Saturday, February 9, 2019
Comedy Watch: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Format: Amazon Prime Streaming
Viewing: 7th or so
So, here's a curious one: could Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) be made today?
I'm going to say "no".
Is the movie still still as oddly brilliant and funny as it was in 1988? More so, I think. The older I get, the more I relish Caine's role and dialog in particular. And Glenne Headley's breathy, wide-eyed Ohioan is, of course, absolutely terrific knowing what we know at the film's conclusion.
But I suspect the twitter scold-squad would be up in arms about pretty much everything Steve Martin does in this movie if it arrived now.
However, I am pretty sure in another 20 years, this movie will still be around and revered as a classic comedy by those in the know, part of Martin's filmography of rediscovered classics and Caine's occasional and often successful dive into comedy. And, of course, Headley will be rightfully mourned.
I mean, Ruprecht is timeless, and I look forward to future generations wondering where he got the trident.