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We’re in another cycle where if seems like half of low-budget Hollywood is trying to make a pseudo-pacifist statement about the military-industrial complex. This time around, all the soldiers are broken heroes, pawns suffering the toll of toxic masculinity and/or politics and/or late-stage capitalism. Ironically, these are mostly action films that devolve into the trusty gun porn known to make Hollywood producers rich. Chris Pine produces and stars in “The Contractor” (2022) as a wounded warrior who takes a mercenary job to try to make ends meet for his family. What happens? See above. Kiefer Sutherland is the bad guy.

So I’m sitting here, trying to gather my thoughts about “Don’t Think Twice” (2016), a look at the neurotic underbelly of comedy, and I’m a little intimidated, because it wasn’t a great movie, and my blog is sometimes an exercise in comedy writing, so I feel like my review needs to be better than the movie, and then I remember the scene where the improv comics are watching a TV skit and one of them says it’s “skillful, but not funny. It’s like when something sounds funny, but it isn’t funny,” and so I just decided to steal that bit.