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Best English-language Comedy Movies...

 
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Hi All,

Can we list out some best english comedy movies. We can list out in both languages i.e. English and Hindi.

From My side:
1. The Gods must be crazy


You guys carry on with your lists.

[ revised title for clarity - Jim ]
[ December 17, 2007: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
 
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Um, both languages? There are a lot more than just two languages represented on this site, and including Hindi movies in this thread really makes no sense at all for the many people here who don't speak Hindi. How about we keep this thread just for English-language movies (since you put that in the title), and if you want to list Hindi movies, that could be a separate thread? Likewise for other languages, if there's interest.

For my part, I submit Monty Python's Life of Brian.
 
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Are we talking about English language movies, or just movies made in England?

I'll tentatively add "Monty Python: The Holy Grail" though even that was filmed mostly in Scotland.

There are bunch of good English language comedies originating from "the colonies". We'll wait for your clarification.
 
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A Fish Called Wanda
 
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[Greg]: Are we talking about English language movies, or just movies made in England?

English language movies. The Gods Must Be Crazy was made in South Africa and Botswana, with no particular connection to England other than the language. Incidentally there seem to have been at least two dubbed (English) versions of this. The one I saw in the theater when it was out in the states was hilarious. The version I saw a few years later when I rented it on VHS seemed to be much poorer - the delivery of the lines just wasn't funny. (Or much less funny than the original was.) I don't know which version is available now on DVD. It's probably still a good movie either way, but I was pretty disappointed at the the time.
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
For my part, I submit Monty Python's Life of Brian.



That's what I was here to submit
 
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Young Frankenstein. As close to a perfect comedy as "Casablanca" is to a perfect romance.
 
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Hah! I almost replied to DOM by suggesting he should nominate Young Frankenstein, since that was my second choice and it really needed to be mentioned.
 
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Once again EFH and I are twin sons of different mothers (RIP, Dan Fogelberg)... Young Frankenstein, hands down.
 
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We've been down this road before. Here are 12 of my favorites.
  • The American Astronaut (Cory McAbee, 2001)
  • The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin, 2003)
  • Full Frontal (Steven Soderbergh, 2002)
  • Schizopolis (Steven Soderbergh, 1996)
  • Gray's Anatomy (Steven Soderbergh, 1996)
  • Slacker (Richard Linklater, 1991)
  • My Dinner with Andre (Louis Malle, 1982)
  • Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
  • Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996)
  • True Stories (David Byrne, 1986)
  • After Hours (Martin Scorsese, 1985)
  • The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1983)
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    Babies Day Out.
    Home Alone.
    Honey i shrunk the Kids.
    [ December 17, 2007: Message edited by: dhwani mathur ]
     
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    1. The god must be crazy (don�t know which part I watched).
    2. Hot shots (again don't know the part).
     
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    Originally posted by ankur rathi:
    1. The god must be crazy (don�t know which part I watched).
    2. Hot shots (again don't know the part) - the one which is about Jet Planes.

     
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    (1) Scary Movie
    (2) Tomcats
     
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    Originally posted by Greg Charles:
    Are we talking about English language movies, or just movies made in England?

    I'll tentatively add "Monty Python: The Holy Grail" though even that was filmed mostly in Scotland.

    There are bunch of good English language comedies originating from "the colonies". We'll wait for your clarification.



    Why are you digging into the question rather than digging for a reply to the question?...How on earth does it matter where the movie is made ?
     
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    Originally posted by Nischal Tanna:
    ... Why are you digging into the question rather than digging for a reply to the question?...How on earth does it matter where the movie is made ?


    The subject of this thread was originally, "Best English Comedy Movies," where "English" could mean Made In England.
     
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    I think this thread could be made into a pretty funny movie.
     
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    I tried to think of English language movies, but the only ones that came to mind were "My Fair Lady" and "Pygmalian" -- and to be honest, those are not so much language movies as dialect movies.

    My favorite comedies include "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Also "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind."

    (Billy Wilder's classic "Some Like it Hot" -- starring Jack Lemon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe -- is not my favorite comedy, but I cite its closing gag when someone challenges me to explain what I mean when I insist that gay marriage is a joke.)
    [ December 18, 2007: Message edited by: Frank Silbermann ]
     
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    Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
    I think this thread could be made into a pretty funny movie.



    Yeah EFH you are absolutely correct we can made this thread for pretty funny movies.

    One more from my side is:

    "I think I love My Wife"
    It's pretty uproarious.
     
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    Best comedy and Best movie of all times...


    Airplane!
     
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    Marc said it,

    King of Comedy - That is my definite favorite.
     
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    If you mention "Young Frankenstein", I also think Mel Brooks'
    "Blazzing Saddles" (Candygram for Mongo!) and
    "History of the World, Part I" (It's good to be the king) are classics

    I would have to add

    "Harold and Kumar go to White Castle" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

    Mark
     
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    Originally posted by marc weber:

  • Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996)

  • I never really thought of "Fargo" as a comedy, but I guess it had some elements of dark comedy ... mixed in with the tragedy of course. In the same vein, and also starring Frances McDormand, there's "Little Miss Sunshine". That one I'd definitely classify as a comedy, and a pretty good one.

    "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles" aren't bad, but my favorite Mel Brooks movie by far is "The Producers". That comes close to being the perfect comedy in my book. I haven't seen the remake.

    I saw one list that considered "Some Like It Hot" to be the best comedy of all time, but I don't really get that. I thought it was just OK. However, it was filmed in San Diego, at the Hotel Del Coronado, so that's cool.
     
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    I agree with all of the above, plus:

    LA Story (some of these buildings are over TWENTY years old!), The Jerk (he HATES those cans!), the sobriety test in "Man with two brains", Pink Panther (the original)...

    M*A*S*H...
     
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    Originally posted by marc weber:
    We've been down this road before. Here are 12 of my favorites.
    (...)

  • Full Frontal (Steven Soderbergh, 2002)

  • (...)



    Must admit, I didn't quite get the movie. I know there was something about the movie itself being part movie part reality, but was left wondering that I must have missed something....

    - Anand
     
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    Originally posted by Greg Charles:

    In the same vein, and also starring Frances McDormand, there's "Little Miss Sunshine". That one I'd definitely classify as a comedy, and a pretty good one.



    I've never been in a theater full of people laughing so hard, so loud, as they did when I saw this movie. At one point I think we missed a full two minutes of the sound track. If you've seen the movie you probably know exactly when this occurs.
     
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    Originally posted by Greg Charles:
    In the same vein, and also starring Frances McDormand, there's "Little Miss Sunshine".


    Little Miss Sunshine was fantastic, but I don't remember Frances McDormand in it. Might you be thinking of some other movie?
     
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    Office Space - A must see for IT pros!
     
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    Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:

    Little Miss Sunshine was fantastic, but I don't remember Frances McDormand in it. Might you be thinking of some other movie?



    Confusing her with Toni Collette?
     
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    A Clockwork Orange comes to mind.. it is on the darker side of comedy, but still hilarious and funny in my mind.
     
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    Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:


    Confusing her with Toni Collette?



    Hmm, I guess so. I'm so ashamed.

    OK, then with a little research, I find that Frances McDormand was also in "Raising Arizona", another good entry for this list.

    They look sort of alike though, right? A little bit? No, huh?
     
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    Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
    For my part, I submit Monty Python's Life of Brian.





    and also their "Meaning of life"
     
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    Caddyshack - for the 'pool cleaning' scene alone.
     
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    UHF

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    I'm surprised that A Fish Called Wanda hasn't made the list yet.

    I'm also a fan of Barfly but I can see why it wouldn't have wide appeal.
     
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    I like a lot..

    "American Pie"

    But don't know, in which catagory of Comedy it falls.

    Yeah but offcourse we can also include dark comedy movies if there are any?
     
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    Originally posted by Ben Souther:

    I'm also a fan of Barfly but I can see why it wouldn't have wide appeal.



    Good movie, but in my memory, not exactly a comedy!
     
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    Originally posted by Anand Hariharan:
    ...Must admit, I didn't quite get the movie. I know there was something about the movie itself being part movie part reality, but was left wondering that I must have missed something...


    Yeah, it was a movie about (among other things) a movie, which itself turned out to be a movie about a movie. These distinctions were sometimes blurred, but ultimately not that important, because the film did not depend on a "plot" that needed to be followed. Instead, the premise was more about the different roles people play in different situations, and the way we all interact. This is especially interesting considering that the film was mostly improvised.

    (One cool detail is that that movie inside the movie is directed by David Fincher and stars Brad Pitt, both of whom play themselves. Fincher and Pitt had recently completed Fight Club, which also had "meta" characteristics -- that is, self-awareness of its being a film.)
     
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    Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:


    Good movie, but in my memory, not exactly a comedy!



    I guess that depends on your sense of humor.
     
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