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Why People Make Fun Of Emotional Music, Or, On Going “Full-Retard”

Why People Make Fun Of Emotional Music, Or, On Going “Full-Retard”

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There’s a scene in the oft-overlooked Ben Stiller film Tropic Thunder in which an actor (playing an actor) tells another actor (playing an actor) that when portraying a developmentally disabled character in a blockbuster-sized movie, one should never “go full-retard.” Rather, one is advised to “go half-retard;” going “full-retard” puts one at the extreme risk of looking, basically, like a dumbass.