Sunday, April 28, 2013

DIY Double Feature | HARVEY and FOR A GOOD TIME CALL | Screwball Sans Spouse

HARVEY is about a 42 year old man named Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is a 6' 3.5" tall invisible rabbit named... Harvey.  This unique relationship brings nothing but delight and comfort to the Elwood, and nothing but distress and anxiety to his sister and niece.

FOR A GOOD TIME CALL is about two mismatched roommates who learn to become BFFs.  This film is everything it looks like, plus a few things you wouldn't necessarily expect.  Good things.  Funny, sweet and endearing things.

Each of these films follow pretty closely to classic screwball standards, except the class issues aren't entirely about money, and the most-appropriate partner the lead must "land" isn't a spouse.  (More on this when I put this post over on Screwball Study).  (Maybe).  (Assuming I don't get distracted or lose interest).

Watch these films and think about how the most important loves in your life aren't always the romantic variety. While you're at it, think about how the things that irritate you the most, might prove to be your salvation.  And maybe rather than hoping that your life will become less complicated or less embarrassing, maybe your best bet is to ease into it all like a bath that's just a bit too hot...  it might turn out to be just-right.

Released: 1950
Writer: Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney
Director: Henry Koster
Leads: Jimmy Stewart, Josephine Hull, Charles Drake
Genre: Comedy, Screwball Plot summary and reviews of HARVEY @ Rotten Tomatoes

Released: 2012
Writer: Lauren Miller, Katie Anne Naylon
Director: Jamie Travis
Leads: Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, Justin Long
Genre: Comedy, Screwball
Plot summary and reviews of FOR A GOOD TIME CALL @ Rotten Tomatoes