“I recently watched There’s Something About Mary, and I found that the shock of that movie’s laughs had worn off — they’d stopped being funny. This only clarified a suspicion I’ve held for years. While ordinary comedies lose their appeal once you know the laughs are coming, the truly great ones only get funnier. It’s almost like I can make myself laugh by remembering the joke that’s coming, then laugh again when the joke actually plays out onscreen, and finally laugh a third time out of relief that it played as well as I’d remembered.” — written over two years ago by critic James Frazier.