Skip to comments.Why I Walked Out of ‘Year One’ Crying (Victoria Jackson)
Posted on 06/20/2009 10:33:43 PM PDT by tang-soo
Why I Walked Out of Year One Crying
by Victoria Jackson
I had a date with Judd Apatow. It was around 1991 and I was between husbands: the out-of-work-Jewish-Gypsy-fire-eater-musician, and the high-school-sweetheart-Baptist-helicopter-police-pilot.
I needed a date to a premiere. I knew the rules of engagement for a Hollywood career, and I tried to follow them. Its difficult to do this when you carry the burden of ethics around with you, but I tried to do it and stay within the bounds of morality.
1) Go to the right places. I went to the Playboy Mansion to find an agent, and I did. I was 21 and a Baptist virgin, and I found Betty from the William Morris commercial department there. Check.
2) Wear something provocative to a Hollywood premiere so you can get free publicity. I did that. When I was an SNL castmember trying to increase my movie roles, I attended some Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan premiere (go figure - it was a flop!) in a see-through black shirt with a flowered bra underneath. I felt ashamed, but I did get my picture in a few magazines. All press is good press, and press leads to opportunity.
3) Date famous men or up-and-coming smart Jewish comedy writers. I went on a date with Arthur Godfrey right before he died, and ten years later, when I was 30, I asked Judd Apatow to escort me to some Century City event. I was pretty much invisible to him the whole night, but we did get our picture in People Magazine.
That is about it in my list of cliché things I have done to help my career move along.
Well, today I walked out of a Judd Apatow movie crying. It was the scene where the obese homosexual is fortune-telling by looking at the bowels of a sheep that has been sodomized by a person.
The movie was Year One. I tried to be open-minded as I watched the first 20 minutes of masturbation, fornication, circumcision jokes, continual penis references, bestiality, violence, and Biblical blasphemy. I told myself this was a PG-13 movie and the writers were lost so they didnt know how vulgar they were being. I looked at the ten-year-old and his father sitting next to me. I must be old-fashioned or something. But, then I noticed no one was laughing. No one was walking out either. I was hoping that the crude jokes were flying over the heads of the poor children who were sitting there wide-eyed and innocent.
My daughter is 15 and she loves Jack Black and the guy from Juno, so I thought we could have a Mom/teenager date. I asked myself, Vicki, is this movie making you feel good? Myself replied, This movie is making me angry, very sad, hopeless, and dirty-feeling. As the onscreen obese gay man poked at the bloody intestines and told the fifth anal sex joke, I looked at my daughter, and we got up and walked out.
I started crying in the parking lot as we walked to our car. I am not from this world. I am an alien. No wonder me and Apatow never hit it off.
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Saw the last Jack Black movie about the movie cast lost in the Vietnam jungle. Several parts of that movie were similiar and quite distasteful, nothing this bad.
Guess I can take this off the list.
If I shoplifted a T-shirt when I was 15, does that mean I can never in my life say shoplifting is wrong?
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There is a severe collapse in our culture that would even pay the money to see such a picture. Much less take my child to see it.
I noticed the five year old kid sitting a few rows away from me this morning at the same movie; I don’t think he belonged there. Of course, it gets the PG-13 rating because there is no actual sex scene (though there probably will be one in the “unrated version” released next fall). All the vulgarity is confined to words and implications, rather than explicit shots.
MPAA ratings are given out just by checking stuff off on a list, and studios know full which specific things to avoid to get that coveted lower rating. You just can’t expect to rely on the rating system for anything beyond the most general of guidelines.
No wonder me and Apatow never hit it off.
My, my, doesn't Jackson know it should be "No wonder Apatow and I never hit it off."?!?
This lapse in language skills clearly shows that Victoria Jackson is inferior in intellect to comedy writers that make movies about anal sex bestiality.
Video games today have better stories, plots, characters, and morals than does Hollywood.
Isn’t that alone saying enough?!
You are not alone Victoria! There are many times so many of us have felt the same way you do and done the same thing you did...
I am often surprised by some of the people who have, after all, turned out to be on our side.
How about that!
Isn’t that the skit where she wrote “I love you” on her eyebrows?
As for the film (indeed...film..) V Jackson hasn’t developed the sort of radar that keeps this from happening, this isn’t Mel Brook’s “History of the World” it’s mere pablum, free speech for the dumb type of stuff.
Jack Black is a funny guy. He needs to understand, though, that the best laughs are clean. For example, he was great in “School of Rock”.
I once made the mistake of renting Black’s “Tenacious-D Pick of Destiny” movie. Funny premise, could’ve been a really good movie, but it was filled with foul, vulgar, filthy language and references that added nothing to the story.
I had to stop watching the movie - it was just too foul.
I thought the concept of Year One sounded pretty good. The execution sounds horrible.
No more Jack Black movies for my family.
I don’t know. Richard Pryor was pretty dadgum funny, and he used oceans of profanity.
I've been feeling that for around 30 or so years. This planet is nothing but an insane asylum. Don't think so? People pay good money to see sewage like "The Hostel".
People mewl of "peace" and getting along, etc, but all they really live for is darkness.
I was thinking of seeing this movie, but I was suspicious that the previews were probably the best parts. My son saw it and said my suspicious were correct. He said it was a bad movie. So, it is off my list too.
That’s funny. Two somewhat conservative folks were on SNL at one time. Wonder how Hollyweird let that happen?
I have no idea who this is about but it’s been 53 years since I went to a movie and have no intention of doing so in the future..