They're nasty and they know it
By Brett Buckalew, Special to Metromix
As a general rule, Hollywood comedies are all about safe escapism. They’re usually the last place you’ll find unsympathetic or morally questionable anti-heroes. So it’s always an intriguing risk when a comedy places a character difficult to embrace front and center and trusts the audience to any expectations and moral bearings accordingly.
That’s exactly what “Young Adult” tries to pull off with its portrait of a self-absorbed novelist (Charlize Theron) determined to snag her old high-school flame (Patrick Wilson) in spite of the fact that he is now a married family man. Whether or not audiences will laugh along with Theron’s narcissistic homewrecker, there are several anti-heroes who have succeeded in the past. Here’s a look back at those predecessors—10 of the nastiest comedy anti-heroes the big screen has ever seen.
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