HOBOKEN, NJ—Dave Erdman, 34, no longer finds bad movies and other forms of mass-media trash culture humorous, the aging Gen-Xer confided Monday.
“I hate to admit it, but I just don’t get off on movies like Can’t Stop The Music or Krull or The Bee Gees’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band like I used to,’ Erdman told longtime friend Patrick Faulk, 33, over drinks at Melvin’s, a non-retro, non-hipster, family-style restaurant. “Even that one where Gary Coleman is living in the bus-station locker and picks winning horses doesn’t do it for me anymore. The sad fact is, I can’t get excited by anything unless I actually, without irony, enjoy it. How lame is that?”
Citing such factors as work-related stress, mortgage worries, and the ever-growing duties of parenthood and marriage, Erdman said he has finally accepted the reality that embarrassingly bad films, TV shows, and consumer products are no longer a viable source of amusement for him.
Ironically, this article — from October 2000 — may well have been the last Onion piece I found funny.