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100 Funniest Movies (Part 12 ~ # 45-41)
# 45 ~ Napoleon Dynamite
What Else Could I Show?
Some Movies Come From Outta Nowhere with a Perfect Movie!
Now, I should remind everyone that Uncle Rico is played by chameleonic actor Jon Gries who you may remember from Real Genius. He played Lazlo Hollyfeld, a/k/a the guy who lived in a trap door in the wall. He's been on every TV show you can think of in one disguise or another. On "Seinfeld" he played Rusty, and he's been on READY?? "The Jeffersons", "The Twilight Zone", "Cagney & Lacey", "Falcon Crest", "Quantum Leap", "Martin", "The X Files", he also played Dylan's Dope Dealer in "Beverly Hills, 90210". Plus "Chicago Hope", "24", "Carnivàle" & now "Lost" too.
Napoleon Dynamite ~ 2004
Jon Heder (who will never be this funny again) plays Napoleon. A weirdo from Idaho who gets inspired to draw things like Ligers befriends the new kid Pedro. Pedro decides to run for Student Body president, after being rejected by the evil Summer Wheatley. Napoleon offers any of his skills. We all know what happens next. No High School movie would be complete without a talent show! Thanks to his brother Kip's new girlfriend LaFawnduh, and a VHS tape of D-Qwons Dance Grooves, our hero triumphs and even has time for Tether-ball. A New School Classic!
# 44 ~ Waiting for Guffman
Corky's Budget Monologue
Perfect Tagline: There's A Good Reason Some Talent Remains Undiscovered!
Waiting for Guffman ~ 1996
Corky St. Clair is back in his hometown of Blaine, Missouri and he is directing a play. You see it's the 150th anniversary of Blaine and the show will be the main event. So a documentary crew follows the cast around from Auditions, (which are some of the best parts) all the way through to opening night. The pressure mounts when creative and financial difficulties threaten the play even going on at all. However, when news that a certain Broadway Critic named Guffman is flying in from New York to see the play and possibly make them stars, lookout! The laughs are hard and often in this ode to the cluelessly untalented amateurs of local theatre group everywhere. I guarantee the only ACTORS who DON'T like this movie are the jealous ones who are just pissed that they missed out on a great part in it.
# 43 ~ Wedding Crashers
The Great Bathroom Scene
Vince Vaughn has made some funny movies but they can't all make the list so here are the rejects..
Wedding Crashers ~ 2005
John and Jeremy are divorce mediators who like to crash weddings to pick up women. They have a bunch of proven rules of wedding crashing to meet and pick up women aroused by the very thought of marriage. They are very good at it and we are pissing ourselves at how easy this movie hits home. Vince Vaughn as the life of the party (See Photo) is captured in such a funny way. There are topless women flying across the beds and we haven't even started yet. When John falls in love with one guest, his partnership (and the rules) are thrown out the window. Now Jeremy must try to be a good wing-man while resenting the union he is helping to form. Isla Fisher (a/k/a Mrs. Borat) steals this movie like three different times. Rachel McAdams is so hot in it but John still has to contend with her family. Christopher Walken as The Secretary is a nice touch as well.
# 42 ~ Small Time Crooks
Small Time Crooks ~ 2000
Ray (Woody Allen) is a small time theif who hatches a plan with his moron pals to open an old pizza joint with the intention of digging underground through the basement to rob the bank down the block. His wife Frenchy (Tracey Ullman) is operating the pizza place put she can't really make good pizza so she starts making her own recipe of Cookies. While the cast of dum dums in the basement (played by comedic actors Jon Lovitz, Michael Rapaport & from Goodfellas, Tony Darrow) screw almost everything up, including flooding the place as seen in the clip, Frenchy's cookies become a new sensation! They strike it rich and now that they are, two things happen to them. Ray still wants to steal because it's in his blood and Frenchy wants to be a socialite! Hugh Grant plays Frenchy's mentor in all things upscale. The one who cracks us up the most though is playwright Elaine May who plays "May", a dimwit cousin of Frenchy's.
# 41 ~ I Love You To Death
The Trailer Is Amazing!
I Love This Movie To Death!
Writer / Director Lawrence Kasdan has a rediculous resume. He wrote the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back & Raiders of the Lost Ark plus Silverado too. He didn't write I Love You To Death but he did direct it. He also wrote a few comedies though which did not make my list and they are..
p.s. He is currently shooting his new screenplay for the 2010 Remake of Clash of the Titans which is currently in pre-production.
I Love You To Death ~ 1990
What makes this movie even greater than it already is? It's a TRUE STORY! When Rosalie (Tracey Ullman) finds out her husband Joey (Kevin Kline) has been cheating on her for years, she is heartbroken. Her mother, played ruthlessly funny by Joan Plowright comes up with the solution. They are Catholic so divorce is out of the question but murder???? That'd be just fine. They consult Devo (River Phoenix) but he can't seem to do it so he finds a couple of drug addicts named Harlon and Marlon (William Hurt & Keanu Reeves) to do it. Joey is jumped and beaten up, poisoned and yes even shot but he just won't die. he's also completely oblivious to all of this. If you haven't seen it yet, then I for one am jealous. You'll never guess how it ends and you will laugh your ass off from beginning to end.
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