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Surprisingly funny films
« on: September 16, 2020, 09:33:51 AM »
I think I've mentioned it before on here, but Scary Movie 2 really makes me laugh a lot. Mainly the disgusting dinner scene, and Chris Elliott's character and performance in general

Not Another Teen Movie should be bobbins, but it is properly funny throughout, with a great cast clearly having a hoot. The kissing the old lady scene is revolting, mind. The saliva dripping off. Bleurrrgghhgh. Mia Kirshner is a huge sport for doing it, mind

The Green Lantern, the one with Seth Rogan, should be horrible, but there's a fight scene in it that I was belly laughing at. Really took me by surprise

The Three Stooges film by the Farrelly brothers is another that I really giggled at. Though admittedly I'm not too familiar with the proper Three Stooges, so I'm not sure if all the good stuff came directly from their work. I enjoyed it a lot though. Larry David being in it as a nun is just the surreal cherry on the top

Any films or scenes that took you by surprise by how funny they were?

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Re: Surprisingly funny films
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2020, 11:46:50 AM »
Dangerous Liaisons. Went in expecting a High Historic Drama but was floored by the humour and frolicking.

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Re: Surprisingly funny films
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2020, 11:59:50 AM »
The Human Centipede 3 has LOL scenes throughout - a brilliant comedy in the tradition of Buñuel.

I mean, the Governor of the prison has a glass treat jar on his desk filled not with jelly beans but instead female circumcision jerky.

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Re: Surprisingly funny films
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2020, 01:23:18 PM »
The films leading up to it had the odd joke here and there, but I remember the first Avengers film had the audience roaring with laughter throughout.

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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2020, 01:27:16 PM »
The Human Centipede 3 has LOL scenes throughout - a brilliant comedy in the tradition of Buñuel.

I mean, the Governor of the prison has a glass treat jar on his desk filled not with jelly beans but instead female circumcision jerky.

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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2020, 03:14:40 PM »
Extremely silly sci-fi comedy The Creature Wasn't Nice features some deliberately-stilted acting from Leslie Neilsen, Patrick Macnee et al. I remember the cover of it in the local video shop as a kid (under the title Spaceship, it was also known as Naked Space) frightening me, actually.

The Naked Gun 2½ disappointed me initially, but repeat viewings over the years have proved extremely rewarding and it's actually possibly more gag-packed than the first one.

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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2020, 03:44:13 PM »


Not Another Teen Movie should be bobbins, but it is properly funny throughout, with a great cast clearly having a hoot. The kissing the old lady scene is revolting, mind. The saliva dripping off. Bleurrrgghhgh. Mia Kirshner is a huge sport for doing it, mind

The Green Lantern, the one with Seth Rogan, should be horrible, but there's a fight scene in it that I was belly laughing at. Really took me by surprise



Yes to the first one. Shame it's title lumps it in with the fuck awful 'Date Move' and it's ilk. It's much better.

The second one, do you mean 'The Green Hornet'?

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Re: Surprisingly funny films
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2020, 03:48:42 PM »
Fired Up, a fairly unloved 2009 "horny guys go to cheerleader camp" movie, had me in stitches at certain points. Now, someone else I told this story to watched and said it was shit, so your mileage may definitely vary.

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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2020, 05:52:57 PM »
Not Another Teen Movie should be bobbins, but it is properly funny throughout, with a great cast clearly having a hoot.

Yeah I'd agree with this. I liked it when I was 14 or so, obviously, but was surprised to see how well it's held up recently (as far as comedic value goes, anyway, I don't know how well the references would read to younger generations).

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Re: Surprisingly funny films
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2020, 06:10:49 PM »
Extremely silly sci-fi comedy The Creature Wasn't Nice features some deliberately-stilted acting from Leslie Neilsen, Patrick Macnee et al. I remember the cover of it in the local video shop as a kid (under the title Spaceship, it was also known as Naked Space) frightening me, actually.

I'm very fond of that, the creature's song and dance number is especially fun, and though an obvious gag the trailer for a very old Dirty Harry movie made me laugh. I'd recommend The First Nudie Musical from the same director, it has some slightly unneeded topless nudity but a lot of the time is a very silly and daft affair.

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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2020, 06:23:12 PM »
I'm very fond of that, the creature's song and dance number is especially fun, and though an obvious gag the trailer for a very old Dirty Harry movie made me laugh. I'd recommend The First Nudie Musical from the same director, it has some slightly unneeded topless nudity but a lot of the time is a very silly and daft affair.

Cheers SMBH, will keep an eye out for that!

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Re: Surprisingly funny films
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2020, 06:29:51 PM »
Probably approaching this from the wrong angle as it's not a seemingly shit comedy that's funny, but a seemingly serious film that has lots of good intentional laughs in it. Still: Blindspotting.

A lot of the summaries lean on the fact that it's about a black guy who witnesses a white cop shoot a black man and struggles to deal with the aftermath, and that's true. But it's also a proper comedy too, with that larger-than-life atmosphere that Spike Lee likes to roll out. Lots of proper big comedy moments alongside the tense psychological stuff.

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Re: Surprisingly funny films
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2020, 04:27:15 AM »
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo is surely the pinnacle of this. Starring bargain basement Sandler Rob Schneider, it has no right being as funny as it is.

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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2020, 04:44:37 AM »
Not Another Teen Movie should be bobbins, but it is properly funny throughout, with a great cast clearly having a hoot. The kissing the old lady scene is revolting, mind. The saliva dripping off. Bleurrrgghhgh. Mia Kirshner is a huge sport for doing it, mind

I was surprised that she was willing to do it as well, and then I found out she went out with Sam Shepard for a while (2014-2015), who was 70 at the time and over 30 years her senior.

Gave me a slightly new perspective for that scene.

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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2020, 01:59:17 PM »
Yes to the first one. Shame it's title lumps it in with the fuck awful 'Date Move' and it's ilk. It's much better.

The second one, do you mean 'The Green Hornet'?

Heh yeah, that's the one I meant!

I was surprised that she was willing to do it as well, and then I found out she went out with Sam Shepard for a while (2014-2015), who was 70 at the time and over 30 years her senior.

Gave me a slightly new perspective for that scene.

Oof. Well that explains that!

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« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2020, 03:42:55 PM »
"Not Another Teen Movie" is also (unless I'm missing one) the only movie Joel Gallen ever directed - the rest of his career appears to be as a TV producer and director (he did the "Historical Roasts" from last year). The only writer with any big credit is Phil Beauman, who was one of the writers on "Scary Movie" and was a regular Wayans family writer...not an obvious reason why it's so good, though.

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« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2020, 03:58:14 PM »
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo is surely the pinnacle of this. Starring bargain basement Sandler Rob Schneider, it has no right being as funny as it is.

I have to say I enjoyed the sequel too, particularly when Deuce's pimp was talking about all the great things the Dutch had given the world and Deuce reminds him about slavery: "THE MOTHERFUCKERS!"

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« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2020, 05:30:29 PM »
The Falls by Peter Greenaway. On paper it looks to be a tedious 3hr experiment in style. In reality it's a really well-written comedy with callbacks, visual jokes, ironic discontinuities, and deadpan.

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« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2020, 04:56:47 AM »
That one about George Lazenby.

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« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2020, 05:34:39 AM »
I think the first Paul Blart is genuinely very funny

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« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2020, 09:03:01 AM »
21 Jump Street, which I thought was at best going to be mildly diverting for 90 mins but I ended up laughing my arse off at. Channing Tatum high off his nut in the music room shouldn't be as funny as it is.

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« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2020, 09:54:33 AM »
Office Christmas Party looked appalling when I saw the tv trailer, but found I actually really enjoyed it. Jason Bateman, Rachel Coffee Friends, lots of silliness. Looking forward to watching it again nearer Christmas - hopefully it'll be on Film4 again.

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« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2020, 12:11:53 PM »
Office Christmas Party looked appalling when I saw the tv trailer, but found I actually really enjoyed it. Jason Bateman, Rachel Coffee Friends, lots of silliness. Looking forward to watching it again nearer Christmas - hopefully it'll be on Film4 again.


Yeah I remember enjoying that as well. There are a few comedies like that lately that look shit but end up being pretty funny. I would add Game Night and Tag to that list as well

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« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2020, 12:28:42 PM »
I think the first Paul Blart is genuinely very funny

I didn't think it was very funny, but I thought it was genuinely quite sweet and good-natured so I kind of liked it.

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« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2020, 01:11:10 PM »
MacGruber was flawed, but much funnier than I expected. The scene where he has sex with Maya Rudolph's ghost will never leave me.

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« Reply #25 on: September 18, 2020, 02:01:28 PM »
Nativity! is very silly and a bit ragged round the edges but loads of fun. Stick it on at Christmas and it'll have the whole family roaring with laughter (and crying at the end). I thought it was gonna be your typical rubs British comedy film but was very pleasantly surprised.

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Re: Surprisingly funny films
« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2020, 04:18:11 PM »
American Psycho. I mean it's obviously a satirical comedy,  but both in comparison to the book, and other films about serial killers, it's really funny.

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« Reply #27 on: September 18, 2020, 06:58:29 PM »
Schlinder's List has loads of pretty funny bits in it. The first half hour has lots of light, silly moments (the secretary montage) and even when it gets seriously dark there's some truly black humour in there: the execution attempt with none of their guns working and the stolen chicken scene.

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« Reply #28 on: September 18, 2020, 07:25:13 PM »
American Psycho. I mean it's obviously a satirical comedy,  but both in comparison to the book, and other films about serial killers, it's really funny.

Rewatched this the other night, and did find myself laughing quite a few times. Obviously, there's the famous business card scene, but there are plenty of other moments.

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« Reply #29 on: September 18, 2020, 07:47:07 PM »
Running around in his ysers and white socks with a chainsaw. Top level comedy.

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