100 Funniest Movie List Missing a Lot Of Titles: Part One of Two
Yahoo! Movies published its “100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die” list this week. I have to say that I was less than impressed.
Before I ruin anything for you, review the list for yourself here.
Now, there are a ton of movies that I can’t speak to. I probably haven’t seen half of these. But I don’t need to see them all to know that there are some great ones missing, such as:
1. Tommy Boy.
This movie is an American classic in my opinion. It ranks right up there with Dumb & Dumber (which made the cut). It’s one of those movies that you quote over and over again. I mean, how many times do you use the term “holy schnikes”? I use it. A lot. Take Tropic Thunder off the list and replace it with this. Not that Tropic Thunder wasn’t funny. But it’s no Tommy Boy.
Mel Brooks. Enough said. This movie had such an impact on me that I dressed up as Barf for Halloween when I was in fifth grade. It’s creative genius. Replace Pulp Fiction with Spaceballs. Is Pulp Fiction even considered a comedy?
3. All three Naked Gun movies.
Leslie Nielsen is my #1 funnyman. And these are my all-time favorite movies. Who can deny this? Even OJ Simpson is funny in them. Make room on the list by removing Office Space. Sure it’s funny, but it doesn’t compare to the Naked Gun. Any of them.
4. Ace Ventura.
Definitely the first one. The second one, not so much. This put Jim Carey on the map. Plus, it’s hilarious. Even though they have the Miami Dolphins going to the Super Bowl. Remove Heathers from the list. That movie was more disturbing than funny.
5. Super Troopers.
I have a friend that refuses to see this movie because of the “hype” surrounding it. He’s stupid. Remove The 40-year-old Virgin and replace it with Super Troopers. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
6. The Great Outdoors.
John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, the bald-headed bear and the old 96er. It’s a hilarious combination. Scratch off Anchorman. I love that movie, but I don’t think it’s list worthy.
7. Home Alone.
Say what you will about Macaulay Culkin, but this movie is amazing. And it’s a Christmas movie that’s funny throughout the entire year. How many times have you told your pizza guy to “Keep the change, you filthy animal”? Make room by getting rid of Bridget Jones’s Diary. I like that movie, but can’t believe it made the cut.
8. Big Daddy.
This is my sleeper pick. Adam Sandler has made a lot of movies. But this one gets better each time you see it. “Scuba Steve, damn you!” I’d replace Billy Madison with this. Billy Madison is funny, but it’s not as funny as Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore or a handful of Adam Sandler’s other movies.
9. I Love You, Man.
It’s been a long time since I saw a movie that made me laugh out loud in a theater. Probably way back in the Dumb & Dumber/Tommy Boy days. Thankfully, Paul Rudd stepped in with Jason Segel and made popcorn come out my nose. Get rid of The Big Lebowski for this movie. Yes, I realize The Big Lebowski is a cult classic. But I honestly think that movie sucks.
10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Jason Segel (and Paul Rudd, to a lesser extent) return again, but Russell Brand really puts the icing on the cake. And no, I don’t just like it because you get full-frontal nudity on Jason. It’s hysterical. It kills me to do this, but I’d get rid of The Princess Bride for this movie. I LOVE The Princess Bride. I just don’t consider it a comedy.
I could’ve probably given you my own 100, but in the interest of time, here are some Honorable Mentions who didn’t make Yahoo!’s top 100 or my top 10:
2. Half Baked
3. Uncle Buck
4. The Wedding Singer
5. Sixteen Candles
6. Scary Movie
7. Wedding Crashers
8. Hot Shots
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
10. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan