Instant Classic

I caught a commercial last night for the new movie Borat which had quotes from reviewers, praising the various qualities of the movie. They save their best praise for last in these things, and the reviewer was quoted as calling the movie an “instant comedy classic”.

“Instant classic” is an oxymoron, right?

Inappropriate hyperbole is a pet peeve of mine (you see enough of it during election campaigns to last a life time). A just-released comedy can’t be a “classic”. The reviewer needs to go back to reviewer school.

Two thumbs down.

Oh, and I TiVo’d the commercial and watched it several times, just because I could.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.