What You Need To Know:
(H, LL, VV, S, A, M) Humanist worldview; 13 obscenities, 3 profanities & 2 vulgarities; man killed by boat propeller, his feet shown floating in the water, & man beaten to death with lead pipe; implied adultery; alcohol consumed in pub; and, revenge & corrupt police officers.
FUNNY BONES is a disarmingly intelligent and unconventional comedy that plumbs the depths of comedic psyche. It is not all funny and, at moments, becomes downright horrifying. The movie’s protagonist is Tommy Fawkes, a failed comedian who has lived his entire life in the shadow of his father George, a very famous stand-up comic. After Tommy blows his opening night in Las Vegas, he disappears to Blackpool, England, in search of new material, funny people and a “new way of looking at life.” At his introduction to the Parker brothers, he finds all three. In the end, it is the viewer who feels that he or she has been atop a pole for two hours, teetering at the mercy of a capricious clown.
FUNNY BONES is clearly a celebration of modern philosophy and psychology, intelligently posing valid questions: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be alive? However, it arrives at the rather standard existential and nihilistic position that all answers are relative and unknowable. Brilliant acting and excellent cinematography make the movie visually stunning and emotively powerful, transporting the viewer to a world where all authority is corrupt and where self-preservation is the ultimate good. This kind of genius realized may elevate the work to the status of art, but mercifully does not and cannot make it true.