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dionwr



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2002 2:42 pm    Post subject: Movies that made you laugh Reply with quote

Well, we've done the ones that make you cry--so what makes you laugh? Not just "haha, that's funny," genteel amusement, but seriously unhinging, bust-a-gut laughing?

I'll start it off with Schlock and Blazing Saddles, and Dr. Strangelove.

The first two are linked, in my mind. Both came around at about the same time in the early 70's, after Hollywood had gotten very conventional in their comedies, most of which were like Bob Hope sitcoms. Both movies took an attitude that all bets were off. And both of them rejected every previous formula in their quest to make you laugh. Together, the two were like a one-two punch to the older Hollywood restraint.

Schlock isn't as well known as it deserves to be. It was the first film of John Landis and Rick Baker. Baker had built a "2001" ape suit, and they made a shaggy, hippie comedy about a missing-link apeman loose in the modern world. Seeing it again, it's really just so-so with sporadic flashes of genius, but it was so unlike the less imaginative comedies of the time, it completely snuck up on you. When I saw it in 1973, everyone laughed so hard we were having trouble breathing. It contained references and parodies of other movies, the first time I saw any filmmaker do that, ever.

Blazing Saddles needs no introduction. What isn't remembered now is how little the studio that made it thought of it until the audience discovered it. It opened with almost no advertising or buzz. Think of the success of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but with a really good movie attached. And while Schlock could ignore the rules, being a very low-budget independent, Blazing Saddles was produced by a mainstream studio, and a known insider who'd been working in the field for almost twenty years.

Dr. Strangelove I'd heard about for years when I finally caught up with it at an old repertory cinema in Houston. I think I'd written it off as a dated satire of the time, something that hit the audience then as funny, but probably only mildly amusing now. I was unprepared for its utter savagery. And, despite its age, I connected with it completely.

So--what made you laugh?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2002 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - "We can't stop here! It's bat country!"

Very Bad Things - just about the whole flick, start to finish. I can't figure that some people don't realize it's a comedy.

State and Main - "So that happened."

Austin Powers 2 - The funniest of the lot, no matter how often I see it.

South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut - Honestly never laughed so hard in a theater. I was hurting. The fact that I'd snuck into a screening for employees of the distribution company at the time, and that none of those old farts had any idea what South Park was, and sat blinking, stunned at the screen, made it all the more hysterical. I think they were afraid lightning was going to strike them.

Pay It Forward - What do you mean it wasn't a comedy?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2002 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waiting for Guffman

The Big Lebowski

Rushmore

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Quick Change

Too many! I have to think more....
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2002 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And isn't it funny how your memory can get jogged?

The Hudsucker Proxy
Frank Capra on acid--what true film fan could resist?

Get Crazy
Malcolm McDowell, playing Mick Jagger, having a conversation with his own penis. B-movies don't get any better than this.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2002 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Original Kings of Comedy - my jaw and forehead were aching from laughing so hard.

South Park - "suck my balls". 'nuff said

Super Troopers - mercilessly stupid yet hilarious

Lebowski - don't fuck with the Jesus

too many more to remember[/b]
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2002 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite comedies:

Airplane!
Young Frankenstein
Blazing Saddles
The Producers
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Life of Brian
A Fish Called Wanda
Ruthless People
Raising Arizona
Animal House
The Blues Brothers
Caddyshack
Stripes
1941
When Harry Met Sally
Top Secret!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2002 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Airplane!

This Is Spinal Tap

UHF

The 'burbs

A Night At The Opera

Dr. Strangelove

Monty Python And THe Holy Grail

Young Frankenstein

South Park

The Cat And The Canary (Bob Hope version)

Road To Utopia

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2002 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Favorite comedies are

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Very Bad Things

People say if Peter Berg released this straight as a thriller/drama, it would have been more well recieved. Yeah, a guy crying hysterically like a woman at a funeral is drama. A kid calling his handicapped stepfather a fucking gimp is thriller. Fucking pricks.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2002 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me:
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (the series and film)
Airplane!
The Naked Gun
Any silent Charlie Chaplin film, and Modern Times
Any Marx Brothers film featuring all of them
The Producers
Bachelor Party
Some Like It Hot
S.O.B.
Any film NOT featuring Adam Sandler

Thank you! Good night, I'm here all week!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2002 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles Tatum wrote:
For me:

Any film NOT featuring Adam Sandler



HAHA, nice!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2002 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mel Brooks triple feature of The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. It would take a whole website to give all he laughs there.......The Great Race, including one of the best pie fights in movie histoy.........The Greatest Movie ever Made in the History of the Universe: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. See, there'sthis 350Gs, under this big W down in Santa Rosita State Park......
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2002 1:41 pm    Post subject: ---------------- Reply with quote

Very few comedies make me bust a gut continuously, but these gems manage to each and every time:

Blind Date
Used Cars
The Naked Gun
Foolin' Around
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2002 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cold Turkey,Caddyshack,This Is Spinal Tap,Drop Dead Gorgeous and Stripes crack me up every time. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All slasher films make me laugh.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've got a twisted sense of humor, man. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy hell I just realized this is a 2002 post. So I'm a little late...

The Money Pit

Bruce Almighty

Grandma's Boy

40 year Old Virgin

White Chicks

Mr. Bean

I Spy

What About Bob?

I could go on all night
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Stripes" is still the best Bill Murray movie and the best military comedy ever made -- and, yes, that's even taking into account Altman's "MASH".
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to think Meatballs was so funny, but when I watch it now, it is soo corny!
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Due Date

Little Fockers
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