“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Comedy can be traced back to as early as 4th century BC. It was conceptualized by Aristotle and has evolved ever since. It is a genre that amuses and delights and is well liked by everyone.
Every year hundreds of movies are released and every year a few great movies go unnoticed due to one reason or another. This article will bring to you a list of movies that a comedy buff can just not afford to miss.
- FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)
The year that this movie was released, it became one of the top-grossing films. But, in the present age, it is overlooked due to numerous other comedies released in the 80s like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and The Breakfast Club.
The plot of the movie couldn’t be simpler. It’s about a boy who takes a day off from high school. But what’s interesting to see is, how far he goes to just get the most out of that day. Each character of the movie is memorable and unique in its own way. One might recognize Matthew Broderick, who plays the role of Ferris Bueller, from the 1998 movie Godzilla and Jennifer Grey, his sister, from the very first Dirty Dancing. It also includes an interesting cameo by young and unchanged Charlie Sheen. As the movie progresses, unthinkable things keep happening at every corner. The shenanigans he displays are beyond one’s imagination and undoubtedly funny. From beginning to end, the movie keeps you engaged, rooting for Ferris, hoping he gets to finish his big adventure. All in all, the movie is hilarious and a treat to watch.
- SUPERBAD (2007)
Superbad was Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s first movie script that they wrote, and it is said to be based on their own high school experiences. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera portray Seth and Evan, having same names, who wish to be immortalized in their high school history and believe that their claim to fame is by fulfilling every high schooler’s wish of underage drinking. What then begins is their quest to get as much liquor possible in whichever way, no matter what obstacle they face.
Superbad consists of many well-known faces like Emma Stone, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, the villain from movie Kickass, and a cameo by Dave Franco among others. Among the many firsts, this was also Jonah Hill’s first movie in a leading role, in the genre which he later mastered. Superbad is “humorously indecent” and often described as “smutty”. At times, things get nonsensical which makes the scenes, even more, funny. It is thoroughly entertaining once you look past the obscenity.
- BORAT: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Sacha Baron Cohen, the protagonist, is the same guy who played the role of Gen. Aladeen in the 2012 slapstick comedy movie The Dictator. In the movie Borat, he dons a new persona of a famous Kazakh reporter who travels across “US and A, the greatest country in the world”. What’s fascinating is not how convincing he is in these roles, but the fact that he is actually British! The actor-comedian has often been described as a “genius”. He immerses himself in each and every character he portrays and sometimes even other actors fail to recognize him, let alone common people.
Borat is about a layman who tries to understand the culture of a developed nation and in this course exposes the flaws of the American society. Borat’s reaction to the modern phenomenon of feminism, homosexuality, and trying to understand how American humor works is extremely funny. The makers of the movie faced a lot of legal action especially from the people that appeared in it, as they were not told about the real nature of filming. The movie also faced criticism for being offensive, Anti-semitic, for it’s “vulgar” and “indecent” scenes, and for mocking various cultures. Borat paints a rudimentary picture of the American society with the people lacking a moral compass. But at the same time, one cannot stop laughing at the ridiculousness of Borat’s character no matter how derogatory or provocative his actions or statements might be.
- CLERKS (1994)
Clerks is a black and white low budget comedy film directed under just $28,000. The movie is about a day in the life of frustrated, underpaid, and bored 22-year-old convenience store employee, Dante Hicks.The movie was shot entirely in the convenience store in which the director himself worked, with a few shots of here and there. There is no well-known face in the movie. It actually looks like a home video. What makes the movie unique is how unkempt and hilarious it is even with conversations on the most mundane subjects like are the contractors working on the second Death Star when it is destroyed in the end of Return of the Jedi innocent or not. Clerks is different, has a fresh and genuine storyline, and does lead to a “catharsis”.
- THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)
Roger Ebert grasped the essence of the movie in his statement- “”The Big Lebowski” is about an attitude, not a story.” The story is just about a guy who wants to be compensated for his rug and in this course he complicates his life. The character of Jeffrey ‘the Dude’ Lebowski was so influential that it inspired a religion called “The Church of the Latter-Day Dude”. The Dude is said to be inspired by a real man Jeff Dowd, a freelance publicist who much like him leads a laid back life, drinking White Russians, bowling, and getting high. The movie came to be a cult film. It is undoubtedly funny and is all about the Dude’s “equanimity in the face of vicissitudes” with his motto being “Fuck it”. Then it should not be surprising that the word “fuck” is uttered 260 times in the movie.
Every year a lot of great comedies pass under the radar. This list cannot possibly contain all of them. However, the movies mentioned are a must watch for all the comedy buffs out there.