The nature of satire Historical definitions The terminological difficulty is pointed up by a phrase of the Roman rhetorician Quintilian: Quintilian seems to be claiming satire as a Roman phenomenon, although he had read the Greek dramatist Aristophanes and was familiar with a number of Greek forms that one would call satiric.
Devastatingly, but hilarious view of Choice vs. Life frabjous 6 October Laura Dern gives what should have been an oscar-winning performance in this satire of the abortion controversy.
However this movie is not for the main stream. She plays a homeless drug user and a user period. Not a nice person. She has four kids in three different places. The first scene depicts her trying to hit up her ex for money displaying only a token concern for her kids.
But by the end of the movie you kinda like her well, almost Anyway when she is picked up for the 16th time that year by the cops for sniffing household stuff anything she can find: The DA charges her with criminal endangerment of the fetus, but hints that if she has an abortion the charge will go away.
While in the city jail she meets up with the Baby Savers and a tug-of-war ensues between them and the Right-To-Choose people. The portrayal of both sides is so devastatingly accurate that I doubt either side would know they're being lampooned.
Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Harlan, a great, underrated character visceralgirl 8 February I thought "Citizen Ruth" was fine, biting satire and a movie that had to be made at some point in America's history.
Like all good movies, it is not really about the subject at hand - in this case, the abortion issue - but about something deeper and more far reaching. Of course, the unavoidable problem with a movie such as this is that almost all of the characters are unsympathetic.
Regardless of what opinion one has on the abortion issue, both factions behave badly and they do it supposedly on behalf of the most irresponsible, irredeemable, unlikable but still watchable glue sniffer around, Ruth.
The effect can be a little wearing, especially at the end. The movie alleviates this problem by including one wonderful character, Harlan, the cynical Gulf War vet. He unceremoniously plunks his prosthetic leg on the kitchen table.
He eats shirtless standing over a sink. He sees Ruth as a person, albeit a diminished one, and is willing to give her what she really wants money in order to, as he says, level the playing field, even though he knows she will squander it in a matter of days and tells her so.
While he is on the prochoice side, he sees the humor in the situation, as evidenced by his wonderful grin and does not seem to lose track of his own humanity.
His dialogue is priceless. Where everybody else speaks in rhetoric he cuts to the chase. My favorite retort of his occurs when the sanctimonious Dale, a pro-lifer, spouts out some Biblical condemnation at him and he responds by giving the exact location in the Bible of the quote. Naturally the actor playing the part, M.
Gainey, deserves much of the credit for creating this appealing character.Browse the Comedy category for available TV programmes to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Oct 10, · The Oath is a brash political satire that strives Comedy Maureen Lee Lenker Political tensions around the dinner table rise and ultimately come to a head when two members of the Citizen. Comedy and Satire The book Satires and epistles: Persius: satires written by the renowned writer Horace who is a Roman poet presents the work of a literal maestro who explores his subject with both passion and awe - Comedy and Satire introduction.
Satire: Comedy and Unknown Citizen ; Greek Comedy ; The Divine Comedy – Inferno . The satire in the poem arises when the praise meant for the unknown citizen turns out to be nothing more than a standard seal of approval by the government.
It is a weak and half-hearted praise which hints the insignificance of the citizen and fails to draw out any noteworthy excellence. 20 Most Underrated Comedy Movies of All Time. Nithyanand R. Krishnamani. June 13, 1 comment. Read More: Best Dark Comedy Movies of All Time.
6. Citizen Ruth () It also serves an effective satire on the whole abortion debate. The focus is on both sides which not only gives a balance to the film but also doubles the laughs. Marvin Goodman thinks he has discovered an unknown paradise and buys "A Ticket to Tranai." What starts as Utopia ends up becoming a death trap.
The eleven other stories included in this collection are "The Mountain Without a Name," "The Accountant.