Renegade Staff Picks: Best Comedies

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Best Comedies

 

Dumb n Dumber

Caliber Winfield:┬áIt’s about as perfect as a comedy can get. I’ve seen it 30+ times, and even though I know shit is coming, I still laugh. Or I laugh at things I either didn’t notice, or for just some reason now find funny. The whole “they’re stupid” aspect wasn’t played like some slapstick BS, like you’d see in a Wayans Brothers film. It was just so organic, original, and brilliant. Like when they’re huddled around the fire, and Harry says he can’t feel his fingers because they’re numb, so then Lloyd says he has an extra pair, and that his hands are sweaty. That right there could have just been the joke, because it’s so damn funny. But then Harry gets pissed, and starts choking out Lloyd, who instead of begging for his life or something, screams “Harry! Your hands are freezing!”. I laughed as I was recalling that. You can’t beat it. You just can’t. Then you’ve got the ordeal with the IOUs “$75,000. That’s a car. better hold on to that one”. Or when Lloyd fantasies about shooting Mary’s husband. Seriously, I could talk about this movie all damn day.

 

Tropic Thunder

Caleb Masters: Tropic Thunder is easily my favorite comedy thanks to its satire of modern Hollywood and over the top premise. The cast in this movie is on point as Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Jay Baruchuel, Steve Coogan, Danny McBride and Nick Nolte land drop dead funny chemistry. This movie delivers its parody without flaw, but the two actors who really make this one of the great comedies are Robert Downey Jr as the racially confused Kirk Lazarus and Tom Cruise as the over the top studio exec Les Grossman. These two deliver two of best performances in the history of comedy (RDJ was even nominated for an Oscar) to make this on of the funniest movies of the 21st century.

 

Bubble Boy

Ruby Le Rouge: It’s not easy getting the right mix if stupidity and hilarity, but this movie nails it for me. The characters are ridiculous, but I laugh every time. Swoosie Kurtz was perfect casting as Gyllenhaal’ s crazy uber Christian mother. When I saw the scene where she and John Carroll Lynch (bubble boy’s father) are making the ransom letter, I lost it.

 

Caddyshack

Rick Tym: Gotta go with Caddyshack. Immensely quotable and featuring a who’s who of comedy – Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and the show stealing Bill Murray, to name a few – this legendary comedy flick never fails to disappoint. “NOONAN! Miss it, Noonan!” Too bad the producers didn’t shout this loud enough to stop the sequel from being made. But, just like the example of this weekend’s comedy sequel release, nothing can tarnish a superior original film. No offense to those who actually like Dumb and Dumber To.

 

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Derek Johns: I know people don’t usually view this one as Mel Brooks finest work but I still think this movie is fantastic. Part of the appeal of course is Cary Elwes who would’ve been a fantastic lead in a traditional Robin Hood (he does speak in a British accent after all). I have to admit though what really sets this film apart from other Robin Hood films for me are the often absurd supporting characters. You’ve got Dave Chappelle as the trusty though smart allecky sidekick, the blind servant with dodgy hearing, the skilled fighter that almost drowns himself in a puddle and those are just the heroes.

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BASEketball

Shawn S. Lealos: I love sports movies. I love Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Ever since the first time that I saw BASEketball, it shot to the top of my list of favorite comedies ever and – honestly – is in my Top 10 favorite movies of all time. Seriously. Sure, some think it is stupid, and it is, but it makes me laugh every time I watch it, no matter how many times I hear the same jokes, and it is instantly quotable – almost to the point where my wife wants to kill me after I watch it. This movie, above all others, is the sort of comedy I will always laugh at. “Steeeeeeve Perry!”

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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