The “David and Goliath” metaphor is used (far too often) to describe a clash between a superior force and an unlikely underdog. The metaphor got trotted out again when The Inbetweeners – a low-budget British movie filled with adolescent tit, bum, and fart jokes – came in this week as the most popular movie at the UK box office, pipping the American big boys.
However – and bear in mind the low-brow potty humour throughout the film – Robbie Collins gave a nice twist to the metaphor in his movie review:
This film took £13.2 million and topped the UK box office over the weekend, with the help of two days of paid previews. Cowboys & Aliens, on the other hand, took £1.8 million over the same period. It brings to mind the Biblical clash between David and Goliath – if David hadn’t just felled Goliath with a pebble from a brook, but scribbled a Hitler moustache on his upper lip and posted a photo of him pretending to fart on the giant’s head on Twitpic.
– Robbie Collin, “The Inbetweeners leaves the cowboys flat on their faces”, The Telegraph, 22 August 2011
Ho, ho. That’s why I subscribe to the Telegraph! On the interwebs.
h/t Emma England