Laughing Matters: Key & Peele, “‘Gremlins 2’ Brainstorm

Sometimes comedy illuminates hard truths with a pointed urgency that other means can’t quite achieve. Sometimes comedy is just funny. This series of posts is mostly about the former instances, but the latter is valuable, too.

I am sharing this today because at the moment I find something highly appealing about Jordan Peele — excuse me, I mean Star Magic Jackson, Jr. — engaging in a freewheeling brainstorming session for a movie, celebrating narrative elements that shouldn’t quite work but somehow do. As if, say, someone pitched a cross between Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and The Stepford Wives that was largely structured as a straight horror film but had a fierce streak of social satire to it. You know, as a crazy example.

Previous entries in this series can be found by clicking on the “Laughing Matters” tag.



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