Speaking of Alien films, let’s not forget one of the great Fox Studio’s heartbreakers of the last decade: The Alien Versus Predator series. After allowing their Alien and Predator franchises to fall into disrepair, Fox decided to team them up, slap a shiny PG-13 on the package and call it a day. The resulting 2004 film was the worst of either series, but that didn’t stop them from releasing a sequel three years later. This time they acquiesced to fan outcry and gave the film an R rating. When it opened to a weak box office, Fox used it to bolster their argument for PG-13 releases. I would counter with the argument that Aliens Versus Predator: Requiem didn’t fail because it was rated R, but rather because it was an awful film. Tomato Tomato, Fox!
There’s a bit of debate about the quality of Mike Judge‘s Idiocracy. Of the eleven people known to have seen the film, 5 like it, 4 hate it, and 2 were too stoned to remember. I enjoyed it, however, and I think many others would have, if Fox had bothered to give it a decent release. Idiocracy opened on only about 130 screens in 2006, and as you can imagine, that’s a bit fewer than most major studio releases. Combined with zero promotional efforts, the film disappeared into obscurity and is still struggling to build a cult audience today. It’s all well and good for Fox to bury a film if they aren’t comfortable with, it’s just disheartening to see hit happen to a clever film like Idiocracy in the same year Fox gave major releases to the “comedies” Just My Luck, The Family Stone, and John Tucker Must Die. That Fox was the same studio to botch the release of the beloved Office Space a decade earlier is even more disturbing. Why does Fox buy Mike Judge films if they hate them so?
If there was any trailer that absolutely broke my heart this year, it was the trailer for Mr Popper’s Penguins. Jim Carrey was a comedy god to me when I was in high school, and I just want him to get a chance to be funny again. It’s certainly possible. Chevy Chase stopped being funny for a couple of years, and now he’s back and as great as ever on Community. It can happen for Jim Carrey too. Of course, Fox doesn’t force Carrey to make wretched films. But I am suggesting they maintain a tight grip, like a pimp does to a frightened ho. Jim Carrey is your bottom bitch, Fox. Give him to the richest john on the block!