I got a kick out of this slideshow over on Vulture. It’s Massachusetts native Rachel Dratch of “Saturday Night Live” fame analyzing the year in Boston accents onscreen. And there certainly were a lot of them in 2010. Here’s Dratch on the Hilary Swank legal drama “Conviction:”
“This is that movie with Hilary Swank where she goes to law school to get her brotha out of prison. Didn’t see it, only saw the trailer. I did make a note of it when I saw the trailer that the accent seemed good but the funny thing in the trailer was that EVERYONE had the accent: the lawyers, the judges … like, no one talked normally, which struck me as not real.”
And speaking of Boston accents, we hope you’re reading the always enjoyable Slate Movie Club, where Movieline’s Stephanie Zacharek just delivered a withering takedown of the crowd-pleasing boxing movie “The Fighter:”
“Melissa Leo is big, all right. She’s big all over the place. It’s the sort of thing that doesn’t just beg to be noticed: It knocks on your door, kicks it down because you didn’t respond fast enough, comes in and steals your TV, your laptop, and your toaster, whacks you upside the head with a two-by-four, and finishes by shouting, “Gimme an Oscah, ya fuckin’ retahd!” Now that’s acting.”
Ouch. That hurts worse than a Micky Ward body shot. I’m going to go walk that off, and maybe park a car or two.