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Feedback: Nov. 18, 2011

Feedback on our funnies features, a defense of Johnny Depp’s ”Rum Diary,” and more

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Laughing Matters

Thanks for doing a feature on Melissa McCarthy. Bridesmaids made me a fan of hers, and I look forward to getting into more and more of her work. It’s great to see attention paid to a talented actress who doesn’t have cookie-cutter looks (but is still gorgeous in her own right!).

James Fabiano

Edison, N.J.

After reading your Comedy Issue, I now know why sitcoms are no longer funny. Despite what Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd said, I don’t care if a sitcom is ”emotionally satisfying.” It has one job: to make me laugh. No wonder there aren’t many current shows out there as funny as Friends, Frasier, Seinfeld, and Roseanne. Even dramas like House, Supernatural, and Mad Men have better jokes sometimes.

Suzanne Lanoue

Columbus, Ga.

The Fast and the Funniest

At first I was just going to thank you for including the cast of the very underrated Community in your Comedy Issue, and for re-creating some of my favorite R-rated school-set comedies. But what really made my day was the sight of Alison Brie in the red bikini from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I originally thought it would have been fun for you to do a reenactment of the movie’s pool scene, but then I quickly realized that with Chevy Chase as the stand-in for Judge Reinhold’s Brad, it might have been a bit awkward. Still, that glimpse of Alison in the bikini gets a thumbs-up from me all the way. Go, Greendale!

Paul Mueller

New Boston, N.H.

The editors respond: We’re with you, Paul. Some famous scenes are best left, ahem, untouched. But at the very least, here’s a shot of the girl — and the suit — who started it all, the lovely Phoebe Cates. You’re welcome.

Paper Plain

Your review of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography was great (Books). But I was confused by the critique in the last paragraph: ”thin paper, [and] an unremarkable font.” Oh, wait. I’m reading the book on my iPad…

Deb Lewy

Redmond, Wash.

Stars in Alignment

Seeing celebrities like Susan Sarandon show their solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street movement proves how hilariously out of touch Hollywood continues to be (News and Notes). Don’t these highly paid stars realize that they are actually part of the problem? They have absolutely nothing in common with us working stiffs. (You can bet they didn’t fly coach or stay in tents.) They are the 1 percent through and through.

Ed S. Jones

Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Ryan’s Fine Body…of Work

I loved your article on leading man Ryan Gosling‘s lesser-known films (DVD). He has given some truly outstanding performances, whether he is portraying a womanizer or a crack addict. And you guys are right about Crazy, Stupid, Love: It’s one of the best movies of the year. In fact, I would give it an A for Ryan’s ab-mazing performance alone.

Brittany McMahen

Fargo, N.D.

A Potent Brew

I feel the Rum Diary review really missed the mark (Movies). It completely overlooked the film’s wicked wit and its underlying commentary on American colonialism gone wrong. How could something so funny, insightful, and moving get a mere C?

Nevin Martell

Washington, D.C.