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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SHOW ME THE FUNNY

Sir Alexander Dane: Could they be the miners?
Fred Kwan: Sure, they're like three years old.
Sir Alexander Dane: MINERS, not MINORS.
Fred Kwan: You lost me.

Humor is very subjective. There is much in life which people think is totally up to each person which is not (beauty, for instance), but humor really is up to each person. What I find hilarious you might shrug at. Some people find the TV cartoon Archer hilarious and I just chuckle once in a while at it.

That said, there are some things that people find really funny almost without exception, and that results in a lot of success. Comedians like Eddie Murphy and Jeff Foxworthy have made millions due to that factor.

So here's a list of the movies that make me laugh the hardest, the funniest, most entertaining movies I've ever seen. There might be funny movies out there I have not and should see, but this is my list. I would try to list them in order, but its nearly impossible.
  • Blazing Saddles - almost flawless, although the ending is bizarre and silly
  • Galaxy Quest - so many quotable lines, just makes me laugh so hard
  • Naked Gun - The sequel is just as funny, and the third one has some great moments, too
  • Stripes - Again, quotable, although the end with the war winabego is odd
  • Airplane - for extra laughs, watch a few of the Airport movies first
  • Duck Soup - Marx Brothers at their best
  • Better Off Dead - so quotable, so funny. I can't believe I forgot this movie.
  • Caddyshack - Again, so many quotable lines
  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid - hilarious spoof of detective novel
  • Animal House - Quotable lines, great moments, and a genre-creating movie
  • Hot Fuzz - I laughed so hard I was weeping
  • A Fish Called Wanda - Still incredibly hilarious
  • Ghostbusters - More quotes per scene than almost any movie.
  • Office Space - Especially funny if you've worked in an office
  • Super Troopers - Hilarious from beginning to end
  • High Anxiety - Mel Brooks' second funniest movie, it does to suspense thrillers what Blazing Saddles did to westerns
  • Tommy Boy - So much promise, a new "road to" pair.
  • Up In Smoke - Drug humor usually leaves me bored, but these guys were genuinely funny
  • A Shot in the Dark - And the Pink Panther franchise is born
  • Liar, Liar - Jim Carrey at his best, such a fun movie
  • A Night at the Opera - Marx brothers having so much fun its addictive
  • Beerfest - Das BOOOOOT!!!
  • The Road to Bali - Hard to really pick just one, they're all so much fun. And roughly the same movie.
  • The Bank Dick - WC Fields, kids, family troubles, and just having fun
  • Happy Gilmore - the bleeped out swearing scene is funnier than any ten jokes with foul language
  • Austin Powers - Not as funny as it thinks it is, but still lots of fun
  • Bowfinger - hilarious sendup of Hollywood, and the last time Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin were funny
Then there are movies that are very funny but aren't comedies. Films that have very funny parts or are hilarious but are also dramatic, even scary at times. These can be funnier than comedies in parts, but aren't really comedic overall.
  • The Thin Man - The book is just as funny, if not more so.
  • Oh Brother Where Art Thou - And the music is wonderful
  • 48 Hours - The beginning of buddy cop movies
  • Broadcast News - So many great lines and such a great satire of news media
  • Groundhog Day - Wonderful movie, one of the best
  • Steamboat Bill, jr - Unbelievable stunts mixed with fun
  • My Man Godfrey - One of the best movies ever, such a lovable film
  • This Is Spinal Tap - Loads of fun
  • Trading Places - Eddie Murphy really did used to make funny movies
  • Beverly Hills Cop - honest
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - Sometimes quite sad, but overall hilarious
  • Singin In The Rain - Best musical ever, plus the adorable young Debbie Reynolds
  • Raising Arizona - Cohen brothers' first film, and its terrific
Then there are movies I found incredibly funny but disturbing at the same time. The disgusting or unnecessarily foul parts detracted from the overall enjoyment for me and I can't really list them up with the rest of the comedies. Some on the list come close (Caddyshack, for instance) but squeak by. All of these were flawed by parts of an otherwise great film.
  • Tropic Thunder - Overall hilarious and well done but Jack Black's character was utterly needless and not funny.
  • Team America: World Police - Were all those scenes really necessary?
  • South Park movie - Very funny but again, you went too far.
  • Kingpin - Yeah, well. Funny but wow. You went there.
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - lots of funny bits, but too many I'd be ashamed to admit I saw.
You really can be funny without gratuitous sex and profanity. Honest.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Mal said...

I would definitely have to put The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean in the"movies that are very funny but aren't comedies" list. PLENTY of hilarious quotes!

2:02 PM, July 31, 2012  
Anonymous JoelAT said...

Blood Simple was actually the Coen Brothers first "hollywood" movie. But it's not funny in any way.

2:45 PM, July 31, 2012  
Anonymous Aptronym said...

If you get the chance, try A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. One of the funniest musicals I've ever seen.

4:21 PM, July 31, 2012  
Blogger Christopher Taylor said...

You're right, Forum is a flat out hilarious movie and belongs in the list. And yeah, Blood Simple was the first Coen brothers movie Joel. I keep forgetting that one.

10:59 AM, August 01, 2012  
Anonymous Igor said...

If 'Young Frankinstein' wasn't the funniest movie ever made call me A-B-NORMAL

7:26 AM, August 02, 2012  
Anonymous zipper said...

The show "Jackass" wasn't my cup of tea. It was a stupid show with stupid antics. Yet somehow the movie Jackass is hilarious throughout.

Maybe it's the lack of commercial breaks. Or maybe I realized that the guys doing these stunts were professional stuntmen and the show is "how do stuntmen have fun" rather than merely stupid human tricks.

Also, on the Mel Brooks front, you've notably omitted The Producers.

11:34 AM, August 02, 2012  

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