Duck Soup
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Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx


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After viewing my first Marx Brothers film, I am now furious that I haven't seen these before.

The plot revolves around Groucho being put IN CHARGE OF AN ENTIRE NATION, and the goofball shenanigans that surround his zany hijinks bringing him to the brink of war with a nation of jerks next door. This is a lot of the weird kinda crap I like - non-sequiturs, ridiculous one-liners and obnoxious slapstick, some of which only works through sheer repetition. Harpo shoving his leg into a guy's hand is dumb at first, but as with most dumb ideas, doing it a bunch of times starts to make it funny... and it's the same thing with his brandishing of scissors.

Groucho Marx is goddamned funny, and it makes it even funnier that nobody reacts to the weird-ass stuff he says as being the least bit strange. Chico Marx takes a little getting used to, but he's got a lot of high comedy to belch out, too. It's just insane, ridiculous stuff going on all the time, not even bothering to attempt to make sense. I LOVE that in a film.

I need to see more Marx antics! Any film that can make me want to go out and rent the rest of their work immediately is a film that works.

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