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Best English-language Comedy Movies...

 
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Obviously, a film can contain jokes without being a comedy, but I also think a film can be a comedy without containing jokes (at least no more than any other film). I usually prefer comedies that are jokes, rather than those that merely contain jokes. I like the humor to be buried in the underlying premise (or elsewhere) rather than on the surface. These films are often not very "funny" on a first viewing because the complete context might not be in place until the end, but they become funny on reflection and subsequent viewings.

There's an old saying, "A comic says funny things. A comedian says things funny." This gets reversed a lot, but it doesn't really matter which is which. The point is in recognizing a distinction.

But of course, humor is different things to different people.
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:

Yeah, it was a movie about (among other things) a movie, which itself turned out to be a movie about a movie.



Now this is such a hilarious statement

Marc weren't you able to find some other sentance to express such emotions...
 
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Originally posted by Ankur Sharma:
...Marc weren't you able to find some other sentance to express such emotions...


Yes, but not in my price range.
 
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Originally posted by Ben Souther:
I'm surprised that A Fish Called Wanda hasn't made the list yet.


Surprise B-Gone: I mentioned it in my first post
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:
[Full Frontal] was a movie about (among other things) a movie, which itself turned out to be a movie about a movie...


I just watched this again on Friday, and noticed there is yet another movie layered in this mix. So it's a movie about a movie, which itself turned out to be a movie about a movie, which in turn was also about a movie.

As I see it, there's the movie itself, Full Frontal. (That's 1.) With the exception of just a couple short scenes that expose it, the entire content of Full Frontal is another movie. (That's 2.) Within this content is a fictitious movie called Rendezvous. (That's 3.) And within Rendezvous is some other movie starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Fincher. (That's 4.) There's a quick passing shot on the set of this last movie in which Fincher is trying to explain to Brad, "This is the movie. As far as he's concerned, it's the only movie."
 
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Plenty of great suggestions here. Just thought I would mention a few more -

* Snatch (2000, Guy Ritchie, Jason Stathom etc)
* Death at the funeral (2007, Frank Oz., Mathew Macfayden etc - brand new, one of the best!)

If I may mention some stuff from small screen, checkout 'The IT crowd', and see if you can get hold of dvd compilations of Mr. Bean, Father Ted etc.
 
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Liar Liar
Bruce Almighty

All Jim Carrey's movies should be good. I am starting a thread for that.
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:


As I see it, there's the movie itself, Full Frontal. (That's 1.) With the exception of just a couple short scenes that expose it, the entire content of Full Frontal is another movie. (That's 2.) Within this content is a fictitious movie called Rendezvous. (That's 3.) And within Rendezvous is some other movie starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Fincher. (That's 4.) There's a quick passing shot on the set of this last movie in which Fincher is trying to explain to Brad, "This is the movie. As far as he's concerned, it's the only movie."




Well, it's official. If standardised IQ tests aren't good enough for you, please accept my certificate: You are gifted with an obsecenely high IQ!

Here's wishing all Java ranchers a happy, healthy and prosperous 2008.
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How about:
- Friday
- Next Friday
- The Friday After Next

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"Pushpak" is one of the great comedy from India. Since its a movie without any dialog it crosses language barrier. Its a must watch. It has proved that action tells more than words.
 
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