Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I Don't Care Who You Are, That's Funny Right There

The movies I watch are a diverse lot. I like action flicks (if there's some shit blowing up, getting set on fire, dismembered or run over with a truck, I'm on it), I like horror movies and fantasy flicks (think Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings) and I love movies with post-apocalyptic plots (like The Road and The Book of Eli).

I do like me some comedies, though. From Animal House to The Toy to The Blues Brothers, Blazing Saddles and Ghostbusters, I pretty much like all of them that do not wear the label "romantic comedy." Those usually suck ass. (My opinion, remember?)

I thought I would make a little list of some of the coolest comedies I've seen in the last few of years. Maybe you will see one listed here that you want to watch. If you've seen something awesome that didn't make this post, feel free to comment with it.

All links go to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).

The Invention of Lying. (2009) What if you could only tell the truth? Oh, how the world would suck. In The Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais stars as the only man in the whole world that can tell a lie. And everybody believes everything he says. Everybody. Everything. This movie is kind of like what would happen if Gattaca got spliced with a reversed Liar, Liar and smoked a lot of really, REALLY good sticky icky (like the kind they got in Texas - please don't ask me how I know).

Role Models. (2008) Starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, this movie is about two dudes who get themselves in a lot of hot water and end up getting sentenced to community service - as "big brothers." There is a lot of stereotypical humor in this movie, but it is often downright hilarious.

Idiocracy. (2006) This movie is wrong on so many levels, but satirical in the sense that this could actually end up happening  to us eventually. Luke Wilson plays a GI who gets cryogenically frozen. When he's accidentally thawed out 500 years later, he wakes up to find out that some really wild shit has gone down and he's the most intelligent person on the planet. This. Is. Not. Good. Also starring Maya Rudolph and Dax Sheppard, Idiocracy was written and directed by Mike Judge of Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill fame.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2009) Larry (Kevin James) is a widower who needs help with an insurance problem. The only solution seems to be for him to get married. Unfortunately for Chuck (Adam Sandler), he owes Larry a huge debt, and eventually agrees to marry Larry in name (and on paper) only. The two live together as husband and husband and the adjustment period is hilarious. Larry's scheme eventually unravels in a predictable way, but the shower scene with Ving Rhames is unreal.

The Hangover. (2009) Oh man, this movie is non-stop. A wedding party of four (the groom and his three BFFs) go to Vegas for one memorable bachelor party. The only problem with their memorable party? The next day, nobody can remember any of it. And the groom is missing. This flick is their story of back tracking and puzzle solving to find the groom and get him to the altar. It has one of the funniest scenes I've ever witnessed in a movie: a naked Asian man screaming "You wanna fuck on me?

Pineapple Express. (2008) Talk about a drug deal gone wonky! Seth Rogan stars as a stoner slacker that visits his dealer (played by James Franco), getting some awesome weed called Pineapple Express (maybe this is what Ricky Gervais was smoking when he co-wrote The Invention of Lying) and ends up witnessing a murder. Franco's character gets involved and the two end up running for their lives. Seriously, what's there not to like about a movie that has a line like "Prepare to suck the cock of karma?"

Zombieland (2009) This movie actually falls into two of my favorite genres: comedy and horror. Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson star in this zombie (mis)adventure. Columbus (Eisenberg) wants to see if his family is still alive and Tallahassee (Harrelson) just wants a fucking Twinkie, and zombies keep getting in the way. It's kill or be eaten in this flick, which has Columbus making a list of rules (#2: Double Tap -meaning shoot twice to confirm the kill) and there is a hilarious scene with Bill Murray.

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