Ben’s Top 4 Movies: COMEDY


To get things started on this whole Top 4 thing, I’ll list my Top 4 Comedies.

Feel free to reply and join the fun, listing your Top 4 Comedy movies!

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

– “I’m in a glass case of emotion!”

Few ensemble casts in films have done what this one did, and so well, in my opinion. Ferrell, Carell, Applegate, Rudd, Koechner, Willard, etc. And let’s not forget that multi-TV station face-off in the alley. I bet this movie was amazing to work on for the cast and crew; so much so that it bled through to the audience for their viewing experience. The movie just never gets old for me. I wish they made it into a running sitcom, like The Office. Great dialogue, of which I heard was mostly improvised.

My scene selection: Burgundy and Corningstone duke it out in the office w/ verbal assaults:

“You are a smelly pirate hooker!”

Raising Arizona

“Son, you got a panty on your head.” / “Just drive fast!”

Tied for my favorite movie of all time (hmmm..what’s Ben’s second, you ask?). The Coen Bros. are among my favorite film directors. This movie is quotable end-to-end, has rich character development and a great mix of slapstick and Coen-esque one liners that never cease to make me smile.

My scene selection: bank robbery:

“Everybody freeze…everybody down on the ground.” / (long pause) “Well, which is it young feller? You want I should freeze, or get down on the ground? Mean to say…if’n I freeze, I can’t rightly drop. And if’n I drop, I’m gonna be in motion. You see…” / “SHUT UP!” / “Okay, then.”

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

“Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I’m being repressed!”

I know it’s a bit cliché to pick this, but the dialogue and absurdity of it all is just too great to ignore. It’s been over 40 years since the film debuted and it still holds up. This is one of those movies that is so well written, and so timeless with its satire, I am thankful that future generations will most assuredly appreciate it as I did. It came out before I was born….there, that’s your proof. Plus, any movie that gets a play made based on it (Spamalot), speaks to its quality.

My scene selection: Arthur and Patsy marching through peasant country:

ARTHUR: Old woman!
ARTHUR: Man, sorry. What knight live in that castle over there?
DENNIS: I’m thirty seven.
DENNIS: I’m thirty seven — I’m not old!
ARTHUR: Well, I can’t just call you ‘Man’.
DENNIS: Well, you could say ‘Dennis’.
ARTHUR: Well, I didn’t know you were called Dennis.

Napoleon Dynamite

“Pedro offers you his protection.”

This one had to grow on me. I watched it for the first time on DVD when I first got to Pearl Harbor, HI, in my infant days as a US Navy sailor. Now that I’ve seen it more than once, and I “get” what it was going for, it’s a comedy that will never age for me; which is interesting, given that it’s often difficult for first-time viewers to decipher exactly what time period in which this movie is supposed to be set. Few movies have the richness of characters that this one holds. Each one relatable on some level to viewers. I think this speaks both to the writing and the acting. Each audience member was at one point either the geek, the bully, the jock, the prom queen, or the foreign exchange student. Or maybe you’re they person clinging on a bit too much to the glory days of high school. Whatever your connection is, this movie shows you all sides of life in a small, Idaho town. Dry humor, a great soundtrack, and an awesome post-credits scene cements this movie as one of my all time favorites.

My scene selection: Napoleon and his brother Kip in a petty argument at home:

“Stay home and eat all the freakin’ chips, Kip!” / “Napoleon, don’t be jealous that I’ve been chatting online with babes, all day. Besides, we both know that I’m training to be a cage fighter.”

One thought on “Ben’s Top 4 Movies: COMEDY”

  1. Hmm, I probably won’t go into as much detail as you are, but I’ll be happy to share my top 4 comedies.

    “Oh shit, there goes the planet!” This has been my favorite comedy since I wore out my parents’ VHS copy growing up. My brother Ladarion and I can watch the movie front to back, muted, and not miss a line of dialogue. In the words of Mel Brooks himself, “Wit is shit, but funny is money.”

    2. Shaun of the Dead
    “Dogs CAN look up!” I have to watch this on at least an annual basis. This initiation into the Cornetto Trilogy cemented Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as two of the funniest actors around.

    3. O Brother Where Art Thou?
    “I’m the pater familias!” This represents the pinnacle of the Coen Brothers to me, and thanks to its Southern fried roots, it speaks to my genetics. It’s also in my Top 4 movies of all time, which makes its placement as #3 on this list odd, doesn’t it?

    4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    *Catapult sound* “JAYSUS CHRIST!” How can this not be on a top four list? It’s cliché now simply because it is as inherent to comedy as hydrogen and oxygen are to water! No self respecting Gen Xer/ Millennial avoided quoting this movie growing up. “God be praised” in deed.

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