The joker for hire is smart I enough to know he can't keep his job by continuing to make fun of his employer, so he makes fun
My roommate makes fun
of me, so I try to have fun with it.
The mobsters, meanwhile, indulge the usual movie made-guy eccentricities: Sonny (Cliff Gorman) digs that funky rap music the most; godfather Ray (Henry Silva) makes fun
of people's names and tries to get his face to work; the jokers can't make the rent on their headquarters; and they all watch cartoons too much.
One of the T-shirts they have printed even makes fun
of the controversy.
That's all ironic - it makes fun
of advertising explicitly,'' Goodby says.
He makes fun
of fat people and blind people and has no tolerance for foreigners or the homeless.
Nothing very interesting happens to anybody here - rejection is dealt with poorly, one character decides to go gay all of a sudden - but some of it is funny enough to overcome the general air of self-involved narcissism (a tone Leva at least makes fun
of in a scene at a vanity publishing outfit).
Roth, the nationally known cartoonist (New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), makes fun
of exercise through the ages and weighty romances gone wrong.
He makes fun
of sentimentality, nostalgia for the good ol' college days, folk music, small towns, romantic attraction, the South, masochism, bullfights, the commercialism of Christmas and the Ku Klux Klan - just to name a few.