|Fig.1 "Ruby & Quentin" Poster|
There are many different theories out there explaining why people are laughing. However, the most common ones are: “The Superiority Theory” which claims that humor comes at other people’s expenses (for example in “Borat”), “The Incongruity Theory” believing that surprises cause laughter such as the famous zombie kid saying: “I like turtles.”, “The Benign Violation Theory” basing on moral, social and linguistic norms violation, “The Mechanical Theory” relying on the fact of repeating character traits and “The Release Theory” exemplified by a punch line after a buildup. The four basic types of humor are: playful/childish humor which is focusing on playfulness and silly acts, toilet humor which is centered on bodily functions such as whoopee cushions, “Schadenfreude” originates from German which focuses on humor/pleasure derived from the misfortune of other’s and intellectual humor which is created around a depth of knowledge such as mathematical jokes.
|Fig. 2 Quentin and his cow box|
All in all, comedy is personal it cannot be predetermined by some comedy experts in any way, everyone has their own sense of humor, even though, they may be similar in some ways. Comedy plays an important role in everyone’s life due to their stress relieving and relaxing effects. “Tais-toi” is one of my favorite comedy movies so far and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a mix between childish/playful and “Schadenfreude” humor. Gérard Depardieu’s brilliant play of the role Quentin makes the movie enjoyable and entertaining to watch.
Fig. 1 "Ruby &Quentin" Poster. At: http://www.impawards.com/intl/france/2003/posters/tais_toi.jpg (Accessed on 12/12/2017)
Fig. 2 Quentin and his cow box. (Screenshot taken from the actual film) (Accessed on 12/12/2017)