Worst lede ever? Movie Chutzpah thinks so

July 14, 2008 at 6:26 pm 1 comment

As an amateur journalist at the University of Michigan, I’d like to think that I know at least a little bit about writing news-style articles. Well, I was perusing the interwebs in my ever-vigilant quest to bring you the latest in all things movie news, and I came across an article with such a heinous lede, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with y’all.

For those of you who might not know, a lede is the opening paragraph in an article, usually meant to pull the readers into the rest of the story. And really, really bad puns are generally — well, I guess you could say severely — frowned upon.

Without building the suspense too much, here’s the lede from The Hollywood Reporter’s article about the newly announced cast list for the movie “Hangover”:

Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms are getting ready to have a “Hangover.”

Ahhh, hell nah, Steven Zeitchik. You didn’t try to just pull that shit. I don’t know who needs more sense slapped into him, you or your editor. Of course, I jest — it’s not that bad.

Just really, ridiculously cheesy, that’s all.

Anyways, enough making fun of/burning bridges with the national media. Let’s update you with the news behind the embarrassing lede:

Ed Helms, who plays the hilarious desk jockey Andy Bernard in “The Office,” and Bradley Cooper will be teaming up in a new comedy called “Hangover,” about  “three friends who lose the groom at their Vegas fandango two days before the wedding.”

Well, I’ll be honest — this sounds like it could be one of those generic Hollywood comedies that aims for cheap poop jokes, but I’m going to reserve judgment until I lean more about it. I think Ed Helms has been extremely funny in both “The Office” and “The Daily Show,” so I’m interested in seeing how he can handle his first lead role in a film.

I feel like he’s got the goods to carry a film like this. And it’s strictly because of him that I refuse to write this one of as, well, the type of shitty movie I describe above. of course, he’ll need a good cast around him to bounce off of. I really don’t know that much about Cooper, and the third lead in the flick has yet to be announced, so we’ll just have to see how this project continues to progress as it moves into production.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Mike Eisenstein  |  July 14, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Amateur? You’re such a professional.


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