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Don't Rock the boat... Sink it.
Swope is the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm, and is accidentally put in charge after the death of the chairman of the board.
Absurdist satire of the highest order, Putney Swope is painfully funny, ludicrous, and jarringly incongruous. Among the subjects that find themselves under its scathing gaze are commercialism, ideological extremism, and racial and gender rights. Nothing is sacred, nothing is safe. From today's viewpoint, it's easy for the viewer to distance themselves from the issues thanks to the film's dated language and delivery, but Swope's power lies in the increasingly prescient presentation of those issues. Advertising that relies on sex and crudity, the government's role in corporate dealings, and the cult-of-personality applied to nearly anyone in show business; to think that we were warned of these things in 1969 makes their reality today all the more sadly hilarious.
It's a bit…
Putney Swope is one of the most offensive comedies I've ever seen. It's jokes consist mainly of racist, sexist, and ableist humour, but since the movie is such an obvious satire it's content doesn't become problematic. The supporting characters are little more than stereotypes, and this helps the films interpretation of 1960s America and its many cultural problems.
Downey Sr. is being critical of both the radicals and the reactionaries, taking no side of his own and pointing towards a type of anarchism. None of Putney's behaviour makes any logical sense; he fires employees on a whim, protests against marketing certain items while using obscene methods of advertising his products, and he attempts to keep a code of ethics despite…
If it could only have kept up the quality of the introductory scene. That is one hilarious way to open a film.
The film as a whole feels like a bunch of guys sat in a room and came up with one-liners and they just threw them haphazardly into the script.
It is perhaps unfair to judge this harshly in 2014, as it is very much set in its' time, and probably was a way more raunchy experience in 1969.
I still managed a few laughs throughout, but it's too disjointed to be categorized as a success.
In terms of humor and satire, it's like Blazing Saddles on steroids.
Film Club Week 15 (May 30 - June 5)
Theme: Hentai Cop
Film: Putney Swope
The film for this week marks the start of a newer and better and more awesome Film Club. Most importantly, Hentai Cop is hosting this week so it's going to be better than "mfpapillonclub"
This week's film is Robert Downey Sr.'s Putney Swope, which was selected from Hentai Cops's super patrician choices.
As always, be sure to post a link to your review in the comments and discuss the film as usual.
What was your favourite fake advertisement?
Is Downey Sr.'s film racist?
What was up with the ending?
Does the new establishment end up in the same place as the old one?
Putney Swope is not only the greatest satirical film about an advertising company, but it's also one of the greatest comedies ever made. Of course, that's all in my opinion, but I find it hard to believe that any ordinary person would not be laughing their head off for the majority of this.
Putney Swope is the story of the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm, who is accidentally put in charge after the unexpected death of the chairman of the board. God, just remembering some of the scenes from this film brings a smile of delight to my face, I honestly can't remember a film in recent memory which I have fallen for as…
INCREDIBLE MOVIE that's aged amazingly well. the narrative is as relevant as ever. don't be put off by how antique it looks, it's snappy and funny as hell and, again, a relatable commentary on racism as ever
Robert Downey's most commercial film, and probably his most offensive. Putney Swope is absurdly ridiculous and insanely hysterical. The humor is definitely not for everyone, so if you can't handle really offensive jokes and absurd satire, than you might want to stay away from this one. But if you can "dig it", then you might just enjoy the wild ride of Putney Swope as much as I did.
Truth & Soul, Inc. <3
fuck the ad sequences are amazing. the opening 25 minutes or so are absolutely incredible, gets dire at points throughout but still great
Why has no one in my whole life told me to see this film?
"Rockin the boat too hard. I'm sinkin it" Robert Downey voicing over a black dude.
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