100 Funniest Movies (Part 16 ~ # 25-21)

# 25 ~ A Christmas Story

I Like The Wizard of Oz.

Based on the Jean Shepherd novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash", this is the one we either love or dread once a year, every year. I personally spent about six or seven years away from the tradition because I was all laughed out on Ralphie and the gang. Two years ago, I was home visiting my folks who are grandparents now and the sound of my nephew's laughter when Randy can't put his arms down put all that disdain to bed forever. Lucky thing too cause it's still fuckin' funny as hell.

A Christmas Story ~ 1983

Ralphie, Randy, Mom and The Old Man make us feel better about the whole holiday mayhem. There are scenes in it that remain so overplayed that we go and say hello to a relative during it, such as...

  1. The tongue on the pole bit.
  2. The father mourning the broken lamp.
  3. The bunny suit.
  4. The blinded-by-soap-poisoning dream.
  5. and fra-gee-lay!

However I still get quite a thrill from..

  1. Watching Scut Farkus get his ass kicked!

  2. Watching Randy eat like a piggie!

  3. Watching the moment when Daddy didn't 'kill Ralphie' cause the hero Mom leaves him out of the loop and "things were different between me and my Mom from that day forward."

  4. Watching This Clip!!! ^^^^

  5. and fah ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra rahhh!

It is at number 25 for obvious reasons, I get korny sometimes. Ba!

By the way the writer Jean Shepherd also plays the narrator and I ask you, "How many times do we get to hear a story straight from the authors mouth in a film?" His voice sounded like 1940's Chicago because he was there, he's playing Adult Ralphie because he IS Adult Ralphie! Now think about how would Stand By Me have sounded with Stephen King narrating instead of Richard Dreyfuss? Whoa.

# 24 ~ Big

SECOND VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST!

Two Funny Movies with the same problem! They are over-exposed! When you've seen anything funny 14 or more times it tends to get annoying!

(10 exceptions coming soon to a Hub near you, my Top Ten !!!)

This is also before Tom Hanks get so over-exposed we wanted to puke on him. I swear for like six years after Gump I couldn't even look at this man who had cracked me up for so long. Moving On.

Big ~ 1988

12 year old Josh Baskin makes a wish on a Zoltar machine to be big and it comes true with a vengeance. His Mom (Mercedes Ruehl) attacks him thinking he's a kidnapper so he flees with his best friend Billy to Manhattan. The following scenes are again so overplayed I wanna puke like..

  1. The Chopsticks Keyboard in FAO.
  2. The "I don't get it" scene pictured above.
  3. Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko-Pop.
  4. The trampolene.

but I still love it...

  1. when he turns the light back on!

  2. when Billy says anything! Kid slays me.

  3. when he cashes his first paycheck and they go wild on the town!

  4. when he meets Jon Lovitz who absolutely kills me!

# 23 ~ Clerks

The films by Silent Bob that did not make this list are...

  1. Mallrats ~ 1995
  2. Chasing Amy ~ 1997
  3. Dogma ~ 1999
  4. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back ~ 2001
  5. Clerks II ~ 2006

Clerks ~~~ 1994

The odyssey of Kevin Smith movies begins right here! Dante and Randal have jobs they don't care for and customers they care for even less. Dante runs a convenience store and Randal the video store, unless of course he happens to be at a 'decent video place' renting movies he can't get at his own. Dante attends and crashes a funeral thanks to his HS buddy who knocks over the casket. The entire day is one funny thing after another with the highlight being Dante's girlfriend Veronica admitting how many blowjobs she's given.

# 22 ~ Liar Liar

The Big Meeting with the Bosses

Jim Carrey has TWO very funny comedies and here is the first of those two. The ones that will not make the cut are..

  1. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective ~ 1994
  2. The Mask ~ 1994
  3. Me, Myself & Irene ~ 2000
  4. Bruce Almighty ~ 2003
  5. Fun with Dick and Jane ~ 2005

Liar Liar ~ 1997

Fletcher Reede is a bad father. He lies to his son Max and ex-wife Audrey so much that they are starting to lose affection for him. The son makes a wish at his birthday party (which Fletcher fails to attend) that his Dad can't tell a lie for just one day. Comedy ensues. No matter what the circumstances, Fletcher can not lie and considering he is an attourney, that could be an altogether difficult day.

# 21 ~ Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Matthew Broderick is one of those actors that we take for granted because he does it so effortlessly every time. The great comedies he was in that didn't make the list are...

  1. WarGames ~ 1983 (not really a comedy I guess.)
  2. Biloxi Blues ~ 1988
  3. The Lion King ~ 1994
  4. The Cable Guy ~ 1996 (also with Jim Carrey)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off ~ 1986

Playing hookie will never be more fun than this. Seriously, in your wildest dreams you couldn't have this much fun in just one day. Ferris Bueller is taking a day off from the tediums of high school and he's bringing along his best friend Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane. Trouble is big sister Jeanie and dean of students Ed Rooney keep trying to bust him. Will he get away with it? Duh! Save Ferris!

These Are Also Excellent!

Mocks RELIGION!
Mocks RELIGION!
Mocks DRUG LAWS!
Mocks DRUG LAWS!
Mocks HUMANITY!
Mocks HUMANITY!
Mocks ENRON!
Mocks ENRON!
Mocks MORONIC THINKING!
Mocks MORONIC THINKING!
Terry Gilliam Strikes Again in this masterpiece of children's science fiction.
Terry Gilliam Strikes Again in this masterpiece of children's science fiction.

The List So Far

100) Being John Malkovich

99) Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

98) Private Benjamin

97) American Beauty

96) Brewster's Millions

95) A League of Their Own

94) Defending Your Life

93) Swimming With Sharks

92) Harold and Maude

91) The Bad News Bears

 

90) Shaun of the Dead

89) Ciao Professore!

88) About A Boy

87) Nobody's Fool

86) Ghostbusters

85) The 40-Year-Old Virgin

84) Moonstruck

83) The Snapper

82) Stripes

81) We're No Angels

 

80) Heathers

79) Much Ado About Nothing

78) Bottle Rocket

77) The Out-of-Towners

76) Finding Nemo

75) Pee Wee's Big Adventure

74) The Odd Couple

73) Party Girl

72) The Tall Guy

71) Say Anything...

 

70) After Hours

69) The Aristocrats

68) Made

67) Oscar

66) Bad Santa

65) Trading Places

64) The Money Pit

63) Private Parts

62) Young Frankenstein

61) Back to the Future

 

60) Better Off Dead

59) Frankie & Johnny

58) Crazy People

57) Welcome To The Dollhouse

56) Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

55) Rushmore

54) Half-Baked

53) The Hudsucker Proxy

52) The Breakfast Club

51) Meet The Parents / Meet The Fockers

 

50) Fast Times at Ridgemont High

49) This Is Spinal Tap

48) When Harry Met Sally

47) Wild Cats

46) There's Something About Mary

45) Napoleon Dynamite

44) Waiting for Guffman

43) Wedding Crashers

42) Small Time Crooks

41) I Love You To Death

 

40) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

39) Clueless

38) Mr. Mom

37) Swingers

36) Tootsie

35) Raising Arizona

34) The Jerk

33) Friday

32) Caddyshack

31) The Princess Bride

 

30) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

29) Foul Play

28) Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

27) Animal House

26) Annie Hall

25) A Christmas Story

24) Big

23) Clerks

22) Liar Liar

21) Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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Tater2tot 8 years ago from ~~~

Yay, I forgot about Big and Liar Liar. I don't know why you don't still like the giant piano scene. My mall doesn't have a giant piano like that! But yeah Billy is great in the movie. Liar Liar was hilarious. I wouldn't say these movie are in my top thirty but they are in the top hundred. FBDO is funny too. I love when the car falls and when the sister beats up the principal. I haven't seen that movie in forever but I remember bits and pieces of it! And of course Christmas Story is a classic. Love it.


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abowie 8 years ago from San Francisco

Saved was great! Especially when the kid from Home Alone dresses up like a roller skate! Classic.


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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

yeah. I loved Saved!

I bought it the day after I rented it. The church is so high and mighty on itself that it was nice to see America's sweetheart Mandy Moore kick 'em where it hurts a little.


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billyblogthornton 8 years ago from Boston

nice. love clerks. my mother rented it for me after it came out. me and my buddy watched like ten minutes of it and turned it off, cause it was black and white and we were teenagers and above that. then we went out to our rope swing, did a lil puff puff and voila! one of the funniest movies ever. terrible acting, but sometimes a terrific script is all that matters. anytime you can spend more on the soundtrack than the movie and have a gem like that, you are a true filmmaker. too bad the second one sucked!

big and ferris bueller both classics. think i'm just a little turned off by them cause they're on tv every day. didn't really like liar liar, no longer a james carey fan. he reached his prime in in living color.


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Sophie Esperana 8 years ago from Los Angeles

I love Tom Hanks' BIG and Luke Wilson's IDIOCRACY. I think both movies are really funny. Great list you got here, dude :D


Adam York 8 years ago

I love Jim Carrey movies and hey that licking the frozen pole has fond memories for me. Meaning, my little brother, eating a hot radish decided to lick the freezer plate in the creating a family moment frozen in time for ever. The results much like the moviel. Pun intended.


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guidebaba 8 years ago from India

Funny but Good. We all need some fun.


Jonno.Norton 8 years ago

Big is one of my all-time-favorite movies from my childhood, solidifying Tom Hanks in my all-time-favorite actors category at an early age, before I even had the forethought to makes lists like these =) good picks here funktual, except Liar Liar omg haha to each his own I guess..


Cathammer 4 years ago

I like Jean Shepherd (A Christmas Story) as a writer, but can't stand his narration of the movie. His tone always sounds to me like he's far too amused by his own commentary, and is trying to convince us that we should be, too. If writing or dialog is truly clever, that sort of forced emoting isn't necessary.


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DJ Funktual 4 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Great comment


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vandynegl 2 years ago from Ohio Valley

This is a great list and I'm responding to this one because of The Christmas Story....that one is a classic! Some of these movies take me back! Looking forward to reading the rest of the list!

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