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Ten

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The discussion began on New Years Eve night, “What are the greatest comedy movies of all-time?”. My friend Nick subsequently blogged his list here, and now it is my turn.  The following “Top Ten” is in no way meant to be just my opinion but a carving in the stone tablet of history, and should be recognized as indisputable fact.

Without further ado, I present:

The Top Ten Comedy Movies of All-time

#10) Spaceballs

One of my favorite movies as a youngster, mostly for Rick Moranis in the role he was born to play. “Star Wars” was fresh in everyones mind, and this spoof delighted all who watched it. A great movie.

Best Moment

[Watching “Spaceballs the Movie” during the filming of “Spaceballs the Movie”]

Colonel Sandurz: “Try here. Stop.”

Dark Helmet: “What the hell am I looking at? When does this happen in the movie?”

Colonel Sandurz: “Now. You’re looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now, is happening now.”

Dark Helmet: “What happened to then?”

Colonel Sandurz: “We passed then.”

Dark Helmet: “When?”

Colonel Sandurz: “Just now. We’re at now now”

#9) Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

I almost forgot about this one. The trilogy added so much to the world of comedy that I couldn’t ignore the first and best of the set. I think, as a whole, they get hurt by leading actresses who’s acting skills are limited, but Elizabeth Hurley was decent and this movie makes me laugh.

Memorable Quote

Dr. Evil: “You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!”

#8) ¡Three Amigos!

Three great comedic actors in their prime (Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Fred Asparagus) and a script that let them do their thing. I am watching it while writing this, and it all still works.

Good Moment

El Guapo: “Are gringos falling from the sky?”

[Ned falls from overhead and lands with a thud]

Jefe: “Yes, El Guapo.”

#7) National Lampoon’s Vacation

This movie hits home: Pile the whole family into a wagon for a summer road trip. We didn’t quite have the same wacky adventures – Dad never hijacked an amusement park or skinny dipped with Christy Brinkly (as far as I know) – but just imagine if he did. That would have been a fun vacation.

Best Exchange

Clark: “Oh, no, that’s a waitress. No, I was just ordering in. She’s a pool waitress. I was ordering some fish for you, Audrey and Mom.”

Rusty: “She took your order?”

Clark: “Yeah…, She took my order.”

#6) South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut

This movie is brilliant. Yes, they swear a lot, but the musical numbers are amazing. I love how they throw in a little Les Miserables homage and the “La Resistance” medley rivals anything Leonard Bernstein could put together.

Cleanest Quote

Cartman: “That movie has warped my fragile little mind”

#5) Caddyshack

Sure, the percentage of Rodney Dangerfield jokes that hit is low, but you have to love the guys delivery. He is the third funniest guy in the movie behind the classic performances by Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. My favorite scene is when the two are together in Spackler’s shack – many many great lines within just a few minutes. And, the fact it is set on a golf course helps it’s staying power.

Good Quote

Carl Spackler: “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort.”

#4) Mounty Python and the Holy Grail

Call us all nerds if you like, but this movie is still great 35 years later. Almost every scene is classic and quoted to death. A knight that tries to fight with no limbs, knights that say a certain word, 3 questions, can swallows carry coconuts, a French taunter, … I could  keep going but you get the point. Go see “Spamalot” the musical if you have the opportunity, you wont be disappointed.

Smartest Quote

Dennis: “Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”

#3) Ghostbusters

If Bill Murray is A god (not THE God), then he must have blessed his surrounding cast mates. Great performances all around, and Harold Ramis is a genius (despite the fact he had a hand in “Caddyshack II”). It played to a young kids imagination and is one of those rare movies that can please all generations. Plus, it had a theme song that topped the charts.

Great Dialogue

Dr. Ray Stantz: “Are you okay?”

Louis: “Who are you guys?”

Dr. Ray Stantz: “We’re the Ghostbusters.”

Louis: “Who does your taxes?”

Dr. Ray Stantz: “You know, Mr. Tully, you are a most fortunate individual.”

Louis: “I know!”

Dr. Ray Stantz: “You have been a participant in the biggest interdimensional cross rip since the Tunguska blast of 1909!”

Louis: “Felt great.”

Dr. Egon Spengler: “We’d like to get a sample of your brain tissue.”

Louis: “Okay.”


#2) The Naked Gun

Leslie Nielson’s later movies kind of tarnished his legacy, but hey, a man’s gotta eat. “Airplane!” was good, but Det. Frank Drebin was better. The first in the trilogy gets me every time. The whole supporting cast is amazing, I mean – who knew that O.J. could act so well?

Greatest Scene

Man in Stadium Crowd: “Hey Look! It’s Enrico Pallazzo!”  [Chants ensues]

#1) Dumb & Dumber

It wasn’t much of a contest. This has been my favorite, ever since I saw it in the theatre on New Years Eve, back in 1994. Jim Carrey is a funny man and Jeff Daniels should get some recognition for his range (He is in the funniest movie and the saddest movie of all-time – “Terms of Endearment”). The jokes are so ingrained in my head that I laugh in anticipation of them being said. Some people may write this one off as being too silly or stupid, but that is what I look for in my comedies. This will top my list forever, or at least until they come out with “Arrested Development – The Movie“.

One of the Best Quotes

[coming out of the 7-11]

Lloyd: “Hey guys. Woah, Big Gulps, huh? All right! Well, see ya later.”

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Others receiving votes: Superbad, Coming to America, Airplane!, Happy Gilmore, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby