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Tim O Neill
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I'm usually not one for lists, but I really like this one. It is unabashedly a
"favorite" list, as Wright points out in the intro. The list is in chronological
order rather than naming a number one, which is always so arbitrary in the
arts, and would be even sillier with comedies. He names several of my
favorites:

Letterboxd - Edgar Wright's 100 Favorite Comedies


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Doug Centers
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Yeah, that's probably got 85% of what I would have. Nice list.

Nice to see KUNG FU HUSTLE on there, and THE MUSIC BOX with Laurel & Hardy is genius!
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Joseph Greathouse
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I love lists like this because it always points me
toward something new.
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Tim O Neill
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I agree - I thought I was well versed in comedy, butbthere
are movies here I have not seen. I remember GREGORY'S GIRL
getting great reviews when it came out, but I missed it. I
want to track that down now.

I love the silent choices from Keaton and Chaplin, and the
Wes Anderson films are among my current favorites.




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John Byrne

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Can’t agree with all, obviously, but some solid choices.

But—THE GRADUATE is a comedy? THE THIN MAN? THE APARTMENT? Hmmmm.........

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Michael Penn
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Curious, I looked at Wikipedia's description: "The Graduate
is a 1967 American romantic comedy-drama film."

Hmm. Romantic, eh?
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Peter Martin
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The Graduate's kind of wry and witty, but not really got any belly laffs.

I'm just going to mention a few on the list that would definitely be on my list:

Life of Brian; Airplane; Tootsie; Trading Places; The Man with Two Brains; ; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Planes, Trains, Automobiles; The Naked Gun; Groundhog Day; What We Do in the Shadows.

There's plenty more in Wright's list that would very likely also make my list, but those ones above would be some of the first ones I'd add.

(I know they did produce a feature-length cut, but I view The Trip as more of a TV series than a film).

Trying really hard not to say "but what about..."







*Tried and failed. Borat. Come on!


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Shaun Barry
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I don't mind THE GRADUATE being listed as a comedy, as there are still some huge laugh-out-loud scenes in the film.  However, I no longer think anything about it is particularly romantic... I may have been enamored with it in my youth, but when I tried to watch it recently, I had to admit:  "Waitaminute... they're all jerks!!!"

(Like millions of us, I'm rather bored at the moment and would like a fun, diverting challenge... maybe I'll come up with my own 100 favorite comedies list a little later.  Wasn't sure if I could do it, but between all the films that my wife, kids and I own, I just might be able to!)




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Tim O Neill
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Peter: "Trying really hard not to say 'but what about..'."

****

This is such a subjective list, I think you can absolutely bring up your own
preferences!

JB, I do see THE APARTMENT as a comedy because the first hour or so is
genuinely funny to me. I think Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond use situational
humor so well that you kind of miss what great characters are being
established in that first hour. The first half is so broad and that it could be a
standard sitcom episode, but the consequences are brought into a different
light when we see how Ms. Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) is emotionally destroyed
by what is happening. It brings it to a dramatic and realistic level, and it ends
up resulting in a more complex film.

I think comedy comes in many forms, but in general I think comedies are often
looked down upon when the Best Picture nominations roll around. But humor
has a way of getting at the truth is some elusive ways. I think comedy can
create a better sense of reality than some dramatic films, because life has
humor in unexpected situations.

For example, THE BIG CHILL is not considered a comedy by.... well, anyone.
And yet that movie has more laughs than some films billed as comedies. The
characters use "gallows humor" to get through a very difficult situation, the
death of their friend. The humor creates a greater sense of reality and gives
us a window into who they are.




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Shaun Barry
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Actually, since this is specifically an "Edgar Wright's list" thread, I think it'll be easier for me to list the ones I own that are on his list as well, with appropriate comments & favorites:

THE GOLD RUSH (by default, favorite 1920s comedy)
CITY LIGHTS
DUCK SOUP (favorite Marx Bros. and '30s comedy)
THE THIN MAN
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
BRINGING UP BABY (maybe my least favorite on the list--just doesn't do it for me--but my daughter loves it!)
SOME LIKE IT HOT (favorite '50s comedy)
THE APARTMENT
DR. STRANGELOVE (favorite '60s comedy, and one of Kubrick's very best)
THE PRODUCERS
THE GRADUATE (aging poorly for me)
BLAZING SADDLES
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (favorite '70s comedy, and Mel Brooks' best)
MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL (favorite from the Python crew)
ANNIE HALL (the only Woody Allen movie I own--and I rarely watch it anymore)
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE
MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN
THE JERK
THE BLUES BROTHERS (my favorite John Belushi movie)
AIRPLANE!
TOOTSIE
TRADING PLACES (favorite '80s comedy, and John Landis' best)
RISKY BUSINESS (is this really a comedy?)
THIS IS SPINAL TAP
PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (is this really that funny?)
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
RAISING ARIZONA
EVIL DEAD 2 (I would replace this '80s horror comedy with AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON instead)
PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES
BEETLEJUICE (not particularly funny to me anymore)
THE NAKED GUN (Leslie Nielsen at his finest!)
GROUNDHOG DAY
ELECTION (favorite '90s comedy)
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (a close second)
BEST IN SHOW
SCHOOL OF ROCK (greatest Jack Black performance)
ANCHORMAN (favorite from the '00s--maybe the most quotable modern comedy?)
SUPERBAD





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Peter Martin
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PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (is this really that funny?)
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There's a bit where he goes to the Alamo that I find hilarious. Jane Hooks as the tour guide is pitch perfect. The rest of the film I enjoyed once, but am in no rush to watch again.
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Rodrigo castellanos
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Very solid list from a very solid filmmaker.

Since he's too modest to include his own oeuvre, I'll say his "Cornetto Trilogy" definitely belongs on the list as well.

So many great comedies in the list, of the ones I've seen (I'd say 60%) THIS IS SPINAL TAP is my favourite. 


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