Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Reunions: Still the Beaver

Meh, I love the original Leave it to Beaver and have mined it for it's weird humour, both unintentional and intentional, for over 20 years of lunch time reruns. I was really non plussed at this drab TV movie (and subsequent series) mostly because, it had such a depressing air about it.

First off, Beaver's kind of a loser and it's sad to see such a cute kid become well, that guy. Secondly, Hugh Beaumont is dead, so why bother? Thirdly, Larry Mondello is some cult member or something, a complete weirdo. It kind of robbed you of the "and they lived happily ever after" vibe you got from the original show. Adulthood sucks, we get it.

This SCTV parody of the Beaver reunion filmed years earlier is eerily similiar, right down to the genius casting of John Candy as the Beav....


Neal Patterson said...

I had the same reaction the first time I saw it. I guess they were trying to follow the characters to their logical outcomes, but where's the fun in that? A dope like Beaver would likely become a loser adult, but no one wants to see a run-of-the-mill loser. It would've been more entertaining if he was still living at home, worked at a fast food restaurant, and frequented Star Trek conventions dressed as a Klingon.

wee67 said...

It starts with divorce!!! Maybe they should have an opening scene with an cancer-ridden Beaver being told he olny has two hours left to live. Talk about innocence lost.

On a happier note, I've always loved that SCTV sketch. I've quoted Candy when people suggest things I don't want to do" I could got to jail. Besides, its against the law."