Sidesplitting and surprisingly accurate, Bad News shows what happens when people allow their jobs to consume their lives.
We’re all guilty of occasionally thinking about work when we’re off the clock or letting something related to work ruin our day. But, normally we are able to separate our work lives from our personal lives. For the group of friends in this comedic film, they are unable to relinquish their work personas and this has affected everything from the way they interact with each other to the marriage of one of the friends.
Set in a bar, the three friends should be using this time to relax. Instead their entire interaction resembles that of a news story. Beginning with David, he calls his friend Mark to let him know he is waiting for him at the bar. But, he relays this information as if he is on-air reporting a breaking news story. Mark informs David that his bus has been delayed and proceeds to interview bystanders to figure out how far away from the bar he is. They continue on like this and reply to each other’s responses the same way newscasters do when one of them is in the studio and the other is on scene reporting a story. Unfortunately, their conversation never enters the world of normalcy and only gets worst as the night progresses.
Once Mark arrives at the bar, David interviews him about his home life. Sitting across from each other at a table, their body language resembles that of an interviewer and their guest. David asks his first question and holds a menu in his hands as if it’s his list of questions for the interview. While Mark responses, David nods his head and looks intrigued by the answers he is getting. Mark, on the other hand, sits with his hands folded and refers to himself in third person. He tells David about his home life as if he is reporting a story about someone else. Their entire conversation is outrageous and their over-the-top facial expressions and voices make their conversation even funnier to watch.
Their entire interaction featured everything a televised news story would have. Each time one of the friends talked the camera panned to them and stayed there until they finished what they were saying. If you ever watched the news, you will appreciate how this film accurately resembles the way news stories are shot and how newscasters talk to one another about a story. Mark and David even experienced a technical difficulty and had trouble hearing each other which can sometimes happen when a newscaster is filming outside of the studio. When the third friend is finally introduced, he is outside smoking a cigarette and randomly transitions into a weather report. From the weather report to the interview, their interaction shows how their jobs have completely taken over their lives.
If you take away the newscaster personas, the guys are like every other workaholic. They are consumed by their jobs and have forgotten how to act when they’re outside of work. Even when they hang out together, they behave as if they’re still at work. They’re obsessed with their jobs and it’s even ruining Mark’s marriage. Although their behavior is extravagant, the audience is still able to feel sorry for them because clearly their behavior is having a negative effect on their lives. But, their way of life acts as a vital lesson. It helps the audience realize their jobs should never control them and ruin important relationships in their lives.
Bad News is comedic gold and will appeal to everyone’s taste. But, it’s also the perfect film to show to someone who is interested in journalism or is currently studying it.