It hit me as I was watching the M.A.S.H. Bluray the other night that a nice plotless comedy would be agreeable right about now. “Plotless” is crucial — a film that forgoes the usual story mechanics and just ambles along on flip irreverence and attitude, and then ends about 105 minutes later when one or two of the original trio get new jobs or whatever.
I don’t know what this plotless comedy would be about, but a lot of people have forgotten that the original M.A.S.H. guys (Elliot Gould, Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt) were a tiny bit smug and even arrogant, and that they threw their weight around when they could, and that they didn’t tolerate officious fools or kneejerk authority-worshippers or goodie-goodies of any kind. They enjoyed humiliating people they didn’t like. And they certainly weren’t smooth sweethearts like the TV M.A.S.H. crew (Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, etc.).