Comedy Themes In Bringing Up Baby, Driving Miss Daisy

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Comedy films are films designed to make the audience laugh. A common characteristic of comedy is an exaggeration of events, which is done to provide further amusement to viewers. Comedies also tend to have happy endings, keeping in line with the general light-heartedness of the genre. Some movies may even take typical frustrations experienced by most viewers and portray them in a non-serious manner. As with all movies, comedies contain at least one conflict. These conflicts may be caused by numerous events, such as an exaggerated misunderstanding or a case of mistaken identity. Comedy allows the audience to “take a break” from the hassles of life and enjoy a couple hours of pure amusement (Dirks, 2017). There are two main presentations of
However, the developing love is between two friends, rather than a romantic interest. Conflict results early in the movie when Miss Daisy wrecks her car and is unable to drive. Her son, Boolie (played by Dan Aykroyd), hires Hoke to drive Miss Daisy around town. She is not happy with this decision, which leads to her stubbornness and rudeness toward Hoke and Boolie, both. While it does not seem as if Miss Daisy will ever like Hoke, the film ends with a close friendship between the two. This happy ending is another characteristic of a typical comedy (Zanuck, Zanuck, & Beresford, 1989). The film, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), is a great example of a comedy. It is classified as a type of parody, known as a lampoon or satire. The movie originated from the creators of a humor magazine known as National Lampoon. The magazine began releasing films in 1978, all with comedy as the genre. Chevy Chase was the lead actor in several of the films, portraying the father and husband of a family that wants nothing more than to spend time with his family. However, during this time, something always seems to go wrong for him, providing numerous instances of hilarity for the audience (Dirks,
For example, Clark Griswold becomes obsessed with decorating his house for Christmas with as many lights as possible. When he turns on the lights, he causes a power outage in the area and there is a brief scene showing someone switching on a nuclear reactor to solve the problem. This is an example of an exaggerated event to elicit laughter from the audience. The film also demonstrates an example of a common frustration of life for some people: spending the holidays with extended family and trying to get along with everyone in close proximity. The film, however, manages to portray this situation in a funny way. Despite all of the conflict among family members, however, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) results in a happy ending, just like the majority of comedy films (Hughes, Jacobson, & Chechik,
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