Monday, May 28, 2007

Time To Laugh

In a conversation with my Dad the other day he mentioned that somewhere, someone had made a list of the funniest films ever and that Animal House topped the list. We were both shocked - we could come up with funnier movies than that off the top of our head. Not that that movie wasn't funny but best comedy of ALL TIME? Questionable. I found this list of AFI's Top 100 comedies and decided to share it with you. My comments are in red italics.

1. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) I love Marilyn Monroe, I love Jack Lemmon, I love this movie but #1? I'm not so sure...
2. TOOTSIE (1982) Cute movie but not worthy of #2.
3. DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964) I tried to watch this last year and fell asleep. I might have just been tired. I'll have to give it another try.
4. ANNIE HALL (1977) I haven't seen this since I was 6. I need to see it aagin.
5. DUCK SOUP (1933) Never seen
6. BLAZING SADDLES (1974) This movie has some of the best lines ever! "Somebody's gotta go back and get a shitload of dimes!" is my favorite.
7. M*A*S*H (1970) Funny, this movie depressed me. Maybe I need to see it again.
8. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) I started to watch this one night but I was sick and fell asleep. I love Claudette Colbert's name. :)
9. THE GRADUATE (1967) Go ahead and holler in indignation - I've never seen this.
10. AIRPLANE! (1980) Funny funny funny.
11. THE PRODUCERS (1968) Collin has this movie but I've never watched it.
12. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935) Never seen it.
13. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) OMG! I adore this movie! This was the one that Dad thought should be #1.
14. BRINGING UP BABY (1938) I love this movie! Cary Grant is SO adorable and I love tha madcap-ness with Katherine Hepburn.
15. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) Look at that! Cary & Katherine together again! You can't go wrong!
16. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952) Never seen it.
17. THE ODD COUPLE (1968) Why have I never seen this movie? Jack Lemmon & Walter Mattheau are so CUTE!
18. THE GENERAL (1927) Never seen it.
19. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940) It's in the Netflix queue.
20. THE APARTMENT (1960) Never seen it.
21. A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988) K-k-k-Ken is c-c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me....great movie.
22. ADAM'S RIB (1949) Never seen it
23. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (1989) You're right, you're right...I know you're right. That's one of my most used movie quotes. This is a great movie!
24. BORN YESTERDAY (1950) Never seen it.
25. THE GOLD RUSH (1925) Never seen it.
26. BEING THERE (1979) Never seen it.
27. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998) I saw this once and I guess I didn't get the guy humor. It was okay. I probably need to see it again.
28. GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) I can recite you almost every line from this movie. This should be higher than 28.
29. THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) Classic and I'm surprised it's as low as this.
30. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944) The first Cary Grant movie I ever saw. I love this movie SO much!
31. RAISING ARIZONA (1987) Mom & Dad took me to see this movie during my I-broke-my-thumb-they're-kicking-me-out-of-gym-class crisis and I laughed my fool head off and felt much better afterwards. John Goodman is a genius.
32. THE THIN MAN (1934) For just the look that passes between William Powell and Myrna Loy when she walks in on him comforting a stricken young lady makes this movie!
33. MODERN TIMES (1936) Never seen it.
34. GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) Cute movie but #33? Too far up.
35. HARVEY (1950) Never seen it.
36. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978) For all my talk about it earlier, I'm surprised on this list it's #36. Maybe top 15.
37. THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) Never seen it.
38. CITY LIGHTS (1931) Never seen it.
39. SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1941) Never seen it.
40. IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (1963) EXCUSE ME?? #40?? Who the hell made this list???? It's #2 in my book! Non stop laughter, Spencer Tracy, (one of the cutest old men ever), Ethel Merman and the line "Except for you, lady! I hope you fall off a cliff and DIE!"
41. MOONSTRUCK (1987) Maybe I need to see this again. It's been since 87 that I watched it.
42. BIG (1988) Classic. Love Tom Hanks!
43. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973) #43? How about Top 10? If only for Harrison Ford!
44. MY MAN GODFREY (1936) Never seen it.
45. HAROLD AND MAUDE (1972) Collin made me watch this movie last year and I adored it.
46. MANHATTAN (1979) Never seen it.
47. SHAMPOO (1975) Neevr seen it.
48. A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964) Never seen it.
49. TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942) Derek loves this movie - at least he did when we were younger. I've only seen it once.
50. CAT BALLOU (1965) Now we're talking. One of my favorite movies EVER! "You are scared and confused" is another line I say a lot. Should be higher on the list!!!
51. THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955) "Never, ever, put sugar in a martini." This movie is hilarious! And not even for Marilyn's lines, which are great but the Tom Ewell character is so funny!
52. NINOTCHKA (1939) Never seen it.
53. ARTHUR (1981) Haven't seen it in YEARS!
54. THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK (1944) Never seen it.
55. THE LADY EVE (1941) Never seen it.
57. DINER (1982) Never seen it.
58. IT'S A GIFT (1934) Never seen it.
59. A DAY AT THE RACES (1937) Never seen it.
60. TOPPER (1937) Never seen it.
61. WHAT'S UP, DOC? (1972) Never seen it.
62. SHERLOCK, JR. (1924) Never seen it.
63. BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984) I love this movie. Love this movie.
64. BROADCAST NEWS (1987) Saw it when it first came out and don't remember a thing about it!
65. HORSE FEATHERS (1932) Never seen it.
66. TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (1969) Never seen it.
67. MRS. DOUBTFIRE (1993) A cute movie.
68. THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937) Never seen it.
69. BANANAS (1971) Never seen it.
70. MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (1936) Never seen it.
71. CADDYSHACK (1980) Another classic - love Chevy Chase.
72. MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948) Aww, Cary Grant. So cute...
73. MONKEY BUSINESS (1931) I just moved this movie up to #2 in our Netfkix queue because Collin has never seen this one! This is the movie where I realized I liked Ginger Rogers and looooved Cary Grant.
74. 9 TO 5 (1980) One of my very favorite movies.
75. SHE DONE HIM WRONG (1933) Never seen it.
76. VICTOR/VICTORIA (1982) Never seen it.
77. THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942) Never seen it.
78. ROAD TO MOROCCO (1942) Caught the end on AMC once - looked cute.
79. THE FRESHMAN (1925) Never seen it.
80. SLEEPER (1973) Never seen it.
81. THE NAVIGATOR (1924) Never seen it.
82. PRIVATE BENJAMIN (1980) I always liked Goldie Hawn - I like this movie.
83. FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950) I love the Steve Martin remake but the original with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor is sooooo cute!!!
84. LOST IN AMERICA (1985) Neve seen it.
85. DINNER AT EIGHT (1933) Never seen it.
86. CITY SLICKERS (1991) I really like this movie.
87. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) A classic - I love Judge Reinhold.
88. BEETLEJUICE (1988) This one's good.
89. THE JERK (1979) Finally saw it last year for the first time. I"m way behind the curve in some movies. So funny!
90. WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942) Never seen it.
91. THE HEARTBREAK KID (1972) Never seen it.
92. BALL OF FIRE (1941) Never seen it.
93. FARGO (1996) Great movie.
94. AUNTIE MAME (1958) Never seen it.
95. SILVER STREAK (1976) If I saw this it was 20 years ago and I don't remember a thing.
96. SONS OF THE DESERT (1933) Never seen it.
97. BULL DURHAM (1988) I used to really like this movie but it's been years and years since I saw it.
98. THE COURT JESTER (1956) Never seen it.
99. THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963) They play this all the time on AMC - a really cute movie.
100. GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (1987) Guess what - I've never seen this movie!

So there you go - the AFI top 100 comedies of all time. What makes this list so wrong is my favorite comedy ever isn't even on the list: Murder By Death. Funniest movie EVER!!! So many classic lines..."Oh, Dickie...that's old news," "HowOdd BensonMum," "If his condition does not change, this man is dead," and "Cow on wall talk again." So do yourself a favor and go rent (or actually buy it. You won't be sorry.) Murder By Death. Let me know what you think of it.

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