LEXINGTON, Va. — Mark Rush could not name the last movie in the past 10 years that gave him a belly laugh — or made him snort or chuckle or laugh out loud, at least for any extended period of time.
“The last side-splitting movies I saw were ‘Caddyshack’ or ‘Blazing Saddles,'” the politics and law professor at Washington and Lee College said. “That was way too long ago.”
Rush and I were talking over dinner at the Red Hen, a farm-to-table restaurant that made headlines earlier this year for its unfortunate decision to refuse service to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Rush struggled to reconcile the idea that it had been that long since he sat in a theater and laughed, so he asked the waiter, hoping that would prompt him to remember a recent movie he found uproariously funny. Rush also asked the manager, and finally, the three young sous-chefs in the kitchen.
He said: “Same answers: ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘Caddyshack.’ The most recent ones they said were ‘Talladega Nights,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’ and ‘The Hangover.’ Even the last three are over 10 years old.”
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