liking Steve Carell’s character.
4. Miss Elizabeth Charming – Austenland
Played with exaggerated aplomb by Jennifer Coolidge, whom I normally dislike, Elizabeth is sweet and misguided, not obsessed with Jane Austen, like the other guests of Austenland, but rather desperate for social connection, of any kind, no matter its nature. Courtesy of clingy physical contact and constant sexual innuendo, she is socially inept. But, of course, that makes her funny. That Elizabeth is one of Austenland’s primary thematic tools makes her all the more memorable.
3. Dogberry – Much Ado About Nothing
Though Joss Whedon’s adaptation loses Dogberry’s thematic essence, the character is still lovable. He’s a classic fool, informed but incapable of intelligent communication. And also sensitive to insult, a fact that makes him Much Ado’s funniest, and most memorable character.
2. Jackson Smith-Dungy – Family Weekend
Jackson qualifies for this list, because he isn’t very bright. After all, it takes a special kind of stupidity to help your sister kidnap your parents, just to film strange events. Then there is this fact: the young man is so starved for parental affection that he pretends he’s homosexual, hoping to make his father notice him. This is the sort of youngster who needs an adult’s concern.
1. James Franco in This Is the End
The most lovable dunce from 2013? James Franco playing an exaggerated version of himself. Franco’s alter ego is self-absorbed and self-righteous even while being oddly obsessed with Seth Rogen. The first reason I love this character: Franco’s performance is the movie’s best and most hilarious. And the second? I admire the way the actor acknowledges and exaggerates public perception of his personality.
Thanks so much, Josh, for adding a superb list to this series! I am continually impressed by just how many lovable idiots everyone keeps finding. More to come tomorrow! But for now, you crazy kids have yourselves a fantastic weekend! Maybe even let loose, have a few margaritas, and act like lovable idiots yourselves! I won’t judge. 😉