There are frequent misconceptions about why certain junketeers and happy-go-lucky quote whores receive the scorn that they do from myself and others. Jealousy is often cited as a case, as if respectable film critics would want to be caught dead using some of the language spoken on the way out of a paid-for weekend screening or pre-written for these con non-artists. Most recently it is the assumption that we are just attacking them for taste that doesn't match-up with our own. That somehow our opinion is always right and theirs is not.

There is a smidge of a point in there. Since the very worst of these junket folks and BFCA members are usually the only ones to be found to support films like Tooth Fairy and The Bounty Hunter, the math is on the wall. Only it's not just yours truly in disagreement but more than 80% of the critical community. If this watch list was solely about matters of judgment I might have chosen to single out people who were overly giddy about last year's Star Trek or this week's Kick-Ass. What the junket supporters never seem to understand is that it is not always what you say, but how you say it and the reputation you have earned in saying it.

Which brings us to this past week's release of Fox's Date Night, a pretty funny film that I enjoyed along with currently 67% of the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. When the early ads were released last week, Fox led off with:

"Smart and wildly funny." - Jeanne Wolf
"Steve Carell and Tina Fey are a match made in comedy heaven. They're perfect." - Ben Lyons

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