When it comes to films, I have a special place in my heart for comedies and these are some of my favourites. I can watch them over and over and still laugh. You probably will too.
The Wrong Guy. This is one of the funniest comedies. Ever. Kids in the Hall alum Dave Foley stars as a man who thinks he’s on the run from police. But the police aren’t really after him. And he keeps coming across the murderer who actually committed the crime. Hilariousness ensues. Honestly, if you have never seen this film, you owe it to yourself to laugh your butt off. And pssssst. It’s on YouTube if you decide to watch it for free.
Old School. A classic starring Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughan. Let’s be honest: these guys do comedy like Sidney Crosby plays hockey. I think of this movie whenever I hear the word earmuffs. And who could forget the nest in a tree of trust? Or Will Ferrell streaking all by himself? Or the Dust in the Wind solo? How much do I love this movie? I named my Ford Tempo Old Blue. “You’re my boy, Blue. You’re my boy.” That’s true movie love baby.
American Pie. I was in high school when the first American Pie came out. My high school was nothing like this school. And I can’t relate to having your father walk in the kitchen while you’re gettin’ it on with a pastry. But this movie both celebrates sex and pokes fun at it. The soundtrack is pretty awesome too.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. If I could watch this 1989 classic every Christmas, I would. It’s my favourite Christmas movie of all time. The Griswold family is all kinds of crazy. Especially the in-laws. They ate squirrels until they found out they were high in cholesterol. Yeah. That kind of crazy.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Jim Carrey can do things with his face that most people can’t. And it’s funny. This old flick from 1994 is always good for a laugh if you appreciate Carrey’s brand of humour. Ace, a detective who works with animals, tries to track down a missing dolphin mascot before the Super Bowl. Along the way, Ace gets to make lots of snarky comments and do lots of stupid things. Sounds like a great comedy to me.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. I’m not sure if Disney meant this movie to be funny. But it is. Big time. Johnny Depp does a great job of being a weird Keith Richardsesque pirate during the Rococo period. There’s lots of rum jokes, pirate jokes, and black teeth. The other movies in this franchise are okay. This one is fantastic.
50 First Dates. You knew I had to include an Adam Sandler pic in this list, right? Riiiight? This one is a gem, plus you get to look at lush Hawaiian scenery. Sandler plays a goofy guy who tries to woo a girl with amnesia. She loses her memory every day; the next morning, he has to start afresh. There’s a brief cameo from Dan Aykroyd. And Rob Schneider’s character is freakin’ hilarious. You’ll see.
The Full Monty. A group of average British dudes decide to raise money by stripping and going the full monty. Which apparently means nude. And the thing is, they have lots of insecurities about their bodies, just like we all do. The thick British accents make it hard to understand every single word, but watch it the second time to ensure you missed nothing.
The Hangover. Three groomsmen lose their groom after a wild night in Las Vegas. In order to find him, they retrace their steps which include stealing Mike Tyson’s tiger, marrying a hooker, kidnapping a naked Asian dude, and more. And remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Except herpes. That’ll come back with you.
The Big Lebowski. There’s lots of other movies I could pick to round out my list. However, this one is worth mentioning because it’s not as mainstream as some of the others. The Big Lebowski features Jeff Bridges as a guy named The Dude. He’s laid-back to the extreme. But when someone steals his rug, he seeks revenge. And it’s funny. For reals.
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