With Sausage Party doing so well this weekend it only makes sense that The Canon would look back at another raunchy, controversial comedy with a message: Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles. A movie that couldn't be made today - Brooks once said it could barely be made when they made it - Saddles is a real minefield of offensive and tasteless humor. Sure, the kids today can get the satirical use of the "N word" can they get past the plethora of rape jokes, laughing at the mentally disabled or the gay dancers at the end? Brooks has something in this film that offends everybody, which is a big part of what makes it great.
Also: it's a perfect comedy. Setting aside all the tastelessness, it's a perfectly structured and performed comedic film, with jokes ranging from stuff that would make a 7 year old laugh to high brow references. But I shouldn't be explaining it all here - I should direct you to listen to the show, where Amy and I go into detail about why we love this film! By the way, when we recorded Amy had not seen Sausage Party, but she since has and loved it.
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Next week: It's Amy's indulgence pick, Pennies From Heaven.