Saturday, August 4, 2012

rated: wacky

When it comes to movies, I think I'm essentially a classics/period drama kind of person. Some movies I especially enjoy, for example, include The Prestige, Sense And Sensibility, The Wings Of The Dove, Atonement, Room With A View, and Becoming Jane. But since I also enjoy movies like (500) Days of Summer, Stardust, Up, 300, and Batman (the ones with Christian Bale, for goodness' sake), my husband concludes that a fairly deep, cohesive storyline, with in-depth character development, is what really matters to me.

I suppose that's kinda true, since I really can't understand the fascination with movies like Transformers, Total Recall, Twilight and the Bourne series (I call this the "perpetually misunderstood spy" series, though admittedly, the yummy Jeremy Renner makes the latest one vaguely attractive). There is, however, another class of movies I enjoy; nay, take an almost guilty, perverse delight in -- slapstick comedy.

I'm almost sorry to say that I finally sat down and watched You Don't Mess With The Zohan the other day. They've been showing it on the movie channel, and since there wasn't anything else on... In a nutshell, this inane film stars Adam Sandler as Zohan, who, as Wikipedia puts it, is "a superhuman but kind-hearted Israeli counter-terrorist and the finest and most respected soldier in the Israel Defense Forces. However, Zohan has become both disgusted and disenchanted by the constant fighting, secretly dreaming of moving to the USA and becoming a hairdresser". He manages to smuggle himself to New York, assumes the alias "Scrappy Coco", and tries to get a job in a hair salon.

Well, I think you can guess that this film did not win a Golden Globe, or even a nomination, but, well, I'm sorry, I just couldn't help laughing. Just take a gander at this little snippet:

Watching it made me think of all the other fatuous comedies I've ever enjoyed, and these were the handful that came to mind. I know, I know, most of them are asinine, puerile, even plain crude, but hey -- in a world like ours, we need to keep our sense of humour, and just laugh.

The Pink Panther 2

Austin Powers in Goldmember


Tropic Thunder

Gulliver's Travels

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

What about you; any to add? Have a lovely, giggly weekend :)


Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I haven't seen all of these but I loved Tropic Thunder and Dodgeball, both of which I've seen more than once! And I loved 'You Don't Mess With The Zohan'. Such a stupid film, really, but just so funny. I always prefer films with a great story, but because I enjoy humour so much, these nutty movies really appeal to me now and then.

Kay G. said...

Oh, I loved that movie "The Prestige" too!
Funny movies...Dumb and Dumber, Rush Hour, The Wedding Singer...oh there are so many, I can't think of them all! Thanks for sharing these funny movies!

Sweet Tea said...

I love movies that give me a good reason to laugh - right now I'm thinking of the slapstick farce, "Airplane" - loved it!
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Sulky Kitten said...

I also loved the Airplane movies, and I've just watched a real oldie 'Son of Paleface' (Bob Hope & Jane Russell) which I really enjoyed. They don't make enough funny movies!

Allison said...

You're making me want to go back and watch some of these funny movies!!

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Miss Val's Creations said...

I love these movies! The wackier, the better! Steve Martin has always been favorite of mine, particularly The Jerk. I laugh my butt off every time I watch it!

Dee {Strings and Buttons} said...

I'm definitely into stupid funny movies. But there's nothing like watching Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. My husband thinks I'm crazy cause I've watched them more than a dozen times! x

Unknown said...

I love me a good funny movie! Thnaks for the recommendations!

Unknown said...

i absolutely loved the austin powers series. dodgeball is great, too!


Introverted Art said...

I loved wacky movies, the ones that make you laugh until tears stream down your face. Now, I will have to argue with you about Total Recall *kidding*, but Total Recall is one of my all time favorite movies. I still remember when I first saw it... 6 sessions in one weekend... I think I was 13. It was a lot of fun.


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