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Satire that is not actually satire

Netflix seems to really want me to watch this Don’t Look Up movie. Watching the trailer when it arrived a while back was enough to convince me that I was not at all interested.

I feel like most of what bills itself as satire these days is not actually satire. From what I can tell, Don’t Look Up falls into this category. The comedy in this movie and others of its ilk does not call out or expose anything; it makes fun of a bunch of easy targets that its intended audience already knows and hates.

This kind of comedy—Family Guy and Andy Borowitz’s columns are other examples—takes no risks. It serves up the material it knows its audience wants.

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