Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
Posts tagged comedy.
Directed by Mel Brooks, starring Cary Elwes (plays Robin Hood), Richard Lewis, Roger Rees, Amy Yasbeck, Mark Blankfield and Dave Chappelle. A spoof of Robin Hood in general, and ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ in particular.
The standard story of Robin Hood: Evil Prince John is oppressing the people while good King Richard is away on the Crusades. Robin steals from the tax collectors, wins an archery contest, defeats the Sheriff, and rescues Maid Marian. In this version, however, Mel Brooks adds his own personal touch, parodying traditional adventure films, romance films, and the whole idea of men running around the woods in tights.
A funny, smart and just lovely comedy from David O. Russell about a husband-and-wife team playing detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Starring Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Isabelle Huppertand, Dustin Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg, Lily Tomlin and Jonah Hill. While the performances by Schwartzman, Law and Wahlberg (sounds like a law firm) were wonderful and engaging, the real star of this movie is the writing. It’s very thoughtful without being heavy-handed. And it’s funny!
A film by the great John Landis starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd (who knew each other from SNL) Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy and Jamie Lee Curtis. A comedy film with two fantastic comedians, if you are a fan of either actor, you won’t be disappointed. The language surprised me, with how uncensored it was, compared to today’s standards. The plot is interesting, and based on an smart idea. The humor is mostly good and tasteful, unfortunately Murphy has failed to deliver those kinds of movies lately.
Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it’s a person’s environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe’s job. (Trading Places)
Spoofing a few well known teen movies from the past years, this film has the same funny level like the “Scary Movie” movies, and I like them, because they are clever. While there are a few parts that were a little too much for me, there are some really funny scenes. It’s nice to see someone making fun of the all the clichés that were rubbed in our faces: the nerdy girl turning into the hot girl, stereotyped characters that would never be friends but somehow are, the best friend in love with the other friend who’s in love with the popular kid, you get the drill. It also helps if you know those teen movies from the 90s and 80s like “She’s all that”, “Cruel Intentions” or “Pretty in Pink”. Starring Chris Evans, Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Mia Kirshner and Eric Christian Olsen.
I always hear people complaining that Hollywood is out of ideas, and that they should do something more creative. Then a film like “Nurse Betty” comes along, and they still don’t like it. I loved it, the originality, the cast, the writing and the dark humor. I had to laugh so many times, Zellweger did such a great job playing Betty, balancing the tension of her delusional positivity with a buried sadness that is so delicate, it is heartbreaking to see.
After witnessing her crazy husbands death, played by Aaron Eckhart, Betty starts to believe she’s the fiancée of her soap opera idol, played wonderfully by Greg Kinnear. Her husband gets killed by Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock, who then are chasing after Betty. The writing is hilarious, I think, and the little complex story is very well executed. The scene where Bette introduces herself to the writers and some of the cast of her favorite soap opera “A Reason to Love” is one of the best balancing acts of conflicting views of reality I have ever seen on screen. Renee deserved her Golden Globe, she carried this film on her shoulders, and made it watchable.
Hilarious film from New Zealand directed by Taika Waititi starring funny and weird Jemaine Clement and Loren Horsley. Eagle vs Shark is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games. I loved this movie, the script is great, like the actors performances, they made me laugh throughout the whole movie.
Jonah: Take me away from here.
Jonah: Anywhere. Help me escape.
Lily: Okay. Where should we go?
Jonah: Where do you want to go?
Lily: Home, I want to go home.
Jonah: Ah, home’s horrible. You must want to go somewhere else.
Lily: Mmm, dunno. Australia?
Jonah: Nah, not there. My ex-wife lives there.
The story of a married man who daydreams about being with other women and finds his will and morals tested after he’s visited by the ex-mistress of his old friend. A film by and with Chris Rock, also starring Kerry Washington, Gina Torres, as his wife, Steve Buscemi and Edward Herrmann. I didn’t accept much when I watched this movie, but it’s pretty funny! The end was a little disappointing though, but still hilarious.
“You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it’s your last. Bullshit. Life is long. You’re probably not gonna get hit by a bus. And you’re gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next fifty years.”
I guess most of you have seen this film, or at least some clips of it. It’s hilarious and definitely one of the best movies Will Ferrell has ever made. The Roxbury Guys, Steve and Doug Butabi, want to get into the best club in town, and also hope to open their own club. Vivica, a gold-digging supermodel, and her friend Cambi try to work the Roxbury Guys for their money, only to find out the pair is broke. Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell work wonderfully together and provide non-stop laughter and many catch phrases - for people of all ages. (There’s also a very funny SNL skit with Jim Carrey, but he was not in the film!)
Alexander Payne didn’t make many films, but the ones he made, are undoubtedly great. “Election” is a dark comedy, starring Matthew Broderick as high school teacher, who’s in a midlife crisis and who’s life is getting out of control because of one specific student - Tracy Flick, played by Reese Witherspoon.
Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year’s high school student election. But teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy. So he tries to get an opponent that could beat Flick, he talks to the popular football player Paul Metzler, played by Chris Klein, to run for president. Chaos ensues. It’s very well written and just smart comedy, so I think a well deserved Oscar nomination for Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for the screenplay.