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2012-09-06 07:01:48 PM  
Trust me on this - go rent the original 1979 In-Laws tonight and check back with your re-written list of favorite comedies. You'll have to drop something from the list in order to add it on.

There's red tape in the bush?
Enormous red tape in the bush.
 
2012-09-06 07:09:10 PM  
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2012-09-06 07:18:36 PM  
The Jerk.
That is all.
 
2012-09-06 07:22:28 PM  

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.


It was an age of grace and beauty.
 
2012-09-06 07:22:35 PM  

dkimball: Amazon Women on the Moon and Kentucky Fried Movie have alot of laughs


Really surprised it took so long for that one to get mentioned. I loved that movie when I was young teenager and we were just about slaphappy from staying up all night at a friends house. We watched Airplane, History of the World part 1, Blazing Saddles, Kentucky Fried Movie and Holy Grail and our sides actually hurt all the next day from laughing so much.
 
2012-09-06 07:26:05 PM  
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I don't know how it will stack up on the laugh per minute scale. But I laughed the hardest during this movie. Not just a chuckle, but LOL.
 
2012-09-06 07:26:41 PM  

r1chard3:

It was an age of grace and beauty.


And Jive subtitles
 
2012-09-06 07:30:56 PM  
To the tower?!? Rapunzel RAPUNZEL!
 
2012-09-06 07:34:02 PM  
Dumb and Dumber
The Jerk
Airplane!
Caddyshack
The Blues Brothers
Raising Arizona
Dumb and Dumber
Young Frankenstein
Monte Python's Holy Grail

I was fortunate enough to grow up with those movies. It's not quite the same if you didn't see them when they were fresh and new. Many of the movies considered funny now, like The Hangover, are just so predictable and boring to me.
 
2012-09-06 07:56:24 PM  
I'm going to give some props to Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery.
It's appeal has been diluted over time by reruns, all the later versions plus Myer's tepid The Love Guru. However, before that all Mike Myers was known for was Wayne's World and his stint on SNL.
I know the theatre was rocking when I first saw it.
 
2012-09-06 07:59:00 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: On the first viewing, Something about Mary was the funniest movie I've ever seen and I've seen everything else being mentioned in this thread. It doesn't hold up nearly as well with repeated viewings as most of the others, but I've never laughed harder than I did the first time I saw SaM. My sides hurt the next day from laughing so uncontrollably.


My experience, exactly.


Frank and Beans! Franks and Beans!!
 
2012-09-06 08:04:09 PM  

brantgoose: It would be interesting to see the list that they would get if they showed movies to an intelligent audience instead of the kind of schlubs that laugh at Hangover.

As it is, this reminds me of the top ten movies box office lists or the list of movies that are playing in town at any given time. You get a couple of blockbusters that everybody likes, about six stupid movies that idiots like (mostly male idiots, 14-25) and then maybe, if you are lucky, one or two movies that smart people like. It's a great honour to be number 25 on a list of movies that idiots like. It means you are not only good, but better than most of the top twenty.

You may comfort yourself that the movies you found funniest are not on this list or any list like it. They are smarter and appeal to a finer sense of humour. Although Airplane! is a funny movie, the jokes are broad and obvious and not particularly good. Almost any one of the movies named above in this thread are really better and funnier.

And I have always maintained that Young Frankenstein is the most perfect movie parody, if not movie, ever made. Not the best or the funniest, perhaps, but the most perfect: perfect writing, casting, acting, props, music, everything. Even the choice of B&W rather than colour is brilliant. It couldn't have been done better. Only idiots despise movies that are not in colour. Colour adds very little to most movies and subtracts from the great movies that were made intentionally in B&W or with B&W taken into consideration by the people who made the movie from the producer down to the lighting man and the best girl.


Intelligent ≠ the same sense of humor that you and your friends have. Some of the absolute smartest people I know (doctorates from Harvard, perfect scores on their SATs, etc.) also love movies like Grandma's Boy and Pootie Tang far more than I ever will. Nearly every post in this thread is a perfect example of that.
 
2012-09-06 08:13:36 PM  
Jive ass list ain't got no brains, anyhow.
 
2012-09-06 08:22:36 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?


EVERY.
WORD.
THIS.
 
2012-09-06 08:26:52 PM  

Kurmudgeon: I'm going to give some props to Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery.
It's appeal has been diluted over time by reruns, all the later versions plus Myer's tepid The Love Guru. However, before that all Mike Myers was known for was Wayne's World and his stint on SNL.
I know the theatre was rocking when I first saw it.


Have you watched it recently? It hasn't aged very well. Just hearing "yeah baby yeah" is absolutely cringe-inducing. The "hey that looks like a (weiner)" running gag is still a classic, and a few Dr. Evil scenes.
 
2012-09-06 08:29:55 PM  

EyeballKid: 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?

EVERY.
WORD.
THIS.


Newsflash: we tend to have a more optimistic recollection of things from when we were younger. Show these six movies side by side to an audience that has never seen any of them before, I know that Hangover, Superbad, and Anchorman would perform just as well. For sure, I would choose Superbad above all those other movies when guests are over.
 
2012-09-06 08:41:53 PM  
List fails without....too bad the rest of their movies were shiat
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2012-09-06 08:50:17 PM  
Wow just wow, I guess I'm the only one that's still not over Macho Grande...
 
2012-09-06 08:58:41 PM  

GacysBasement: What's Up Tiger lily?


YES!

Worth seeking out for those of you who haven't seen it. I rank it right up there with Airplane! in terms of how funny it is.
 
2012-09-06 09:01:24 PM  
Would now be a good time to mention something concerning a blatant plug for relevant items available from a Fark store conveniently located on an interwebs near you?
 
2012-09-06 09:06:24 PM  

RockofAges: My personal list, no particular order.

Foot Fist Way
Idiocracy
Gentlemen Broncos
Anchorman
Grandma's Boy
Blazing Saddles
Robin Hood MiT
Sleepaway Camp Series (yes, these are comedy)
Hot Rod
The Big Lebowski.

That's all folks.


Some of those sound strangely like porn films. NTTAWWT.
 
2012-09-06 09:06:59 PM  
The funniest: The Money Pit
 
2012-09-06 09:08:33 PM  

The_Philosopher_King: [upload.wikimedia.org image 237x362]

I don't know how it will stack up on the laugh per minute scale. But I laughed the hardest during this movie. Not just a chuckle, but LOL.


Howwwwwdy Paaarrrrrtttnnnerrrr.
 
2012-09-06 09:18:09 PM  
Kingpin. That is all.
 
2012-09-06 09:37:44 PM  

JackieRabbit: Cyberluddite: Dr. Strangelove (not exactly a comedy, but still makes one laugh)

It was exactly a comedy. A black comedy. It's hilarious.


You'll answer to the Coca Cola Bottling Company for that.

Gentlemen, no fighting. This the War Room.

When those babies come in over the horizon. If they're really, really good.
 
2012-09-06 09:53:43 PM  

imfallen_angel: Wow just wow, I guess I'm the only one that's still not over Macho Grande...


(shakes head sadly) I don't think you'll ever get over Macho Grande...
 
2012-09-06 09:55:00 PM  
Ooh , I forgot about this one, but one of the most underrated dark comedies out there-

Death to Smoochy
 
2012-09-06 10:01:12 PM  

Thresher: List fails without....too bad the rest of their movies were shiat
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Hey, The Slammin' Salmon was pretty good. Beerfest wasn't bad, either.
 
2012-09-06 10:09:16 PM  
This may not be the funniest movie, it probably doesn't hit the top 10, but I still think it deserves to be mentioned in a thread like this. AND I think it's Myers' funniest.

"Mae! Shut it!"
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-06 10:22:38 PM  

bill4935: This may not be the funniest movie, it probably doesn't hit the top 10, but I still think it deserves to be mentioned in a thread like this. AND I think it's Myers' funniest.

"Mae! Shut it!"
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Absolutely could easily have been his best. His first movie he put his Scottish character in before trotting it out over and over. His supporting cast was strong. The ending was a little weak but the rest of the movie more than makes up for it.
 
2012-09-06 10:32:02 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: On the first viewing, Something about Mary was the funniest movie I've ever seen and I've seen everything else being mentioned in this thread. It doesn't hold up nearly as well with repeated viewings as most of the others, but I've never laughed harder than I did the first time I saw SaM. My sides hurt the next day from laughing so uncontrollably.


TSAM falls into my 'funny in the theater but not at home' movie category. Kind of like watching most stand up comedians on DVD, stuff you guffawed at with the crowd become "well that's kinda funny, but not laugh out loud" moments.

rummonkey: Voiceofreason01: Wellon Dowd:
Win the hand: Schindler's List

raise: Grave of the Fireflies. It's animated and was distributed in the US by Disney so it must be funny...

I still can't watch that thing without making sure Mrs. Rum monkey takes all the knives out of the house. Soooooo depressing.


Feel good movie of the year!
 
2012-09-06 10:35:42 PM  
I'm okay with this.
 
2012-09-06 10:41:14 PM  

bluefoxicy: 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

These days it would be PG-18. PG-13 basically reflects that 13 year olds are starting to become young adults.

Airplane has tits. A year or two ago, there was a shiatstorm because some 33 year old woman sent a 16 year old boy a picture ... of her tits!

Our society now behaves as if it's run by children who think anyone under 18 are the children. In VA if you boink a 17 year old 3 days before her birthday you can go to jail... wait 3 days and you can shag her rotten. That's a silly legal statute, but our whole society is starting to behave like this is what it actually believes is right and true. We act like 16 year old boys are pure, innocent children, like 6 year olds. Show a 16 year old girl your penis why don't you, while we're at it why don't you let a first grader play with it? It's basically the same thing.

Insane society.



msnbcmedia.msn.com

"I hear ya, brother. We're trendsetters. Ever seen a grown man naked?"
 
2012-09-06 10:59:15 PM  
"Hell yeah, I ain't never cornholed me a blind biatch!"

"How much for a rib?"
 
2012-09-06 11:04:39 PM  
Blues Brothers
Animal house
Caddyshack
Trains, Planes and automobiles
The Princess Bride

Movies that had a moral thread, and were funny. And had boobies, weed and brews.
An dtiming, and good writing, and boobies and more brews.
But I digress........
 
2012-09-06 11:30:20 PM  

This text is now purple: on the road: Quantity is not quality. Airplane is more or less a sequence of gags loosely grouped around a very spare story. Many of the jokes are simply based on negation or on taking figures of speech literally.

The Hangover, Superbad, American Pie, and Shaun of the Dead have fully developed plots and interesting characters. The Life of Brian and Borat get points for sophstication or originality.


Go watch "Zero Hour". It's literally Airplane! without the jokes.


I don't believe you.

What if you had some sort of video that had a comparison between the two films?

What if you had two?
 
2012-09-06 11:47:47 PM  

Pandora's Litterbox: My personal list:
(list)
.

As another commenter previously stated, it is a great list (since humor is pretty subjective, I guess I mean that I agree with your choices); based on this, I highly recommend The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, which I finally was just able to find and order a DVD of on eBay a few minutes ago. I had been looking for it since 1980, when I got my first VCR.
 
2012-09-06 11:53:13 PM  
Am I the only person who thinks "MASH" is a riot. It's actually my favorite.
 
2012-09-06 11:53:26 PM  

ChubbyTiger: 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?


Spaceballs
 
2012-09-06 11:58:48 PM  
If the formula is laughs/time then I guess Man Getting Hit By Football is the funniest movie of all time, especially with the George C. Scott voice.
 
2012-09-07 12:04:23 AM  
brain donors? no? ok
 
2012-09-07 01:06:39 AM  
Top Secret
Weird Science
Hot Shots
Naked Gun
-(ANY movie that uses Charlie and Martin Sheen--in the same scene, referencing Platoon and Apocalypse Now--then has the actors yell, "I loved you in Wall Street!" should be a lifetime recipient of ALL lists and awards.)



Any of these LONG before SuperBad.
 
2012-09-07 01:06:48 AM  

AceThunder: Why am I not on this list? [www.jonathanrosenbaum.com image 780x439]



If he is still alive, he is NOT happy!
 
2012-09-07 01:24:31 AM  

mjones73: No Respect I Tell You...


Hey, Wang, I think this thread is restricted, so don't tell em you're Jewish, alright? OK!
 
2012-09-07 01:29:55 AM  

Mega Steve: dkimball: Amazon Women on the Moon and Kentucky Fried Movie have alot of laughs

Agreed on that one!

Take him to Detroit!


You have our gwatitude!
 
2012-09-07 01:46:40 AM  
Yes. Only it borrowed lot from Hellzispoppin.
 
2012-09-07 01:49:51 AM  
Role Models is totally under appreciated, so is Hot Rod.
 
2012-09-07 02:21:52 AM  

zedster: Oldiron_79: jchic: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Two words: Young Frankenstein

Raise: Blazing Saddles

Raise: The Blues Brothers

Raise: Duck Soup


Raise: Johnny Dangerously
 
2012-09-07 02:41:33 AM  

haken a tsheinik: Kingpin. That is all.


One of my personal favorites as well, along with Caddyshack and The Big Lebowski. I can see why these can't compete with the laughs per minute of Airplane! but Randy Quaid, Rodney Dangerfield and John Goodman should have been given Academy Awards for their performances.
 
2012-09-07 07:07:54 AM  

WeenerGord: mjones73: No Respect I Tell You...

Hey, Wang, I think this thread is restricted, so don't tell em you're Jewish, alright? OK!


Hey everybody, we're all gonna get laid!
 
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