Sandy, James and Jeremy review Maren Ade's sensational, nebulous comedic masterpiece Toni Erdmann, then get Freudian in their analysis of the "Chaotic Intruder" archetype in comedy. You might very well ask, 'What is a "chaotic intruder"? Why haven't I heard of this archetype before?' That's mostly because we chose that name ourselves, in order to talk about those comedies in which the filmmakers pit one characters' outrageous id against another's buttoned-down ego. All will become clear in our discussion of the Chaotic Intruders played by Bill Murray and Jim Carrey in What About Bob? and The Cable Guy.
If you can think of a more commonly used term to replace "chaotic intruder" in our lexicon or if you would like to suggest other fine examples of the archetype on film, please share your thoughts in email form by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
00:00 – Intro + the rules of "Chaotic Intruders"
03:45 – Discussing What About Bob? + audio clip.
14:30 – Discussing The Cable Guy + audio clip.
24:00 – Full review of Toni Erdmann + audio clip.
THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)
MUSIC EXCERPT: 'The Greatest Love of All' written by Linda Creed & Michael Masser, performed by Whitney Houston (Arista/Sony, 1986)
FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Toni Erdmann (2016, Austria/Germany – dir. Maren Ade)
Boss of it All (2006, Denmark/Germany/Sweden – dir. Lars von Trier)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005, Romania – dir. Cristi Puiu)
The Cable Guy (1996, USA – dir. Ben Stiller)
The Mask (1994, USA – dir. Charles Russell)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993, USA – dir. Chris Columbus)
What About Bob? (1991, USA – dir. Frank Oz)
Uncle Buck (1989, USA – dir. John Hughes)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987, USA – dir. John Hughes)
The Graduate (1967, USA – dir. Mike Nichols)