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February 15, 2013
Kenny Sayz, Melissa McCarthy Is Too Good For Her Movie Choices
— Posted by Kenny Miles
Sometimes a critic should either shut their mouth or find a better way to articulate their criticism and in case there’s any ambiguity I want it to be known that this applies directly to Rex Reed. Last week, in a negative review of the dreadful Identity Thief, the movie critic crossed a line and took Melissa McCarthy to task by referring to her as “tractor-sized” and called Jason Bateman’s co-star “his female hippo.” He further pushed the line of crudeness when describing Melissa McCarthy as “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” Without hesitation, the movie blogosphere lit up and rightfully attacked Rex Reed for his crass comments but I’m surprised that this incident has not received a more mainstream following. I would like to chime in by responding to this controversy from two different points of view.
Last summer, I attended most of the movies during the Film on the Rocks outdoor summer movie series at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado. The loudest reaction from any movie from the crowd was the above mentioned emotional climax of Bridesmaids. The audience went wild after someone yelled out loud, “We love you, Melissa.” I witnessed an audience embrace an actress they adored.
Fight for your career, Melissa. You have an audience that’s rooting for you to succeed.
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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