Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thursday Randomness

My Top 10 Favorite Comedic Films

These films are ones that will warm your heart, make you laugh, or help get you out of a bad mood. My mother wanted a comedies list. So, in alphabetical order, this movies list is for you Mom!

Amelie (2001): Lighthearted and naive Amelie celebrates life in the Montemarte neighborhood of Paris. This is one of my favorite films, and just makes you feel good after watching it. Katie and I had the pleasure of spending time in Montemarte while in Paris, and it's as magical as the film. "I had two heart attacks, an abortion, did crack...all while I was pregnant. Other than that, I'm fine."

Airplane! (1980): This film is literally one joke after the other for 90 minutes, spanning nearly every genre of comedy (satire, irony, puns, slapstick, impersonations, and everything in between). Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Nielsen are hilarious.  "'Surely you can't be serious!' 'I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.'"

Dumb and Dumber (1994): About one third of the pop-culture references I make in conversation throughout the day stem from this film. Katie and I watch this for our anniversary every year, and we still crack up. I could argue that this is the funniest film I've ever seen. Jim Carrey is at his comedic best. "Big Gulps, huh......whelp, see ya later!"

The Jerk (1979): Steve Martin's first major film is still hilarious. There are so many classic comedic scenes, especially the one with "he hates these cans!" and the final scene of Navin Johnson walking out in his bathrobe with all he needs. "I know we've only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days."

Little Miss Sunshine (2006): This is one of the only films that has made me laugh out loud in a theater. When the horn in their VW van gets stuck, it literally left me in tears. This is a wonderful little film about a quirky dysfunctional family finding love in the strangest of places. "'I'd like to dedicate this to my grandpa, who showed me these moves.' "Ah, that's sweet! Is he here? Where is your grandpa right now?' 'In the trunk of our car.'"

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975): The best of the British comedic troupe, this King Arthur tale has some of the silliest moments in comedy. From knights refusing to quit after losing all their limbs, to the terrible little bunny with nasty fangs, this is a medieval tale of epic proportions. Fact: I used to have the entire script memorized in junior high. The French knights are hilarious. "She turned me into a newt!.......I got better......"

Office Space (1999): This film aptly captured all the frustrations of working in an office long before Steve Carrell picked up the torch. From Michael Bolton's hatred of his own name to Peter's mullet-headed neighbor Lawrence, this film is filled with classic characters and a hilarious gangsta soundtrack. "It's my stapler....I could set the building on fire...."

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001): Almost any Wes Anderson film could be here, but Royal Tenenbaums is my favorite. This is family dysfunction at its strangest, with some of the driest humor on film. "Well, everyone knows that Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is...maybe he didn't."

The Princess Bride (1987): My love for this film stems from mid-1990s youth ministry, when this movie was a staple for overnighters. It's a fairytale with a heavy dose of wit. "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Waiting for Guffman (1996): This is my favorite from Christopher Guest's mockumentary-style comedies (This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show), which are known for insanely quirky characters, dry humor, and improvised scripts. This particular film focuses on a small town's musical production helmed by the bizarre Corky St. Clair. "Whatever, that's not the point of the story, but what the point is is that through this accidental's like a Hitchcock movie, you know, where they tie you up in a rubber bag and throw you in the trunk of a car. You find people."

What's your favorite comedy or feel-good film?


  1. I feel bad that I'm not a fan of Christopher Guest movies. Maybe I should have a CG movie marathon with Kristy so I can teach myself to like them.

  2. Brian, it's definitely an acquired taste. Which ones have you seen?