'The Tourist' as a comedy? The director thinks so
December 17th, 2010
12:15 PM ET

'The Tourist' as a comedy? The director thinks so

For a movie that's billed as an action-filled drama, "The Tourist" has had people in stitches this week.

First there was the noticeable laughter from the press when it was announced that "The Tourist" was nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a best comedy or musical Golden Globe. Then one of the "Tourist's" own stars, Angelina Jolie, couldn't hold back laughter when she heard she'd been nominated for her performance in the film.

The mom of six snagged a Globes nomination in the best actress in a comedy or musical category for her role, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, she said she laughed "because it's the first time that I've been in the comedic category, so it's new for me."

(Her “Tourist” co-star Johnny Depp is also nominated for his performance in the comedy or musical motion picture category, in which he's received another nomination for “Alice in Wonderland.”)

With all of this snickering going on, is it any surprise that "The Tourist" -  which arrived to unimpressed critical reaction and pulled in only $17 million at the box office its opening weekend - was nominated as a comedy?

The Hollywood Reporter explains that it was actually the director, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who suggested that the film compete amongst films like "Burlesque" and "Red."

The HFPA's Phil Berk explained to THR that while "The Tourist" was submitted as a drama by the studio, the filmmakers had other ideas.

"Given the differing opinions, we asked the studio to screen the film for us in advance," Berk said, "and collectively we decided that the elements of preposterous fun lent the film more to a comedy than a straight drama category. The issue was raised not by the HFPA but by the director himself."

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  1. xristina

    i loved the tourist and johnny depp of course...

    September 17, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phred_E

    What is authentic in this mishmash is hard to discover. That Angie's aging, that 's one, her English accent – passable, scenery good. But the dialogue! The 'action' routines, the false pathos, and the premature depth of mattering. But the greatest monster of all: THE MUSIC! What is it doing there?!? Piano pieces trying to imply a heavy mood when there isn't one. Rolling wind instrument pieces suggesting despair, with care. It's just too misplaced. The portentiousness when we don't believe it. A ballroom full of people turning towards one person, thick in its reasonless unctuousness. And the wrong mood of music – again! Subtle speaking into forearms by the heavies. Ha! Dreadful.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. orerime

    check out my songs pls

    December 28, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. kelly

    oooh, bratt the angie stalker is making the rounds of all online mags and rants about angie endlessly. seriously dude? get a life. get out of your trailer trash once in a while and smell the roses. too many dead rats on your trailer

    December 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bratt

    Well with that being said it is actually listed as a romantic/thiller....LAMO The director must be taking some of angelina Druggs...LAMO Angelina manages to walk the line of being unstable enough for her Brangeloonie fans to fear her, Sympathetic enough that they feel for her, and Vibrant enough that they understand angeloonie obsession with adopting children, Humanitarian work, and her Charities to cover up her dirty deeds....Can Angelina performances really hold up in time? Angelina really shows her Demented, Fruity, Insane, Psychotic, Wacky, Crackbrained, cuckoo self especially in Interviews and Red Carpet Events...
    Brad......You should have taken the Matt Damon Route....LMAO

    December 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chester Branch

    The Tourist reminds me of North by Northwest. http://j.mp/eLy9pA

    December 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. babycelebs411

    Thank you for clarifying this:) I haven't seen the movie but was not expecting it to be a comedy, really...Regardless, both actors are amazing and I am not surprised of the nominations. We've made a reading for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pit on our blog right after the whole mess with Chelsea Handler and we will post it shortly. In the meanwhile read our post on Jennifer Aniston and her broken relationship with Brad:http://celebs911.com/2010/12/01/why-jennifer-aniston-is-not-married-we-know/.xoxo

    December 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Superhiro

    Yea Mr. Director... sure it was supposed to be a comedy. Suuuuure it was.

    December 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |

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