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Friends! Romans! Commenters! Lend me a beer! So that we may toast to the best comments of the day:

Best Comment Of The Day, in response to Lost DVD Will Feature Hurley & Ben Epilogue: “This needs to be a full-length movie. Title suggestions: My Dinner with Ben. Waiting for Hugo. Hurleycrantz and Bendenstern are Dead.” • Best Comment Of The Day, in response to You Cannot Escape Justin Bieber’s Hair: “If you stand in the very middle of his hair, you’ll notice that everything is eerily calm.” • Best Comment Of The Day, in response to Flood Of Frogs Shuts Down Greek Highway: “Nice viral marketing, Aristophanes.” • Best Comment Of The Day, in response to Roman Gods Were High On Drugs, Historian Suggests: “Roman Gods turned in to swans to fuck people and its the drugs we are concerned about?” • Best Comment Of The Day, in response to “Lawrence Of My Labia” And The Whiteness Of Summer Blockbusters:

Perhaps this movie, this entire franchise, is actually very deep and truly reflective of real life through the medium of parody. It’s about 4 women who moved to New York with different dreams, like so many before them. These Gen Xers wanted to get away from their parents and their small lives and be their own people. But then they get swept up in the materialism that pervades certain parts of urban life. They think these expensive trappings of sophistication make them seem like sophisticated , urban women – not the small town girls they used to be. But then they have to pursue the ultimate accessory: men. Real men to anchor them in place. To make them adults. To help them shake the last of that suburban dust off their heels. And they have this whole lifestyle built around trying to be the ultimate sophisticated urban women. It starts out as a mask, but like in Jim Carey’s allegorical epic film by the same name, it soon takes over their lives. And now they have become caricatures of the people they wanted to be. Just like their parents before them, they are out-of-touch people living small lives, and no amount of tall buildings and tall shoes will put them on a high enough plane to be able to examine themselves and the world around them enough to realize this. The emperor has no clothes. Their lives are a gilded fantasy thinly hiding an empty reality. A stunningly perceptive modern tragedy.

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