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Funniest movie ever made ?

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Initial post: 23 Nov 2011 23:43:03 GMT
Bubbles says:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is the only film I've ever doubled up with laughter at. Anyone know of a funnier film ? I mean INTENTIONALLY funny, NOT laughable, (ie, Star Wars, with it's ludicrous dialogue, plot, acting, etc).

Posted on 24 Nov 2011 11:33:07 GMT
gille liath says:
It's hard to beat Monty P & the HG - but I'd say the Pink Panther films are funnier, especially the second & third - also Laurel & Hardy's Sons of the Desert.

Posted on 24 Nov 2011 14:38:32 GMT
Bubbles says:
Pink Panther films are definitely funny, Gille. But there are huge gaps between the funny parts. Holy Grail is virtually non stop in the laughter dept. You barely get time to breathe ! Hence, my high regard for the movie. Have to say, I was around 16 - 17 when I watched the cinema release of Holy Grail. Python were at their peak. Films today, "Bridesmaids" for example,(Very good film, by the way), are very witty, but don't have the same impact as Holy Grail.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 10:18:03 GMT
J. Campbell says:
Panthers are great and the holy grail is excellant and to be honest most of the comedies made today tend to lag between the funny bits but in my opinion I'd say dumb and dumber and see no evil hear no evil are some of the is one of the funnier films of the past twenty years then you can go back a little and you have a fish called wanda and back a little more for blazing saddles !!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 11:02:24 GMT
Bubbles says:
Thanks for your input, J.Campbell. Clearly, people from different eras, have differing viewpoints. Also, as we get older, our own viewpoints change. For example, I watched Holy Grail yesterday with my Grandaughter, & whilst I still found it to be amusing, it certainly wasn't "Collapse in a heap" funny, like it was back in the day. My point is : What film has made you laugh MORE than any other ? For me, NOTHING even gets close to Holy Grail. I'm afraid I didn't find "Wanda" amusing at all, but "Blazing Saddles" WAS a good funny film, & STILL is. :)

Posted on 29 Nov 2011 11:30:12 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
'Borat..' hands down , closely followed by 'Four Lions'. Many years ago it was the likes of 'Airplane' and 'Naked Gun'. I still find thenm funny but these days I prefer stuff that's a bit edgier.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 11:34:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2011 11:37:01 GMT
gille liath says:
I saw Four Lions only recently. I thought it very good, the way it avoided taking sides, intelligent, well written and entertaining - probably the best British comedy of the last few years - but I wouldn't say hilariously funny. Quite the opposite really, when you get to the end.

"NOTHING gets close to Holy Grail" - it was a trick question, then?

Posted on 29 Nov 2011 13:57:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2011 13:58:09 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Gille, oddly enough I laughed more second time around. IMO it's a flim that needed to be made. A lot of muslims, and christians for that matter, take themselves and life way too seriously. Lighten up dudes.

Posted on 29 Nov 2011 14:04:49 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
Life of Brian.
Naked Gun (and Police Squad).
Planes, Trains and Automobiles has its moments,
as does the more dramatic Midnight Run.
Simpsons Movie. (and series 5-8).

Posted on 29 Nov 2011 14:24:23 GMT
Blazing Saddles!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 19:29:28 GMT
gille liath says:
Maybe - but, as they say, is it comedy? I'm uneasy about earnest 'issue' films, however well done. But I have to say, in those terms, it's one of the best - comedy or otherwise.

Posted on 30 Nov 2011 13:40:42 GMT
Bubbles says:
"Four Lions" must have got funny AFTER the first half hour . . . . . . . .Because that's as much as I could take before switching it off ! Where was the humour ?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2011 19:22:17 GMT
gille liath says:
I think it's like the humour in a Ken Loach film, Kes etc: you laugh, but you know the crash is coming...

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2011 19:25:05 GMT
Bubbles says:
Top man, Ken Loach.

Posted on 1 Dec 2011 12:42:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2011 20:31:19 GMT
Lector says:
I can't think of a single one that makes me laugh from start to The End, and I admit that I am extremely hard to please, but I've always found eg. the early Woody Allen films such as 'Play It Again Sam', 'Sleeper' and 'Bananas' very funny, also the old Bob Hope films eg. 'The Cat and the Canary', 'The Ghostbreakers', and 'Son of Paleface' too. As for more modern funny films, well I liked 'Meet the Fockers'. But for some - almost - unfathomable reason and definately my personal tastes apart - 'Blazing Saddles' seems to top the poll with most people with whom I've discussed this.

Posted on 1 Dec 2011 17:34:59 GMT
Bubbles says:
@Lector. Try the recent film, "Bridesmaids", Lector. This film surprised me on 2 fronts. 1: It was genuinely funny. 2: It was written by 2 women I believe. VERY rare to find women who are genuinely funny. (In a comedic sense, of course).

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 20:33:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2011 20:35:29 GMT
Lector says:
Bubbles, Yo. I'm up for trying something new - so long as you'll take responsibility for any stress caused should I hate it?! Deal?! ;-)))

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 21:02:16 GMT
Bubbles says:
Trust me on this one, Lec. It's good. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 21:19:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2011 21:26:00 GMT
Lector says:
Bubb's, Ok then. Now still with women comedians - and I know I'm going off the main topic yet again - but did you see that French comedy sketch show the other night called 'Vous Les Femme'? I caught it by accident whilst scanning through BBC iplayer. It starred two women comedians called Olivia Cote and Judith Siboni. I thought it was quite hit and miss actually, 'though I did find myself laughing out loud a few times. But it's worth checking out purely for one sketch about half way through situated in a restaurant. It involved a furry squeeky toy being used as a.... Well I won't say anymore in case you get to see it. Quite hilarious though!!! (Please note it gets my very rare triple exclamation mark rating). :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 21:23:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2011 21:27:43 GMT
Bubbles says:
I'll have a look for it later, Lec. :)
Just tried. You sure the name is correct, Lec ? Can't find it.

Posted on 1 Dec 2011 22:11:28 GMT
TJ10017 says:
My favorites (in no particular order) are Animal House, Super Troopers, Arthur, Four Lions (laughed my a** off -- mental jihad!), Airplane, The Dinner Game, and Naked Gun. Honorable mention to Planes Trains -- love that movie -- Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Caddyshack and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Posted on 2 Dec 2011 04:03:42 GMT
A very old UK movie entitled School for Scoundrels (not the updated and worthless version) had me in stitches. I have Vacation and Airplane in my library, but neither are quite as funny as S for S. Believe me it is worth searching for!
In addition, I have 11 books published, but only one in the humor category and that one is a short story. Humor is tough to write due to the sensitivities of political correctness.
Roy E. Hoover

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2011 10:29:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2011 10:34:04 GMT
Lector says:
R.E.H, I know the film you mean, the 1960 classic, starring Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Janette Scott and (the great)
Alastair Sim. What a cast of wonderful British acting talent there! Oh I'm not saying that it makes me, personally, roll about laughing, but I nevertheless greatly appreciate it's typical British charm. You mention that humour is "...tough to write..."; Well I think it's also well known that most actors who've tried it say that it's the most demanding type of acting. I think humour is becoming increasingly more difficult to express in all mediums now. This is due to political correctness and people's general sensitivity to all manner of issues which they feel they relate to in some way. But it's difficult to say that that is definitively right or wrong. I mean everyone has their limits.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2011 10:38:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2011 10:38:56 GMT
Lector says:
Bubb's, Sorry, I misled you! The title was actually 'Women!' I got mixed up because inbetween every sketch 'Vous Les Femme' kept being shown on screen. And s*d's law, the show is is now not available to view anymore!

Posted on 4 Dec 2011 09:31:30 GMT
Kit Stapely says:
I found this thread very interesting. I am a Laughter Professional who, among other things, teaches Laughter Yoga where the key is to LAUGH FOR NO REASON! Laughter is not a reasonable activity by which I mean it does not take place in the reasoning part of the brain so we focus on re-connecting with that silly, playful part of us. The PC stuff is just another layer of the laughter editing that began with teachers telling us not to be silly and stop laughing - and I must say that until I read it in this thread I had failed to realise its importance. So thank you all for your suggestions and observations and remember that laughter really IS the best medicine! Kit It Could Be Verse: An Anthology of Laughter Quotations Oh! My favourites? Personal Services with Julie Walters, A Fish called Wanda, Bridget Jones, Benny Hill and Michael McIntyre.
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