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Aug 26 2013

A Good Laugh

by Hope L

laugh460Having gone to see We’re the Millers this past weekend, I was thinking about how good it felt to laugh; then I started remembering some of my favorite funny movies.

And it just so happens that (in my humble opinion) DCPL has an impressive collection of comedy DVDs.

So, without further ado, here is my list of DeKalb County Public Library’s funniest movies (in order):

1. Airplane (1980) – Silly take-off of “Airport,” (the original disaster movie). Cracks me up every time. Leslie Nielsen reawakened his career with this comedic turn. As soon as I see him driving the luggage cart I start laughing uncontrollably.
2. Death at a Funeral (2010) – Chris Rock presides over his family’s ordeal with hysterical goings-on. Very, very funny.
3. The General (1926) – This uproariously funny film is silent. Buster Keaton, known for his stone face, struggles with the enormous steam engine train while pursuing a beautiful girl. I actually saw the real General years ago; it now resides in Kennesaw at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.
4. Bridesmaids (2011) – Hilarious female answer to The Hangover, except that I liked this much better. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are awesome.
5. Barbershop (2002) and Barbershop 2 (2004) – Ice Cube stars in both of these, with Cedric the Entertainer, who always cracks me up.
6. A Night at the Opera (1935) – Groucho and his brothers on the loose to the consternation of Kitty Carlisle. Still funny after all these years.
7. Harold and Maude (1971) – Watching Harold in the background while his mother interviews prospective dates for him makes me laugh each and every time. Ruth Gordon as the free spirit Svengali and the original cougar. The Cat Stevens soundtrack makes it even sweeter.
8. City Lights (1931) – Charlie Chaplin tries to impress the girl and gets into all kinds of mischief in another classic silent film. My favorite line, often quoted… The Tramp: “Be careful how you’re driving.” Eccentric Millionaire: “Am I driving?”
9. Tootsie (1982) – Dustin Hoffman’s drag is cute 80’s fun.
10. Babe (1995) – Cute and funny with the irresistible Pig.  I loved the cat, too!
11. The Three Stooges Collection – Volume 1 and Volume 2 (1934-1939) – I just had to include these guys.
12. Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) – Hometown boy Tyler Perry stars as one of my favorite characters: Madea. Watch out for that chainsaw!
13. The Muppet Movie (1979) – I just LOVE The Muppets!
14. Annie Hall (1977) – Diane Keaton plays the ditzy heroine in this Woody Allen film.
15. Shrek (2001) – Cute for the kids, funny for the grown-ups. Mike Myers voices the loveable ogre. Eddie Murphy supplies plenty of laughs as Donkey. I loved the gingerbread man.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Joseph M August 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Airplane is one of my all-time favorite comedies, too. I’ve seen it so many times and it still cracks me up.

Chuck C. August 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

The Producers (the original one) is an incredibly funny movie. A couple of other favorites of mine are lesser known: My Favorite Year, and My Blue Heaven.

Greg August 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

My Favorite Year is one of my favorites too. Peter O’Toole is priceless as Alan Swann, the fading swashbuckling actor. And I have to mention the comedy that tops my list, Young Frankenstein.

Veronica W August 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie which split my sides however I found Baby Boom and Princess Bride pretty funny.

Hope L August 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Greg, ‘Young Frankenstein’ is one of my favorite movies and I definitely overlooked that because it belongs near the top of the list! I love Mel Brooks!

Effie C. August 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

It’s been a long time, but does anyone remember It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World with Spencer Tracy, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman and practically every other comedic actor of that time?

R. Hughes August 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I just saw an article about “American Comedy Classics” 35mm screenings (free) at Emory this fall. Here’s a link to their website: http://arts.emory.edu/news/press-releases/080913-Cinematheque-fall2013.html

Anonymous August 31, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I remember it, Effie ^_^

Shantrice W. August 6, 2015 at 5:48 PM

This is a great list. I’d like to add The Thin Man series with William Powell and Myrna Loy and Undercover Brother with Eddie Griffin and Dave Chappelle. Funny stuff.

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