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Flashback Friday-Night At The Roxbury (1998)

Saturday Night Live has brought television viewers a variety of memorable sketches and characters. A few of them have made the leap from the small screen to the big screen.

In 1998, Night At the Roxbury was released.

Steve and Doug Butabi (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan) have one dream: to own to coolest dance club. Or at least if they cannot own one, get into the Roxbury, the coolest club in town.  Their father, Kamehl (Dan Hedaya) would prefer that his sons have normal jobs and live normal lives.  Will Steve and Doug achieve their goal or will they be forced into the normal daily grind with the rest of humanity?

The idea of these two clueless guys within the context of a four or five minute sketch was very funny at the time. But stretched into a full length movie required some imagination on the part of the screenwriter. That imagination was not the best. But sometimes, we need a dumb, but funny movie to take us away from our troubles for a short period of time. And this movie definitely makes me laugh.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday- Clueless

In the annals of high school/teenage movies, Clueless stands out.

Funny, irresistible and and extremely quotable, Amy Heckerling transfers Jane Austen’s Emma and the inhabitants of rural 19th century English Highbury to mid 1990’s California.

Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) is the queen bee of her world. An only child, her mother is dead, her father Mel (Dan Hedaya) is a high priced lawyer. He has re-married and divorced at least once since his first wife’s death, keeping Cher’s ex-stepbrother, Josh (Paul Rudd) in the family.

Cher’s best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) and her boyfriend Murray (Donald Faison) are constantly arguing. When Tai (the late Brittany Murphy) and Christian (Justin Walker) enter the story, Cher begins to see that she might be more clueless than she thinks she is.

I adore this movie. It’s funny and smart and still holds up after nearly twenty years. And after nearly twenty years, I still have closet envy. Who doesn’t want a closet with a computer that helps you to choose your outfit for the day?

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