Congressman Ted Deutch, who many think has the best sense of humor of anyone in South Florida politics, is making the most of the Twitter hashtag #PassoverMovieTitles.
It started during the Seder on the first night of Passover between the matzo ball soup and the brisket when his daughter threw out a holiday-themed twist on movie titles.
"It caught on very quickly around the table. My kids and niece and nephew and family started shouting out names, and then we thought if it was entertaining to us, it would probably be entertaining to others," he said Wednesday.
So Deutch and family members started sending out pun-filled fake movie titles on Twitter. "The way the people around the country started chiming in proved that we were right," he said.
Some are outrageously funny. Others deserve a chuckle. And plenty are bad — or good enough, depending on your sense of humor — to elicit a groan of oy vey.
Among the three dozen-plus titles Deutch tweeted or retweeted: "Silence of the Lambchops," "Seder Private Ryan," "Let My People Argo," and "X-odus Men." He also offered up "Four Questions and a Funeral," a play on the "four questions" Jews ask about why the night of the Seder is different from all other nights.
Several played on foods common at the Seder table: "War Horse Radish," "Silence of the Lamb-shank," "ShawShankBone Redemption," and "Dude, Where's My Karpas?" Karpas is the parsley or celery traditionally dipped in salt water during the Seder ritual.
Matzo was, of course, the most common word substitute, inspiring "Matzo Do About Nothing," "Matzo Mia!" "Matzo Balls of Fury," and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Matzo Factory."
Susan Heit, at her New York apartment, thought the titles were hilarious. She started following Deutch on Twitter after his office helped her parents, who live west of Delray Beach, with a constituent problem.
Joseph and Sylvia Heit are residents of the southwestern Palm Beach County and northwestern Broward district listed by the North American Jewish Data Bank as one of the most heavily Jewish in the county.
"I was sitting at home laughing out loud," Susan Heit said in a phone interview. "They were hysterical, really hysterical." Heit, who said she regrets not taking a printout with her to a Seder on Tuesday night, was so impressed she tweeted praise to Deutch.
Her favorites: "Dude, Where's my Karpas?" and an entry offered by Deutch's wife: "Silver-Linings Plague-book."
At ages 84 and 80, Heit's parents aren't on Twitter. She said she plans to use old-fashioned technology to share the movie title tweets with them: making a printout and putting it in the mail.
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