Yes I am a writer, and yes I do inject humor here and there within my story, and yes I love to read humorous tales. But I am also a devoted lover of movies. I like just about all types of movies, my entertainment bones tickled by everything from heavy dramas to action flicks to sweet romances to westerns to family/childrens and so on. But there is one category of movie – what we have dubbed “stupid comedies” – that can almost be embarrassing to admit watching. Hide your face in shame if you must, but let’s face it, sometimes a person needs to zone out for a couple of hours with mindless entertainment requiring zero brain cell usage, content in the knowledge that you will laugh until your side hurts and/or milk spurts out your nose. Here are a few of my favorites, proudly proclaimed!
Happy Gilmore – Gotta admit that I like Adam Sandler. Not everything, but most of them. Waterboy deserves an honorable mention and I liked Big Daddy, but Happy Gilmore is my favorite. Every time the golf ball goes flying and smacks the man in the house miles away I die laughing, even if I do feel a tad guilty.
Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles – Mel Brooks is the King of Stupid Comedies and hysterical sight gags. These two rule the world in hilarity. Partially it is the brilliance that was Gene Wilder, but of course everyone in these casts were terrific. Way too many lines to pick one to quote!
The Three Amigos – Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Chevy Chase. Need I say more? OK, how about the singing bush, the invisible swordsman, the serenading desert creatures, the My Little Buttercup saloon scene, the Nazi in Mexico……
Napoleon Dynamite - I admit I did not get it the first couple times I watched it. My teenagers were literally rolling on the floor but I was scratching my head. Then I kept hearing them quote the lines, constantly and in response to everything, and I began to see the humor of it. Then I watched again and let my inner child come out. Stupid comedy in the extreme, but man, it is funny!
Corky Romano – Loved Chris Kattan’s goofy vet assistant turned FBI agent. Do we still sing 80s songs loud and off-key in homage? Yep. Do we still die laughing when he gives the speech on anti-drugs to the kids while high on inhaled cocaine? Absolutely!
George of the Jungle – Brandon Fraser slick with sweat and totally hot may have something to do with why I LOVE this movie, but truly it is the innocent sweetness and insane hijinks that win me over each time. A talking ape? A toucan that can fly to NY from Africa? A monkey who pantomimes? An elephant who thinks he is a dog? Sure, why not!
Dodgeball – I am not generally a fan of slapstick humor where getting hurt is the main gag, but “if you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball” gets me each time. And Ben Stiller’s obnoxious trainer spouting philosophy like, “Nobody makes me bleed my own blood! Nobody!” send me over the edge.
Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion – Absolutely hands down the dumbest blonde comedy of all time, but so danged hysterical. Arguing over who invented what part of post-its, discussions on dieting with Cheetos, flashbacks to 80s big hair – I am hooked completely!
Stripes – HUGE Bill Murray fan, but Stripes is his best and a classic. So many fabulous scenes, but I think my favorite is when he is messing with the obnoxious lady in the cab, finally leaving her stranded on the bridge! And then there is the whole “aaarrrmmmy training, sir!” sequence where the history of the American people is succinctly explained. LOL!
Caddyshack – Last, but not least on today’s list (gotta stop somewhere). I even loved Rodney Dangerfield for the one and only time. Bill Murray adding his comic brilliance to Chevy Chase was sheer genius. Throw in an adorable gopher and catchy tunes for a complete masterpiece of stupidity that has me gasping for air each time.
I think I will close there and head off for a stupid movie marathon. How about you? Brave enough to name you favorite guilty pleasure in inanity?