Daria Morgendorffer explains "edgy": "As far as I can make out, edgy occurs when middlebrow, middle-aged profiteers are looking to suck the energy -- not to mention the spending money -- out of the `youth culture.' So they come up with this fake concept of seeming to be dangerous when every move they make is the result of market research and a corporate master plan."
Comedy by its very nature should actually by edgy, but clearly that is not the case. What is most often passed as an edgy comedy these days are those that adhere ridiculously closely to prevailing ideological construct of America. Perhaps not the ideology forwarded at political conventions that some wish we were the guiding principle behind our society, but the real ideology of America.
Take a piece of crap like "Your Highness." The sheer number of corporate attempts to suck money from the youth culture in this so-called edgy comedy film defies belief. Ooh, how edgy it is for a movie to show nudity, make fun of midgets and dwarfs and provide as its overarching thematic force the concept that life is always better when you are high on drugs. Anybody who thinks that writer Danny McBride is any way the definition of an edgy writer should be immediately targeted by, well, Target. There is an individual that will buy anything provided you convince him or her he is being rebellious.
Contrast a piece of living, breathing fecal matter like "Your Highness" to a comedy like "Pink Flamingoes." Now, there's an edgy comedy. Or, at least, it was when it came out. Corporate America would never have gone near John Waters' genuinely edgy look at the darkest side of comedic American culture. The willful mainstreaming of John Waters has resulted in his recently taking part in the chapter a day reading of "Moby Dick." It is not hard to imagine fat corporate slobs piling on "Pink Flamingoes" these days if it were done in a shot-by-shot remake including the final infamous dog poop consumption scene. Such is the tepid state of edginess in America today that one can even imagine a small subsidiary hiding within a huge conglomerate like Kraft Foods putting out a Snack Pack-style chocolate pudding with Divine slapped on its cover.
The point being that it may well be impossible to create a truly edgy comedy film at this point in America. And that's a pity.
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