The Dadventure and the Eighties Comedy


Mostly, I would agree with this list.

Well, let's look at the "dadventures" that I found in 2013 alone (besides Despicable Me 2)

1. Delivery Man
2. The Croods
3. We're the Millers
4. Escape from Planet Earth

I think the so-called "Eighties comedies" are all but dead and buried. There is no market for that kind of film anymore--these are not gentle times for anyone who has sentimentality. If John Candy was alive today, he'd be making gross-out films, not necessarily family comedies. Candy was the king of the dadventure; when he passed away before the mid-point of the 1990s, and entire genre went with him.

You can see the transformation of the movie business--the emphasis now is on less and less "family friendly" fare. You would not take your kids to see We're the Millers (too much sex, not enough actual family comedy) unless they were expecting a rather hip version of what Robin Williams did with RV. When I first saw We're the Millers, I figured, ah, someone figured out how to re-do RV. Just add hard drugs and a strip-tease.

Delivery Man is very much an 80's comedy, however. You could imagine Tom Selleck or Michael Keaton in that role.

Adventure and superhero films have pretty much replaced the dadventure. Instead of an actual family film, we get the likes of Iron Man 3 and the second Thor film.