I’m no movie buff, but I appreciate a good movie. Like most males, I suspect, I like watching high-speed chases, things blowing up and the occasional, but usually fleeting, ‘skin.’
Sometimes I watch movies for all the wrong reasons. Like, I watched The Dukes of Hazzard just to see Jessica Simpson in all her long-legged, blond-haired glory. I’ll also admit to watching The Rundown just to peep out Rosario Dawson. Bad Company found its way into my DVD player thanks to Kerry Washington, [wsup D] and Deliver Us From Eva was watched over & over by yours truly, thanks to the very lovely Gabrielle Union. *Drool..*
Don’t get me wrong – beautiful women aren’t the sole incentive for watching movies. Hardly. I appreciate movies with a good plot, good acting, good sound & visual effects…. in short, a movie that’s convincing enough. Most importantly, it has to be unpredictable. I’d much rather watch a movie that leaves me hanging or ends up with the bad guy winning, just to keep me thinking about it a while longer. I thrive on the unpredictable, what can I say.
I still remember the day I learned that WWF wrestling was all an act – I was crushed. I loved that show back in the day when it came on KBC & I felt like a dummy for having been so emotionally entangled in it. Then, movie tapes started coming out with the Director’s Cut/The Making of those movies that further enhanced the realization that it was all fake, all of it. That pretty much did it for me; since then I’ve always watched movies with undisguised skepticism, looking for the faults in them.
There was one genre of movies that I never lost faith in though – comedy. I love funny movies. And not just the funny ones, but the stupid-funny ones too. Now, I know lots of people don’t like stupid movies and I don’t blame them coz really, all you get from them movies is mindless mirth, but I’ll settle for just that. These days I seldom get those moments when I laugh so hard that tears start streaming. Back in the day, especially in high school, that was like an everyday occurrence. People around me seem to be getting stiffer by the day. I know life sometimes sucks; there are a lot of really serious issues going on that warrant our attention and support, I know. But at the same time, life is too damn short and too damn interesting to be too serious all the time.
So when I’m solo or want to be solo I rent my funny/stupid funny movies and laugh, and suddenly the world seems a whole lot brighter. Hmmm, let me think of and list for y’all some of my top funny movies, in no particular order. The quotes that stood out for me in those movies are in parentheses.
- Napoleon Dynamite [“Freaking Idiot!”]
- Super Troopers [“Miaow!”]
- Big Daddy [“In my restaurant never order BLT.”]
- Me, Myself & Irene [“Ever notice your kids have a year-round tan?”]
- Scary Movie, all 3 [“The hood always got your back!”]
- Not Another Teen Movie [“Do you think I sleep with every guy who writes me a letter? No! I give them hand jobs.”]
- Malibu’s Most Wanted [“Don’t be hatin’!”]
- Austin Powers, all [“Do you know of my father’s where. About. S?”]
- Bedazzled [“Just think of me as a computer virus.”]
- Bad Santa ["F*ck me Santa! F*ck me Santa!”]
- The Waterboy [“Let's kick some names and take some ass!”]
- There’s Something About Mary [“Who needs him? I've got a vibrator!”]
- Coming To America [“We got an insect problem, but you boys from Africa are used to that.”]
- Bad Boys II [“My ass still hurts from what you did to it.”]
- The Mask ["Most of the men in this town think monogamy is some kind of wood."]
- Meet The Parents, both of them [“Trust me, Greg, when you start having little Fockers running around, you'll feel the need for this type of security!”]
- Next Friday [“You got knocked the f*ck out!”]
The list is endless, needless to say. Feel free to contribute, or recommend, some of your funny ones. Yours truly needs all the laughter he can get. And so do you.
**Scary Movie 4 comes out this coming weekend. Can hardly wait!**