The Envelope:  ‘The Martian’ is a Golden Globes comedy nominee — or is that a laugh line?

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Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. voters decided to place Ridley Scott’s space survival saga “The Martian” in the comedy categories for the Golden Globes, upsetting a good many people in the process.

“A comedy’s a film whose #1 goal is to make people laugh,” “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig, who knows a thing or two about the genre, tweeted. “If that wasn’t the filmmakers’ top goal, it’s not a comedy.”

Do you think “The Martian” is a comedy? Take this quiz to find out.


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Movies that made you frequently laugh out loud. (Check all that apply.)

“Airplane!” (1)

“The Big Lebowski” (1)

“The Evil Dead” (5)

“Schindler’s List” (10)

Humor acronym of choice:

LQTM (3)

LOL (5)

LMAO (10)

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“The Martian” is a …

… true story … right? So glad that astronaut made it back to Earth! (0)

A fictional tale. (5)

Complete the following sentence: Bill Nye …

… the Science Guy (10)

Who? (0)

Kristen Wiig:

Loved her on “Saturday Night Live” (4)

Never funnier than in “The Skeleton Twins” (10)

High school biology:

Aced. (10)

Failed. Still have nightmares about poking that frog! (2)

“Revenge of the Nerds”:

Funny movie! (5)

Provided the foundation on which I’ve based my entire existence. (10)

Disco music:

Hot stuff! I am able to appreciate it on levels both musical and ironic. (10)

That’s the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) I like it (uh-huh, uh-huh)! (5)

Do not, under any circumstances, take me to Funky Town. Ever! (0)

The Fonz:

Aaaaaay! Thumbs up. Just thinking about “Happy Days” makes me smile. (10)

Jumped the shark long before he jumped the shark. (0)

Previous favorite Ridley Scott “comedy”:

“Thelma & Louise” (4)

“Gladiator” (6)

“G.I. Jane” (10)


70 and above: “The Martian” is most definitely a comedy. “Room” had its moments too.

35-69: Comedy ... drama ... who cares? Rigid distinctions don’t apply to art.

0-34: Considering “The Martian” a comedy makes you very angry. Very angry indeed.


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