Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Funny Movies Vote-o Post

The Funny Movies Vote-o Post

The Observer recently published the results of yet another survey to find the funniest film ever. Hardly surprisingly, Monty Python's Life of Brian cleaned up, simply because it genuinely is one of the funniest films ever made. If you don't think so, you smell of poo. And old man's wee.

Of course, there's nothing quite so unfunny as discussing comedy, but the list itself bears scrutiny not only for what makes the top fifty, but also for what's been left out.

Where, for example, is the pants-pissingly funny Ghostbusters? Did they somehow mix it up with the about-as-funny-as-ebola The Big Lebowski instead? And Meet the Fockers? American Pie? Really? Have the vote-wielding Guardianistas gone bat-shit fucking mental?

Top ten:

1. Life of Brian
2. Airplane!
3. This Is Spinal Tap
4. Some Like It Hot
5. Withnail and I
6. Blazing Saddles
7. The Big Lebowski
8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
9. Duck Soup
10. Young Frankenstein

Rest of the list: HERE

I often wonder whether films make this list on reputation alone, voted for by people who have never actually seen them. I have rented movies based on the recommendation of friends ("This is the funniest film ever!") and barely cracked a smile throughout. Either humour is totally subjective, or I have very strange friends.

I dare say a similar vote in The Sun or Take a Break magazine would look completely different, and would feature the entire canon of the filmic craft of Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy coupled with whatever was on the TV last Saturday.

Oh bollocks, let's take it to the vote: What are your Top Three funniest movies? And more to the point - your worst ever so-called comedy?

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