Things have been a little heavy lately.
I wanted a lil’ chuckle.
So I’ve gone a little light this time around and give you the list of the ten funniest movies ever made. This list is completely inarguable. Enjoy!
1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
It’s probably as funny as it is to me because I see my brother and myself in it. I mean, it’s spot-on to the tone of the conversations and types of insults.
Even stranger, is that when we’re together, he’s Neal and I’m Del, but when I’m out in the world I feel more like Neal every day. I can’t even think of scenes from this movie without laughing.
2. The Odd Couple
Dry, classic humor. Oscar’s meltdown at the end is possibly one of the greatest wig-outs in cinema (OK, theatre as well, but I’m talking about the movie here) history. A timeless classic, it’s edged out just because by the end of Planes I’m ready to hug Del Griffith; at the end of Odd Couple I still want to kill Felix.
3. Dumb & Dumber
My brother astutely observed that how great a movie is, can be marked by how many references you can make to it. Dumb & Dumber is chock full of those moments. It’s live-action Beavis & Butt-Head and perfectly done at that. It’s also well before Jim Carrey started taking himself too seriously. I miss that.
4. Old School
This is the only movie I’ve seen in the theatre that made me fall out of my chair laughing. Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell are at the top of their game; Jeremy Piven is perfect at playing a bitter jackass. And let’s give Luke Wilson credit for being a great ‘straight man.’ He keeps it all together with his reactions, a great anchor for his mentally unbalanced friends. Down side: Craig Kilborn. I don’t like that guy because I can tell the smarm is real, not an act.
I will always love this movie. It’s bizarre, it’s got Bill Murray’s "comeback performance" when he perfected his art and Brian Cox is the perfect "nemesis" to the narcissistic Max. It’s got a whimsy to it that keeps it light and keeps you off-guard. I’ll also admit that there are aspects of Max that remind me more than a little of me in high school.
6. Blazing Saddles
This movie would never get made today, unless it featured Tyler Perry in a fat suit. And that’s because we’ve all become a bunch of weak-kneed wimps in fear that someone might not get the joke. If they don’t get the joke, f*** them.
7. Young Frankenstein
In a lifetime of classic performances, Gene Wilder’s finest moment. I miss Mel Brooks in his prime. The man was genuinely funny. And no, it’s not an accident that Spaceballs didn’t make the list. I like it, it makes me laugh, but it tries too hard to be ranked in the top ten; for every moment that I like, there’s another that makes my spine lock up. It’s the precise moment when Brooks jumped the shark.
8. Kentucky Fried Movie
I re-watched this recently, and though it’s not as funny to me now as it once was, it will always be in the Top Ten for three reasons: Big Jim Slade, Fistful of Yen and Danger Seekers.
Bill Murray. Ted Knight. Rodney Dangerfield. These three men overcame the presence of Chevy Chase to deliver three of the best comedic performances ever filmed.
Let’s face it. Bill Murray is one of my favorite comic actors, and will be always. This movie is buoyed by Dan Aykroyd before he started to stink on ice and Harold Ramis in a rare starring role. All the supporting cast are great, too, including Sigourney Weaver. Any movie that pulls off a giant marshmallow man as a villain has got to be a winner. For the record, Ghostbusters 2 was not as bad as everyone says, but it’s definitely not one for the Top Ten.
Top Ten Lists do satisfy my OCD about the number five because they are evenly divisible by five.
However, I figured I’d toss out the most humor-less movies I’ve ever seen as well:
1. Dracula: Dead and Loving It – Joey and I sat through to the end only because they wouldn’t give us our money back. Super disappointing because of Leslie Nielsen and Mel Brooks both missing the mark.
2. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan – You also don’t laugh at the Zohan.
3. Idiocracy – I didn’t even crack a smile. Don’t tell me it’s funny “because it’s…” It’s not funny. Ron’s got my back on this.
4. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry – You know what’s funny about politically correct humor? Nothing. After Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore…how can you go so wrong, Adam Sandler? You disappoint me, and I hate being disappointed.
5. Life Stinks – Ironic. Mel Brooks makes both lists twice.
It felt good to get this off my chest. Let’s do it again soon. Adam Sandler is bound to release something again.