September 18, 2008

The Greatest Comedy Movies ; Let’s Go Out

By Kerry McKittrick

Some Like It Hot, When Harry Met Sally and Groundhog Day are just some of the films on the list of the Greatest Comedy Movies of All Time as voted by the viewers of all time. Yes, they're all American, but from across the pond the list also features the likes of Bridget Jones' Diary, The Full Monty and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

If they do this poll again in 50 years time, you can't help wondering if the likes of Scary Movie, There's Something About Mary, Disaster Movie or Pineapple Express will be on it. Mamma Mia! should be, it's one of those film that once you stop taking seriously, you'll spend the rest of your time wiping tears of mirth from your eyes. Sometimes it feels like the only thing coming out of Hollywood at the moment is the slapstick/spoof/gross-out comedy. Think Something About Mary, Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin.

A glance at the current cinema listings will provide you with Get Smart, Disaster Movie and Step Brothers. It's so easy to sniff at such offerings and dismiss them as juvenile, puerile and just plain gross, but even Carry On films are today considered a classic genre.

It should be noted that the rising stars of such a genre are not the square-jawed adonises usually provided by La-La Land.

One could hardly call Will Ferrell (Step Brothers, Blades of Glory) or Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, Knocked Up) your regular actors.

Involved from the inception of most of their films, these guys are writers, producers and sometimes directors.

They also have the box office receipts to prove their worth, for example Knocked Up took almost $100 million at the box office.

Love or loathe them, it looks as if this new brand of comic actor/ writer/producer/director is one that's here to stay. The idea of a slacker/stoner/slapstick movie may make you a little green around the gills, but give them a chance, you never know, you may be pleasantly surprised.

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