Eggmaster and I went off to the movies this afternoon, a rare treat.
We saw Superbad, which was much much much funnier than it ought to be. And I say this as someone who did not like watching American Pie. (Seriously, watching the sex lives of teenagers when you’re over 30 is really creepy. I felt like a pedophile or something. Bleah . . .)
But though Superbad is Superdirty as far as the language goes, it is not the 2007 model American Pie (or, for those of my generation, Porky’s). Plus, I love Michael Cera’s shtick. The kid is brilliant — one of the best things about Arrested Development, plus some funny stuff on the Internet.
We did, however, see a preview that made me cringe, for The Brothers Solomon. I wanted to like it, because it features another AD genius, Will Arnett, who has that Phil Hartman-like talent for delivering almost any line in a gut-busting way.
But here’s the premise:
THE BROTHERS SOLOMON tells the hilarious story of Dean and John Solomon (Forte and Arnett), two good-hearted but romantically-challenged brothers. When they find out their dying father’s last wish is for a grandchild, the brothers set out to find someone to have a baby with. But after spending their formative years being home-schooled by their father in a remote arctic location, their social skills prove to be somewhat lacking and their attempts at fatherhood go hysterically and disastrously wrong.
OK, I know this is not really about normal homeschoolers, but I couldn’t help wincing during the preview at repeated references to how socially backwards homeschooling made the kids. If you go to the website, the intro voice-over actually does say, “like most brothers who get homeschooled by their father, we had very little life outside the family compound.” (Or something like that . . . the audio broke up a lot.)
I’m not calling for a boycott or anything, I’m just sayin’. Between this and the “detestible nerd” thing in Time, I’m feeling pretty socially freakish myself. But in a good way.