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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 3:00 PM
We Needed a Break
Kevin Salwen on Culture

Here at the scenic 17th-floor headquarters of Worthwhile, we needed a break this afternoon, so we opened up the debate: Name the single funniest movie of all time. Aside from concluding that some of the folks around here are decidedly unfunny -- and that 22-year-olds cannot name a single funny movie pre-1999 -- we eventually came up with some great nominees (in no particular order):
Airplane
Blazing Saddles
Caddyshack
Annie Hall
Young Frankenstein
There's Something About Mary
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

What tops your list?


20 comments

jeff angus - 4/2/2006 5:07:00 PM
This is Spinal Tap
Knock on Wood (1954)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047152

Airplane
Naked Gun
Office Space
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Suzanne - 4/2/2006 4:58:57 PM
What about movies pre-1999? I had a cinematic upbrigning and a husband in the movie business.

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Other Peter Sellers movies(the Wrong Arm of the Law, first couple Pink Panthers, i.e.,A Shot in the Dark, The Wrong Box, Being There, etc.)

Marx Bros (especially Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera)

Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator, Modern Times, City Lights, Gold Rush)

Laurel and Hardy shorts

Preston Sruges' films (the Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, Palm Beach Story, Unfaithfully Yours-1948)

Howard Hawks comedies with Cary Grant(Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday) and just about any comedy with Cary Grant, some more metioned here under their directors

Monty Python's Life of Brian and Holy Grail

Some Mel Brook's (The Producers, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles)

Cohen Bros comedies (Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, their dark comedy Fargo, Intolerable Cruelty)

Billy Wilder's comedies (Some Like it Hot, Ball of Fire, Irma la Douce, Seven year Itch, Casino Royale, The Apartment)

George Cukor comedies (Philadelphia Story, Adam's Rib, Born Yesterday)

Some Woody Allen comedies (Bananas, Annie Hall, Broadway Danny Rose)

Just because it had about every comedian and commedienne working at the time: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Bill Murray is always a brilliant comic delight (Groundhog Day, Tootsie, Lost in Translation, the Man who Knew Too Little)

Christopher Guest's mockumentaries (This is Spianl tap, Best in Show.)

Dee Rambeau - 4/2/2006 3:12:54 PM
'Lost in America' with Albert Brooks. No one else mentioned it. Freakin' hilarious...especially for those of us that have been in the agency business.

'No...you're not allowed to say nest or egg or any part of nestegg ever again!'
Andrea J. Lee - 3/31/2006 9:48:02 PM
A few additional 'musts'...

Grosse Pointe Blank

A Fish Called Wanda (oh my)

and funny on the romantic side of the equation, French Kiss.

(Yes I am a Kevin Kline fan and the line with the mini Eiffel Tower is too much.)

I'd forgotten about Spinal Tap!
Ro - 3/30/2006 4:56:15 PM
I'll second The Princess Bride and add the following:

The Blues Brothers

The Marx brother's movie where everyone piles into the teeny-tiny ship's cabin (or any Marx Brother's movie, for that matter.)

Monty Python's Meaning of Life

Time Bandits
Spike Jones - 3/30/2006 9:48:54 AM
I can't believe The Princess Bride hasn't been mentioned.
HELLO, my name is Scott - 3/30/2006 7:47:23 AM
Dumb & Dumber
Best In Show
Scary Movie 3
Airplane
Naked Gun (1)
Happy Gilmore
Billy Madison
Something About Mary
rennie - 3/29/2006 8:05:48 PM
Christmas Vacation

Animal House

Airplane

Raising Arizona

*Dodgeball - honorable mention

Did someone really say Wedding Crashers? i thought that was awful.
Susan - 3/29/2006 6:08:10 PM
All good but how about
Wedding Crashers
Risky Business
Clerks
In and Out
Father of the Bride
Beth - 3/29/2006 1:15:03 PM
Stripes
Mash
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Office Space

Dark Comedies--The War of the Roses; Swimming With Sharks

Better than I expected: Bruce Almighty; Liar, Liar

Guilty Pleasure that I never admit to in public (and hate myself for laughing at): Deuce Bigalow-Male Gigolo



Kate - 3/29/2006 11:13:44 AM
Top Secret! (Val Kilmer hams his way through war movie cliches and one great dwarf gag.)

The Closet (A French gem starring a condom factory accountiant who has to pretend he's gay in order to keep his job.)

...and the underrated Jim Carrey outing Me Myself and Irene
Chris Yeh - 3/29/2006 1:02:51 AM
My favorite is 'Airplane!', but any such list also needs to include 'The Producers' (Mel's finest work) and 'Ghostbusters' (for a long time, the top-grossing comedy of all time, and graced with the immortal line, 'Yes, this man has no dick.'
Sir J - 3/28/2006 6:50:12 PM
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Raising Arizona

Dinner
Chip - 3/28/2006 6:03:47 PM
The Inlaws (Peter Falk)
Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks)
Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks)
Bananas (Woody Allen)
Analyze This (DeNiro,Crystal)
Monsters Inc.
Dogma
Chip - 3/28/2006 5:58:42 PM
The Inlaws (Peter Falk)
Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks)
Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks)
Bananas (Woody Allen)
Analyze This (DeNiro,Crystal)
Monsters Inc.
Dogma
JH - 3/28/2006 5:51:19 PM
Stripes
Austin Powers
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Chuck - 3/28/2006 5:12:57 PM
Lovers and Other Strangers (1970?)
Mash (1971?)
Caddyshack
Dr. Strangelove (1964?)

OK, I'm showing my age...
Jerrome - 3/28/2006 4:44:17 PM
Not to sound too cheesy but some of the best comedy writing comes out of animation:
South Park Uncut
Shrek
to name two...
martin - 3/28/2006 3:15:28 PM
Waiting For Guffman
This is Spinal Tap
The Castle
Coley - 3/28/2006 3:15:19 PM
Okay, here's my 'I'm so 22' list-- which by the way DOES include pre-1999 movies. Just not pre-1991...

-Something About Mary (1998)
-Austin Powers (which is from 1997)
-Billy Madison (1995)
-Old School
-Office Space
-City Slickers (1991)
-American Pie
-What About Bob? (1991)

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