On Saturday I went to a friend's house. When I got there, practically the first thing he said to me was, "You have GOT to see this movie we rented last night, it's hilARious."
"Great," I said. "What is it?"
"I'm not going to tell you."
Immediately my suspicions were aroused. The last time I watched what he assured me was a "hilarious" movie, I didn't actually laugh all that much. And conversely, I watched _Waiting for Guffman_ after he told me it was totally lame, and I cracked up, laughing out loud at some scenes even though I was by myself when I saw it. I watched it a second time to make sure I'd seen it correctly, and still laughed, which is a good indication that I do in fact think it's pretty comical.
So I was a little concerned that our ideas of what constitutes a "hilarious" movie might be slightly divergent. My fears were not alleviated at all when the DVD selection screen came on and I saw the titles "Thumb Wars" and "Thumbtanic."
"You are kidding me, right?" I groaned, thinking longingly of _Fargo_, which was at that moment playing on cable.
Five minutes later, I was laughing my head off at a spoof of the Titanic movie with all the characters played by--no joke--people's THUMBS.
Don't ask me why this was funny, but it was. If the thumbs' little faces had merely been drawn on, I wouldn't have been half as amused. But thanks to the wonders of cinematic technology, these thumbs had real eyes and mouths and they make these weird faces, and it is just too hysterical to even describe. On the same DVD is a spoof of _Star Wars_ called "Thumb Wars." If you have seen _Star Wars (original trilogy)_ and _Titanic_, I really think you need to see these movies. The satire is great, and come on, it's a chance to see people's THUMBS, acting!! With little faces!! It's not something you see every day, trust me (if you do, that's weird).
One of the best bits is during the spoof of the Titanic sex scene. Those of you who have seen Titanic (many of you more than 10 times...do you realize that equates to about 30 HOURS of your LIFE dedicated to watching a ship go down as a dramatic backdrop to one of the most cliche'd love stories in movie history?) will remember that the sex scene takes place in a steamy car, which only gets steamier as Leonardo and Kate get down to business, and then there is the beyond-cheesy moment where you see this HAND come up and hit the window in what you can only assume is a moment of severe ecstasy, and then the hand drags slowly down the steamy window (blech). Well, in "Thumbtanic", the thumb playing Kate doesn't exactly have hands...or she does, but they are useless and don't really do anything besides wiggle around when she moves. So when the big moment comes, instead of a hand, "Kate" hits the window with her whole FACE (the thumb! haha!) and then falls slowly down the steamy window.
If you don't think this is funny, I don't think there is any help for you. I am laughing just thinking about it.
The moviemakers also get points for giving Princess Leia in "Thumb Wars" cinnamon rolls for hair, complete with icing.
But I admit it's very hard to do justice to these short flicks by writing about them--they really have to be seen to be believed and appreciated. I know they sound stupid; well, I'm not saying they aren't! But they are still FUNNY!
So I urge you to find a gullible friend that you can convince to rent this movie with you. You can find it at Blockbuster, as a 1-week rental. And don't talk to me about a waste of time...you watched _Titanic_ more than 10 times, remember?
Ok everyone, have a great day and may the THUMB be with you!