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Packed with Puns, It's Oscar, not Earnest
Wednesday, 25 June 2003 1:04 AM MDT
It's late, but I thought I'd write a paragraph or two about Oscar, the 1991 comedy with Sylvester Stalone starring as the 1930s prohibition mobster-gone-straight, Angelo "Snaps" Provolone. What a riot! I was rolling on the floor laughing regularly and raucously. Hopefully my friends didn't mind.
I'm something of a word-play afficionado, or at least one who appreciates a well written word gimmick. Oscar is chock full of 'em, packed with puns and a myriad of malapropisms, and I love 'em all. That's not to mention the well crafted situations full of comedic confusion.
It must have originally been a play, because it's comedic dialog is so nicely and tightly written and the movie takes place on a limited number of sets, much like a play. Maybe I'll have to look it up on the Internet and see. Anyway, it was thoroughly enjoyable, even though I've seen it before. It's one I can watch again and again, regularly.
Perhaps because it's a well-written comedy, and play-like, I'm reminded that I recently watched The Importance of Being Earnest with my family while visiting in Hurricane not too long ago, the 2002 movie adaptation of the terribly funny play. (And well done at that!) It's another comedy I'll be watching again and again.
My sister just sent me an instant message to let me know that indeed, Oscar is a play. I knew it. It felt like a play. According to IMDB, it looks like it was originally a French play, made into a movie in 1967, a bit different than the Sylvester Stalone American movie in 1991.