What movie started the ''quirky'' genre?
Question: The word quirky is often used, not necessarily in a positive way, to describe a movie full of offbeat characters e.g., Little Miss Sunshine and this year's quirkfest Juno. What movie do you think started the whole ''quirky'' genre? Pamela
You can trace the roots of quirky comedy all the way back to a Hollywood classic like, say, Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You (1938), with its adorable family of deep-dish crackpots. But there's a reason the dreaded Q-word, while applicable to some very good films (like Juno), has now become a code term for precious, cutesy, and annoying. It's that a quintessential quirky movie isn't just offbeat. It's a trifle too pleased with its oddball spirit; it takes the underlying quality of eccentricity innocence and packages it in an overly knowing way. In that light, I'd say that the formative quirky movie of our time is the Coen brothers' Raising Arizona. The kitschy-sincere Dixie accents, the mixture of homespun baby love and roller-coaster plotting, all done with a postmodern wink this, more than any other, was the movie that made loopy behavior into coy Americana, helping to spawn a thousand comedies of quirk.