Flattery in Its Sincerest Form

Remember the old saying about imitation, sincerity, and flattery? This clip might be the definitive example of the ol’ saw, while simultaneously underscoring the fact that flattery and subversion are always a bit closer to one another than one realizes.

The thing about the clip that I find particularly amusing/instructive is the way Zucker and Co. retained so much of the original dialogue word-for-word, yet its meaning and “emotional impact” is so drastically changed — a sort of Cinematic Letter vs. Cinematic Spirit of the Law.


Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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