When I think of someone who is the epitome of The Shit, my mind immediately conjures Ferris Bueller. A friend to all, a schemer, a dreamer, and a figment of Cameron Frye’s imagination (?), Matthew Broderick brought the ultimate cool-guy to life (and paved the way as a future archetype for Parker Lewis and Zack Morris).
And in the first half of his career, Matthew Broderick was The Shit. Need proof?
I don’t think anyone could argue against the fact that these are good movies.
Then this happened:
Sarah Jessica Parker. Well, it’s her or being in The Cable Guy.* The cursed Jim Carrey vehicle came out in ’96, and the pair married in May of ’97, so the timing is a little fuzzy, but as a result, this is what followed:
Now don’t get me wrong. There were a few glimmers of hope peppered in there (independent films, such as Election and You Can Count on Me were great). And there are some films I haven’t even mentioned. (I never saw The Producers, so I can’t comment on its quality, but I did see Finding Amanda, and that was pointless. Therefore, it’s a wash…) But I’d say the best chance at redemption came through his guest appearance on 30 Rock:
A good comedy series where he plays a dad that used to be The Shit à la Ferris Bueller might be a cool idea, and a career saver. It could be called Back In My Day, or something like that. Say, that’s a really good idea… how do you copyright a blog post?
*It actually could have been The Road to Wellville that started the slip. I didn’t count it because it came out the same year as The Lion King, but the film did revolve around colonics – and that’s Just Shitty.