Have you ever wondered about allergy? Maybe you suffer from the dreaded hayfever and spend every summer locked in a bunker crying into your antihistamines. Or maybe your body, for no particular reason, really hates nuts. Incidentally, do you know how much an allergist makes a year? Boy, that’s a lot more than I was expecting. If you aren’t too knowledgeable on the salary of an allergist, there is a ton of allergist information out there, sites like http://healthcareincomes.com/ are just one example. Well, in movies, allergies are often the butt of cheap laughs, so here’s a couple of my own personal favourites.
- Nancy Drew, 2007
Emma Roberts plays the titular star, a novel heroine with brains and brawn to take down whatever the hell was going on in that crazy movie. Seriously, the poor girl leaps from one moment to the next with no thought in between. However, there was plenty of thought put in when a friend goes into anaphylactic shock. Nancy whips out a pen and a knife and performs an emergency tracheotomy. Good job on the life saving, Nancy, bad job on, you know, the rest of the movie.
- Monster-In-Law, 2005
Ah, the curse of your wife’s/husbands mother. Is there a joke older than the mother-in-law jibes? Probably not, and yet here we are after ten thousand years of evolution still poking fun at it. Here, we see one spiteful Jane Fonda deliberately poison J-Lo with nuts in the gravy bowl. How cruel. Still, I’d rather J-Los’ lips be as big as her butt, than her butt be as thin as her lips.
- Hitch, 2005
Will Smith. The man of legend. The fresh prince. Always pursuing happiness. If there’s anyone who can teach a man how to woo women and get girls, it’s Mr. Smith, right? And yet even he cannot escape the horrors of a bad reaction when, one night as he and a date are out for dinner, his heads decides now is a good time to swell up. Awkward. As if his head wasn’t already big enough.
- My Girl, 1991
This one’s a little less well known, and it’s also different in that it isn’t a comedy. Macauley Culkin is a little boy who’s allergic to “Everything” and his sweet heart is a hypochondriac who lives in a funeral home. I did say this *wasn’t* a comedy, right? The whole story is a sweet, tender coming-of-age story until Culkin’s character gets stung by a bee and dies. Yeah. Allergists are actually really cool people who save lives every day. Sometimes a swollen head is funny. Sometimes it’s lethal. And to those of us who suffer hayfever, sometimes it’s not to go outside in summer once in a while our pasty features need it!