Opinion: Top 10 List – Comedies – Part 1

Films made this list not because they were the best all around, but because they brought something unique to the genre. (Comedy is a little subjective so, this might be more controversial than intended)

Coming to America

What’s the Story?

Eddie Murphy plays a very wealthy and pampered African prince who comes to America in search of a bride. Accompanied by his closest companion, Murphy quickly finds a job, new friends, new digs, new enemies – and lots of trouble.

What’s So Special?

I think it’s commonly accepted that when one makes a list of the best comedic films, one should be booed out of the room for even thinking of leaving off Eddie Murphy’s name.  His early films set so many bars, it’s a wonder anyone has come even close to sharing company with him.

Coming To America, though maybe arguably not his greatest all around film, was one of the few that combined all of Murphy’s comedy trademarks.  All amped up to eleven.

It’s quintessential Murphy book-ended by top notch performances from some of black America’s best character actors, and it’s a great heart warming storyline full of the kind of humor and honesty that we wish Eddie would return to.

There’s Something About Mary

What’s the Story?

Thirteen years after a humiliating high-school episode of prom datus interuptus,  angst-driven Ted (Ben Stiller) is still crazy in love with Mary (Cameron Diaz). Hoping for a second chance at wooing the girl of his dreams, he hires sleazy private dick Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to track her down. However, after taking one look at Mary, Healy decides he wants her for himself. Before long, Mary’s suitors are engaged in a “hair-raising” battle for her affections, and soon, the fur really flies…right out the window!

What’s So Special?

Leave it to the Farrelly brothers to take what is essentially a tale of stalking and make it absolutely uproarious.

Paraphrasing here, but it’s been said that, comedy is often born from tragedy.  This yarn’s premise could just as easily have been turned into a psychological thriller about how some just can’t learn to let go, but the Farrelly brothers [Dumb and Dumber; Me, Myself and Irene] take this otherwise depraved situation and make it one of the funniest (and sickest) comedies in forever.

This one is not to be missed.

Blazing Saddles

What’s the Story?

The railroad’s bound to run right through the sleepy town of Rock Ridge. Land there will be worth a fortune- but the townfolk already own their own land. How do you drive them out? Send in the roughest, toughest, meanest, leanest gang you’ve got…and appoint a new sheriff you figure will last about 24 hours. However, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, and outrageous asssaults upon good taste- or any at all.

What’s So Special?

None do Satirical comedy quite like Mel Brooks.  Brooks films take a certain level of awareness and in-the-knowedness to be appreciated, but once you get them — a whole new world of humor just opens up.

To the well read and discerning eye, Mel Brooks films are chock full of political and sociological composition.  Like a Robin Williams or Dennis Miller stand-up routine.  There’s a lot of information in every frame and the jokes might just fly right over your head.  If you get them though, you really get them.

 

Dumb and Dumber

What’s the Story?

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are too lame to live–and too dense to die–as a pair of deliriously dim-witted pals on a cross-country road trip to return a briefcase full of cash to its rightful owner. Along the way they’ll confound cops, kidnappers and anyone and everyone who had the misfortune of crossing their paths in this comic caper for every idiot in the family!

What’s So Special?

Oh, look at that. Another Farrelly brothers flick.  The thing is, we just couldn’t pick between this and Mary.. so, we figured — why not just include them both.

Love for this film cannot be described effectively enough.  This tale of two literal dummies just warms the cockles. The situations these two idiots get themselves into just — if these imbeciles really existed they’d have been accidentally killed in their youth by some mischievous frat gang. The words “too easy” just come too effortlessly.

 

Being There

What’s the Story?

Peter Sellers plays Chance, the gardner.  Mistaken by a high society woman (Shirley McClaine) as Chauncey Gardner.  The case of misunderstandings propels him into a world of absurdity where literally everyone he comes into contact with completely misunderstands him.

What’s So Special?

Wish we could say more about this one, but really the less you know about the details on this the better, but suffice it to say — If one had to pick a single movie to call genius comedy, this would be it.

Every moment is literal brilliance and a true showcase of Peter Sellers skills as a comedic actor. Probably the best performance of his career.

 

Stay tuned for part 2

 

Maurice
Original surviving founder of Fanboy Confidential, the podcast, and this supporting website. This is the fruit of his labor, created while on his off days from saving orphaned children from forest fires.

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