Today’s New York Times Arts section runs a long, interesting article on the brothers Farrelly: : “The Farrellys’ double vision.” The Farrelly brothers are the film auteurs whose specialty is the gross-out comedy. Among the films that are their handiwork are “Dumb and Dumber” (1994), “Kingpin” (1996), “There’s Something About Mary” (1998), “Me, Myself and Irene” (2000) and “Shallow Hal” (2001).
While extremely ambivalent about the genre of gross-out comedy myself, I found the story of the brothers wholesome and inspirational. The article details the almost unbelievable persistence that has led to their success. Unfortunately, however, it omits any discussion of the audience at which their films are aimed and what their success might say about that audience.
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