quiteclassically: It's not a joke but Anne's comments and behavior are supposed to be unintentionally funny a lot of the time.
Oh my, oh my! A few lines immediately came to mind! Laugh with me, yall!
I'll put Anne's words in red to be a bit facetious given Anne's um...feelings...about said color!*DISCLAIMER: I, the author of this post, assume no personal responsibility for any ensuing hilarity or the consequences thereof!*
Anne (to Mrs. Lynde)
: Mrs. Lynde, I'm extremely sorry I said those rude things to you. I've disgraced my good friends who've let me stay at Green Gables on trial, even though I'm not a boy. What you said about me is true: I am skinny and ugly and my hair is red. (And then hurriedly)
What I said about you is true, too, only I shouldn't have said it. () Please, you wouldn't be so cruel as to inflict a lifelong sorrow on a poor orphan. Please, please, forgive me!
Anne (to Diana)
: It's probably the smallpock epidemic! Don't worry, Diana! I'll nurse you back to health! Just..please...stay until after
Anne: DON'T EAT IT, MISS STACY!!! (Followed by a loud plunk from Miss Stacy's fork and startled looks all around!)
Marilla: Anne, what is wrong
Anne: A mouse...drowned in the sauce, Marilla. I was working up the courage to tell you when Miss Stacy came in.
Marilla (as she clears the table)
: Anne, if you intend to go for teacher, you're going to have to give up your featherbrained ways. You're not interested in anything but your silly daydreams and nothing else!
Anne: I am trying to overcome my faults, Marilla. I know I chatter on far too much...but if you only knew how many things I want to say and don't. Give me some credit.(Miss Stacey cracks up laughing, followed by Matthew and Marilla)
Anne: Well, I suppose in the end, it was a romantic way to perish...for a mouse.(Louder laughter as the scene ends)
Or how about one of the funniest scenes in the movie, where Matthew goes into Lawson's General Store to buy a dress for Anne? But because he's so shy, he can't just come out and say he wants to buy a dress with all the other customers around where they might hear?
And he comes out with a garden rake and twenty pounds of brown sugar besides? And Marilla's reaction?
Matthew (talking about brown sugar)
Would twenty pounds be enough?
: I want to buy a dress...with puffed sleeves.Alice Lawson (whispered, disbelievingly) Puffed sleeves?
Matthew: For Anne.Alice Lawson: Oh, land sakes, Mr. Cuthbert! Why didn't you say so in the first place? Now, if you'll just come with me to the window...*(And my reaction was, "Nuh-uh! He ain't going to that window!")*
Marilla (wryly, to herself)
: Twenty pounds of brown sugar!
And if I recall right, this movie also had a few zingers in it, which elicited a few cheers from us! Such as my favorite:
Marilla: It isn't meant to be drunk three tumblerfuls at a time and (to Mrs. Barry)
if I had a child who was so greedy,
I'd sober her up with a darn good spanking!Mrs. Barry: Oh, so it's my Diana's fault, is it?Mrs. Lynde: It's the demon liquor's fault and as I've told you for years, if you didn't insist on making that currant wine...
Marilla: My currant wine is famous all over the island, Rachel Lynde, as you well know and the Reverend Allen himself isn't opposed to taking a bit when he comes calling. And as for Christian virtue, making a little wine for refreshment is far less sinful than MEDDLING IN OTHER PEOPLE'S AFFAIRS!
Ok, now wasn't that fun? Anybody have anything to add? C'mon! You know you wanna!
I think I need to pull out my movies today. The mouse part is one of my favorites. Thanks for making me laugh today!
I haven't watched the movie in so long, thanks for those refreshing thoughts. :)
If you haven't seen the musical on PEI you should attend it, I really enjoyed it. Living on PEI you tend to get a little tired of hearing Anne this and Anne that(especially if you are named Anne like I am...and in my opinion Anne does look better spelled with an "e" without it just looks unfinished[and I hate when people spell my name without it]) but I am also proud.
~Anywhere You Hold My Hand is Love Land~
While I'm aware there are over a dozen responses to this Thread..
Why exactly is this movie a "joke"? Because it's early century-based? Obviously some movie fans don't appreciate classic literature nor pre-century art or romanticism. And that's okay. The rest of us do.
L.M. Montgomery is right up there next to Laura Engalls Wilder and Mark Twain. The "over-dramatizing" of Anne from book to movie was just part of the artistic twist Sullivan chose to portray her. Big deal. I'm such a die-hard Anne (spelled with an E!) fan, I can recite each film in my sleep..
I honestly feel sorry for movie fans who don't appreciate classic romanticism, art, cinematography, or direction - when we get bombarded with dark filth on a regular basis. This series has all the right elements: romance, comedy, suspense, drama.
That's all we truly need :)
How is it that you came to us, and not a boy?
You don't want me because I'm not a boy? No one's ever really wanted me.. ever since I was little.. If I were divinely beautiful, with big brown eyes and chestnut hair - would you keep me then?
Lol theses were funny moments.