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2012-09-06 02:48:37 PM  
Now, Hitler... there was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in ONE afternoon! TWO coats!
 
2012-09-06 02:51:55 PM  

desertgeek: I'm might get flamed for suggesting this addition to the list, but I submit for Fark's approval to movie Clue. Though like some of the others suggested, it does lose a little bit over time.

/The polling metric is all wrong
//Airplane is still one of the funniest movies ever
///Not having MP and the Holy Grail is a miserable failure and destroys the list's credibility.


Clue is brilliant. Made my wife watch it with me not long ago. She loved it.
 
2012-09-06 02:52:03 PM  
List fails because the movies whose laugh-per-minutes were counted were chosen by people who visit something called Lovefilm (a website perhaps?).

It seems none of Lovefilm's visitors were born earlier than the 1990's.

IMHO, along with the all-important timing (thank you, Boudica's War Tampon) is its quotability. If none of the dialogue was quotable, people aren't going to remember any of it.

I think that's what gives a movie "cult" status.
 
2012-09-06 02:52:42 PM  
The thing is that Airplane never goes more than 30 second without a gag. Many comedies mentioned here have stretches that are just the set-ups for a gag. Yeah, the pay off is huge, but Airplane throws so many gags at you that you're barely done laughing about one and another has already gone by. That said, I think one way of judging a comedy film by is how quotable it is, and in that regard, three of the funniest would have to be Airplane, Young Frankenstein, and Caddyshack, followed perhaps by Blazing Saddles and maybe MP and the Holy Grail. There are lots of great comedies, but those three (Airplane, YF, and Caddyshack), have entered the public lexicon to an unbelievable degree. Just mention lines like "He vas my BOYFRIEND!" or "Stop calling me Shirley" or "Oh, this is the worst-looking hat I ever saw. What, when you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh?" and people start giggling and recalling other lines from the same films.
 
2012-09-06 02:52:57 PM  
Also,

img2-2.timeinc.net
 
2012-09-06 02:53:31 PM  
If you figure in South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, you have to figure in both Beavis and Butt-head Do America and Team America: World Police as well.

In addition, Idiocracy has to be figured in if you are adding Office Space.

// Gotta dig back into the DVD collection this weekend...
 
2012-09-06 02:55:13 PM  
I fart in this list's general direction.
 
2012-09-06 02:56:25 PM  
I agree with some of those, never saw Shaun of the Dead or Bridesmaids, and I didn't think The Hangover is good enough to rank a top 10 funniest movies list.

Some I'd consider putting in:

Election
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Clerks II
PCU
Halfbaked
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
Super Troopers
Fletch
Three Amigos
The Producers
Southpark: Bigger Longer Uncut
Blazing Saddles

I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting, but that'll do for now.
 
2012-09-06 02:59:11 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: I agree with some of those, never saw Shaun of the Dead or Bridesmaids, and I didn't think The Hangover is good enough to rank a top 10 funniest movies list.

Some I'd consider putting in:

Election
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (good lord that movie sucks.)
Clerks II
PCU
Halfbaked
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle (meh. don't really get why people love this movie)
Super Troopers (hellz yeah)
Fletch (ok, but Modern Problems is funnier if we are going with 80's Chevy)
Three Amigos (meh)
The Producers
Southpark: Bigger Longer Uncut
Blazing Saddles (do people REALLY like this film that much, or is it like the Beatles, where no one much really listens anymore but still claims they are OMFG TEH BEST BAND EVAR?)

I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting, but that'll do for now.

 
2012-09-06 02:59:25 PM  
is there no love for my thermos and my dog shiathead?

you have no special purpose!
 
2012-09-06 03:01:08 PM  
I think that quotability Is the better metric. Python, Airplane, Blues Brothers, Animal House, Spinal Tap, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc all rank high.

/orange whip?
 
2012-09-06 03:02:57 PM  

author1701: Why isn't "The Exorcist" on that list?

/Keeps gettin' funnier...


collider.com

Came to see if Kentucky Fried movie, Amazon women on the moon, and Spinal Tap were mentioned here.

/satisfied
 
rpm
2012-09-06 03:04:25 PM  

frepnog: crzybtch: jchic: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Two words: Young Frankenstein

Raise: Blazing Saddles

You got my vote - Blazing Saddles was farkin hilarious!

I also thought Blues Brothers was hilarious even though some people might not consider it a "comedy"

who are those people, and can we beat them up?


Illinois Nazis.
 
2012-09-06 03:04:48 PM  
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World? Hilarious.

one of the fereaking best ever, saw that movie at least 3 times with my dad at the Castro, good times
 
2012-09-06 03:04:56 PM  

desertgeek: I'm might get flamed for suggesting this addition to the list, but I submit for Fark's approval to movie Clue. Though like some of the others suggested, it does lose a little bit over time.

/The polling metric is all wrong
//Airplane is still one of the funniest movies ever
///Not having MP and the Holy Grail is a miserable failure and destroys the list's credibility.


Fair choice; I prefer Murder By Death.
 
2012-09-06 03:08:21 PM  
I think we have a disconnect between "funny", "wit", and "shock". Three quarters of the suggested movies I'm seeing here really aren't "laugh out loud" funny. They make me smile, but laugh a minute? No. I LOVE the intelligence of Monty Python. It doesn't speak down to me or frequently rely on shock value or guttural humor, but does it make me laugh? Yes, but that's not where the brilliance of Python is. Hell, we may as well include Happy Gilmore! Once again, not a "funny" movie... but entertaining none-the-less.
 
2012-09-06 03:11:13 PM  

Cyno01: Its not a terrible list, ive certainly seen worse, and everything on there probably belongs in a top 50 list for sure... but top 10... thats arguable.

Heres my top 30 from my DVD collection

Airplane!
Anchorman
Animal House
Big Lebowski
Blazing Saddles
The Blues Brothers
Caddyshack
Army of Darkness
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Buellers Day Off
The Hangover
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
High Fidelity
Hot Fuzz
Life Aquatic
Mallrats
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Naked Gun
Office Space
Spaceballs
Shaun of the Dead
Shoot Em Up
Super Troopers
This is Spinal Tap
Tropic Thunder
True Lies
Wet Hot American Summer
Young Frankenstein
Zombieland

Flame away.


Good list that includes a number of essentials sadly lacking from other lists, i.e. Zombieland, Tropic Thunder, High Fidelity. Shaun of the Dead, Office Space... I would happily work from this list to try and pare it down to 10, gin willing, wife out of town, I'm open for argument.
 
2012-09-06 03:12:55 PM  
jackspackagestore.com

That list is just like, your opinion, man.
 
2012-09-06 03:16:27 PM  

Quiefenburger: [jackspackagestore.com image 500x282]

That list is just like, your opinion, man.


I want to watch this one again. I've watched it once, but I don't really remember anything good or bad about it. It seems to get a lot of mentions around here though, so it's probably worth another shot.
 
2012-09-06 03:16:45 PM  

angry_scientist: halfof33: Platoon.

/obscure

Sgt. Barnes is one of my role models


Hmmm, maybe it is obscure.

Therefore I win Fark, and Sarah Palin is President and someone has to shop that picture of Barry and Bubba so they are making out.
 
2012-09-06 03:16:55 PM  
"Airplane!" worked because of timing, and the concept of playing a 'straight' role for comedic effect. Peter Graves, Leslie Neilsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges - all 'serious' actors, doing funny lines....that are funnier because they're under-played, or played off as serious. Even Kareem-Abdul Jabbar plays it serious...until he snaps and lets everyone in on the joke that hey, it's Kareem! When he passes out, he's in goggles and full LA Laker uniform.

Since they're measuring 'jokes per minute', that's how ZAZ wrote the movie - keep constantly throwing jokes at the audience. Some won't stick, some will fall flat.....but most of them hit. Look at comedies before and after AP - Leslie Nielsen's career was kind of stagnant....but he re-invented himself as a comic actor. Naked Gun, Top Secret!, Hot Shots, etc. are all direct descendants of the Airplane! formula.
 
2012-09-06 03:17:52 PM  

angry_scientist: bluorangefyre: Voiceofreason01: As funny as Airplane! is what really impresses me is that a movie with tits, numerous drug references (including a woman doing lines off a mirror) and an endless stream of sex jokes(two involving children) managed to get a PG rating. I'd like to see a filmmaker try that now.

I raise you Peter Grant's f-word and c-word tirade, Robert Plant picking up two joints (not to mention his children naked in the beginning), and Jimmy Page's occult-laden intro and fantasy sequences in the PG-rated The Song Remains the Same.

/plus there was not a PG-13 rating back then

but the Rain Song performance makes up for all of that, and Page's double neck guitar/violin bow, and and and


Ah yes, but WHICH version of The Rain Song are we talking about?
 
2012-09-06 03:21:09 PM  
there are so many movies on those lists that people have posted that I want to see.

Going to have to copy and paste to a word document so I don't lose them

Pandora's Litterbox - great list

you, too Cyno01 including a few I've never heard of

this whole thread is a great PSA, really
 
2012-09-06 03:23:11 PM  
Borat? Unfunny suckfest. Superbad? Meh. American Pie? Meh.

Life of Brian instead of Holy Grail? Mmmm-kay...

Also, I need Blazing Saddles, Zoolander and Top Secret! in that list. Probably Hot Shots, too.
 
2012-09-06 03:23:18 PM  
What about undercover blues "My Name is MUERTE!
 
2012-09-06 03:25:10 PM  
No love for Grandma's Boy ?
 
2012-09-06 03:26:56 PM  

AgentBang: Caddyshack (if you could remove the faux Irish girlfriend)


Biggest whooor on fifth avenue, so OIMM told.


Caddyshack and Animal House: I was a young teenager when they came out and thought they were the funniest goddamn things EVAR. They do not age well. I have since seen 'em and there is far less funny than I remember. Oh sure, there's some priceless lines and bits, but for the most part, not so much funny.

The Air Plane is a funny. And say what you like about him, and about his buddy, but I love the Will Farrell and the John C. Reilly stuff, together and separately. I recently watched Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox story and did laugh most heartily, but that's probably because I'm old enough to get all the 50', 60's, and 70's rock star references. I doubt anyone under 30 would get much out of it unless they're hard core pop-music history nerds.
 
2012-09-06 03:27:02 PM  
Have you ever seen the inside of a Turkish prison?
 
2012-09-06 03:28:03 PM  
Airplane, Animal House, Holy Grail, Mad Mad Mad Mad World - all amazing and iconic.

But you have all forgotten

The In-Laws - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiJAcThiTH8

/FLAMES! There are flames on my car.
//Serpentine, Shel!
///Flies? Flies with beaks? - Oh yes. The natives called them "Jose Grecos del Muertos," the flamingo dancers of death.
////Would you like to kiss Senor Pepe?
 
2012-09-06 03:29:14 PM  

phlegmmo: jchic: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Two words: Young Frankenstein

Raise: Blazing Saddles


Neither of these made the top 10? Superbad was number 4? That's farked up.


Spaceballs? Anyone?

This is a bogus list to be sure.
 
2012-09-06 03:29:49 PM  
collider.com

images.starpulse.com 

surely should be on the list
 
2012-09-06 03:30:44 PM  

danno_to_infinity: there are so many movies on those lists that people have posted that I want to see.

Going to have to copy and paste to a word document so I don't lose them

Pandora's Litterbox - great list

you, too Cyno01 including a few I've never heard of

this whole thread is a great PSA, really


I am AMAZED that i am the only person to mention Wet Hot American Summer. It is by far the superior camp film to Meatballs OR Ernest Goes to Camp.

/and a lack of action-comedies, hot fuzz, true lies, shoot em up
 
2012-09-06 03:30:46 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: This text is now purple
jchic: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Two words: Young Frankenstein

Raise: Blazing Saddles

I think Young Frankenstein is better, actually

I heard that Mel Brooks shot a lot more film for Young Frankenstein. Stuff that never made it into the movie. It would be interesting if he could go back and create a three hour version of Young Frankenstein. I saw "High Anxiety" three times in a theater, Mel. You owe me. Actually, "High Anxiety" wasn't that bad. But you still owe me.


I read somewhere that there was only one outtake in Blazing Saddles. The MPAA asked Brooks to make numerous changes, but he refused all except one:

In the scene where Bart is with Lili von Schtupp and the lights go out, she says "Is it twue what they say about you Negwoes being so well-endowed?" You hear Bart's pants unzip and she cries "IT'S TWUE! IT'S TWUE!"

Brooks cut the next line, in which Bart says, "You're sucking on my elbow."
 
2012-09-06 03:31:08 PM  

Uff_Da: No love for Grandma's Boy ?


No. That movie pretty much sucks and the actual plot where the dude tries to steal someone else's game in progress (so easy to prove that one, ok jackass, SHOW ME THE CODE)

AngryJailhouseFistfark: AgentBang: Caddyshack (if you could remove the faux Irish girlfriend)

Biggest whooor on fifth avenue, so OIMM told.


Caddyshack and Animal House: I was a young teenager when they came out and thought they were the funniest goddamn things EVAR. They do not age well. I have since seen 'em and there is far less funny than I remember. Oh sure, there's some priceless lines and bits, but for the most part, not so much funny.

The Air Plane is a funny. And say what you like about him, and about his buddy, but I love the Will Farrell and the John C. Reilly stuff, together and separately. I recently watched Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox story and did laugh most heartily, but that's probably because I'm old enough to get all the 50', 60's, and 70's rock star references. I doubt anyone under 30 would get much out of it unless they're hard core pop-music history nerds.


THIS. I love both films, but I have watched them with my wife (she is 24, has never seen either) and she is just yawning at them. They don't hold up that well at all and honestly, Caddyshack is almost unwatchable in any scene Bill Murray is not in.
 
2012-09-06 03:32:25 PM  

Uff_Da: No love for Grandma's Boy ?


Make my list 31. 32 with Zoolander.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2012-09-06 03:35:00 PM  
i46.tinypic.com

Only 3 times? Fark, you're slipping.
 
2012-09-06 03:40:55 PM  
Bridesmaids? Really? It had some funny parts, but it hardly warrants a spot in the top 50, let alone top 10.
 
2012-09-06 03:43:15 PM  

CognaciousThunk: desertgeek: I'm might get flamed for suggesting this addition to the list, but I submit for Fark's approval to movie Clue. Though like some of the others suggested, it does lose a little bit over time.

/The polling metric is all wrong
//Airplane is still one of the funniest movies ever
///Not having MP and the Holy Grail is a miserable failure and destroys the list's credibility.

Fair choice; I prefer Murder By Death.


Come to think of it, most of what I liked about Murder By Death was Peter Sellers, which is true of a lot of movies on any good comedy list. Quotes (and spoilers): http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0018393/quotes 

/Died way too young.
 
2012-09-06 03:44:28 PM  

kokomo61: "Airplane!" worked because of timing, and the concept of playing a 'straight' role for comedic effect. Peter Graves, Leslie Neilsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges - all 'serious' actors, doing funny lines....that are funnier because they're under-played, or played off as serious. Even Kareem-Abdul Jabbar plays it serious...until he snaps and lets everyone in on the joke that hey, it's Kareem! When he passes out, he's in goggles and full LA Laker uniform.

Since they're measuring 'jokes per minute', that's how ZAZ wrote the movie - keep constantly throwing jokes at the audience. Some won't stick, some will fall flat.....but most of them hit. Look at comedies before and after AP - Leslie Nielsen's career was kind of stagnant....but he re-invented himself as a comic actor. Naked Gun, Top Secret!, Hot Shots, etc. are all direct descendants of the Airplane! formula.


The best thing about Airplane, imo, is that you had to see it at least twice to get all the jokes you missed the first time because you were laughing. I saw it when I was in high school with a friend, and she literally--I mean that literally--fell out of her seat into the aisle at one point, she was laughing so hard.
 
2012-09-06 03:54:23 PM  
Ruthless people.

"I've been kidnapped by K-Mart!"

"This must be the most stupid person on Earth. Perhaps we should shoot him?"
 
2012-09-06 03:55:56 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Two words: Young Frankenstein


Five words: The sheriff is a ni..BONG!
 
2012-09-06 03:56:04 PM  
Favorite Naked Gun quote; "Nice Beaver" "Thanks, I stuffed it myself"
 
2012-09-06 03:56:22 PM  

MAYORBOB: "I speak jive."

Okay, got my obligatory quote from Airplane out of the way. Now then, any film comedy list attempting to determine funny by counting the number of laughs per minute of film is just wrong. What were these laughs they counted? Were they giggles, guffaws, rib ticklers, cackles of belly laughs. Did they allow the laugher to remain in the seated position with the service trays in the upright position or did they force the laugher to fall out of his or her seat and begin rolling around on the floor?

Next, in what alternate universe are such pedestrian chucklefests like Hangover, Superbad and Anchorman listed while Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Animal House go unmentioned?


Here's the opportune quote:
They calculated the precise number of 'laughs a minute' for the top 10 comedies chosen by Lovefilm members.

Notice they did the calculation on the top 10 comedies chosen by the members, not "we did all the big comedies and here's the top ten". So the top ten was only ever going to include those movies, if I'm reading that quote right.
 
2012-09-06 03:56:26 PM  
Hangover, Borat and Anchorman should not even be allowed within sniffing distance of this list. Hangover is a dumbed down Very Bad Things.
 
2012-09-06 04:09:21 PM  
It's funny, but it's not the funniest ever. It's not even Abraham and Zucker's funniest. That would be Top Secret.
 
2012-09-06 04:09:26 PM  
What?? No "The English Patient"?
 
2012-09-06 04:10:45 PM  

JayR30: Hangover, Borat and Anchorman should not even be allowed within sniffing distance of this list. Hangover is a dumbed down Very Bad Things.


Except that Very Bad Things is a sh*tty movie and The Hangover is actually funny.
 
2012-09-06 04:11:39 PM  

on the road: Quantity is not quality.


THIS! If they applied that test to 70s sitcoms the winner would be the one who used the laugh track the most.
 
2012-09-06 04:11:59 PM  
Caddyshack doesn't hold up all that well (except for Bill Murray)....but I'd disagree about Animal House. It's one of the few comedies I can watch repeatedly and still find it funny.

Here's my Airplane! CSB -

When I worked at a resort in the early '80s, I was also in charge of running a movie when it rained to keep the guests entertained. We had 3 movies on-site: Time Bandits, Arthur, and Airplane! I'd give the guests a choice, and invariably, they'd choose Airplane. It rained 10 days that summer, and I ended up showing the movie 20 times.......with the effect that I memorized the dialogue and could repeat any scene verbatim. Including the jive dialogue.
 
2012-09-06 04:14:56 PM  

Cyno01: Wet Hot American Summer


Oh, yeah, definitely in my top 10.

sacurrent.com
 
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