Nope. No. Uh-Uh.

In ten minutes, I could come up with at least a hundred stories I've never seen told on the big screen, just by virtue of marginalized people's stories not being told unless they fit some pre-established pattern of overcoming adversity or being rescued or some variation on the usual Blind Side bullshit.

And yet—and yet—"20th Century Fox has teamed with Walden Media to buy rights to Bil Keane's venerable syndicated comic strip The Family Circus, and they've hired Bob Hilgenberg & Rob Muir to script a live action feature."

"Venerable" means saccharine, trite, repetitive, and uninspired, right?

Look, I'm sure there are people who enjoy The Family Circus for some reasons that elude me, and that's cool. Just because my personal aesthetic doesn't include an appreciation of "venerable" comics about never-aging children saying never-funny things doesn't mean you shouldn't love the fuck out of it, if that's your thing.

It's just that even if you love The Family Circus for whatever incomprehensible reason, the one thing on which I'm sure we can both agree is that making a live-action version of the comic is really just another excuse to make a film about a privileged white family.

And I'm sure Tom Arnold, Patricia Heaton, and Angus T. Jones, or whoever they cast in this dreck, would make wonderful supporting players in a movie about other kinds of people.

On the other hand, with imaginative casting, The Nietzsche Family Circus would make an excellent film.

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