Sunday, November 30, 2014
Sandall, Jillian. "I'll Be There For You: Friends and the Fantasy of the Alternative Family.": 142- 148.
the J.D. - Turk relationship
The J.D. - Elliot Relationship
The J.D. - Dr. Cox relationship
The J.D. Carla Relationship.
Diving right in we’ll start with J.D. Turk
J.D. Turk is probably the most central to the plot. This can only be argued by the fact that J.D. and Elliot have an “on again, off again” romantic plotline going. However that plotline picks up maybe once mid way through season one and is resolved immediately in the next episode. This means that the focus on J.D.’s friends is their ability to support him. Christopher Turk, we found out, has been J.D.’s best friend since college. It can best be described as a bromance, but the song ‘guy love’ explains their relationship in so much greater detail.
While it’s unfair to pull something so iconic and well known as a staple for this comment it’s the best demonstration of their friendship. Their relationship borders on ‘homoerotic’ which in all seasons and which of them is being more ‘guy lovey’ is constantly bouncing back and forth. In the first season it’s Turk, in the next is J.D. They’re total bros. The audience gets a feel that Turk and J.D. have that once in a lifetime kind of friendship, that they’ll always have each others back. This is exemplified in the first season seen here.
J.D. - Elliot
J.D. and Elliots relationship is largely platonic. While there is a pursuit towards romance it’s largely glanced over in the course of the show. Elliot is ultimately portrayed as supportive towards J.D. it’s not long after their short lived romance that Elliot and J.D. make up and opt to remain friends. Their relationship is often times the “butt of the joke”. Rather coming up as part of the humor, or coming as part of their own individual story arcs Elliot and JD’s relationship can almost be summarized into about five minutes of clips.
It’s like a game of cat and mouse, one constantly chasing the other. The words: “The world was in your hand and you squeezed” are epitomized with J.D. and Elliot. They make decisions that end up hurting one another, they get angry and they support each other. The humor between them is often derived from the conflict they have about their dysfunctional relationship.
That being said, in the end they always seem to just...do it again. Culimating in one of the most memorable on and off again relationships.
J.D. - Cox
There is a gold mine of material for comedy here, where the relationships between J.D. and Turk and J.D. Elliot were supportive. Where the humor is drawn from the relationship of the character. The humor between J.D. and Dr. Cox is almost entirely at J.D.’s expense. Here’s eight minutes of Dr. Cox calling J.D. various girls names just for emphasis.
Eight minutes of only the girl names Dr. Cox has referred to J.D. as, but their relationship is far from antagonistic. Dr. Cox is the father figure in J.D.’s life, the person he wants to respect him. Cox is the mentor in the show and his “tough love” attitude is the source of exorbitant amounts of humor when it comes to J.D. He’s also the moral compass, and J.D.’s only real critic, he’s a source of a lot of realism and in his own way he does support J.D. his ‘speeches’ often give J.D. more direction than the advice of his own friends.
He’s the teacher, and he never stops teaching, in a way it’s easy to see what J.D. admired in Dr. Cox in scenes like the one above. But it’s scenes like these that we just can’t resist:
J.D. - Carla
J.D. and Carla’s relationship is, odd… It’s motherly at parts, but they’re also like siblings. Carla is comforting and enabling where Cox is...well Cox. Carla is in a lot of ways J.D.’s lifeline, we don’t see J.D.’s mother a lot and Carla is the most motherly character towards him. Affectionately nicknaming him “Bambi”, Carla guides him through his time as an intern and even more than that her role in J.D.’s personal life is the order brought to the chaos of his and Turks friendship. She truly is the moral compass, a little humor is drawn from her hispanic background…
but Carla also has some of the most sincere moments of the show. Her relationship with J.D. while not as humorous as the others definitely is the most flushed out.
There is one more relationship I wanted to talk about in conclusion to this project. That is the relationship that is most central to the plot.
The J.D. - J.D. Relationship.
The story of Scrubs is about J.D. and is told often through his own daydreams where he is shown to interact with himself. I said earlier that Cox is J.D.’s biggest critic and that is true, in the beginning J.D. is arrogant in a realistic sense and then grows to be full him and needs the others to bring him back down. Even so his day dreams and inner monologues reflect his view of himself and the world around him. He’s human, you see him go from an unconfident intern, to a confident doctor totally comfortable with everything about his identity. When he falters he picks himself up with the help of friends. He’s not a bad character, the moments where he’s unlikeable he made a human mistake that anyone could make and instantly works to earn back that trust. J.D.’s relationship with himself is turbulent and his self identity falters from on top of the world to a side kick in his own fantasies.
Still J.D. is the title character, he’s the one the story is about. Despite his ups and downs, and the run time of the story. His part in scrubs ends on what definitely could be considered the most realistic high note.
Like Barney Miller, Brooklyn Nine Nine is a show about a racially diverse police squad at their headquarters, the 99th precinct. However, these officers break their stereotypes and reinforce other perceptions about them through various actions. The diverse police squad include three Caucasian officers, two Hispanic officers, an African-American officer and their African-American police captain. The show is set today, where racial divisions are less of an issue than maturity, gender and sexual orientation. Each character's stereotype is displayed and mocked, an example is the police captain mocking the main character's immaturity. This is also transgressive on the boundaries it pushes with issues of personalities and personal choices.
Barney Miller's main character is the Caucasian police captain, Barney Miller, and the troubles he has in his daily life struggling between his crew and his family in their crime-filled neighborhood. Meanwhile, the African-American police captain, Raymond "Ray" Holt of Brooklyn Nine Nine is not the main character of his narrative, but the most mature out of his fellow colleagues. Like Barney, he deals with the daily struggles of his police crew. However, since he is gay he does not have a family. Both men are constantly saving their crew from the daily complications with criminals. Barney is the stereotypical cop of his times, an older white man whom is stern, stubborn and straight, while Ray is the stereotypical "closeted homosexual" cop, maintaining a manly attitude while hiding his gayness until questioned about it. Both men struggle with their own problems. For Barney Miller, its his worried wife and clumsy crew. For Ray Holt, its primarily one of his crew, the main character of Brooklyn Nine Nine, Jacob Peralta.
The two shows are so different its like comparing The Mary Tyler Moore Show to The Office. Even the shooting style is similar, Barney Miller uses the three-headed monster like The Mary Tyler Moore Show while Brooklyn Nine Nine uses single camera like The Office. Barney Miller like The Mary Tyler Moore is centered on the office and home life of the character, and obviously done in the 1970s-1980s period. Contrastingly, Barney Miller has an actual family when at his home, Mary Tyler Moore is surrounded by friends that are her family. Brooklyn Nine Nine like The Office is all shot in the office and done in the modern style of graphics. Both also kinda of are done in the documentary style of television-making. Additionally, both are focused on a friendship within the workforce, however, The Office is more about surviving your coworkers while Brooklyn Nine Nine is about enjoy your friends as if they are your family. Neither Barney Miller nor Brooklyn Nine Nine really focuses on the issue of the nuclear family, but Barney Miller features the issues of marriage and the domestic environment, while Brooklyn Nine Nine are all singles without real family-oriented responsibilities.
Adam Sandler came to fame the hard way. He started at the bottom doing nightclub gigs and performing his stand up routines anywhere that he could get in. Here's a clip from his early years on the stage. In it you will find the essence of Adam Sandler. This short clip has everything in it that his movies would draw from in some shape or form all the way up until now, and the movies that he will do.
Adam Sandler doesn't just stick to his awkwardness around women from his early stand up days to his movies. He has kept and perfected much more than that, namely his whole persona. As you get ready to watch this next clip pay close attention to Adam Sandler's speech, more importantly how he's talking not necessarily what he's saying. Also watch his movements and his interaction with the microphone and the microphone stand, and lastly how he interacts with the crowd and how he reacts to their laughter.
What I want you to see from this clip is his somewhat erratic speech, and how he kind of stumbles over what he's trying to say without clouding what he is trying to say. He presents himself to the audience as an awkward person who is completely unsure of himself and the stories he shares only backs up the audiences perception of him. Adam Sandler's body movements also reinforce his awkwardness. He fumbles with the mic stand, and the mic itself appearing to not be exactly sure of what to do the mic his arms or the mic stand. His perceived awkwardness is what has made him such a hit with his fans all around the world.
People, especially guys, know how hard it is to talk to a "hot" girl. In today's society men are still expected to make the first move and approach the girl. This is a daunting task and quite frankly a nerve-racking experience as any guy can attest to. Yet Adam Sandler makes us believe that if someone as unattractive, awkward and unsure of themselves as he is can get the girl, then anyone can go out and get the girl.
The most interesting movie that Adam Sandler made, but also in my opinion the worst movie he's made, was Funny People. In it Adam Sandler plays a guy based on his real life, just without a family and he has cancer. When he finds out that he is very possibly going to die soon he tries to go back to doing standup comedy with the help of Seth Rogan who he meets along the way. Like I said the movie, out of all of Adam Sandler's stuff possibly sheds the most light on him, but went away from everything he had embodied in his other films up that point. That's why it's interesting, while it seems to be about his real life, the things that have come to be expected of Adam Sandler, the things we love and enjoy about him, were not there. His awkwardness and un-sureness is gone and replaced by a cocky bravado and someone who seems completely sure of themselves and not in a good way, and definitely not in a funny way.
Funny People is just one of a few Adam Sandler movies that have not done so well in the past ten years at the box office. While Adam Sandler's box office numbers have been down in America according to Business Insider in recent years, overseas they have doing quite well. Business Insider isn't the only one who took notice of these numbers. Netflix recently signed Adam Sandler to a four movie deal where the movies wouldn't come out in theaters, but would just go straight to Netflix.
While speculation over the genre of these four movies isn't too varied, what this deal means and the impact it could have on the future is vast. The four movies are expected to be much in line with Adam Sandler's movies up to date. A family friendly kind of comedy that had made him famous worldwide. Why change success? Adam Sandler has made the same type of movie his whole career in which he plays the immature lead character that winds up with the "hot" girl in the end, after funny and awkward situations unfold along the way.
Speculations on the ramifications of this deal range from whether the movies will flop or be a blockbuster, to as one article points this deal spells out the doom of movie theaters. Either way, whatever may happen, Adam Sandler will continue to build his empire and entertain us for as long as he can.
Adam Sandler built an empire, in the form of a production company (Happy Madison Productions), which has helped produce over two hundred films since 1999. By Adam Sandler having his own production company, it has allowed him to stay true to himself since becoming famous.
He has tried his hand at drama films and serious acting as in his in Click which would have to be my favorite Adam Sandler movie. In it, he receives a remote that can stop and fast fast-forward time and take him to different times in his life. At the end of it he realizes that it's the boring moments and the moments we take for granted that mean the most when our time runs out.
Adam Sandler has delighted us for years. He made us laugh; made us cry, made us cringe, and made us sigh, all while staying true to himself. Adam Sandler has made us believe that anything is attainable, and that it can be obtained while having fun and not changing who one is. The greatest lesson that we can learn in comparing Adam Sandler's early stand up comedy to his latest movies is that he has kept the same things that made him funny and successful as a standup comedian to being a big time movie star. Fame doesn't have to change you. And in the words of the man himself: "My name is Adam Sandler. I'm not particularly talented. I'm not particularly good-looking. And yet I'm a multi-millionaire."
In the episode, after having an early Christmas with his daughters, Louis notices that one of the many presents that he gifted to his oldest daughter, a doll, has loose eyes. Even though it went unnoticed by Jane, after the girls left to their mother's house for the remainder of the holidays, one of the first things he does is spend his alone time trying to perfect the doll for Jane.
This entire episode in season three shows just how much of a role his daughters partake in his life. A few minutes after they depart, he is still doing things for them. It seems he hardly feels a sense of relief to have a moment to himself even, and doesn't know what else to do besides something for them. A few minutes forward in the episode, he has a phone conversation with his sister in which he voices his depression and states how he feels in his daughters' absence.
Whether he appears amused by them or not, it is an obvious fact that in the show, the daughters have shaping parts in every single episode. Even in their absence, they still have quite an impact on Louie's life and the direction of the show.
In a prior episode in season three, after he leaves his daughters at their mother's for the weekend, he calls one of his friends, Pamela. During the call, when Louie says that he just left his daughters off for the weekend in solemn tone, she contrasts it with excitement. After a few moments, she seems to convince him that he has a weekend all to himself and that he needs to take complete advantage of it.
WIth a glint of excitement, he seems ready to do exactly what she said after hanging up the phone. Though within a few minutes after that, not to our surprise, he stops off at a convenient store and purchases pints of ice cream, leaving the next scene to flash to him laying in the middle of a graveyard of Ben & Jerry's pints and New-York-style pizza boxes.
Without Lilly & Jane around, Louis is a total mess. When they're there, he cooks every night, abstains from drugs and alcohol and manages to keep himself fairly put together. When they're not, we usually get to witness him in less than ideal and even uncomfortable situations. Without his daughters, Louis always seems to get himself in trouble.
While many other parents would give anything to have a few minutes apart from their children, Louis' tight dependence on these two young girls makes us view him differently than his appearance would lead us to believe.
As the show is somewhat parallel to his own life outside of show business, the role as an awkward single dad definitely seems to come naturally to him. Though Lilly and Jane on the sitcom are not his actual daughters, the family bond between them always seems real and believable. Lilly is constantly being silly, senseless and even annoying, as most other six-year-old girls behave, and Louis' constant, fruitless attempts to understand her and teach her are quite entertaining throughout the seasons.
There is constant tension between Louis and Lilly. As she is a loud and audacious little girl, she always keeps Louie on his toes. In an episode in season four, as Louie is escorting Lilly and Jane across town on the subway, he enforces certain rules for his daughters to follow while transferring through the subways in the hectic city.
Easy enough to foresee, Lilly pushes her luck and creates yet another stressful situation for her father. As the trio is waiting for the right subway to pull up for boarding, she jumps on the wrong one seconds before the rapidly closing doors. The intensity is felt as Louis and Jane sprint through the subway to fetch the little one in the dangerous city of New York. Louis has no problem voicing his deep frustrations with Lilly upon finally finding her.
Without Lilly to create all of these frustrating situations for Louis and constantly pushing his buttons, the hilariously awkward responses that create the unique brand of humor in the show would be far less frequent. Lilly's adorable and perceivable innocence in combination with Louis' burly, intense and seemingly out-of-line responses always give the situations a heightened level of humor.
The way Louis is so affected by a young, silly child makes us laugh at his insignificant attempts to change her. Louie's immaturity in response to his Lilly is one of the constant and distinctive comedic elements of the show.
Following Frank’s advice that you must “play the game to get an award,” Dennis decides to try and “soften up their image” for when the judges come to Paddy’s Pub. They blast Dee with lighting (in order to make her more attractive), put on their brightest clothes, and try to replicate what they saw at the previous bar. Hilarity ensues as their plan to “put on airs” for the judges comes crashing back down to the same vile, inappropriate, “marketplace” culture that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia always was, and always will be. One of the best moments of the episode comes when Dennis trusts Mac to deliver a joke they heard at the “best bar”, stating that one of their drinks is “better than an orgasm,”. Here’s Mac’s attempt…
The clip shown above is absolute classic It’s Always Sunny. The video edits out Dennis’s desperate attempt to try and save the situation, explaining how the joke was supposed to be told while telling Mac, “An orgasm is light, what you said just took it too far,”. Here again, Dennis acknowledges that where other shows may be concerned about overstepping certain boundaries, or coming off as offensive to viewers or critics, Sunny won’t compromise it’s comedic integrity and try to sugarcoat something, in order to make it lighter or less offensive. Earlier in the episode, Charlie worked on writing the “best song”, one that he delivered in a Randy Newman like voice, an almost Cheers-esque theme song for the show. The gang ended up locking him in the basement, as not to ruin their efforts, only to have him emerge from the floor underneath a pool table in the middle of the charade. Charlie emerges, high as a kite, face covered in spray paint, as he approaches his keyboard. The gang watches, thinking he may actually save the night with the song he performed earlier, instead, he delivers what I believe to be the crown jewel of Always Sunny. A most fitting Paddy’s Pub salute to all those who believe the show is nothing more than crude humor, a bunch of people yelling over one another, unfitting and underserving of praise. The clip shown is the only one on Youtube and is audio only, but it does the job...