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The In-Laws posterThe In-Laws
      1979 | USA | Laughs: 3.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.4
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Days before his daughter's wedding, a dentist makes the acquaintance of the groom's father, who asks him a favor that leads to a chain of events which shakes the roots of the dentist's conservative life. Peter Falk was delightful as the groom's father, and so was Alan Arkin, his counterpart. No big laughs, but an entertaining movie that has aged well. Please steer clear of the 2003 remake. (Last viewed: August 2015)

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The In-Laws 2003 posterThe In-Laws
      2003 | USA | Laughs: 0.5 (Just Awful) | imdb: 5.7
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This is a remake of a funny 1979 movie by the same name. Days before his daughter's wedding, a risk-avoiding podiatrist meets the groom's father, who entangles him in the cross-border sale of a nuclear submarine. Albert Brooks slides right into Alan Arkin's shoes, but Michael Douglas can't hold the candle to Peter Falk. The movie can't decide whether it should be about plain comedy or espionage, and ends up settling on a formula of beautiful people and special effects on expensive sets. Alan Arkin and Ryan Reynolds are grossly underused, while Michael Douglas is grossly overused. We couldn't get past the first half. (Last viewed: August 2015)

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Lost in AmericaLost in America
      1985 | USA | Laughs: 3.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.0
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A well-off advertising executive and his wife liquidate their assets to go "find themselves" by touring the United States in a mobile home. This isn't one of these comedies that make you laugh out loud, but I found the film funny and attaching. The authentic 1980s texture also appealed to me. It's a shame Albert Brooks has only directed a handful of movies. (Last viewed: August 2015)

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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World posterLooking for Comedy in the Muslim World
      2005 | USA | Laughs: 7.0 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 5.3
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The U.S. State Department supposedly hires comedian Albert Brooks to travel to India and Pakistan to investigate what makes Muslim people laugh. He sets up shop in New Delhi with two government goons and a local assistant. This is one of those movies where the low imdb rating belies a comedy gem. Although there were no laugh-out-loud moments, the humor was subtle and relentless, making me smile and chuckle throughout. I'll be embarking on a quest for more material by Albert Brooks. (Last viewed: August 2015)

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Jack and Jill posterJack and Jill
      2011 | USA | Laughs: 4.5 (Watch Once) | imdb: 3.4
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Of the hundreds of comedy movies I've reviewed so far, this one has the second-lowest imdb rating. Since I usually dislike comedy that tries to draw laughter by featuring men playing women (a strange, enduring phenomenon), I was predisposed to join the ranks of the bashers, but for some reason Adam Sandler pulled off the drag thing for me. In fact, he pulled playing off two roles at onces—a Los Angeles advertising executive, and his twin sister who visits from their native Bronx for the holidays.

At the risk of sounding too contrarian, I'll advance that there were some good comedy moments in this film, especially in the first half. It's far from being the worst movie with Adam Sandler who, although he's starred in some terrific comedies, has also picked a number of duds. (Last viewed: August 2015)

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Legally Blonde 2 posterLegally Blonde 2 (a.k.a Red, White & Blonde)
      2003 | USA | Laughs: 1.2 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 4.6
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While the original Legally Blonde was surprisingly entertaining, this first sequel has very little to offer. It takes place in Washington, DC, where our heroin takes a job with a congresswoman in order to push an animal rights' bill. The movie missed the "just awful" category, but not by much. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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Legally Blonde posterLegally Blonde
      2001 | USA | Laughs: 5.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 6.2
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I can hardly believe it took me nearly fifteen years to watch this movie, but the numbers don't lie. I guess I was prejudiced against it without knowing what it was about. As it turns out, this is a movie about prejudice, probably the same kind of discrimination that kept me away from it all those years. Dumped by her boyfriend who thinks she is not smart enough for him, a young woman gets admitted to the same law school he is about to attend, but finds that people there are also very much prejudiced against her blonde hair—or perhaps more accurately her blondeness. I may not have laughed, but I chuckled a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the film. Another thing I did not expect: the movie is devoid of obscene language and nudity. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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The Dictator posterThe Dictator
      2012 | USA | Laughs: 7.8 (Laugh Out Loud) | imdb: 6.4
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Stripped of his signature beard, a dictator who is stranded in New York struggles to reclaim his post before an imposter signs a new constitution for his beloved homeland.

If you are not easily offended, this movie has some terrific moments. You just have to take the good with the bad. I'm not a fan of the many crass bits, but Baron Cohen has the rare ability to keep gags coming at top speed, and the movie left me with a good fill of laughs. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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Accepted posterAccepted
      2006 | USA | Laughs: 0.8 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 6.5
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To fend off his anxious parents, a young man who has been rejected by several colleges prints out an acceptance letter from a fake college with a fake website. Things get out of hand when a hundred "students" offer him tuition. This movie is surprisingly not crass. By the same token, despite everyone's good intentions, it is surprisingly unfunny. I can't think of a good reason to watch it. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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Pootie Tang posterPootie Tang
      2001 | USA | Laughs: 1.5 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 5.1
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A rock star who speaks a language of his own is also a righter of wrongs. When he mentors America's children to stay away from tobacco and hamburgers, he gets in the cross-hairs of corporate America's big boss.

I enjoyed seeing Wanda Sykes as well as JB Smoove (the actor who plays Leon in Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Chris Rock. Although this movie didn't really make me laugh, it entertained me as I found it thoroughly original.

I didn't know Louis CK could direct, let alone write such a mad script. This movie establishes him among the best African American directors, alongside Spike Lee. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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Empire Records posterEmpire Records
      1995 | USA | Laughs: 1.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.7
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This is a light-hearted movie rather than a comedy meant to make you laugh. As such, it is successful. The movie is set in an independent record store on a day when staff are having multiple crises. It has heart and character, and I enjoyed the story. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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The Sitter posterThe Sitter
      2011 | USA | Laughs: 3.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 5.7
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To get his mother out of a bind, a young man agrees to babysit her friend's three children. Soon the situation goes from merely bad to being chased by a gang of drug dealers. There was plenty of potential for laughter, but the opportunity was missed. Still, the movie is entertaining enough to watch once if you've got nothing better around. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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Bowfinger posterBowfinger
      1999 | USA | Laughs: 3.2 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 6.4
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There are a few laughs in this movie, but the pain you must endure to earn those isn't worth it. I'll admit that I'm highly prejudiced: with rare exceptions, I can't stand movies that deal with movie-making—as though the whole world revolved around Hollywood. The premise of this one is that a desperate director decides to shoot a movie without telling a movie star he will feature in it. Sadly, it's much worse than it sounds. There's lots of screaming, chaos, and terrible music to cover up the images. It might just be bad enough to qualify as a cult movie, but you'd have to ask someone who's interested in such things. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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Wet Hot American Summer posterWet Hot American Summer
      2001 | USA | Laughs: 5.5 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 6.7
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This film takes place over the last day at Summer camp in the 1970s. I was glad to discover it as it was probably the funniest Summer camp movie I've seen. The humor is all over the place: some of it slapstick, some of it quite dark, some of it plain crude. The movie happens to feature many faces who became well-known in comedy in the next decade. I can't say that I laughed a lot, but I was entertained and would watch it again ten years from now. In the same theme, you may want to check out Meatballs and Heavyweights. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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Mousehunt posterMousehunt
      1997 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 6.4
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Renovating a valuable house in view of auctioning it, two brothers are pitted against a formidably clever mouse. Some people rave about this movie, going so far as describing it as "genius". That made me eager to watch it, but I'm sorry to report that I had to force myself to sit through it till the end. Much of the humor had to do with one of the brothers getting hurt in one way or another. I think I had outgrown finding that kind of movie funny around the time I reached ten. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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She's Funny That Way posterShe's Funny That Way
      2014 | USA | Laughs: 3.5 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.6
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During the production of a Broadway play, the lives of a call girl, the director and several characters get entangled to the highest degree. I'm usually not a supporter of Hollywood's habit of making self-referential movies (as though everyone in the world worked in show business); neither do I usually much like movies with a strong theatrical feel. But I found this little movie thoroughly entertaining. It was nice to see Owen Wilson, and everyone else did a fine job too. It wasn't one of those that makes you laugh, but it was funny and it hit the spot. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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What a Girl Wants posterWhat a Girl Wants
      2003 | USA | Laughs: 3.2 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 5.8
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An American teenage girl travels to the U.K. to finally meet her dad, a prominent politician of royal lineage. Although the film had its entertaining moments—mostly the poking fun at stuck-up people kind—it was a waste of a very decent cast, including Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes, who had shone in She's The Man. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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Sydney White posterSydney White
      2007 | USA | Laughs: N/A (Watch Once) | imdb: 6.3
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Rejected by the vicious president of a beauty farm (err… I mean, sorority), a college freshman joins the dorks and campaigns for student council. After She's The Man, I enjoyed seeing Amanda Bynes in a role with hints of tomboy once again. The movie didn't make me laugh, but it was cute and I smiled a lot. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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Up in Smoke posterUp in Smoke
      1978 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.0
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Alright, this movie may not have made me laugh, but I sure did grin a lot. Two potheads meet on the side of a road, decide to start a band and constantly have to dodge the fuzz. That's basically the plot. Apparently this is something of a cult among stoner movies. For a cult movie, it's surprisingly watchable. The song Low Rider by War over the credits gets you in the mood. Someone else would have to tell you what the movie is like under the influence of weed. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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Get Hard posterGet Hard
      2015 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 6.1
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Convicted of a white-collar crime he didn't commit, a millionaire hires a black man who is desperate for cash to toughen him up before his jail time starts, unaware that his mentor has never seen the inside of a parking infringement envelope, let alone a jail. It's crude, it's often crass, and no single moment really made me laugh, but the original concept and the cast's chemistry were good enough to keep me watching until the end… But if no one's twisting your arm, there are better things to watch. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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Ted posterTed
      2012 | USA | Laughs: 3.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 7.0
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Since childhood, a grown man has been best friends with his teddy bear, who came to life when he made a wish long ago. The incredibly crass teddy bear is now becoming a wedge between the man and his girlfriend. This was a good idea (maybe), and if the idea of a foul-mouthed teddy bear is all you need to stay entertained for the length of a movie, you will love this. I laughed once and smiled a good deal, but overall this formula didn't really work for me. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach posterBalls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach
      2009 | USA | Laughs: 6.5 | imdb: 5.5
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A talented "loser" coaches a high school tennis team. Despite some occasional crude language the film is not overly crass. It's goofy and made me smile throughout. The reason I watched it in the first place is that it was directed by the same man (his name is Danny Leiner) who also directed Harold and Kumar go to White Castle and Dude, Where's My Car?, a high recommendation in my book. (Last viewed: May 2015)

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Anger Management posterAnger Management
      2003 | USA | Laughs: 5.0 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 6.2
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Wrongly accused of having lost his temper on an airplane, a man is ordered to undertake intense training in anger management under the supervision of a therapist who displays several symptoms of lunacy. Despite its numerous shortcomings, the movie made me laugh several times, thanks largely to Jack Nicholson's strong performance. This not Sandler's worst movie; nor (by far) is it his best. But if you're not expecting fireworks, the movie should have enough to keep you entertained. (Last viewed: May 2015)

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The Wedding Ringer posterThe Wedding Ringer
      2015 | USA | Laughs: 4.5 (Watch Once) | imdb: 6.8
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A loner under pressure to provide a list of groomsmen for his upcoming wedding hires a company which specializes in providing a best man and fake friends. After a slow set-up, the movie somewhat improves. Although it was chaotic, often weak and sometimes gross, it had enough good moments to warrant watching on a night when you find yourself in a low brain state. (Last viewed: April 2015)

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The Ref posterThe Ref (a.k.a Hostile Hostages)
      1994 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 6.9
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A thief on the run takes two hostages, a husband and wife who cannot stop bickering. While seeing Kevin Spacey in a comedy was refreshing and the premise was fun, execution was mediocre and the movie failed to deliver laughs. (Last viewed: March 2015)

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A Beginner's Guide to Endings posterA Beginner's Guide to Endings
      2010 | USA | Laughs: 0.2 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 6.4
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Although this movie is tagged as a comedy, it is one in the long series that have been trying (and failing) to emulate the style of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It might have a lot of edge, but it doesn't cut. Skip. (Last viewed: March 2015)

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Dumb and Dumber To posterDumb and Dumber To
      2014 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 6.1
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The first half-hour of this sequel (twenty years later) to the original Dumb and Dumber is barely watchable. I persevered because I vaguely remembered that the original also started weakly. This time, our couple of likeable losers embark on a mission to track down a long-lost daughter in the hope she will donate a kidney. The movie does improve slightly after a while, but it does feature the worst performance by Jim Carrey I have ever seen. Don't waste your time: this "comedy" will make you sad. (Last viewed: February 2015)

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What We Do in the Shadows posterWhat We Do in the Shadows
      2014 | New Zealand | Laughs: 6.0 | imdb: 7.6
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This mockumentary follows four flatmates who endure the usual tensions associated with sharing space, in addition to tensions peculiar to their condition as immortal vampires. Since my lady friend is allergic to blood on the screen and I hadn't watched a vampire movie since Herzog's Nosferatu, it says a lot for this movie that we watched it till the end. I was drawn to it by the presence of Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords and was delighted to also spot his band manager (Rhys Darby) as a werewolf. The film's premise is quite funny, and although it sometimes seems like the authors were more concerned with pleasing themselves than the audience, the film is a success. I can't say that I laughed but I did smile a lot. With Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby and others, at the moment New Zealand seems blessed with a solid crew of humorists. (Last viewed: February 2015)

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American Reunion posterAmerican Reunion
      2012 | USA | Laughs: 5.0 | imdb: 6.8
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The only reason I came to watch the nth installment of American Pie is that I realized the script had been written by the same duo who gave us Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Well, don't get too excited, these two movies are in very different brackets. After five minutes, we had almost given up on this story of the 13th reunion of a group of high school buddies, and after 35 minutes we decided to pause it for the day. But we came back to it the next day, and I was glad we stuck with it because once you go over a certain threshold, the film does have some good moments. By the same token, I could just as well have skipped it entirely. This is not a roarer, but it will please those who like their movies crass. (Last viewed: February 2015)

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Corner Gas: The Movie posterCorner Gas: The Movie
      2014 | Canada | Laughs: 3.0 | imdb: 8.0
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Having enjoyed a number of episodes from the Canadian TV series Corner Gas some years ago, I was intrigued to watch the movie. The fact that it aired on television a few days after its theatrical release is no small hint about the film's merits, and indeed we found it mediocre in a number of departments: the plot, to be sure, but that doesn't matter one bit when a movie triggers hard laughter; laughs were not forthcoming. We still enjoyed seeing the familiar faces of these "old friends", but that pleasure was accompanied by a distinct feeling of having moved on. (Last viewed: December 2014)

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Travis – York, PA
June 09, 2014 - 20:01
Subject: Movie Screwed

The movie "screwed" about the butler that steals his bosses dog it's hilarious. It ends up turning into a big adventure that deals with theft, kidnapping, extortion (ransom) and attempting to get back at a mean boss, but everyone involved learns something at the end of the day about themselves and each other, all in all pretty funny. However it does start out a little slow.
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Andy
June 15, 2014 - 14:43
Subject: RE: Movie Screwed

Thanks Travis, without your message I might never have heard about it. Will look for it! Wishing you a relaxing weekend, -Andy
Marsha – Orlando, Fl
February 22, 2014 - 18:14
Subject: Funniest Movie

I was surprised when I didn't find " Liar, liar" (Jim Carey) on the list. It makes me laugh over and over every single time.
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Andy
February 28, 2014 - 08:13
Subject: RE: Funniest Movie

Hi Marsha, Liar Liar is there. Is the search box not working? Please let me know if you find a bug. www.laughdb.com/movies.html?m=liar-liar Kind regards A
elijah – clearwater fl
January 08, 2014 - 14:38
Subject: funny movie

You missed the funnest of all time: Old Dogs.
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Andy
January 08, 2014 - 16:00
Subject: RE: funny movie

Hi Elijah, Thanks for your advice! I'd love to watch it. It looks like there are two Old Dogs. Do you mean this one http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0976238 or this one? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130090 Wishing you a fun day
faye tackett – illinois
October 08, 2013 - 13:55
Subject: you missed a movie!

Where is Mash? I think this is one of the funniest movies of all time followed by Animal House.
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Andy
October 08, 2013 - 15:18
Subject: RE: you missed a movie!

Hi Faye,

>you missed a movie! Where is Mash?

I put Mash into the search box. This came out: http://www.laughdb.com/movies.html?m=mash

But thank you for trying to improve the database, always looking for things I've missed!

And feel free to add your comments to the Mash page, as my review only reflects one person's taste. :)

Wishing you a beautiful week,

Andy
AJ – Buffalo NY
December 27, 2011 - 09:50
Subject: Funniest Movie I've ever seen

Horrible Bosses is the funniest movie I have EVER seen! By far.
Very funny movies:
Stealing Harvard
Evolution
Sorority Boys
Old School
Newer movies that were pretty funny:
friends with benefits
no strings attached


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