Burst Out Laughing: Best Underrated Comedy Movies
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What is the difference between a movie that doesn’t make you laugh at least once and a film that you can repeatedly watch, getting more enjoyment out of it, even the second or third time around? The difference is on-screen chemistry and quality scriptwriting – every film we’ve chosen has both.
A classic comedy will have bodacious moments in their films where they slip into character for pure delight. At the same time, other movies may try too hard by having “comedic” lines come off as forced or unnatural sounding because no one says things like that.
So, for no other reason than we could, and we wanted to, we sat through loads of films, movies like Bad Grandpa and Shaun of the Dead to find the best laugh-out-loud comedies of all time just for you.
If you’re researching a movie to watch that will either lift your spirits or make you spit out your chips, you’ve come to the right place.
Meet the Parents
If you love Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, you will love this set of movies. The pair appear in a hilarious setup based on scary in-laws and a crazy cat.
Jinx the cat plays a vital role in many of the bizarre events in this film, mainly when Greg unintentionally lets the cat outdoors and then scrambles to find him, ending up on the roof, which leads to disaster after disaster.
Meet the Parents won many awards, including a 2001 American Comedy Awards trophy for the line by De Niro, “Are you a pothead, Focker?” – well, you had to be there!
Bad Grandpa is a movie about an 80-year old man that is on the run from law enforcement to meet up with his friends in Mexico. The Jackass crew takes us through this crazy ride of mayhem, laughter, and sometimes even tears!
In their best performances, actor Johnny Knoxville (who also directed) leads the cast with Jackson Storm, Dylan Bruno, and Łukasz Kowalski. Comedy fans should not miss this flick if you love side-splitting capers.
21 Jump Street
Drug busts in high school have never been more adorable (if that’s possible). Jonah Hill and the sexy Channing Tatum star as innocent undercover cops, and their smooth on-screen chemistry stunned viewers worldwide in 2012, making this a stand-out funny movie.
It’s bound to make you laugh, and it’s probably one of the few comedies whose sequel holds up as well (the brilliantly titled 22 Jump Street.)
An angel received her wings when Will Ferrell was hired as Buddy the Elf. It’s the part Ferrell was born to play, and it’s such a charming, sweet, funny, hopeful film about being yourself and believing in magic that it deserves to be ranked with Bad Santa (for different reasons) as one of the best Christmas films of all time.
Best quote – “So, Buddy, how’d you sleep?” “GREAT! I got a full 40 minutes!” We know how he feels.
Comedy agents first showcased Melissa McCarthy’s acting ability in this film. It’s a testament to the strength of friendship, not simply because it’s toilet humour heaven but because we all know that we want this gal pal friendship group in real life.
Best quote – “Why can’t you be happy for me, and then go home and chat about my business behind my back like NORMAL PEOPLE?” Fair, to be honest!
Shaun Of The Dead
SOTD is the only zombie film worth seeing. (Except for Life After Beth.) That’s a great film with a great cast! It’s also amusing! Director Edgar Wright is both nuts and in control of this ridiculous journey, which will make you die laughing while also making you want to avoid visiting the pub.
The cast appears together a lot, and the sister film Hot Fuzz is also excellent but is zombie-free.
Coming to America
I’m out of adjectives to describe this film, and it’s flawless. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better movie than Coming to America! This film was so popular that Beyoncé and JayZ dressed up in character for the premiere – is there anything else I can say? Nope!
My Cousin Vinny
Marisa Tomei received an Oscar for her role in this film, and let me tell you, no performance will ever be as inspirational as her portrayal of Mona Lisa Vito, my queen. Her lines, her performance, and her outfits, too! Every single item is a class, and it’s funny to boot!
Another Ben Stiller classic, it’s both ridiculous and brilliant, and we adore it. The best movies are stupid movies, and this is the pinnacle of folly. It doesn’t hurt that the top-notch cast is all working nonstop; I mean, they’re simply throwing everything they’ve got into this rubbish. It’s hilarious.
You either love Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Borat or Ali G, or you loathe him. We love him and admire his cringeworthy humour. It may not be laugh-out-loud funny, but it is amusing.
When you’ve watched Borat try Bruno – equally toe-curling but so on point.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Based on the French Riviera, Steve Martin and Michael Caine play two low-down dirty rotten scoundrels. We don’t need to say much except STEVE MARTIN – you know that means it’s side-splitting.
Hang on, dear, I’m coming… A Robin Williams comedy, we can’t get any more classical if we tried. And this one, in which he portrays a single father who disguises himself as a middle-aged lady housekeeper so he can spend more time at home, is hilarious from the start.
If Williams’ accent doesn’t have you rolling on the floor, you need to watch this movie again… and again… until it does.
It’s so sad that such a funny man killed himself due to depression; often, comic geniuses give everything to their craft, leaving nothing for themselves. Mrs Doubtfire is the best movie on this list for all sorts of reasons.
Side-splitting movies come out every year and cater to all types of humour. We didn’t mention the amazing Mean Girls or the heartwarming but sick-making Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging.
We missed off American Pie and 17 Again with the handsome Troy Bolton. We didn’t mention Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act, which became a theatre production soon after.
Finally, Bend It Like Beckham with Keira Knightly. She went on to make us crack up in those ridiculous perfume adverts. We suggest renting a film this weekend and reporting back to us with so many ways to enjoy a good laugh.