Thursday, July 11, 2019

Not a Master of the Tomatometer

During his new stand-up special, Aziz Ansari asked an audience member what she thought of the movie Crazy Rich Asians:

Aziz:  "Any white people here see Crazy Rich Asians?  Raise you hands, anybody?  Yeah?  Yeah.  You ma'am, in the front, you saw it?  Yeah, It had like a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.  You think it was that good?  97%?  Ehh, maybe a little less?  What number would you give it?"

Audience member:  "85."

Aziz:  "85.  Wow.  12% less.  Anything in particular you didn't like that made you dock it 12 points?"

It's so weird how people don't seem to understand how Rotten Tomatoes works.  The % score isn't meant to be a grade. It's just a reflection of what percentage of the critics gave the movie a positive (or fresh) review.  If every critic in the world kinda like a particular movie, that movie would have a 100% Tomatometer rating. 

If Crazy Rich Asians had a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, that just means that 97% of critics liked the movie.  So what the woman in the audience is saying is that she feels that only 85% of critics should've liked the movie.  Well....that's what she's accidentally saying.  I'm guessing what she thought she was saying is that the movie was more of a "B" than it was an "A+." 

I wonder if Aziz Ansari understands how the Tomatometer works?  I'd like to think he does, and that he was fucking with the audience member in two ways:  First by making her nervous in admitting she wasn't a huge fan of Crazy Rich Asians, and second by exposing the fact that she doesn't understand how the Tomatometer works!

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