Funny: Short Cuts
From the manga:
- This exchange from chapter 4.
Girl: Hey Mr. Kamei... I want you to plow it into me.Narrator: plow n. An agricultural implement used for cutting, lifting, and turning over soil.Mr. Kamei: Young lady, I have no idea what you mean.Girl: Hm! I think you're being coy.Narrator: koi n. A type of carp found in Japan. Specially bred ornamental varieties are prized for their beauty.Mr. Kamei: You're not making any sense at all.Girl: I have a big crush... on you Mr. Kamei!Narrator: crush v. 1. to press with a force that destroys or deforms. 2. to squeeze or pound into small fragments or particles, as ore, stone, etc.Mr. Kamei: That's enough, and your grammar's terrible. *smack*Narrator: smack v. sound made by sharp blow or smack.
From the Film:
- Gene pulls over Claire, who's driving in her clown makeup on the way to a party. He warns her that driving too slow can be just as dangerous as driving too fast. Before letting her leave, he asks her, in a ridiculously deadpan tone, "How many clowns can you fit in that car, ma'am?"
- The Stormy-Betty subplot is perhaps the film's best example of black comedy.
- When Stormy shows up at the house ostensibly to pick up his mother's clock but also to gloat over having forced Betty to take Chad along on her date with Gene, he notices her packing for a weekend away, and observes that her "condom file drawer" is open before pushing it closed with his foot.
- Moments later, Gene, who knows Betty is hiding something from him after she told him obvious lies about where she would be over the weekend, tries to call her. Stormy answers, and when Gene demands to speak with Betty, Stormy claims that she isn't dressed, and yells, "Honey, put some panties on!" as Betty first points a kitchen knife at him and then starts pelting him with the contents of a fruit bowl. The triumphant Stormy hangs up the phone before handing it to Betty, then dodges a final projectile before making a hasty getaway.
- After Betty has gone away with yet another boyfriend, Wally, Stormy shows up at the house armed with a chainsaw, a sledgehammer, and a pair of scissors to reduce the house's contents to piles of fluff, sawdust, and scrap wood and fabric. But before he begins his rampage of property destruction, his first order of business (after putting Betty's new jungle print bed linens in the washing machine along with an entire bottle of bleach and then switching on the television) is... to wind and set his mother's grandfather clock.
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