February. Grey. Snow. Ice. Blah. Seems like a good time for some funny movies! Here are my picks for some of the funniest of the funny—and, I know, I know, there are a jillion missing. But these are my old reliables. My definition of a funny movie is one that gets funnier every time you watch it, and these fill the bill!
By the way, humor is subjective, and I will admit to laughing at Borat and Bad Santa, two movies in certifiably bad taste. Also, I have yet to crack a smile while watching a Marx Brothers movie, which I know is totally abnormal. Still, here are my faves!
Two unemployed musicians accidentally witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and flee to Miami disguised as female musicians in an all-girl band, which includes ukelele player Sugar “Kane” Kowalczyk, played by Marilyn Monroe. Shenanigans ensue.
Note: In 2000, the American Film Institute listed Some Like It Hot as the greatest American comedy film of all time.
The Dude Abides. A lazy, unemployed Southern Californian stoner who loves bowling gets mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. He’s beaten up by men looking for money from the rich man’s wife and gets drawn into the kidnapping of the millionaire’s wife. Note: The plot is immaterial: it’s all about The Dude (Jeff Bridges, on the left below).
A comic look at dog show participants (and the pooches who love them).
Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Then things get a little silly. A little?
An airplane crew becomes ill after a bad fish meal. Surely, the only person capable of landing the plane can’t be an ex-pilot afraid to fly. Yes, but don’t call him Shirley!
A spoof of every western film cliche in which a black man is appointed sheriff of a frontier town.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis are three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City who start a ghost-catching business. They soon discover they have more business than they can handle.
You might want to check out this list of scientifically-proven to be the funniest films, rated by laughs per minute! The winner is Airplane, clocking in at three laughs per minute. Only three?
And here’s a new and comprehensive list of the 100 best comedy movies, chosen by an impressive list of film insiders. Should keep us going through March, at least!