ATB’s Top 25 Comedies: #75-51

The countdown continues with some movies that may have received a handful of votes or one particularly strong one, but didn’t rise up enough to make the cut. Remember: These results are just here to see how things ended up — while the ranking is a reflection of each film’s vote and point totals, the list is really just a top 25.

Anyway, without further ado…

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51) How to Train Your Dragon

Chris: Whenever we put these lists together, there are always a couple results that surprise me. This is one of them — if you’d told me before anyone submitted their list that HtTYD would beat out films like Caddyshack and Napoleon Dynamite, I would have given you the weirdest look you’ve ever seen in your life.

52) Juno

Chris: I loooooove this movie. It’s sweet and humorous and hits all the right notes. I especially like how damn near every character just seems to make sense, particularly Jason Bateman’s descent from seemingly awesome father to a guy who’s just scared and doesn’t know how to handle his situation. Also, J.K. Simmons!

53) Caddyshack

Chris: Like the No. 55 entry on our list, Caddyshack still resonates among sports fans to this day — and you still hear several of its lines anytime you’re on the golf course. Let’s just pretend the sequel doesn’t exist and leave it at that, okay? Okay.

54) Blades of Glory

Chris: Look, this movie is ridiculous. Let’s get that out of the way up front. Still, even though it was one of the final cuts from my personal list, it’s a film I thought was pretty damn funny. You can use this to judge my standards however you’d like.

55) Major League

Chris: If you’re a devout sports fan, you know two things: 1) This scenario could never, ever, happen for a number of reasons, and 2) there are at least a dozen lines in this movie that are still eminently quotable a quarter of a century later, including about half the things that come out of Bob Uecker’s mouth.

56) Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Chris: A classic formula for redemption that might not be done better anywhere else. Even though there are plenty of funny moments scattered throughout, I spent most of this movie feeling sorry for Steve Martin…until you realize just how sad John Candy’s character actually is.

57) Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Chris: <this space intentionally left blank in honor of slackers everywhere>

58) Cabin in the Woods

Chris: A fun deconstruction of a tired genre, Cabin in the Woods has something for everyone. People getting coerced into having sex? Sure! Sick motorcycle stunts that still end poorly? Why not! Fourth wall breaking and a silly ending? Seems great!

59) Pulp Fiction

Chris: I’m not a huge Tarantino fan, but I can’t deny that Pulp Fiction was a huge hit. It’s easy to look back on folks like John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman  and Samuel L. Jackson as monster draws, but all of them emerged from this movie as bigger names than they were before.

60) Kung Fu Hustle

Chris: I don’t even remember how I ended up watching Kung Fu Hustle the first time, but…man. A fun blend of absurd action and surprisingly well choreographed fight scenes, with just enough heart even though the movie certainly doesn’t take itself seriously.

61) Finding Nemo

Chris: Pixar always manages to straddle the line between humor and heartfelt moments well, and there might not be a better example than Finding Nemo. Soon we’ll see how well the sequel goes after a decade-and-a-half gap; I’m hoping it works, for the sake of The Incredibles 2 as well.

62) Men in Black

Chris: My first reaction to seeing this on the list was to question whether it was a comedy — and then realize that I don’t know what I’d classify it as. When I thought about all of the banter between J and K and Will Smith’s great reactions to everything over-the-top, it fits here.

63) Napoleon Dynamite

Chris: One of the best underdog stories in all of film history, not just comedies (a $400k budget? $1,000 for Jon Heder??). Napoleon Dynamite was sort of a revolution for all sorts of awkward kids in the 2000s. I’m not sure it holds up quite as well a decade later, but it was certainly a cultural benchmark at the time.

64) Midnight in Paris

Chris: Admittedly, I didn’t have high hopes for Midnight in Paris because I’m not generally a fan of Woody Allen’s work. But I’ll be damned if this didn’t dance around time travel and love in surprisingly smart and funny ways.

65) Spy

Chris: One of the interesting issues we run into when we put together these lists is what to do with more recent offerings — there’s always pushback on whether something is too high or low without as much time for perspective. I think Spy will look better over time, particularly McCarthy and Statham’s work in it.

66) Groundhog Day

Chris: A funny film that also perfectly captures how most people would react to being stuck in a time loop indefinitely — confusion, taking advantage of the situation, and ultimately getting so depressed that you try to off yourself. I think this is much too low on the list.

67) Ant-Man

Chris: I think part of what has helped Marvel outpace DC in the comic book movie wars is its ability to weave humor into superpowered narratives. Ant-Man might be the funniest of any of the MU offerings, especially with the advantage of stakes that don’t involve saving worlds/universes.

68) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Chris: Ferris Bueller and The Breakfast Club were both hugely influential for a generation of kids. A breakout role for Matthew Broderick and one of the most earnestly honest and fun movies I’ve ever seen.

69) Dumb and Dumber

Chris: Maybe this is my fault for expecting something else from a movie with dumb in the title more than once, or a general disdain for Jim Carrey’s more eccentric roles, but…this just doesn’t do it for me. Sorry.

70) Rush Hour

Chris: I watched the Rush Hour movies when they first came out and I wasn’t that impressed. But I have to admit, I watched 1 and 2 a couple years ago and found myself enjoying them more than the first time, particularly Jackie Chan’s work.

71) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Chris: I wasn’t necessarily sold on Talladega Nights until the second half, when there are cougars inside of cars and colossal wrecks and Amy Adams in makeout scenes on an Applebee’s table…but I got there.

72) I Love You, Man

Chris: Rudd and Segel are pretty good in the lead spots here, but I’m more interested in the folks floating around the periphery: J. K. Simmons, Andy Samberg, Lou Ferrigno, and even OK Go.

73) This is the End

Chris: Once you get past the idea that the premise (and really, the entire movie) is absurd, This is the End ends up being rather entertaining. It helps that the leads all seemed to have a blast working on the film.

74) The Benchwarmers

Chris: There aren’t a ton of sports movies on this list, but a handful made the cut. The Benchwarmers is an amusing concept if for no other reason than three grown-ass men dominating Little Leaguers on the field — and still being the good guys?

75) Wild Wild West

Chris: Yeah, I think the idea of Wild Wild West being here is pretty funny too. Wait, what? This isn’t an ironic choice? Oh. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

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One thought on “ATB’s Top 25 Comedies: #75-51

  1. If anyone is going to judge you for low standards, then mine might be considered bad because I did really think Blades of Glory was ridiculously funny. I remember laughing at just about everything the first time I saw this movie. And Juno is the cutest movie ever. Loved the cast and the entire story.

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