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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually rather good, 13 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies (Paperback)
I've just been in my local pub & thought I'd give this book a read. It was actually surprisingly good & was pretty much what it said on the tin.

If I recall correctly, there is a section on 'Comedy Greats', one on the '50 Greatest Comedy films ever' & a final section on foreign comedy films from around-the-World.

There were sections on Dan Ackroyd, Monty Python (naturally!), Charlie Chaplin & Steve Martin & the book seemed to cover all manner of comedies from Bringing Up Baby, through Ferris Bueller's Day Off to the modern classic Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. I also got the impression that the writer was really engaged with his subject and really knew his films, enough to recommend the lesser known films by great comic actors, etc.

I have two criticisms though.
First, is that the foreign films section was a little boring & I didn't recognise a single one.
Second is that there was a lot of repeated material. As the two main sections overlap, often there would be a film in the top 50 (e.g. Monty Python's Life Of Brian) & then a whole section on the comedic group/ comedian (in this example 'Monty Python'). I got the impression with comic actor Robin Williams that the two sections were very similar & that the review of Good Morning, Vietnam had similar content to the main article.

Still, as a 'rough guide' & a quick read, I found it entertaining & well-written. I actually bought the copy that is now in the pub & feel that it was a good purchase & that it fits the category of 'coffee-table reads that aren't too stretching'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, informative and well formatted., 5 Feb. 2012
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This guide is a must for all comedy lovers.

Very well formatted makes it a joy to read, exactly like the Rough British Cult Comedy Guide.

Nice chapters about more available info in other books and on the internet.

No info in movie entries about DVD availability like in the Rough British Cult Comedy Guide, however I think the majority of movies are available.

The book is divided to 5 main chapters:

1. Early years - the comedy story
2. The Comedy Canon - 50 Seriously funny films
3. The Icons - Comedy Legends
4. Funny World - International Film Comedy
5. The information - Thw Wider Picture (web and books) and index

Overall very pleased with the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy without the rough edges, 22 Dec. 2014
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This is yet another book in the series of Rough Guides to a particular movie genre. It follows the same pattern as other books in the series and provides a good overview of mainstream comedy movies, including most of your favourites and a few gems that are waiting for you to discover them. Good show!
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