You can pick your friends. You can pick your nose. But you can’t pick your friend’s nose. — A Wise Man
In the same way that nostril evacuation is better left to oneself, the movie industry could probably due to leave excessive “inter-cameo-ing” on the cutting room floor. Seeing Anchorman: The Ron Burgundy Story this evening I could only leave the theater thinking, “well, I guess it was funny when Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, and Vince Vaughn all appeared on screen and whooped each others’ asses.” In much the same vein, Grand Masta Caspa was delighted when Jack Black punted a small dog off of a 6 story (or thereabouts) bridge. All in all, the movie was really, REALLY funny whenever someone who wasn’t billed as a star or costar of the movie was onscreen.
Believe me, I loved Old School. It was awesome. But the whole idea of the same guys having parts in each other’s movies is being taken a little bit far out there at this point. All the worse is that the cameos are being advertised in the trailers and commercials. I didn’t want to get up and pee because I might miss the part of the movie I came to see… the part where everyone who’s not billed in the movie is, well, in the goddamned movie.