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Top Five – Movie Comedies

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I know I am a bit late, but let’s have a Top Five Movie Comedies thread.  I think we need it with all the doom and gloom that is hanging around our heads.

I will have a think about mine and will put up my top five in the comments after I give it some thought. But let’s restrict this to movies only.

44 Responses

  1. Can’t help myself..but you did indeed say that you wanted something light-hearted..and so..

    Joni re ‘I’m a bit late..’ Are you sure that you’re not pregnant?

  2. NO! I am just retaining water.

    And if you want to go for a short run, run with me. If you want to go for a long run, run around me.


  3. Plus you’re not even married..silly me, so how could you be preggers.

  4. LOL min. too funny

  5. OK – after some thought my top five movie comedies are:

    1. Arsenic and Old Lace (a perfect Basil before Basil existed by the real Archie Leach)

    2. Holy Grail (eki eki eki p-tannnng)

    3. Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead (Stoppards wordplay at it’s best)

    4. A Night at the Opera (I could have chosen any MArx Bros movie – but this wins because of the sanity clause gag)

    5. Dr Strangelove (just beating Being There)

  6. Joni..re retaining water, try vitamin B6.

  7. Everyone is going to go groan..but here are my Top 5.

    The Wedding Singer..cos I love Adam Sandler
    The Mask..cos I love Jim Carrey
    Bruce Almighty..cos I love Morgan Freeman and love the image that God is black.
    Groundhog Day..because it proves that life goes round and round again.
    And finally Elf with Will Ferrell because tall guys can look good in tights.

  8. BORAT

  9. Hmm – tough one

    The first two I’m not sure if they count as comedies or action (or action comedies), anyway here’s my list:
    1. Air America
    2. Beverly Hills Cop
    3. The Big Lebowski
    4. Holy Grail
    5. The South Park Movie – Mostly because of this exchange which triggers Stan’s quest:
    Stan: Chef, how do you make a woman like you more than any other guy?
    Chef: Oh, that’s easy! You just gotta find the clitoris!
    Stan: Huh?
    Chef: Whoops!!
    Stan: What does that mean? Find the clitoris?
    Chef: Uh….uh…forget I said anything!!

    I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in a movie before.

  10. unklfkr was also a highlight of the Sth Park movie, along with the charming depiction of Saddam Hussein & His Infernal Majesty.

  11. Withnail & I
    Love & Death
    The Big Lebowski
    Groundhog Day
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Almost made it:

    Night on Earth
    Being There
    The Breakfast Club
    The Apartment
    The Blues Brothers
    Carry On Up the Khyber
    Monty Python’s Life of Brian
    The Ladykillers
    A Shot In The Dark
    Annie Hall


  12. American Werewolf in London.

  13. How could I forget South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut?

    I should be ashamed of myself.

  14. No…Terrence & Phillip should be ashamed of themselves.

  15. And my sister has a son called Kyal… guess which song I sing to her.

  16. There are only a couple of comedies that I consider memorable.

    Bedtime Story with David Niven and Marlon Brando, which was remade into Dirty Rotten Scoundrals.

    Water. Michael Caine and Billy Connelly head up a star studded cast. Very witty movie.

    Others that have caused a giigle or two are My Father the Hero, Porkys, and the remake of The Parent Trap.

    I’m versatile.

  17. * Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (seconding joni)
    * The Court Jester (the pellet with the poison’s in the… flagon/dragon… chalice/palace… vessel/pestle)
    * Kind Hearts and Coronets
    * Hoodwinked

    I’d almost be tempted to include a couple of really BAAAAD movies that were unintentially hilarious

  18. Groundhog Day should be in my list as well so nmove Air America to the honourable mentions list.

    Still debating whether or not Good Morning Vietnam qualifies as a comedy, if so, it would displace Beverly Hills Cop.

    Lock Stock and Two smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Full Monty, Shaun of the Dead, and Crocodile Dundee are also honourable mentions.

  19. F#@k – how could I forget The Castle (and I suspect I’m not the only one who forgot)

  20. Oh dear… forgot The Princess Bride.

  21. “Not Another Teen Movie” thought the censorship board were hilarious in that.

  22. Me too joni – D’oh.

  23. Very close Joni.

    Brian before Grail.

    Flying High.
    Last year: In Bruges and Burn After Reading

    Is Strangelove a comedy? That would make Wall Street one as well.

    Probably needs top 50 for this category.

    PS The apocalypse didn’t happen today in Oz. Well called reb.

  24. Has anyone mentioned

    Carry on Up the Khyber
    Doctor in Trouble
    Up Pompeii
    The Three Stooges in Orbit


  25. Pink Panthers
    Life of Brian
    Holy Grail
    Some Like it Hot (‘But I’m not a woman!” “Nobody’s perfect.”)
    Lock Stock

  26. I’ll start by separating mine by country.

    top 5 aussie: (I like David Wenham)

    The Brush Off- David Wenham
    Gettin’ Square – David Wenham
    3 Dollars – David Wenham
    The Sum Of Us – Jack Thompson & Russell Crowe
    Bad Eggs – Bob Franklin, Mick Molloy and Judith Lucy

    Along with others here I also like
    lock, stock…
    shaun of the dead, hot fuzz, run fatboy run, how to lose friends and alienate people (simon pegg is great)
    duck soup – the marx bros
    the pink panthers with peter sellers
    the blues bros (that car chase always gets a laugh, no matter how many times seen)

  27. I think the movie Life with eddie murphy and martin lawrence is highly underrated.

    I also have a film blog, click my name and check it out if you have the time.

    I actually just opened up a movie blog, so its new!

  28. And also..

    The Party – Peter Sellers, birdie num-nums
    I Was a Male War Bride – Cary Grant
    and I second The Full Monty

  29. Yes of course – The Party! How could I forget birdie num nums.

  30. “Yes of course – The Party! How could I forget birdie num nums.”

    I concur.

    Gonna keep my views to a minimum on here from now on.

  31. The Princess Bride
    A Fish Called Wanda
    Life of Brian
    Holy Grail
    I’m tempted to put Spaceballs here too or maybe Blazing Saddles.

  32. “Spaceballs”

    Yes, was good fun.


    81/2 (1963), directed by Federico Fellini

    Mon Oncle (1958) directed by Jacques Tati

    Tampopo (1985) directed by Juzo Itami


  33. Oh dear… I forgot Blazing Saddles too…


  34. Hi joni..just thought that I’d lob here for a mo’. What about Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush..in fact everything that Charlie did.

  35. Oh yeah… and let’s not forget Buster Keaton, Keystone Cops, Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy (Welcome), Abbott and Costello (not the comedians, the ultra-funny federal MP’s), etc.

  36. Noo..not anywhere near funny. For Adrian..American, but Navy cooks are the same the world over…

  37. Bringing Up Baby
    Raising Arizona
    The Man With Two Brains
    Galaxy Quest
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    Guilty pleasure, “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back” (the bit where Will Ferrell attempts to throw himself over the bonnet of his car just like a television cop and utterly fails to pull it off had me giggling like a schoolgirl).

  38. Ross…I was thinking of that one too re Oh Brother Where Art Thou. One of the best things done by Clooney in my opinion.

  39. Sorry I’m a bit late like Joni. Actually a lot late here!

    Just wanted to ask if one could count these ones as comedies?

    Indiana Jones – all of them
    Pirates of the Caribean – all of them

    Also want to endorse other picks:

    Monty Python – Holy Grail and Life of Brian
    A Fish Called Wanda
    The Blues Brothers
    The Full Monty
    Rozenkranz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Only saw the last one as a play, but it was memorable.

    I wish the movie industry would produce a few more truely memorable comedies. Better half and I have trawled our local DVD store countless times, looking for something lighthearted to go with our homemade pizzas.

    I have a tip for lazy cooks on DVD night, to make Pizza D’elise as better half calls them. Buy a pizza stone which can be put in the oven, and a pizza spade and some Multix Bake non-stick baking paper. Buy one of those frozen pizzas from Coles/Woolies and stick it in the microwave for 2 mins while heating the pizza stone in the oven so its nice and hot. Hot pizza stone is essential for nice crunchy bottoms on pizzas!

    Put pizza on non-stick paper on top of pizza spade. Load up pizza with as much garlic, tomato (semi-dried or fresh), onion, capsicum, jalapenos, slices of hot salami, pieces of smoked ham, slices of vintage cheese, etc as can be arranged. The time to stop is when it starts falling off the sides…

    Transfer pizza with non-stick paper from spade to hot pizza stone, and bake for 15 mins or until the cheese is browning nicely. Open bottle of good wine. Turn on DVD. Very lazy night, more healthy than takeaways (better protein and veg to pastry ratio), and no washing up!

    Only problem is limited supply of good comedy movies…

  40. kitty,there is another David Wenham movie with Geoffrey Rush who plays the devil, but the title escapes me. I have seen it 2 or 3 times and had a good laugh each time. Help me………

  41. Elise of Perth, on March 5th, 2009 at 4:35 pm Said:
    Sorry I’m a bit late like Joni. Actually a lot late here!

    Another little Blogocrat??? We haven’t had one of those since lekhni.

    I agree re Pirates, however I think it might be because of the image of Johnny Depp wearing loads of eyeliner and mascara. #1 was excellent, lots of fun things.

  42. “Getting Square” is the name of the Wenham flick, Jane.

  43. Nope, no little blogocrats.

    Yep, agree about Pirates, the whole thing is totally OTT and Depp hams it up to the max!

    I just love those kind of movies – pure unrestrained fantasy, and no apologies to realism!

  44. In the spirit of the latest free trade agreement negotiations, I recommend the Sth. Korean film
    ‘The Foul King’.

    I’m not big on wrestling but these has some hilarious moments in it.:

    The Foul King (반칙왕, Banchikwang) is a 2000 South Korean comedy film written and directed by Kim Ji-woon. It was Kim’s second feature-length film after The Quiet Family. Like the director’s debut film, The Foul King also stars Song Kang-ho, this time as an incompetent bank clerk who takes up a career in professional wrestling, adopting the moniker “The Foul King” in the ring.
    (Wiki pedia)

    I recommend the same director’s ‘The Quiet Family’ family too:

    The Quiet Family (조용한 가족, Joyonghan Gajok) is a 1998 South Korean horror-comedy film. It was director Kim Ji-woon’s feature film debut. The story centers around a family who owns a hunting lodge in a remote area, whose customers always happen to end up dying.
    (Wiki pedia)

    Probaly good to watch drinking bokbunja:

    Korean black raspberries, 15% alcohol)[7], Chinese quinces, cherries, pine fruits, and pomegranates. Bokbunja ju (복분자주, bokbunja wine) is said by many to be especially good for sexual stamina.
    (Wiki too)



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