This episode's vocabulary
- Bridesmaid (noun) - a girl or woman who during the marriage ceremony helps the woman who is getting married.
- Hilarious (adj.) - extremely funny and causing a lot of laughter.
- Undermine (verb) - to gradually weaken or destroy someone or something.
- Scene (noun) - a part of a play or film in which the action stays in one place for a continuous period of time.
- Slapstick (noun) - a type of humorous acting in which the actors behave in a silly way, such as by throwing things, falling over, etc.
- Amuse (verb) - to make someone smile or laugh.
- Backfire (verb) - (of a plan) to have the opposite result from the one you intended.
- Visceral (adj.) - based on deep feeling and emotional reactions rather than on reason or thought.
- Humorous (adj.) - funny, or making you laugh.
- Overblown (adj.) - bigger or more important or impressive than it should be.
Questions and Answers
M: Rory is going to describe a film or a movie that made him laugh. He is going to say what the name of the film is, when he watched it, who he watched it with, and why did it make him laugh. Rory, are you ready, Rory?
M: Ready Rory. Shoot.
R: Well, I thought that bridesmaids was quite hilarious. And so did my mum, when we went to watch it together This is about must be 10-12 years ago. But we when we did watch it, we enjoyed it for different reasons. It's about this woman whose life is collapsing. While her friendship is being undermined by the arrival of a new friend on the scene. I realize that on the face of it, that doesn't seem very funny. But what I found amusing were the various lengths that she went to to try and keep her friend and keep her life together in general. And there are a lot of slapstick elements, like when all of the women in the group of friends go to a dress fitting, and they get food poisoning and how they react to that. And there's lots of carefully targeted swearing as well. Another part of the movie is quite, that's quite funny for me is when she has basically a nervous breakdown. And she attacks this giant cookie, and just starts like tearing into it. And she tries to throw it but it lands on top of her. And it's just really funny because everything that she does just backfires on her. But it's also it's quite sad, of course, because she's losing her friend. But I should point out that there's a happy ending to all of this. That's just for me though, as it turns out, the film speaks to different people on different levels. So while I liked the more visceral elements, my mum liked the representation of female relationships a lot more, or at least their humorous representation. I remember when we left the cinema, she said, you won't quite get it right now. But this is how women sometimes speak to each other. And it's funny because it's an overblown reflection of how we are with each other. I agreed. I didn't know what she meant at the time. But I went back to watch it with some friends later, and I watched for these things. And then I got it as well, so I could enjoy it twice as much as I did previously.
M: What about your friends? Do they enjoy this film?
R: My friends love this film. It's amazing.
M: Thank you, Rory. That was lovely.
M: So the film was called bridesmaid.
M: Yeah. Who is a bride bridesmaid?
R: A bridesmaid is, well, I think the original idea was it was supposed to be people that helped the bride with her dress. But now, at least in America, it's someone that organizes the bridal shower. That's like a party for the bride before the wedding. And they help organize the dresses and all of the events on the day. So it's gone from something quite simple to something really complicated.
M: Isn't the particle the hen's party?
R: Well, now, I don't know much about this because it's to do with what women do on weddings. And I don't know what women do when it comes to weddings. I think a bridal shower and a hen party are the same thing. I think they are let me just check. So they both happen before the wedding. Hen nights are wild because they involve, this is the internet talking here.
M: Sex, love and alcohol.
R: They involve alcohol, nudity and just general debauchery. That's not very ladylike.
M: No, we don't do this things. Ladies, right?
R: Bridal showers are tamer parties that tend to involve people from different generations, and are a bit more sophisticated than headlights. So maybe you'd have like your younger relatives or your older ones at bridal shower, and your best friends at a hen night. So there you go. Although they're both parties that happen before the wedding. And there's no reason why you should have one over the other or both. or neither. I think you can do what you like. I wouldn't do either of them. It sounds like a lot of effort.
M: Yeah. The key phrase is you can do what you like. So Bridesmaids, right. That's the name of the film?
R: Yeah, bridesmaids?
M: Yeah. And you talked about a maid of honor.
R: Yeah. So the maid of honor is the woman or the bridesmaid who's in charge of the other efforts. And she organizes just about everything. And there's a competition to be the maid of honor in the film. I think this is a uniquely American thing, though. I don't really think that we have this in the United Kingdom. This is all very dramatic. It's very American.
M: Yeah, true. And the film is funny. Or you can say the film is hilarious. Hilarious. Very funny.
R: It is funny.
R: There's a brilliant, I can't say it because it's got so many bad words in it. But there's a brilliant scene in the jewelry store.
M: I should watch it. I want to watch it. Yeah.
R: It's absolutely brilliant.
M: Okay, cool.
R: My best friend and I bonded over the scene in the jewelry store with this girl. The school girl has an argument with the main character and she's just so funny.
M: Yeah, I'm going to watch this weekend. Yay. Also, you can say that the film is amusing or I found it amusing. Amusing - like also funny.
R: Yeah, it's like, well, amusing isn't like as strong as hilarious, but you can still find something amusing. It's also important that find here is used to mean, I think. If you find something hilarious, you find something funny. But you can also find something serious, for example.
M: Yeah. I found it amusing. I found it hilarious. I thought the film was hilarious. Also there's a nice word scene. So about films, you need to use topic specific vocabulary. So scene. I remember this scene from this film. So this moment from the film at a jewelry store, right, or at the shop. So this particular scene, moment. Slapstick elements, that's also really topic specific.
R: Yeah, so slapstick just involves like, sort of physical, sorry, bad actions happening to people. So like when I described the cookie falling on top of the the girl, that was quite funny. And that's quite slapstick, because it involves something physically bad happening to someone.
M: Yes. It's like Charlie Chaplin, right? Another word you've mentioned is visceral elements.
R: Yeah. So it was just another way of talking about slapstick, without saying slapstick. It just means like, it's not intellectual. It's more sort of primal kind of thing.
R: Yeah. But in the same way, it's not something that's like to do with thought. It's more to do with feelings.
M: And it's a nice way to say that. As it turns out, though, the movie speaks to different people on different levels. Really nice.
R: We should talk about that, though. So when, when we structured the answer I started off with not one film I found funny was. No, I said, like, I thought, or I found that this film was hilarious. And then I went into more detail by saying it's about this woman. And this is why I like it. And then I contrasted that by saying, as it turns out, though, and then explain a different part of it. And then to bring it to a close and then I went so I went back to watch it with people later, and that brings it to close. So it's sort of an answer in four parts. Well, I thought it's about as it turns out, and so I went back. \
M: Yeah. And in the very end that you said, so I went back to watch it again. I rewatched it with my friends. Do you have any synonyms for laugh because the cue card asks you to say why it made you laugh? So it made me laugh, because, or I found it really hilarious because?
R: Yeah, well, I said it was quite hilarious.
M: It gave me a laugh.
R: Well, I just said, I found like, I found it amusing. If you find something amusing, then it means it makes you laugh sort of.
M: I was rolling on the floor clutching my stomach.
R: Yes. It's not one of those films. It does make you laugh really hard, though. There were, oh God. In the cinema., the first time we went to see it, it was. And there was this row of Muslim women in there. I think they're called niqāb or burkas in the front. And I was thinking like, well, this doesn't really seem a film that's targeted at your demographic, but they were losing it as well. So that just goes to show.
M: They were losing, they were laughing their heads off. Yeah. Can you say I was cracking up while I was watching this film.
R: I never say crack, but yes. You could just say it cracks me up.
M: It cracked me up or I was cracking up.
R: Both. Neither for me, but both for other people.
M: Yeah, or I was losing it.
R: I loled.
M: I loled. Oh, laughing out loud.
R: Don't say that.
M: Yeah, you can write it in a text. But yeah, not not in the exam. It's too informal.
R: I roflcoptered.
R: Vanya knows what roflcoptering is.
M: Speak, more.
M: We need more. How do you spell it?
R: Just look up the word roflcopter and you'll see.
M: It sounds like the name of a dinosaur. Oh, thank you very much for listening. And thank you for tuning in. Hope you liked this episode. In the next episode, we're going to be discussing watching films, comedies in general.
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