In a new video essay, YouTuber and film buff Patrick Willems breaks down the genius of Adam McKay and explains what exactly makes the director’s brand of “smart dumb” comedy so uniquely special.

Having cut his teeth as a director, writer and actor at Saturday Night Live, McKay exploded into wider cultural significance with mid-’00s smash hits such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers. Describing his comedic approach as “that weird kind of satire where you’re making fun of it but you’re also doing it,” Willems’s neat dissection proves that there’s a lot more going on in the aforementioned titles than just mere slapstick humor.

After you’re finished, you can find out why Willems thinks The Fast and the Furious is actually great below.

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