I have a pretty dry/perverted sense of humor, so I can be a bit picky when it comes to comedies. But these ones a definite gems and make me laugh every time I watch them.
1. Office Space
If you have ever worked in an office, this is the only movie that truely captures how much it can suck sometimes. The dumbass politics, the BS, smug egotistical managers, etc, are all featured and mocked. This film also makes you feel a little less lonely, knowing that you’re not the only one who questions their life choices and being an office drone.
2. The Three Amigos
I used to watch this hilarious movie when I was a young kid and still love it! (Wonder how many kids nowadays will still say that about Hannah Montana when their 30). Steve Martin is particularly funny in this crazy flick about three American “gringo actors” who play Mexican heroes in silent films. But after getting fired, they get roped into saving a real Mexican village from an evil gang and ‘El Guapo’. Plus, this flick has a singing horse in it, so its gotta be good!
3. The Princess Bride
Another beautiful 80s movie, its more of a romantic-comedy. Great actors, beautiful sets, hilarious one liners, this movie has got it all! The story starts with a grandfather reading a story to his grandson about two lovers devotion to each other and the need to fight to keep that love alive. “Wuuuuv, tru wuvv!”
I’m not much of a golfer, but this movie actually makes watching it enjoyable. Mainly by mocking the hell out of the sport and those crazy country club snobs. Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray are the stars of this movie and play their roles well as the country club misfits. This movie is also great for quoting:
Sandy: I want you to kill every gophers on the golf course!
Carl Spackler: (Bill Murray)Correct me if I’m wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers, they’re gonna lock me up and throw away the key…
Sandy: Not golfers, you great fool! Gophers! The *little* *brown*, *furry* *rodents* -!
Carl Spackler: We can do that; we don’t even have to have a reason. All right, let’s do the same thing, but with gophers -!
Al Czervik: (Rodney Dangerfield) Oh, this your wife, huh? A lovely lady. Hey baby, you must’ve been something before electricity.
5. Groundhog Day
Bill Murray again stars as an arrogant news reporter who has to travel to some hillbilly town in Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog celebrations, but ends up living the same crap day over and over. He is my sarcastic, cynical, horny hero who learns the hard way, the necessity of tact and being a bit more sensitive to other people.
6. The Great Outdoors
More 80s stars are featured in this hilarious flick about one family’s summer vacation in a resort cabin. Of course, things go awry and it is awesome when they do! Watching this movie makes me miss John Candy. *sigh*
7. Uncle Buck
Speaking of Candy-My next fav is “Uncle Buck”. John plays a down on his luck uncle from the big city who baby sits his sister’s kids in the middle of suburbia. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, but has a heart of gold! Wish my babysitters in the past were as cool.
8. Night at the Roxbury
Score! Two SNL comedians-Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan- play two greasy douchebags who have two goals-1. To score and 2. Upon being rejected from the hippest nightclub, want open their own “indoor/outdoor” night club. You might recognize these guys by seeing their exact clones in every single nightclub.
This movie is so ridiculous and was panned by critics, but I can’t help but relate to nerdy, Catholic school girl Mary Catherine Gallagher (played by Molly Shannon) who dreams of being a “SUPER-STAR”!
10.National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Features one man’s psychotic obsession with having the “picture perfect Christmas Holiday with his family” but of course nothing goes as planned. Again Chevy Chase when he was actually in movies.
So that’s it. Yes, I know most are from the 1980s, but I’m a child of that period and firmly believe that comedies were better then. What are some of your favorite comedies?