100 Funniest Movies (Part 6 ~ # 75-71)

# 75 ~ Pee Wee's Big Adventure

Paging Mr. Herman

Pee Wee's Big Adventure - 1985

Pee Wee Herman: A child trapped in a man's body who lives out his fantasies in claymation or live action. Someone has stolen Pee Wee's beloved red bicycle, and he isn't taking it lying down. He survives one debacle after another with pure ingenuity, his dance to "Tequila" by The Champs being the most obvious example. Do you realize how rare it is that a film acheives critical success, financial success and then somehow despite all these accolades still qualifies as a cult film. This is the debut feature film by the mad genius Tim Burton too.

# 74 - The Odd Couple

Long before Jack Klugman & Tony Randall made it a great TV series, there was the original 'Odd Couple', Matthau & Lemmon. What we find are two very different actors with different strengths comedically who play off each other with ease. Lemmon is purely physical comedy with a gift for voices, whereas Matthau is the straight-ahead-sarcasm machine! They are linked forever through that silly Grumpy Old Men series too.

The Odd Couple - 1968

Neil Simon's classic play is turned into a movie about two divorced men, Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison who try living together for awhile. When Felix is so depressed that he is thinking of suicide he is taken in by his best friend out of pure pity. The pity however wears thin after Felix, a prissy neat-freak starts to ruffle feathers with the gleefully messy Oscar. Great supporting cast as well.

# 73 ~ Party Girl

Through the late 1990s, Parker Posey starred in a large number of independent films and was named Queen of the Indies by Time Magazine, which cited 32 independent films to her credit including, Dazed and Confused ~1993, Kicking and Screaming ~ 1996, The House of Yes ~ 1997, The Daytrippers ~ 1997, Clockwatchers ~ 1997, Henry Fool ~ 1998, and more recently The OH in Ohio ~ 2006 about a woman who has never had an orgasm. None of these films made the list, but don't worry, we'll be seeing her again. She is also a major player in Christopher Guest's Mockumentary Troupe.

Party Girl - 1995

Join me for the misadventures of Mary, the free-spirited, drug inducing "Party Girl" who crashes into reality while busted for charging admission to a rave she is hosting. Her best friends Leo (The Club DJ) and Derrick (The Queen) are of little to no help until, she is bailed out by her Godmother Judy. In order to pay Judy back, she takes a job as a librarian. That's where the fun begins....Check Out The Clip!

# 72 ~ The Tall Guy

This is for all the actors, theaters goers, and just plain lovers of Rowan Atkinson. This is also for lovers of Musicals, the movie Waiting for Guffman and the ska music of Madness. For people who like Twisted Romantic Comedies a/k/a British Comedies mixed with an absurdist wit. This is the first feature by writer Richard Curtis who gave us Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill & Love, Actually, the last two I have not yet seen.

The Tall Guy - 1989

Meet Dexter King (Jeff Goldblum). He is an American actor living in London who has a small part in a very successful comedy revue. He is..."The Tall Guy" playing secong fiddle to the evil and domineering star Ron Anderson (Rowan Atkinson). Dexter shares a flat with his platonic-but-nymphomaniac roommate named Carmen and is dating a lovely nurse with a penchant for orange clothes named Kate (Emma Thompson). The love scene between them is a hilarious, apartment destroying romp featuring Ms. Thing's nipples too. Yes, everything is finally turning around for Dexter until he promptly calls out his jerk boss and quits the show! He is mired in depression trying to find another show and eventually gets hired as the lead in a musical based on The Elephant Man! If you ever wanted to take Andrew Lloyd Webber down a notch, don't miss it.

# 71 ~ say anything...

John Cusack, wow. There's a lot of comedy there. The ones I really really like but just couldn't fit in our countdown are..

  1. One Crazy Summer ~ 1986 with Demi Moore
  2. Hot Pursuit ~ 1987
  3. Tapeheads ~ 1988
  4. Money for Nothing ~ 1993
  5. Grosse Pointe Blank ~ 1997
  6. High Fidelity ~ 2000

Say Anything... - 1989

Lloyd Dobler is the Generation X anti-hero that we all know and love. He's an average guy, likes kick-boxing, and soul classics and is generally happy just being himself. Then he falls in love with the Valedictorian of his graduating class, Diane Court. His friend Corey (Lili Taylor) writes songs about Joe, some guy who ditched her. Real-lfe sister Joan Cusack takes an uncredited role for support along with this emsemble cast...Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Jeremy Piven, Eric Stoltz and even Philip Baker Hall shows up as an IRS agent!

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The List So Far...

 

100) Being John Malkovich

99) Weird Science

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...

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Comments 14 comments

Tater2tot profile image

Tater2tot 8 years ago from ~~~

If you have Pee Wee's Big Adventure, you have tp have Bill and Ted's excellent Aventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Adventure!

Tayler!


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

To Be honest Tater, I have one film on my list, I'd like to replace and that is WEIRD SCIENCE simply because I can't stand the kid playing Wyatt while as you mentioned there are a dou whom I enjoy both characters.  BILL & TED will be revealed as an edit/update later in the countdown replacing the Weird duo at #99. 


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Tater2tot 8 years ago from ~~~

Sweet! I liked there characters also. I have never heard of Weird Science, but Bill and Ted have got to be better than it!

Tayler!


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Bard of Ely 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

How about any Norman Wisdom film?


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Gawn Fishin' 8 years ago from Vancouver, BC

Comedies are my favorite type of movies, I enjoy your hubs about them. Thank you for reminding me to watch them more often.


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

Bard of Ely, I am aware of him but have never seen any of his films.


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

A good list and hub DJ!!

Norman wisdom is an old timer comedian who is a legend here in the UK!

The last funny film i saw was called "little man" absolutely hilarious! have u seen it?


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

Not yet.


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

Absolutely adored #75...Odd Couple and #71..Say Anything. Really enjoying these hubs! Good going!


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danielpyle 8 years ago from USA

Thanks DJ ....PEE WEE! PEE WEE! PEE WEE! You know after saying that three times I am not so excited anymore...I really should have stuck to once...Keep Rockin' It


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Yet! mean you masy one day...

Its not a quality movie, but more of a immaturishly funny!!


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

I went right to netflix looking for Norman Wisdom films I can tell you that. Stay tuned. Is there ONE of his that I should see first? Or is there a BEST one?


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Bard of Ely 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

If you can find any films by Norman Wisdom he is brilliant - just simple good clean fun of a little man struggling against the trials and tribulations of life. There's a lot about him here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Wisdom


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vivekananda 7 years ago from India

Really enjoyed the read. Good hub!Comedies are like salt and pepper in a movie. Without them its boring to watch sometimes. They are of course very good refreshers.

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