Jun 3, 2024

Would You Like To Have A Roll In The Hay

Young Frankenstein
Mahoning Drive-In Theater - Lehighton, PA
One of the greatest comedy films of all time, and hands down the funniest horror comedy ever made, was screened last night as the latest entry in the Mahoning Sunday Essentials series.

Show banner designed by Andrew Kern

I've gotten a lot less critical of things as I've gotten older, but one thing that I'm still kind of picky about is parodies.  For me, there is a fine line between funny and stupid when it comes to comedic parody.  Mel Brooks and Weird Al Yankovic are on the funny side of that line, and nearly everybody else falls on the other side.  Young Frankenstein is more than a parody though.  It's a loving tribute to the classic Universal monster movies that can be enjoyed by fans of all ages.  The jokes that are geared toward an adult audience are done in such a way that they'd fly over the heads of most children.

This is a movie that will always remind me of my grandfather.  He and I watched it together in my grandparents living room when I was a kid and we both laughed like a couple of lunatics the whole time.  When I watch it as an adult, I'm laughing for entirely different reasons than I did when I was a kid, but the kid in me still can't get enough of the puns and physical comedy.