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Comedy is what Billy Crystal seems to be made for and it’s what has sustained him for the length of his career to this point. While some people don’t care for his brand of comedy many have loved it for years and continue to love seeing him light up the screen, be it big or small. Along with his strong New Yorker accent he also has a great deal of material that seems kind of snide at times and deprecating at others no matter if the humor is turned inward or focused on someone else. The whole point of his humor though is that it’s not apologetic and it does serve to entertain in a way that is kind of a ‘take it or leave it’ mentality. Some people like this, others don’t. But in an era where thick skin is becoming less and less prominent he’s one of those old-school comics that is far more popular with those of us that grew up with this kind of comedy than those that didn’t. He’s a great comedian though, without reservation.
Here are a few of his best movies.
Abbie - Father - Abe - Reasons - Abbie
Abbie and his father Abe simply don’t get along for reasons that only the two of them understand. While Abbie is a successful doctor Abe is a film extra that acts as though he’s a big shot and continually frustrates his on. Abbie’s love interest however, Lisa, does what she can in order to get Abe and Abbie to finally reconnect, which is in effect like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. The two men are so different that just getting them to speak to one another is like expecting water to refuse to boil over a burning stove. One way or another they simply grate on each other in...
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