100 Funniest Movies (Part 9 ~ # 60-56)

# 60 ~ Better Off Dead

Everybody Wants Some!

From writer / director Savage Steve Holland comes the story of Lane Meyer, "a man who knows who to ski". John Cusack is of course the king of off-beat 80s movies but the real star here is Booger. Or Curtis Armstrong of "Moonlighting" and "Revenge of the Nerds" fame. He has some unbelievably movie moments in this movie which include the following classic lines.

  1. Charles De Mar: This is pure snow! Do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is?

  2. Greendale is a bodaciously small town, Lane. A fly speck on the map - a rest stop on the way to the ski slope. I can't even get real drugs here!

  3. I've been going to this high school for seven and a half years. I'm no dummy.

  4. Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.

  5. I think I just froze the left half of my brain! [waves arm in circles and shouts] Look! I can't move my right arm!

  6. Ah, come on! It's Christmas Eve! I could be home right now, drinking this monster eggnog my brother makes with lighter fluid.

Better Off Dead ~ 1985

Yes, Lane Meyer is willing to ski the K-2 in order to win back his girlfriend Beth. Foreign exchange students, Howard Cosell-loving dragsters and one determined paper boy won't stop him either. Props to David Ogden Stiers of M*A*S*H* fame for playing the poor father who tries to eat food that slides off the table. The 'shave her before you kiss her goodnight' part is my favorite. The way he just keeps laughing, I love that. Neighbor Ricky and his horrible Mom also have some great moments in this bona fide classic.

# 59 ~ Frankie & Johnny

The Trailer

From the great playwright Terrence McNally comes this romantic comedy with a lot of laughs. Garry Marshall is directing which means a juicy part for his favorite actor Hector Elizondo. They've been working together since back in the day and their most popular collaborations were for The Flamingo Kid with Matt Dillon and later in 1990 with Pretty Woman.

Frankie & Johnny ~ 1991

Just like with Better off Dead, it is the supporting players who get the best bits. Nathan Lane and Kate Nelligan practically steal this movie from Michelle Pfeiffer. The great Al Pacino does some REALLY bad dancing, but he also does some really smooth talking. The scenes in the restaurant are the best, featuring the "You Pour, I'll Bump" trick on grabby customers. The best is line when the cook Tino says,"That boy, all he thinks about p***y, I'll bet you open his head, you find little hairy triangles!"

# 58 ~ Crazy People

The Hello Guy

Boy are you guys in for a treat!

I know most of you haven't seen this movie and that is the good news for you. This movie will crack you up in six or seven ways. It's a Dudley Moore movie but unlike his other films, he is not at all relied on to keep the laughs coming. He is essentially the straight man in this one. Dudley Moore classic comedies that did not make this list are...

  1. 10 ~ 1979
  2. Unfaithfully Yours ~ 1984
  3. Micki + Maude ~ 1984
  4. Like Father Like Son ~ 1987

Crazy People ~ 1990

Paul Reiser is a friend and boss to Moore at the advertising agency they work at. When Moore's character Emory, comes in to work one day with the crazy idea that they should tell the truth to the consumer instead of lying all the time, he is quickly taken by his friend to a local nuthouse for some observation. However, while Emory is learning his life lessons in the asylum, his ads which accidentally go out to print, become a huge success and now the company wants him back to work but he doesn't want to leave. He fears it will impede his treatment, which we all know he never really needed to begin with. The fake ads are hysterical and so I wouldn't dare spoil them here. The Hello Song during the closing credits leaves you smiling with delight as you exit the theater.

p.s. A writer from Entertainment Weekly was so upset that he couldn't get this movie on DVD that he petitioned the distributor and promised a full review apon it's eventual release. A promise which he kept, much to my delight.

# 57 ~ Welcome To The Dollhouse

Priceless Cruelty

Todd Solondz has a got a really sick sense of humor. Happiness from 1998 is one of the most horrifying subject matters ever to be poked fun at. Storytelling from 2001 was equally sick and twisted. But before he went off the deep end of madness he did manage to capture pure delight in the cruelty of children. Not teenagers, mind you. That's been done. This movie is fearless and hilarious no matter how much we wanna look away...

Welcome To The Dollhouse ~ 1995

Normally, I would start a movie like this by saying, Meet Dawn Weiner. But you already have. We all have. That one kid at school that nobody wants to be. The tragically clueless Weiner-Dog is the biggest fashion victim / perspective fake-rape victim at school. ?? When you see it, you'll understand. Daniel Rey's song is perfect and so is everything else in this look at middle school sans the rose-colored glasses. If you don't wanna join the "Special People's Club" after this one is over, you're missing out!

# 56 ~ Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Thank You Top Stoppard for this wonderful play!
Thank You Top Stoppard for this wonderful play!

Gravity Question Court

Tom Stoppard's play about two insignificant characters from Hamlet is one of the most amazing pieces of comedic literature ever. The mere idea that Stoppard was so intrigued with these two small characters and their meaningless deaths in Hamlet that they caused him to write this still stuns me.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead ~ 1990

Two minor characters from the play, "Hamlet" stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and apparently unable to deviate from them, either. Seems simple enough. Wait, does it? Well, it's also a frank look at fate and destiny where the questions can be JUST as important as the answers. If you tried watching it and you didn't get it, try reading the play. It reads really funny too. But if you are looking for solid answers to simple questions don't even think about it. These two don't even know their own identities as relates to which one is Rosencrantz and which one is Guildenstern. You gotta work a little, but the laughs are there.

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

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Maddie Ruud 8 years ago from Oakland, CA

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" is an hilarious play, hilarious movie. Love Tom Stoppard. Thanks for putting it on your list!


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

No problem Maddie! We are of like mind as usual.


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

I'm hooked on your hubs...I need to just IV them into my brain! Thanks!


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

man how are you doing all of this!.....you should be on E! the show not the drug

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