Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Favorite Films: Comedies (non-1980's)

Last week, we were shocked to find how the 1980’s dominate comedy. This week we remind ourselves that others eras did comedy too. Here are my favorite non-1980’s comedies. Filling this list with comedies I enjoy was actually a lot harder.

1. Silver Streak (1976): Gene Wilder at his best, along with popular side kick Richard Pryor, this is a strong romantic comedy about a man who keeps getting thrown off a train that he needs to be on.

2. A Night At The Opera (1935): More than any other of their films, A Night At The Opera highlights the wide talent abilities of the brothers as well as their comedic genius. Combining both verbal humor with slapstick, this film works on so many levels.

3. Hot Shots (1991): The heir to the Airplane! franchise, this film ripped a huge hole in all the action tropes of the 1980s and it’s just hilarious.

4. The Muppet Movie (1979): The Muppets have a miserable history with films in that almost all of them suck pretty badly. This is the one time they really captured the essence of the Muppets and what we love about them.

5. Office Space (1999): Dude, this film speaks to my generation.

6. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997): Not only are this and the sequel the perfect parodies of the James Bond franchise, but they gave us unforgettable characters like Mini-Me and an amazing amount of quotable dialog.

7. Not Another Teen Movie (2001): Yet another parody film, this one actually rises head and shoulders above the rest. This film is not only hilarious, but it hits its targets perfectly.

8. Duck Soup (1933): Like Night At The Opera, this film lets the Marx Brothers roam free and do what they do best. Ultimately though, this is Groucho’s show as he drives an insane, but also insanely funny plot.

9. Blazing Saddles (1974): This film is hilarious on so many levels. Not only does it parody all the western tropes, but it does so while poking fun at Hollywood and delving heavily into the issue of race in a way others haven’t been willing. Those things raise this film just slightly above Young Frankenstein in my book.

10. Animal House (1978): Not only is this the film that started the entire college movie genre, but it actually does it better than all the copies to come. That’s pretty impressive. Also, it’s full of iconic moments.

11. Rat Race (2001): This is a fun movie that doesn’t pretend to be anything more than that. Well written, well acted, funny and entertaining, I find this to be a good deal more enjoyable that the film it’s copying: “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” which I find to be too dry and too reliant on having a famous cast.

12. Scott Pilgrim v. The World (2010): This is definitely a niche film, but it’s really amazingly funny if you’re in that niche.

13. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944): A dark comedy by Frank Capra, Cary Grant learns on his wedding day that his aunts are insane.

14. Those Magnificent Men And Their Flying Machines (1965): This is one of those comedies that relies on a large group of comedians to come play out various national stereotypes under the guise of engaging in an airplane race. Good fun and clever at times, this is a bit of a nostalgia trip.

15. Africa Screams (1949): I list this one because it’s the one I remember the most, but honestly, all of Abbott and Costello’s films kind of run together. That said, they had their moments!

Thoughts?

44 comments:

Floyd R. Turbo said...

Great list...

1. My Man Godfrey -- William Powell and Carole Lombard (and Gail Patrick -- hmmm... icy!) screwball comedy.

2. The Thin Man series -- love them... comedy capers William Powell and Myrna Loy -- best chemistry in film history

3. Young Frankenstein is the pinnacle of Mel Brooks comedies -- the pitch perfect parody/satire of Universal horror movies -- almost perfect in every way.

4. His Girl Friday -- Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant -- rapid fire dialogue delivered and directed perfectly.

5. Kung Fu Hustle -- great martial arts film and himage to American slapstick movies.

6. So I Married an Axe Murderer -- Austin Power's is Mike Myers magnum opus to be sure, but this was a worthy precursor -- between Wayne's World (also great) and AP. His Scottish dad and the beat poem -- "Woman" are great.

7. Anchorman. I liked it. Yeah Farrell is a prick, but I stand by this movie.

8. School of Rock. Jack Black as a substitute school teacher who gives the private school kids a crash course in rock history... I like it's spirit... funny and good music.

9. A Knight's Tale... I know it's on TNT on permanent rotation... I can watch bits of it all the way through. Heath Ledger., Alan Tudyk and Paul Bettany as Chaucer. The first to really use anachronisms as a gimmick... great stuff.

10. Get Shorty -- John Travolta, Dennis Farina... funny movie

11. 1970s HM to Smokey and the Bandit... I don't know if it's still funny... but it made the late 1970s.

Tennessee Jed said...

Captain America World Police, Some Like It Hot; The Long, Long Trailer; Animal House; Fast Times at Ridgemont High; Office Space; Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother; Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Pretty much all the ones you and Floyd mentioned. Apologies if any actually ended up as 80's since I didn't verify

AndrewPrice said...

Jed, Nice additions! :D

AndrewPrice said...

Floyd, Thanks! I should have added Get Shorty! I like that one enough and it will probably come up on my quirky films list. His Girl Friday is really good too. It really shows Russell at the top of her comedic form. And man, how could I forget Smokey and the Bandit?!

Floyd R. Turbo said...

I forgot Dumb and Dumber... the original had me laughing out loud before LOL was "a thing". The bathroom scene was highlarious -- especially in the theater and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. :-)

I also forgot this one on the 80s post but Pee Wee's Big Adventure was also great -- subversive and very smart.

My wife and I enjoy Meet the Parents... something about watching it together -- we laugh hard at that movie -- I think together we make it funnier.

Anonymous said...

Father of the Bride - the original with Spencer Tracy and the remake with Steve Martin. Martin's alot like Babe Ruth to me. When he misses he strikes out, but when he connects he really connects.
Speaking of Steve Martin and non 1980s comedies, The Jerk.
Mr Blandings Builds his Dream house.
And speaking of Cary Grant,Walk Don't Run, with him and Jim Hutton. One of the neat things about the bygone days of pre cable tv was that local stations had to pull out obscure old movies to fill air time,particularly late at night. Because I grew up in that era I got to see alot of movies that I otherwise wouldn't have. Hutton is an olympic race walker but he won't tell anyone what event he's in because he's embarrassed. Hijinks ensue.
I think Adam Sandler ought to have his screen actors guild card removed but Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy still do it for me.
Jane Fonda is the Queen of all Douches and Robert Redford's not far behind her but I forget that whenever Barefoot In the Park is on.
The first time my wife and I watched Oh Brother Where Art Thou we played it 3 times in a row.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Watching Johnathan Winters go berserk never gets old.
Continued
GypsyTyger

Anonymous said...

Speaking of mad worlds, Dr. Strangelove. Yeah, I said it. A lot of conservatives have a problem with this one, but that problem was neatly addressed by Dr. Vincent Prince, who taught American History at Wilmington College in the 1980s. Prince was a conservative on a liberal campus, a beacon of common sense amid the impeach Reagan nuclear freeze campus hysteria of the era.
Dr. Prince once said that every American should have to watch Dr. Strangelove before they could register to vote. The people who didn't laugh couldn't vote because a; they were too dumb to get the humor,in which case you don't want them voting, or b; they were so far to the right that it offrnded them, in which case you REALLY don't want them voting! Nuff said.
I've always felt the same way about one of my very favorite films, Canadian Bacon. Michael Moore might have intended it to be mean spirited, because he's never done anything that wasn't mean spirited in his life, but it didn't come out that way. John Candy and mean spirited just don't go together.
"There's a time to act and a time to think. And this, gentlemen, (Waves pistol in air) is no time to think!"
Anything with Abbott and Costello. Yeah, you're right, they all do blur together, but in a good way.
GypsyTyger

Anonymous said...

P.S. Just to settle the issue, Smoky And the Bandit is still funny as hell, and it still rules.
GypsyTyger

ScottDS said...

Andrew -

I will address your favorites, then add some of my own in the next post.

Silver Streak - Honestly, this movie did nothing for me, but I saw it when I was in a shitty mood so I should try again.

A Night at the Opera - A classic, but also the first movie they made at MGM where Irving Thalberg made them include things like “plot” and “romantic interludes.” I know some folks consider their earlier Paramount films more consistently funny.

Hot Shots - I actually prefer the second film to this one. But I love the rivalry between Sheen and Elwes. “Are not!” "Are too!”

The Muppet Movie - I actually grew up watching the two following films and have only seen this one once. It didn’t quite have the impact on me at 30 that it might’ve had at 6.

Office Space - I thought it was merely okay. Then I joined the working world and realized how accurate it was.

Austin Powers - I was there opening night!! Before everyone and their mother started saying “Yeah, baby!” I was there enjoying this one.

Not Another Teen Movie - The future Captain America proves how funny he can be. (And who doesn’t love the foreign exchange student?) ;-) “Man, that shit’s wack!”

Duck Soup - Also a classic, but I showed it to a friend who thought Harpo and Chico were too sadistic. They make life Hell for a lemonade vendor - usually they only do that to someone who deserves it and this guy didn’t. But I love the break-in, the mirror scene, and Groucho’s constant wardrobe changes at the end.

Blazing Saddles - Agreed! I wish some of my friends would give it a shot - they think the opening is too slow-paced but I disagree.

Animal House - Definitely in my top 10. I showed it to a friend who thought it was kinda poorly-made, but agreed with its place in the pantheon and how so many movies have stolen from it. “A pledge pin?!?!?!”

Rat Race - Surprisingly funny. As for Mad World, I never thought it was as funny as its reputation suggests but I appreciate the spectacle. (Criterion just did a restoration, scouring the planet for every usable scrap to incorporate into a longer cut.)

Scott Pilgrim - An instant cult classic!

Arsenic and Old Lace - This one makes up for having to sit through Bringing Up Baby which I hated. Love the brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt!

Those Magnificent Men - Haven’t seen this one in a while but I remember liking it. Wasn’t there another one with cars? Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies?

Africa Screams - Never got into Abbot & Costello for some reason… I was a Marx Brothers/Three Stooges guy.

Mike said...

Maybe it's not rib-splitting funny enough to be on the list, but Groundhog Day is one of my favorite comedies.

ScottDS said...

Now for my favorites:

Trapped in Paradise - This one just makes me laugh, even though there are stretches where nothing funny happens. Nicolas Cage’s mannerisms are cranked to 11! Borderline Capra-esque.

Brain Donors - A pseudo-remake of A Night at the Opera, this one has been a favorite for years. If one joke doesn’t work, just wait five seconds. This is also one of the few movies I’ve seen on IMDb with little to no negative user reviews.

Clerks - Not something I watch often but definitely influential. Nowadays, I enjoy Kevin Smith’s podcasts more so than some of his movies.

Drop Dead Gorgeous - A darkly funny mockumentary about a beauty pageant, and very un-PC. (I’m glad this film didn’t come out now, otherwise every hack critic would be comparing it to Sarah Palin’s upbringing. I’m not saying they’d be wrong, but still!) :-)

Dr. Strangelove - My favorite Kubrick film. I have no idea if I understood it the first time I saw it, but I do now. As per Kubrick, it’s immaculate in its execution and Ken Adam’s war room is as famous a movie set as you can have. Sellers gets a lot of the comedy action but George C. Scott steals the show.

Network - Not quite a “comedy” but this satire has sadly come true for the most part. Yeah, it’s one of those movies where characters talk in speeches but it’s a favorite and just a tad over the top. :-)

The Nutty Professor Jerry Lewis’ magnum opus, though I think Cinderfella, The Disorderly Orderly, and The Bellboy all have classic moments, as does the underrated The Patsy, in which Lewis’ nobody character is groomed to be a star even though he has no discernible talents. (Which is commonplace today!)

Animal Crackers - This is the Marx Brothers’ second-longest movie (97 minutes) and as a kid, I thought it was the dullest. But today, I realize how funny it is. You get the famous “I shot an elephant” speech, a great piano scene with Chico and Harpo, Groucho’s classic letter to his lawyers, and Margaret Dumont who has to deal with it all.

Grandma’s Boy - I can’t tell you what a surprise this one was. I didn’t expect anything and laughed all the way through!

Outlaw13 said...

Here's some I enjoy that haven't been mentioned.

Old School. "True love is hard to find, sometimes you think you have true love and then you catch the early flight home from San Diego and a couple of nude people jump out of your bathroom blindfolded like a goddamn magic show ready to double team your girlfriend..." Who hasn't been there? :)

Role Models. Raunchy as hell and I found it really funny. The opening scene is awesome just for the comeback to some high school kids.

All the Peter Sellers Pink Panther films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXn2QVipK2o

Kentucky Fried Movie. You wouldn't have Airplane without it. The Groove Tube is another like KFM that has a lot of funny stuff in it, but more misses than hits I think.

Outlaw13 said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention the awesome: Super Troopers. Broken Lizard make never make another funny movie but this one hits all the right places.

PikeBishop said...

As some have already pointed out:

Scot: "Drop Dead Gorgeous" is on my top ten list, a sadly overlooked classic. Great cast and Denise Richards proves that, given the right material, not only could she act but be downright funny. How about the scene where the crew from COPS shows up, after all that buildup? The beer can? :-)

Would also like to add my love for "Not Another Teen Movie." No film since Airplane, or perhaps Austin Powers, has ever done a complete search and destroy comedic destruction of every cliché trope in an entire genre. My students and I still make "slow clap" jokes (too soon) to this day. And yes the foreign exchange student. (killing two birds with one stone, making fun of the pointless nudity and the Shannon Elizabeth hot foreign student trope, she just walks around topless the entire film, even at school. Brilliant.)

"Groundhog Day" although I really consider that more of drama with comedic elements.

How about some love for a now forgotten Chevy Chase/Goldie Hawn vechicle (the film that started their partnership) "Foul Play" a 1978 film about a plot to assasainate the pope that Hawn gets drawn into and is helped by Chase, who is really at the top of his game here.

Anonymous said...

PikeBishop;
You win the prize so far!
How could I have forgotten Foul Play?! Chase really was at the top of his game and Goldie Hawn was brilliant. Remember when she ran into Dudley Moore's apartment to hide from being followed? Through a misunderstanding Moore thought she was a swinger. As she looked out the window to see if she was still being followed Moore assembled his whole sexual gallery. Her face when she turned around was priceless - WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
Truly a great one.
GypsyTyger

Anthony said...

In no particular order.

1. Superbad - Filled with glorious insanity. I really liked the wildly irresponsible cops who played along with 'McLovin'.
2. Undercover Brother - Urkel is mentioned as part of a racist plot to destroy black 'cool', white woman are characterized as 'black man's kryptonite' and Colin Powell is brainwashed into not running for president, but opening a fried chicken restaurant.
3. There's Something About Mary - Filled with awesome, the highlight for me was the zipper scene.
4. South Park - Gross but funny as hell. Blame Canada is the greatest song ever.
5. Borat - Like South Park, its uncomfortable watching sometimes, but hilarious. Kazahstanis couldn't have been thrilled by that movie since no one knows who the heck they are.

Kit said...

Duck Soup: "If you think the country's bad off now/Just wait 'till I get through with it."

The Hangover: I loved this movie, despite the unnecessary sequels.

The Producers: The original, not the mediocre remake. Great directorial debut from Mel Brooks. Also, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.

Airplane: For reasons stated above.

Just off the top of my head.

AndrewPrice said...

Floyd, Speaking of Pee Wee Herman, another guy who's movies were actually surprisingly entertaining was Earnest.

AndrewPrice said...

GypsyTyger, Happy Gilmore is funny, but that's about as far into Adam Sandler films I can get. That's pretty funny about Dr. Strangelove.

AndrewPrice said...

Mike, Another excellent choice.

AndrewPrice said...

Scott, You should give it another try. It's worth it.

I enjoyed Rat Race a lot. Not as anything memorable, but just as a lot of fun. On Mad, Mad, World, I just never thought it was all the great of a film. It's very labored, the cast never meshes, and the story feels like a set up to see these comedians.

AndrewPrice said...

Scott, Interesting additions. I can't say that any are on my favorites list, but I definitely like Strangelove and Animal Crackers. I thought Brain Donors was ok.

AndrewPrice said...

Outlaw, Kentucky Fried Movie! LOL! I had no idea what I was watching when I saw it the first time, but it made me laugh my butt off.

On Broken Lizard, I wish they were funnier. I kind of like Beerfest and Club Dread, but they just aren't enough to recommend. There is something missing.

AndrewPrice said...

PikeBishop, Not Another Teen Movie really deserves more credit than it received. It not only wiped out every single trope and cliche, but it did it while making a pretty decent teen film itself. This is a parody based on love, not anger, and it shows. It's also packed with just hilarious moments.

On Chevy Chase, he did a lot of films that seem to have been dismissed as B-movies, even though they were ultimately pretty good: Deal of the Century, Fletch, Fletch Lives, Three Amigos, Spies Like Us etc. His career seems to be slowly being forgotten for some reason.

AndrewPrice said...

Anthony, South Park was really, really funny.

I enjoyed Undercover Brother. It's one of those like Deuce Bigalow, which just surprised me how funny it was and how much fun it was. Comedy which asks nothing more than just enjoying the film.

AndrewPrice said...

Kit, If anyone was truly listening to Groucho, they never would have let him anywhere near power.

PikeBishop said...

Andrew, I politely disagree.

Millions of Americans listened to Obama and..............................

Backthrow said...

Not a full list of favorites, by any means, but it's a start:

The President's Analyst (1967) James Coburn is appointed as the (unseen) U.S. president's shrink in this crazy/brilliant satire of espionage, politics, psychiatry, bureaucracy, hippies, etc. Dr. Strangelove is, of course, great, but this is actually a funnier movie.

Seven Chances (1925) Pretty much all of Buster Keaton's silent comedy features make my list, but this is my favorite. The plot is simple: bachelor (and struggling stockbroker) Buster will inherit a huge fortune if he gets married by a particular deadline, but the news of this reaches him at the 11th hour. He ends up being pursued by thousands of determined brides in a truly epic chase. The plot was ill-advisedly remade as The Bachelor with Matthew McConaughey. The original is under an hour long. Watch it!

The Bank Dick (1940) I could put nearly any W.C. Fields movie on this list, but this one is filled with so much good stuff, it leads the pack (though It's A Gift is a very close second). Climaxes with probably the funniest car chase scene, ever.

The Quiet Man (1952) Sure, this has romance and drama in it, but it's a hilarious character comedy through and through. I never tire of it.

The More the Merrier (1943) Too bad modern rom-coms aren't more like this one. In crowded, WWII-era Washington D.C., room vacancies are hard to come by. Visiting bigwig Charles Coburn manages to talk Jean Arthur into renting half of her apartment to him, and he ends up renting half of his half to Joel McCrea (who will soon be going overseas to join a bomber crew), behind her back. Then Coburn plays cupid between them, since Arthur is engaged to a stuffed-shirt type he disapproves of. Directed by the great George Stevens (Gunga Din, A Place in the Sun, Shane, Giant) and remade in the 60s as Walk Don't Run.

Champagne for Caesar (1950) Ronald Colman plays a super-genius who can't find steady work. After a surreal job interview with nutty soap company president Vincent Price, he decides to be a contestant on the popular TV quiz show Price's company sponsors, with the intent of winning enough after a marathon of appearances to take over the company himself. Price (hilarious in this) is forced to take desperate measures.

Murder, He Says (1945) Pollster Fred MacMurray seeks the whereabouts of his missing predecessor, and runs into the murderous Fleagle clan. Plays like hilarious 3-way cross between The Addams Family, Arsenic & Old Lace and Li'l Abner. The director had made The Ghost Breakers with Bob Hope 5 years earlier, and there's a joke reference to it in this film.

[cont]

Backthrow said...

Heaven Can Wait (1943) Don Ameche, figuring he belongs in hell, tells his life story to an unusually kind and sympathetic Satan (Laird Cregar). Witty to its core.

The Ladykillers (1955) A sweet little old lady unknowingly takes a gang of criminals, headed by Alec Guinness (and includes Peter Sellars), on as lodgers. The Coen Bros remake is their weakest film; I still like it, but it can't hold a candle to the original.

Love Crazy (1941) William Powell, through a misunderstanding, is threatened with divorce by his otherwise loving spouse, Myrna Loy. In a gambit to keep the marriage intact and clear things up, he feigns insanity, and is thrown in the nuthouse, where he's mocked through the fence by her new beau, Jack Carson.

One, Two, Three (1961) James Cagney gives an amazing, penultimate performance as the head of the West German division of Coca-Cola company, who has to deal with the daughter (Pamela Tiffin) of a muckity-muck of the company, who has secretly married an East German commie (Horst Buchholz).

Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) Western spoof with James Garner basically reprising his Bret Maverick character under another name. All kinds of funny, with a great supporting cast.

A Mighty Wind (2003) As much as I love This Is Spinal Tap, I think this folk-themed follow-up by Christopher Guest and company is even funnier.

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Most A&C flicks blend together, true, but this one stands out.

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968) Shirley MacLaine is the neglected wife of bra manufacturer Richard Attenborough. When low-level employee James Booth ('Hook' from Zulu) is sent to fix her sewing machine, they fall for each other, and he moves into their attic and lives there for 5 years, carrying on the tryst, without the husband knowing about it. Filled with crazy little sight gags, eccentric side characters and dream sequences, it is almost proto-Python, and John Cleese has a small, funny role in a post office scene.

Ghost World (2001) Two hipster girls (Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson), not bound for college, face life immediately after high school. Based on a graphic novel by cartoonist Dan Clowes; some dramatic elements factor in, but most of this is pretty hilarious.

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Backthrow said...

Preston Sturges' quartet of top classics:

The Lady Eve (1941)
Sullivan's Travels (1941) --One of the in-jokes of O Brother Where Art Thou is that it is supposedly the film Joel McCrea initially wants to make in Sullivan's Travels.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1946)

Some popular ones:

It Happened One Night
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
My Man Godfrey
His Girl Friday
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (not hilarious, but fun to watch)
The Pink Panther
A Shot in the Dark
MASH
Monty Python & The Holy Grail
Monty Python's Life of Brian
The Kentucky Fried Movie
Slap Shot
Animal House
Meatballs
The Freshman (1990)
Hot Shots
My Cousin Vinny
Groundhog Day
The Hudsucker Proxy
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Army of Darkness
Election
Napoleon Dynamite
Shaun of the Dead
Wedding Crashers
Mean Girls
Kung Fu Hustle
Scott Pilgrim

ScottDS said...

Backthrow -

Thanks for the heads-up on Milius - I watched it this morning and highly recommend it. In fact, I wish it had been longer - they gloss over a few movies I would've liked to hear more about.

I'm a Preston Sturges fan but I honestly can't articulate why. My favorite would probably be The Lady Eve if only for Miss Stanwyck.

And I liked A Mighty Wind but I like Best in Show just a bit more. :-)

John Jameson said...

Great list, and some cool additions, including favorites of mine such as Dr Strangelove, Team America: World Police ("I'm so wonewy!") and Monty Python's Life of Brian. The last is really an honorary 80s comedy, featuring the irreverence and parody that would make 80s comedy such fun, with an undercurrent of razor-sharp politcal satire. I think it is Monty Python's best movie: Meaning of Life is a bit hit and miss, while Holy Grail is let down by the ending - in contrast Life of Brian has one of the most memorable and uplifting endings in comedic film.

One notable omission from this lists so far: Men in Black.

Tennessee Jed said...

Ah, but monsieur Jamison, it is ....... "wafer thin"

AndrewPrice said...

PikeBishop, I hope you're right. I think his films are great. I just don't see them mentioned all that much anymore.

AndrewPrice said...

Backthrow, One, Two, Three was hilarious. It was also one of the few times where Cagney played something other than the tough-guy thug. I really enjoyed it.

AndrewPrice said...

Scott, Best in Show really rubbed me wrong. I think it's his films that gave me my aversion to Eugene Levy and that woman he's always appearing with.

AndrewPrice said...

Thanks John! My favorite Python is actually The Meaning of Life. Yeah, it's not perfect, but it's really really funny at times. I used to love The Holy Grail, but it kind of wore out with me. I should watch The Life of Brian again because I only saw it once about 20 years ago. I liked it, but it didn't make a huge impression at the time.

Men in Black! Yeah, that should be on this list too.

Alex said...

Gah! I've only seen five of these! I need to brush up on my comedies! Some good recommendations here, Andrew. Thanks!

ScottDS said...

Andrew -

By 'that woman," do you mean Catherine O'Hara? I think she's great, but I grew up watching her in Beetlejuice and the Home Alone movies so I'm biased. :-)

AndrewPrice said...

Scott, No, I mean Jennifer Coolidge. I really dislike her and the two of them often seem to go as a package deal.

AndrewPrice said...

Alex, You're welcome! Enjoy!

John Jameson said...
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John Jameson said...

Jed, that is the one line from Meaning of Life that I remember too. There are also a couple of amusing songs (e.g. Every sperm is sacred).

In Life of Brian by contrast, you will learn how to pick stones for a stoning, how to conjugate "Romans go home" in correct latin, "What have the Romans ever done for us" (apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health), how to haggle, and how to look on the bright side.

Of course, everyone should have their own favorite Python movie, because you are all individuals. Repeat in unison "We are all..."

Anonymous said...

Gun Shy
Oscar
I Love You To Death

Laugh out loud funny, superb casts, excellent performances, and brilliant screen writing.

IMO, three underrated films that didn't get the exposure they deserve.

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