Alex Gutierrez, Salmon and Alaskan Folkways Correspondent, asks and answers in the Atlantic: What happens to the comedy of errors in the age of cell phones?
Take American Graffiti. If that film had been set today instead of 1962, it wouldn’t have made any sense at all—and not because kids don’t hang out at sock hops and in diners anymore. Richard Dreyfuss would never have spent the night split between his ex-girlfriend and a local gang if he had been able to call all his friends, and he definitely wouldn’t have asked Wolfman Jack to read his cell phone number over the radio airwaves in an attempt to connect with a hot blonde woman, allowing all of Modesto to prank call him. He would have never received a call from said love interest in a pay phone, because pay phones are impossible to find these days.