Skip

Green Team!
November 23, 2007 2:27 PM   Subscribe

Green Team! NSFW language, Will Ferrell and Friends.
posted by lazaruslong (45 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
bitchen. will ferrell is a genius.
posted by joeblough at 2:38 PM on November 23, 2007


Metafilter: Here's a tip! Watch your fucking mouth.
posted by kbanas at 2:38 PM on November 23, 2007


Ferrell-Shmerrel. In just about everything I see him in, John C. Reilly steals the show.
posted by oflinkey at 2:41 PM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


God dammit.

I screwed it up. One fucking simple fucking thing and I screwed it up.
posted by kbanas at 2:43 PM on November 23, 2007


Rape is funny!
posted by itchylick at 3:01 PM on November 23, 2007


with a murder boner!
posted by Jikido at 3:12 PM on November 23, 2007


I'm curious about the context. It's funny, but seems like a lot of effort for just fucking around.

"We better go, I think he's gay!"

"FUCK YOU GREEN TEAM!!!1!!"
posted by snsranch at 3:20 PM on November 23, 2007


The rape joke may have pushed it over the line. But, then, I'm not sure how the murder, dead baby, and car fucking jokes didn't push it over the line.
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:21 PM on November 23, 2007 [2 favorites]


Steal,
In my pocket, volume.
posted by Mblue at 3:21 PM on November 23, 2007


More like, the obvious jokes that aren't funny anymore team.
posted by rxrfrx at 3:21 PM on November 23, 2007


Obvious team.

Jesus, that's funny.
posted by Mblue at 3:28 PM on November 23, 2007


uuugghhh. that was awful.
posted by tarantula at 3:41 PM on November 23, 2007


Stuperb.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
posted by Saddo at 3:44 PM on November 23, 2007


Will Ferrel is good, but left to his own devices seems content to play slight variations on the same earnest walking id. It isn't bad exactly but without actual jokes the bizarre non-sequiturs get old fast because they always follow a similar line of thinking every time. It strikes me as lazy, and hell a video like this ought to be lazy but the rest of his career... not so much.
posted by I Foody at 3:50 PM on November 23, 2007


Will Ferrell is funny, but I guess I should say he used to be funny. Because rape jokes? Seriously? How about some lynching jokes to round out the sketch, asshole?
posted by SassHat at 4:09 PM on November 23, 2007


John C. Reilly is always a big fat YES.
posted by cazoo at 4:11 PM on November 23, 2007


At least post the link to Funny or Die.
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 4:12 PM on November 23, 2007


People who make fun of environmentalists are bad people.
posted by cytherea at 4:14 PM on November 23, 2007


Because rape jokes? Seriously?

They are jokes and, by definition, not meant to be taken seriously.
posted by dhammond at 4:18 PM on November 23, 2007 [4 favorites]


They are jokes and, by definition, not meant to be taken seriously.

Jokes have content, but they also have context (and meta-context and meta-meta-context and that's the end of the line).
posted by DU at 4:50 PM on November 23, 2007 [3 favorites]


Jokes have content, but they also have context

That's true, although I am fairly certain the context is designed to poke fun at environmentalism, not rape victims.
posted by dhammond at 4:53 PM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


See exclusive clips of John C. Reilly's new film Walk Hard, only on PepsiBlueTube.com!
posted by infinitewindow at 6:10 PM on November 23, 2007


As I weighed how much this video sucked in relation to the weight of initial positive feedback it's received in this thread, I'm left with a scalar discrepancy that may mean: 1) I've spent so much time with "pro-environmentalists" that I've lost my sense of humor; or 2) the world is so fucked that making fun of changing it for the better is how all the "cool kids" act.

I'm not knocking the right to poke fun at any individual group. I just marvel at the fact that being "green" has pissed enough people off to find this humorous.
posted by F Mackenzie at 6:24 PM on November 23, 2007


They could really use a heavy weapons guy.
posted by redteam at 6:29 PM on November 23, 2007


Astro Zombie: The rape joke may have pushed it over the line. But, then, I'm not sure how the murder, dead baby, and car fucking jokes didn't push it over the line.

It is really strange, isn't it, how murder can be more fun/funny than rape? There was a This American Life episode recently about murder and its impact on the families of the victims, and they interviewed one family member who pointed out the difficulty she had with a lot of pop culture -- CSI, Law and Order, and those Murder Mystery Dinner Parties were all really offensive to her. Imagine, she said, hosting a Rape Mystery Dinner Party, where one guest turns out to be the rapist. Seems ludicrous, doesn't it? Is there something inherent to the crime of rape that makes it somehow worse, or is it just that we are sensitized to murder through more exposure?

Also, was that Greenzo's shirt?
posted by Rock Steady at 6:38 PM on November 23, 2007 [4 favorites]


[NOT RAPIST]
posted by Rock Steady at 6:38 PM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


F Mackenzie writes "I just marvel at the fact that being 'green' has pissed enough people off to find this humorous."

It's got nothing to do with mocking environmentalists. That's just a framing scenario for these guys to go off on surreal/juvenile tangents with. This clip, with it's found video, psuedo-outsider feel reminds me of some of the Tim and Eric stuff that Reilly has worked on. It's cruder and more mean spirited, though.
posted by mr_roboto at 6:40 PM on November 23, 2007


Rock Steady: Good points, but the easy answer is that with murder comedy you can be 100% sure that there aren't first hand murder victims in the audience, at worst there are secondary victims (families). With Rape Mystery Dinner Party, someone could take it one degree more personally. The complete answer is probably related to underreporting of rape and shaming of victim, where popular culture is trying to do its part to get the problem fixed by avoiding lightheartedness around the issue.
posted by Free word order! at 7:03 PM on November 23, 2007


I've got a boner. I've got a murder boner.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:50 PM on November 23, 2007


Free word order!: [...] the easy answer is that with murder comedy you can be 100% sure that there aren't first hand murder victims in the audience, at worst there are secondary victims (families). With Rape Mystery Dinner Party, someone could take it one degree more personally. [...]

Hmm. Actually, after thinking about it some more, I think the real reason is that to many people, murder = violence and rape = sex (rightly or wrongly), and for whatever reason our culture has always been more accepting of violence than sex. You need look no further than the movie/video game rating systems for evidence of that theory in action -- movies featuring violence and torture get an R rating, while a movie that shows even a little bit of explicit sex is going to be in the NC-17 Zone.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:11 PM on November 23, 2007


i see that plate of beans is a popular day-after-thanksgiving treat among mefites.
posted by joeblough at 8:43 PM on November 23, 2007


On the aesthetics of rape jokes:

Content-wise, it's strictly offensive. Context-wise, however, the rape joke is the cap-stone of the meta-joke; in other words, the humor of the skit as a whole arises largely from the steady escalation of absurdity and inappropriateness, the pinnacle of which is a green-team gangbang.

Also, the immortal George Carlin said it best.

I feel dirty now.
posted by Room 101 at 8:43 PM on November 23, 2007


What? You think I am over-analyzing a Will Ferrell Internet video? I haven't even begun to unpack the Chaucerian references or to explicate the careful balance between the Dionysian and the Apollonian in the "Jim Smegg" character.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:53 PM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


I had to agree this had a lot in common (and not necessarily favorably) with Greenzo. Maybe Will could call up Tina and ask for a script doctor favor.

It could just be the SNL crowd, but is this evidence of some kind of environmentalist backlash? Or a desire to get past the backlash with humor?

But yeah, I Foody is right too. I enjoy this stuff a little bit, but Will Ferrell could do a lot better.
posted by dhartung at 9:49 PM on November 23, 2007


Pretty late in the game now, but...Pepsi Green?
posted by KokuRyu at 10:31 PM on November 23, 2007


I'll agree with everyone who thought this kinda sucked and wasn't all that funny. But I still think it's cool that Will Ferrell, who (according to IMDb) pulls in $20 million per movie, is banging out these dumb little videos with his buddies, just for shits and giggles.
posted by freem at 10:32 PM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


If they were three regular guys just horsing around in some parking lot, I'd say they were fairly amusing, considering. If they were three professional commedians, I'd say they need to work on their material.
posted by pracowity at 10:36 PM on November 23, 2007


music near the end is "The Real" by defunct, seminal swedish punk-rock group "Refused" which are well worth checking out.

also, marginally funny. Will Farrel has always been hit and miss but when it looks like it's just something him and his buddies have done in a studio parking lot in their lunch break, i find it a lot funnier. ;)
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 3:50 AM on November 24, 2007


Yeah, the rape joke also made me wince. Just ghastly. But this, on the other hand, never fails to make me laugh.
posted by hydatius at 4:00 AM on November 24, 2007


Hilarious. All you haters can suck it.
posted by nonmerci at 4:46 AM on November 24, 2007


They could really use a heavy weapons guy.
posted by redteam at 6:29 PM on November 23 [+] [!]


I feel with a little push, this could be eponysterical.
posted by fleacircus at 4:56 AM on November 24, 2007


man, hydatius I don´t know why that´s funny, but I´ve been cracking up here for the last 5 minutes.
posted by LouieLoco at 8:15 AM on November 24, 2007


Alright, I guess frat boy humour about how environmentalists are gay is cool again.

*dons striped shirt*
posted by tehloki at 1:02 PM on November 24, 2007


I've spent so much time with "pro-environmentalists" that I've lost my sense of humor

For the record, this was forwarded to me by a member of my environmental action club, who thought it was hilarious. I chuckled. I was happy to see a send-up of those awful green PSAs that NBC's been running. But then it got stupid fast.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:10 PM on November 24, 2007


How does this have anything to do with environmentalism? You could substitute just about anything for "GREEN TEAM" and it would be the same stand-alone rape and crazy-guy jokes (and wouldn't be ripping off Tina Fey as much). The exclamations of "Green Team!" just reminded me of Tom Green's (no pun intended) "People Helpers!" sketch.
posted by rxrfrx at 10:13 AM on November 25, 2007


« Older Damanhur   |   Buy Handmade Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments



Post