Everyone is asked about their favourite movies, and I am no exception.
By Samantha Emann
My problem is that I can never come up with just one answer. So I decided to do my top ten favourite movies, in different genres.
I watch a lot of movies and am constantly quoting different funny phrases and lines from my favourites, so I decided to start with my favourite comedy movies as of right now. I couldn’t write an all-time favourites list; the more I watch, the more my list may change.
Here is my list of most laugh-inducing films of all, as of right now.
Jackass (the film series)
I know I really should not find the idiotic antics of the Jackass team funny but I cannot help it. I think it is the combination their willingness to do stupid stuff, along with the group’s running commentary and comraderie, that make me laugh out loud instead of in my head. I should not like it but I really do.
This one comes in at number nine as a wildcard, and pretty much off the strength of David Spade’s performance alone. I find his deadpan delivery to be perfect in this role and he fits nicely alongside Rob Schneider and Jon Heder (aka Napoleon). The plot is a formulaic at best but the way the movie seems to make fun of itself makes it very likable for me.
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
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The chemistry between the two lead actors is comic gold. H&K is one of the best comedies of its kind as evidenced by the sequels it went on to inspire. This one makes my list for its awkward but hilarious situational comedy and its awesome (read: NPH) cameos.
Austin Powers (the series)
The jokes started to get tired by the third film, but who am I kidding: if there is an Austin Powers marathon on TV I will still most definitely watch it over many other things. Mike Myers, who I am proud to say once lived in my hometown, plays multiple roles with ease. It is a great satire featuring some of the most memorable one-liners and characters; I quote this series far more than I should.
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
I’m a big fan of South Park, and this movie was just like the show, which is why it was so funny. With memorable riffs on Canada and catchy, yet offensive songs, it stayed true to the show’s style without overusing old jokes from the series. Just be sure to remember: blame Canada. They’re not even a real country, anyway.
Although I thought Rush Hour was very funny, I think Friday is Chris Tucker’s funniest role, and he makes the movie. While the plot may not be super complicated you want see what will happen, and more importantly, what Smokey (Tucker) will do next. Quirky supporting characters helped make this movie one that still makes top comedy lists on sites like IMDB and IGN. You know this maaaaaan.
The 40 Year Old Virgin
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I am not a Steve Carrell fan. With the exception of Despicable Me, Anchorman and my number four pick 40 Year Old Virgin, I can’t really think of other roles or movies that I really like him in. Although I love Anchorman, Carrell is outshined by Will Ferrell and the others. 40 Year Old Virgin, however, is very funny in its realism. The supporting cast of Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd, Jane Lynch and Romany Malco makes this one I can rewatch and still find funny. While I do find Carrell very suitable and funny in this role it is the supporting cast that really makes this movie as funny as it is.
Mike Myers makes it on my list again at number three, this time beside Dana Carvey in the 1992 hit Wayne’s World. Wayne (Myers) and Garth (Carvey) are two of the most likable characters and they are definitely one of the funniest duos of film. The pure happy-go-lucky, laid back, smart ass personality of Wayne and Garth makes this a classic must-watch comedy. And their hair was excellent. Party on Wayne, and party on Garth, even if Garth’s portrayer, Carvey, never really did anything worth mentioning after this role.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Cary Elwes (swoon) will appear elsewhere among the lists to come but when it comes to comedy you cannot make a list without first watching this movie. In typical Mel Brooks style, this slapstick classic makes a mockery of an ages-old tale. Witty dialogue and tacky costumes mesh with plenty of slapstick to make this comedy a favourite for many. If you have not seen this one, see it - but only after you see my number one pick.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
This movie has it all: musical numbers, arguably the best group to ever do comedy and many many one-liners that I quote ad nauseam. If you have not seen this one, see it. And the people who were responsible for your comedy education should be sacked. This one was made into a musical much to my delight I also loved. Monty Python did a number of great comedies but the hilarious ridiculousness, and the Frenchman, makes this one my favourite Monty Python film and my favourite comedy of all time.
Honourable mentions go to Spaceballs, Anchorman and American Pie and Zombieland. If there is a comedy that you think should have made this list comment on the Times-Herald Facebook or contact me and I will watch it and review it next week along with another of my top ten movie lists!