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Movies that made you laugh

changoo

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so what makes you laugh? Not just "haha, that's funny," genteel amusement, but seriously unhinging, bust-a-gut laughing?

I'll start it off with Schlock and Blazing Saddles, and Dr. Strangelove.

The first two are linked, in my mind. Both came around at about the same time in the early 70's, after Hollywood had gotten very conventional in their comedies, most of which were like Bob Hope sitcoms. Both movies took an attitude that all bets were off. And both of them rejected every previous formula in their quest to make you laugh. Together, the two were like a one-two punch to the older Hollywood restraint.

Schlock isn't as well known as it deserves to be. It was the first film of John Landis and Rick Baker. Baker had built a "2001" ape suit, and they made a shaggy, hippie comedy about a missing-link apeman loose in the modern world. Seeing it again, it's really just so-so with sporadic flashes of genius, but it was so unlike the less imaginative comedies of the time, it completely snuck up on you. When I saw it in 1973, everyone laughed so hard we were having trouble breathing. It contained references and parodies of other movies, the first time I saw any filmmaker do that, ever.

Blazing Saddles needs no introduction. What isn't remembered now is how little the studio that made it thought of it until the audience discovered it. It opened with almost no advertising or buzz. Think of the success of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but with a really good movie attached. And while Schlock could ignore the rules, being a very low-budget independent, Blazing Saddles was produced by a mainstream studio, and a known insider who'd been working in the field for almost twenty years.

Dr. Strangelove I'd heard about for years when I finally caught up with it at an old repertory cinema in Houston. I think I'd written it off as a dated satire of the time, something that hit the audience then as funny, but probably only mildly amusing now. I was unprepared for its utter savagery. And, despite its age, I connected with it completely.

So--what made you laugh?
 

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Most the new animated movies make me laugh pretty hard, I just watched Up and I thought it was a riot.

Grandma's Boy and Being John Malkovich are pretty funny.
 

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Galaxy Quest.
 

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Hard to say, I don't think a movie has ever made me double over in laughter in the way that "Arrested Development" or "30 Rock" at their best do, but then TV comedy and movie comedy follow two different rhythms. TV comedy is nimble, conversational and light on its feet, whereas movie comedy is broad and has to pause for the audience to respond. When I watch 30 Rock, they make another hilarious joke before I've even finished laughing at the one before, whereas a movie comedy could never get away with this.

I'd say the movies that came closest are Best In Show, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton has an awesome rhythm for comedy, and I can't help but feel he squandered his talents) and American Movie (but I suppose that's not quite what you're looking for.)
 

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Cannot tell if it is just because I watched them when I was younger, but when John Hughes was at his peak always get me laughing.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles as well as Ferris Bueller's Day Off are the two I enjoy most.

A personal favorite that I could totally understand if nobody else thought was funny is a movie called Road to Wellville which is a nice little satire on 19th century medicine that has a pretty awesome cast.
 

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Marx Brothers movies still make me laugh.

So far this year Jackass and 4 Lions have made me laugh like an idiot.
 

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Zoolander
Airplane!
Caddyshack
The Royal Tenenbaums
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
 

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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman
Marx Brothers movies still make me laugh.

So far this year Jackass and 4 Lions have made me laugh like an idiot.


At the risk of sounding like a simpleton, I've seen Jackass 3D 3 TIMES so far and laughed hard every single time.

Saw Big Lebowski for the first time recently. Maybe it's one of those movies I need to watch more than once, but I just didn't get ALL the hype. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely funny (I actually think John Goodman's character was BY FAR the funniest), but every time someone talks about this movie they act like it's a religious experience.
 

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Yes. And Zoolander, About A Boy, I heart Huckabees, and Adaptation.

Should have mentioned I Heart Huckabees in my initial response. The Mark Whalberg character just kills me.

Originally Posted by embowafa
At the risk of sounding like a simpleton, I've seen Jackass 3D 3 TIMES so far and laughed hard every single time.

Saw Big Lebowski for the first time recently. Maybe it's one of those movies I need to watch more than once, but I just didn't get ALL the hype. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely funny (I actually think John Goodman's character was BY FAR the funniest), but every time someone talks about this movie they act like it's a religious experience.


The first time I watched TBL I didn't get it at all. I think during the initial viewing one focuses too much on the plot. Now, however, I enjoy the movie a great deal and find it very funny.
 

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Originally Posted by Biggskip
Should have mentioned I Heart Huckabees in my initial response. The Mark Whalberg character just kills me.



The first time I watched TBL I didn't get it at all. I think during the initial viewing one focuses too much on the plot. Now, however, I enjoy the movie a great deal and find it very funny.


I <3 Huckabees is brilliant. My wife thought it was painfully dull, while I was laughing my ass off.

The Big Lebowski

Joe vs. The Volcano - not a particularly great movie overall, but has a few moments of shear genius.

The 40 Year Old Virgin - by far the best movie to come out of the Apatow crowd.

Pretty much all of the Marx Brothers movies crack me up, and Charlie Chaplin is the all time king of physical comedy.
 

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