In every edition of Pick N’ Pop, Suns.com catches up with a member of the Suns family to discuss personal preferences in all things pop culture. As always, we encourage you to check out our lists, watch the video for some elaboration and weigh in with your opinion in the comment section below.
|TOP FIVE LAUGH-OUT-LOUD COMEDIES WITH KENDALL MARSHALL
From Chaplin’s great dictator to Sacha Baron Cohen’s not-so-great dictator, comedic films have been a part of our culture since the medium’s inception. People like to laugh, and we often find a number of similarities in what invokes that response. Clowns, banana peels, three guys in Vegas trying to track down their best friend… For whatever reason, we find these things amusing.
But that’s not to say there aren’t variations in what best tickles our individual funny bones. While some laugh hysterically at Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura character, others find him crude and irritating. And while many critics marvel at the wit of Woody Allen, there’s a large conglomerate of movie goers who find his films incredibly boring.
For this edition of Pick N’ Pop we decided to explore comedic films and what it is that makes them so darn funny. To simplify things a bit, Kendall Marshall and I decided to classify our topic as “Laugh-Out-Loud Comedies.” We defined this term as a movie you can tune into at any time, and no matter how often you’ve seen it, still find yourself lol-ing all over the place.
Bringing Up Baby may be a great comedy, but you’re probably not laughing hysterically each and every time you watch it. And while MASH may be a great film, it isn’t necessarily a film with the sole purpose of making you laugh out loud.
What I’m trying to say here is that the movies we’ll be discussing aren’t winning any Oscars for Best Picture, but they are making you laugh. Or at least they make us laugh.
What makes for a great laugh-out-loud comedy: A willingness to roll the dice and get ridiculous after a solid foundation has been laid.
5. Team America: World Police – Just looking at a marionette in motion is kind of funny let alone when you’ve got Trey Parker and Matt Stone putting words into their little wooden mouths.
4. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story – Vince Vaughn as the straight guy and Ben Stiller as the over-the-top fitness guru. The perfect comedic pairing.
3. Old School – Wedding Crashers appears to have become the popular favorite, but I feel that Old School ranks higher in both laughs and re-watchability. And for my money, I’ll take Frank the Tank over Chazz Reinhold any day.
2. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery – A lot of classic comedies seem to lose their “laugh-out-loudability” after a few years. That is anything but the case with Austin Powers.
1. Zoolander – I’m not saying it’s the greatest comedy of all time, but there isn’t a movie that can consistently crack me up from beginning to end like Zoolander. The film marks the best comedic performance not only for Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander, but also Will Ferrell who played the role of Mugatu.
Opponent Scouting Report –Harlem Nightswas a solid call. It killed me not having an Eddie Murphy movie on my list. But Blue Streak? Really?
What makes for a great laugh-out-loud comedy: I think any movie you can quote on a daily basis is funny to me.
5. Blue Streak – You can probably tell by my list that I’m a fan of Martin Lawrence. And when you have two actors who are totally different and you can make it funny, you’ve got the potential for a hilarious movie.
4. Harlem Nights – Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. I don’t need to say much more than that.
3. Step Brothers – Again, a movie with great chemistry between the lead actors. Awkward, dry humor is hilarious to me and Step Brothers has plenty of it.
2. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – So many great one-liners in this movie.
1. Bad Boys II – The chemistry between Martin Lawrence and Will Smith was hilarious. That goes for both movies, but especially the second one.
Opponent Scouting Report – Zoolander is definitely up there, but I’m kind of iffy on Team America. It’s funny, but I’m not sure it’s top five.