Random Thoughts reports on a list of "the ten funniest movies ever" that he heard on a radio station:
9. Blazing Saddles
8. The Wedding Singer
7. Ace Ventura Pet Detective
5. South Park - The Movie
4. There’s Something About Mary
1. Animal House
Hmmmm. I haven't seen The Wedding Singer, but I've got to pretty much rule out Adam Sandler on general principles. I also didn't see South Park: The Movie, so I can't comment on that, although I've heard that it is quite funny. And I've got to call BS on the inclusion of Ace Ventura. I've come to like Jim Carrey a great deal, but he had to make about six movies after that one before I liked anything he did.
I'm also going to rule out Shrek. It's an excellent movie, and very funny indeed, but one of the funniest ever? And Arthur? Again...meh.
So here is my rewriting of this list:
10. Hear My Song
9. There's Something About Mary
8. The Full Monty
6. The Naked Gun
5. Animal House
4. Top Secret!
2. A Fish Called Wanda
1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
With honorable mentions to Office Space, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Singin' in the Rain, and When Harry Met Sally....
[And by the way, I was saddened by the death of Paul Gleason, the wonderful character actor who played Principal Vernon in The Breakfast Club ("I will not be made a fool of!"), Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson in Die Hard ("Whoa -- we're gonna need some more FBI guys, I guess.") as well as many other roles. Read a nice appreciation of Mr. Gleason's work here. But at least Barry Manilow can finally stop padlocking his wardrobe.)