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Some of the Best Comedies I've Watched: Part 1
This movie stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., and Robert T. Jackson.
Tropic Thunder is possibly my number 1 favorite comedy of all time. The premise to the movie is all four guys are stars of their own caliber.
Tugg Speedman (played by Ben Stiller) is an action star with many sequels, each worse than the last. He tries his hand at a drama, Simple Jack, and it bombed. In order to bring his career back, he signed on to do a Vietnam war flick called Tropic Thunder with other top named actors.
Kirk Lazarus (played by Robert Downey Jr.) is an Australian actor who gets into his roles like none other. In order to play a part in this flick, he undergoes a skin pigmentation darkening procedure so he can play a black man. Throughout the movie he never breaks character, even while not filming.
Jeff Portnoy (played by Jack Black) is a guy who has starred in movies based around farting. His flicks are a knockoff of Eddie Murphy's nutty professor roles. He wants to show the world that he, too, can successfully pull off a drama. The problem is, he's highly addicted to 'jelly beans'...
Finally, Alpha Chino (played by Robert T. Jackson) is a rap star who is breaking out into the movie industry. He has his own drink out, called Booty Sweat. He thinks Kirk Lazarus is an a-hole for acting like a black man.
Anyway, these dudes are filming Tropic Thunder on location when the director of the film is blown up by an old mine. They think he's faking, so they continue to act. Because they are on location in Vietnam, they are stuck in the jungle and eventually Tugg is kidnapped by drug lords.
Favorite quote from this movie: Kirk Lazarus - "Never go full retard"
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
This movie stars the well-loved cast of the Monty Python crew. Meaning there are so many stars that if I named them all, this would become entirely too wordy. So, I'll just list a few.
Graham Chapman plays Arthur, King of the Britons - as well as the voice of God, the middle head on the three headed knight, and the hiccuping guard at Swamp Castle.
John Cleese plays Sir Lancelot the Brave - as well as swallow savvy guard #2, man with "dead body", the notorious Black Knight, witch-hunting villager #3, singing Camelot Knight #4, the French Taunter, and Tim the Enchanter.
Terry Gilliam plays Patsy, Arthur's servant - as well as the Green Knight, Singing Camelot Night #3, Gorilla Hand, the Soothsaying Bridgekeeper, Sir Bors, and the weak-hearted animator.
Now, the plot. King Arthur and his assistant, Patsy, are travelling England to find men to join his Knights of the Round Table. Throughout his travels, the men are met with some seriously memorable characters like The Black Knight, The Knights Who Say Ni, God, and a plethora of hilariously ridiculous others. To this day, if you quote some things anywhere in the world from this movie - chances are someone close by will be able to finish the sentence or quote another line. This flick was released in 1975, and is still just as hilarious today as it was 40 years ago.
Favorite quote from this movie: Tim the Enchanter - "Look at DA BONES!!!"
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
This flick stars Jack Black and Kyle Gass, who are none other than the greatest band in the world (in their words) Tenacious D.
Ok, so I'm going to admit quite a bit of bias where this is concerned. When I was entirely too young to watch it, I would stay up late and watch Mr. Show with Bob and David and follow up with Tenacious D. I had to turn the volume down really low so as to not get busted with their very adult content (I was about 13 at the time and would flip out if I caught my 12 year old watching something like this). So naturally I've always had a soft spot and a favoritism toward JB and KG. I bought all their CDs and watched everything they made. So...
The overview of the plot is like this - JB and KG start a quest to become the most amazing rock band in the world, and they learn that all the best rock Gods use the same guitar pick. That guitar pick, called the Pick of Destiny, was forged by a wizard from Satan's tooth. All hilarity ensues as we follow JB and KG on their journey to steal the pick of destiny and become the world's most amazing rock band. Personally, I think they found it.
Favorite quote from this flick: JB - "What do you want, 'Non-Rocker?' This line is reserved for 'Rockers Only' so I can't really talk to you right now."
This movie stars Dave Chappelle as Thurgood Jenkins, Jim Breuer as Brian, Guillermo Diaz as Scarface, and Harland Williams as Kenny Davis.
This is one of the best stoner movies I've ever watched. It's hilarious, the plot is great, and the comedians are perfect for their role. Thurgood (Chappelle) works as a janitor at some lab. A scientist asks him to make a delivery to another floor, and the delivery turns out to be a pound of some medical grade marijuana. As a tip, the scientist (known as 'Scientist) gives Thurgood a nice amount of pot to take home with him.
When Thurgood gets home, he and his roommates (Brian, Scarface, and Kenny) blaze down on the pot, and it's the best. They send Kenny out to get water (cuz you know, pot gives you cotton-mouth) and Kenny gets into trouble and gets arrested. Thurgood and the roommates decide to sell pot to post Kenny's bail, but they end up stepping on some toes along the way and find themselves in some real trouble.
Favorite quote from this flick: Thurgood - "You have smoked yourself retarded." Brian - "No man. No Billy Bong Thornton without Kenny. That wouldn't be right. Get Wesley Pipes. Yeah!" Scarface - "They killed Killer, B!"
This teen comedy stars Michael Cera (Seth) and Jonah Hill (Evan).
The premise is pretty simple, they wanna get beer and they wanna get laid. Simple, right? Well, notsomuch. After a gorgeous girl (Emma Stone) invites Evan to her party and he promises to bring alcohol, the two have to get a fake ID to even get the alcohol because, of course, they are underage. So their friend Edward Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) lets them know he can obtain a fake ID and their adventure starts. One of the funniest aspects of this flick is the name Fogell chooses for his identity. It is simply "McLovin".
Like all comedy flicks, their simple plans are interrupted by some unexpected circumstance, keeping you laughing the entire time. It's raunchy, tongue in cheek jokes are made better by the idea that these are simple high school kids just trying to party.
Favorite quote from this flick: Officer Slater - "McLovin? Were you violating that young girl? Were you violating her with your penis?"
I have watched this flick at least 50 times. And it makes me laugh every single time. Matter of fact, I have a real fear that my oldest son will turn out like J.P.
This flick stars Allen Covert as a 35 year old game developer named Alex who ends up living with his grandma after his roommate Josh (played by Jonathan Loughran) spends all their rent money on Filipino hookers. Already a winner, and we haven't even got to the good part.
So Alex is a huge stoner, but he's created this amazing game on his own time called Demonik that ends up being stolen and taken credit for by his unforgettable weirdo main game creator and self proclaimed genius J.P. (played by Joel Moore). I can't tell you much more without giving a lot away, but I promise, this flick will not let you down. Especially J.P. Hilarious!
Favorite quote from this flick: J.P. - "All I've ever cared about was video games and they made me a millionaire. So maybe I don't know what the Civil War was, or who invented the helicopter even though I own one, but I did beat The Legend of Zelda before I could walk. I'm thinking about getting metal legs. It's a risky operation, but it'll be worth it."
This is one of only a couple Adam Sandler flicks that I actually like. It's dark and morbid, but funny at the same time.
This flick stars Adam Sandler as one of Satan's three sons, Nicky. Nicky's role in the film is to save his dad from no longer existing and to stop his two brothers from taking over Earth. Even though I've read the reviews, and they swear this film is a flop, I disagree. I love the dark subject matter, the jokes that are borderline too far, the imagery, and the characters. Even though it does have Adam Sandler's signature humor and exaggerated facial expressions all through the movie, it's still worth watching. It's a guilty pleasure.
Favorite quote from this flick: Cardinal - "Jesus this, Moses that, Abraham hit me with a wiffle ball bat..."
This flick is on my all-time favorites list.
Ben Affleck plays Bartleby and Matt Damon plays Loki, both of which were angels who were kicked out of heaven for insubordination because a drunken Bartleby convinced Loki to quit as the angel of death. Not only were they thrown out of heaven for all eternity, angels were thereafter no longer allowed to imbibe alcohol.
When a Catholic church creates a campaign proclaiming that all who walk through the doors will be forgiven everything, Bartleby and Loki see a loophole and decide they can walk through the doors and get back into heaven.
However, this would reverse God's word and in turn would erase all existence. Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) make an unforgettable appearance as prophets (sort of) and help the last Scion (Linda Fiorentino) get to the church to stop the angels from entering the church "thus negating all existence".
Another amazing character and noteworthy performance is the late Alan Rickman who plays The Metatron (the voice of God).
Favorite quote from this flick: Jay - "I know they were just kids, but we kicked their f**** pube-less asses!"
This flick stars Jeremy London as TS and Jason Lee as Brody. Also appearing in this flick are Claire Forlani as Brandi, Shannon Doherty as Rene, Michael Rooker as Brandi's overbearing, talk show host dad, and as true with most Kevin Smith films Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith).
TS was planning to take Brandi to Universal Studios to propose as Jaws popped out of the water (how romantic), but Brandi's dad needed her to do a stint on his TV show "Truth or Date" when the original girl died before being able to shoot. So they broke up. Brody and Rene also broke up, so TS and Brody decide to roam the mall to ease their broken hearts. When they realize that Truth or Date is being filmed in 'their mall', they take matters into their own hands and try to stop it.
So silly, so crude, so absolutely re-watchable. I used to watch this as a teen (and a Mallrat of my own accord) and loved this hilariously dorky movie for all it's madness.
Favorite quote from this flick: Stan Lee - "You know, I think you ought to get him some help. He seems to be really hung up on super heroes' sex organs."
Pauly Shore is Dead
This lesser known comedy is full of actors and actresses. Obviously, it stars Pauly Shore as himself, and a slew of other cameo appearances by other well-known (or once well known) big names.
This flick starts out as a biography of the Weasle himself, showing how he rose to fame and eventually fizzled out. He starts pondering his career, and decides to fake his own death in order to bring his fame back to life. Of course, it's a mockumentary, but it's done so well and all the appearances will have you cackling - especially Carrot Top. You'll never look at Carrot Top as the same person after you watch this.
Favorite quote from this flick: Bucky, Pauly Shore's biggest fan - "You mean Ronald McDonald ain't really a clown? Well, I'm gonna have to kill that motherf****r too."
40 Year Old Virgin
This flick (as anyone who's ever seen any sort of comedy probably already knows) stars Steve Carell as Andy - a 40 year old virgin who works at an electronics store and collects action figures. He's quite typical for an overgrown virgin, except he's 40. And really unbelievable as I think Steve Carell is a particularly beautiful man... But we'll get into that in another hub.
So naturally Andy's coworkers (Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco) decide they need to intervene once learning of Andy's unfortunate circumstances. However, Andy has the hots for a lady who opened a store across the way (Catherine Kenner, whom I LOOOOOVE) and really would rather hook up with her instead. That's the general plot, but there are a lot of subplots along the way to keep you giggling.
Favorite quote from this flick: Andy - "That girl was a ho... for sho."
This flick stars Katherine Heigl as a newly promoted media personality, Alison, who has a drunken one night stand with the slacker Ben, played by Seth Rogan, and becomes unintentionally pregnant.
After learning she is pregnant, Alison and Ben explore the pros and cons of the unintended pregnancy, and ultimately decide to do their best to raise the child together. The plot line seems dull, but it was well written and there are some sub-plots between characters that are hilarious as well. Paul Rudd plays the loving brother-in-law who remembers his glory days and is increasingly unhappy in his unstable marriage. Paul Rudd's character, Pete, hangs out with Ben and they go to Vegas, trip on mushrooms, and both decide they need to work on their relationship.
Favorite quote from this flick: Pete - "Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of Everybody Loves Raymond, only it doesn't last 22 minutes. It lasts forever."
This flick stars Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, and Justin Long.
It takes place in a restaurant called Shenanigans. If you've ever been a server, you will completely relate with some of these goings on! I watched this for the first time while I worked as a server, and I wish I could have done half of the things they do in this movie. I know, for a fact, that folks do some of the things to the hateful customers they come across while serving - but a lot of it is just a fantasy of the things we WANT to do to said hateful customers.
You have your typical hot male server, Monty, who hits on and sleeps with everything with a pulse. This character is obviously played by Ryan Reynolds, and he plays it well.
Then you have your typical server, Dean, who realizes that he's too old to be serving tables and really wishes he could have done more with his life. That character is played by Justin Long.
There's Monty's ex, Serena (Anna Faris), the most angry server in the world, Naomi (Alanna Ubach), the hopeless romantic who can't pee in public, Calvin (Robert Patrick Benedict), Dean's girlfriend who is also a server, Amy (Kaitlin Doubleday), typical stoner busboys T-Dog and Nick (Max Kasch and Andy Milonakis), disgusting head chef Raddamus (Luis Guzman), even more disgusting sous chef Floyd (Dane Cook), and the typical lesbian bartender, Tyla (Emmanuelle Chriqui).
There are non-stop completely guffawing moments, as well as some "ohmygodthat'sthemostdisgustingthingi'veeverseeninmylife" moments. Worth every second.
Favorite quote from this flick: Monty - "You know, we should probably feel guilty, but she broke the cardinal rule. Don't f*** with people that handle your food."
This flick stars some folks you've probably never heard of (I know I didn't know any of them) but should have. Jay Chandrasekhar plays Trooper Ramathorn, or Thorny, Paul Soter plays Trooper Foster, Steve Lemme plays Trooper MacIntyre, or Mac, and Eric Stolhanske plays Trooper Roto, or Rabbit.
There's an ongoing rival between "Troopers" and "Staties" and the Troopers find themselves trying to keep their operation from closing down. These Troopers rely more on pulling pranks than actually policing, but things get serious when they find dead bodies and drugs on their territory. Not too serious, though, because they found a way to make it hilarious.
Favorite quote from this flick: "Dimpus Burger Guy Uhh, right. Beverage?
Farva Gimme a liter o' cola
Dimpus Burger Guy (into the mic) Liter Cola? Do we sell Liter Cola?
Thorny: Will you just order a large, Farva.
Farva: I don't want a large Farva. I want a g*****n liter o' cola!"
This flick stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jennifer Anniston.
The title is exactly what you're going to get. Jason Bateman's boss is one of my favorite actors of all time Kevin Spacey. Bateman's character Nick, is undervalued and underappreciated by his boss David Harken (Spacey). He insinuates that Nick will be receiving a long awaited promotion, only to call a meeting and award the promotion to himself.
Charlie Day's character Dale, is a dental assistant who is constantly sexually harassed by his boss, Dr Julia Harrison (Anniston). Dale wants nothing to do with Dr Harrison because he's in a committed relationship. It could also be because Jennifer Anniston's character is so crass and vile in her advances - which makes it hilarious.
Kurt (Sudeikis) actually loved his boss, but his boss died unexpectedly of a heart attack so now his cocaine addicted son takes over the company and begins to ruin everything.
So naturally, they plan to kill their bosses.
I'm not going to go further into detail to save any spoilers, but this is a must watch on any comedy list.
Favorite quotes from this flick: Harken - "Life is a marathon and you cannot win a marathon without putting a few bandaids on your nipples!" Dale - "You don't put a playground next to a bar. That's entrapment." Nick - "Okay, we're following a strange guy into a dark corner."