My Top 10 Favorite Comedic Comedies of All Time
These types of lists are so subjective; age, tolerance of vulgarity and personal comedy preference are all factors to what people find funny. Because this is my blog and I’m writing about what I like, your feelings have no bearing as to what I chose or what order I put them in. In short, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want…or something like that. Anyway, I’m a big fan of vulgarity over slapstick or physical comedy (if you couldn’t tell by my rants), but I usually enjoy a nice combination of all three. So here it goes:
10.) Get Him to the Greek– Though the entire movie is funny, one scene stands out as my favorite and makes me laugh like a little girl every time: the ‘furry wall’ scene at a party that involves Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. Pure genius.
9.) Forgetting Sarah Marshall– I’ll do another Russell Brand movie, though technically it’s a Jason Segal movie. Either way, this movie with its “brand” (get it, Brand…Russell? Nevermind) of awkward comedy is absolutely hilarious, for example: the nude break-up. It doesn’t get more awkward than seeing Jason Segal’s junk while he’s getting dumped. I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, or cauterize my eyelids shut.
8.) The Big Lebowski– This is a strange movie; more of a dark or black comedy, starring the awesomely fantastic Jeff Bridges. It’s one of the most original movies I’ve ever seen. One of my favorite scenes features John Goodman’s character insisting he doesn’t ‘roll on shabbos’. Because of my obvious partiality to angry outbursts, the exchange between Mr. Goodman’s character ‘Walter’, Jeff Bridges ‘The dude’ and Steve Buscemi’s ‘Donny’ about the day of rest cracks me up every time. I think ‘Walter’ is a scene stealer.
7.) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut– I remember going to see this in the theater around the age of 19 and first of all, not being able to stop cracking up, and second leaving the theater thinking: ‘holy shit, they bagged on every minority in the world…how the hell did they get away with that?!” Nobody was spared; black, white, Hispanic, gay…all of them were just hammered relentlessly. This is a transcription of some of my favorite scenes, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0158983/quotes
6.) Anchorman– This is classic Will Ferrell before his movies started sucking Jim Carey style. He’s a 70’s news anchor in a male dominated, misogynistic work environment, I suppose stereotypical of that time. Due to his popularity and ego, he is the biggest purveyor of that stereotype and “hilarity ensues”. The best scene though is stolen by a still relatively unknown Steve Carrell, in which he professes his love for lamp. “I love lamp..I love lamp.”
A second great scene when a hugely memorable line is made happens when Brian Fantana wishes to woo Veronica by using Sex Panther. Discussing its illegal nature with Ron, he says, “They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.” Classic.
5.) Old School– Another pre-suck Will Farrell movie that also stars Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn, is a bit of a cult classic. It wasn’t huge at the box office but had an enormous following when it came out on DVD. I don’t know a single guy who hasn’t seen this movie. There are so many funny scenes that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a couple; instead I’ll do one scene and one quote.
The first is the wedding scene at the beginning where the wedding band (The Dan Band) sings Total Eclipse of the Heart. The first ‘fuck’ said in the song creates a sort of “did I just hear that?” look on everyone’s face.
My favorite quote of the movie is: “I’m here for the gang bang”. It’s one of the very first scenes of the movie and is said by none other than the director of the movie, Todd Phillips.
4.) 40 Year Old Virgin– I watched this a hundred times when it came out on DVD. Steve Carrell is so believable as this lovable, naïve virgin. After having several bad attempts at losing his virginity when in his youth, he just gave up and focused more on toy collectibles. During a midnight poker game towards the beginning of the movie, it’s eventually brought out that ‘Andy’ has never been with a woman. When discussing his “hook-up” with a dirty, nasty girl that liked to “get it on all the time”, they asked what her boobs were like. Andy replies: “You know how when you grab a woman’s breast…it feels like…a bag of sand.” Right on the money!
3.) Zoolander– This is an older movie and an extremely stupid one, however, it’s absolutely genius in its stupidity. Ben Stiller is at his comedic apex here and has done little else that compared. I have probably watched this satire on ‘male models’ two hundred times and never once got tired of it. One of my absolute all-time favorite scenes in a movie happens when Zoolander and his other male model friends are gassing up the Jeep and it progresses into a, no shit, gasoline fight set to the song, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go’, by Wham. Things don’t end well when a cigarette is lit. This is followed by the funeral where Stiller gives his ‘eugoogolee’, as he calls it, for his male model friends who died in a “freak gasoline fight accident”.
2.) The Hangover– This is the new classic in comedy movies. There’s nothing I can say about this flick that everyone doesn’t already know. Zach Galifianakis is the obvious choice for favorite character in the movie. Everything that comes out of his mouth is gold…”Thanks a lot Bin Laden!” Ed Helms’ character Stu was almost as equally hilarious in his role. At the end of the movie when he finally tells off his less than likable girlfriend who “fucked a sailor”, the exchange between the two about made me cry laughing. To see the full conversation, go to this link: http://imdb.com/title/tt119646/quotes
1.) Remember, this is my top ten list of movies; I would venture to guess 100% of anyone who reads this would have a somewhat different list of their own. So…with that being said, please don’t crucify me for my number one; Wedding Crashers. Aside from it being absolutely hilarious, it actually has sentimental value to me as it got me through a bit of a rough time. I watched it every night to get my mind off things for at least the 90 or so minutes it spanned. After all, that’s all we can ask of a movie isn’t it…to allow us to escape reality for a short amount of time? Favorite quote: “Crab cakes and football! That’s what Maryland DOES!!” I’m not going into much detail about the movie; if you haven’t seen it, first, punch yourself in the ovaries; if you don’t have ovaries, punch yourself there anyway. Second; go rent it, buy it, steal it…I don’t care, just get your hands on a copy and enjoy the hell out of it. That’s about all folks!