As a foulmouthed property owner who threatens to put Will Ferrell on the street if he doesn’t pay his rent — and finance her next drinking binge — young Pearl McKay drives her costar to tears, and us to tears of laughter.
Brokeback to the Future
While we nearly lost count of the number of Brokeback Mountain parodies that sprang up in late 2005 and early 2006 (as the film went into wide release and built Oscar buzz), it’s safe to say that only a handful left us laughing. The best of the bunch, hands down, was this one: an inspired mashup of clips from the Back to the Future flicks and the iconic Brokeback score, painting Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) as star-crossed lovers whose most innocent soundbites (i.e. ”I have to lead my life according to what I believe is right”) are suddenly infused with secret romantic longing.
Can a corporate video go viral? Hell, yeah. Just take the case of ”Lazy Sunday,” a hyper-serious rap video by Saturday Night Live‘s Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg about the pleasures of getting cupcakes and attending a family film. With its goofy-catchy chorus ? ”It’s the Chronic (What?) Cles of Narnia!” ? the clip (which premiered on SNL‘s December 17, 2005, episode) became omnipresent in subsequent weeks, thanks to the power of the Internet.