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« on: August 14, 2010, 05:19:18 PM »

Seriously, can't find anything but heavy dramas and incredibly stupid comedies.  I'm almost ready to resort to romantic comedy.  Talk me down, here.  My spouse may never forgive me if I try to go that route....

Nothing very dated. Not in an old movies/80's movies mood.  70's are ok, if it's a good movie.

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2010, 05:34:27 PM »

I did not say this and your spouse will hate me, but.....  The goodbye girl.










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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010, 05:39:56 PM »

The Hangover cheers me up.
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2010, 05:47:25 PM »

Seriously, can't find anything but heavy dramas and incredibly stupid comedies.  I'm almost ready to resort to romantic comedy.  Talk me down, here.  My spouse may never forgive me if I try to go that route....

Nothing very dated. Not in an old movies/80's movies mood.  70's are ok, if it's a good movie.



I'm probably not the one to ask cause I love stupid comedies. (Disclaimer: the modern stupid comedies don't qualify, I'm talking about Airplane, Men in Tights, inter alia.)

However, if you're not opposed to cartoons, Hoodwinked is hilarious. It even had my English professor in-laws rolling.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010, 05:48:00 PM »

The Hangover cheers me up.

Crap.  Not available on Netflix.

Apparently there was a 2004 remake of The Goodbye Girl with Jeff Daniels.  I like Jeff Daniels, but Escanaba in da Moonlight is more my speed.  Too bad we've over-watched that lil gem.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2010, 05:51:59 PM »

Yeah, to clarify, by "stupid" I mean "embarrassingly bad, irritating, and pointless flicks that seem to think that enough bodily function humor will overcome all deficiencies."  In my experience, not even the best bodily function joke can rescue a truly bad movie.  Funny, silly, and insubstantial is what I'm going for.

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2010, 05:57:11 PM »

Yeah, to clarify, I mean "embarrassingly bad, irritating, and pointless flicks that seem to think that enough bodily function humor will overcome all deficiencies."  In my experience, not even the best bodily function joke can rescue a truly bad movie.   

Ah, then we have the same definition of bad movies.

My wife thinks I like bad movies cause I love things like Tremors, Army of Darkness, The Frighteners, and most things by Mel Brooks.

Incidentally, the Frighteners is a funny, cheesy movie. (Peter Jackson directed, if I remember correctly.)
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2010, 06:02:27 PM »

We own the Tremors boxed set.  grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2010, 06:09:05 PM »

When in doubt, go with Jackie Chan. Shanghai Noon is always a good watch.

Also, the Jackass series? Very underrated!
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2010, 06:18:31 PM »

The Princess Bride.
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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2010, 06:19:18 PM »

McLintock  grin
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2010, 06:34:18 PM »

Zardoz?

The 80s ban takes out The Blues Brothers and They Live, not to mention Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. The old movies ban takes out His Girl Friday (which is epic). And The Awful Truth.

I figure you're left with cartoon movies, Zardoz, and various James Bond films. And the Pink Panther series.
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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2010, 06:34:56 PM »

Monty-Python.  Any of the three movies.  

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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2010, 06:36:37 PM »

Your hubby will love these:

Love Actually

Mama Mia!

Or something he might like:

Top Gear - British TV show about cars. Very funny.

Stripes.

Caddy Shack

Scrooged.

I must be channeling Bill Murray.
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2010, 06:38:00 PM »

Or Ronin
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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2010, 06:39:42 PM »

Monty-Python.  Any of the three movies.  
Esp. Life of Brian.
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2010, 06:40:39 PM »

Blues Brothers is a CLEAR exception to the 80's ban.  Some movies are just timeless.
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2010, 06:43:13 PM »

Esp. Life of Brian.

While the other movies are exceptionally quotable and definitely have theirs moments, the only one I find really watchable is Life of Brian. 
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2010, 06:44:39 PM »

I must be channeling Bill Murray.

Oooo... that reminds me- one of my favorite movies:

Groundhog Day
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« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2010, 06:47:33 PM »

Going back a decade or so earlier, "The Out of Towners."

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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2010, 06:47:43 PM »

Two gems from the Coen brothers:

The Hudsucker Proxy

Raising Arizona

(but then you probably already know about those)
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« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2010, 06:54:45 PM »

Two gems from the Coen brothers:

The Hudsucker Proxy

Raising Arizona

(but then you probably already know about those)

I have to say, I wholeheartedly endorse both of those movies.

Even if the former stars that moron Tim Robbins.
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« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2010, 07:36:02 PM »

I'm going to open it up a smidge and run with "upbeat" movies, some of which are obvious LOL comedies, others which leave you on an high note, but may not be belly-laughers.  A lot of these are classics my mom introduced me to as a kid.


The Blind Side

Speed

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Rumble in the Bronx

Big Trouble in Little China

Some Like It Hot

The Odd Couple

O Brother Where Art Thou

The Quiet Man

Rooster Cogburn

Operation Petticoat

Father Goose

To Have and Have Not

The African Queen

The Pink Panther

Mr Smith Goes To Washington

How To Train Your Dragon

Despicable Me

The Incredibles

Cars

Groundhog Day

Spies Like Us

Ghostbusters

Finding Nemo

The Lady and the Tramp

The Fox and the Hound

Ed Wood

Plan 9 From OUter SPace

The Princess Bride

Butch Cassidy and th Sundance Kid

Casablanca

Forrest Gump

Blast from the Past

The Mummy (Brendan Frasier)

Amazing Grace

Rocky

Napoleon Dynamite

This Is Spinal Tap

Time Bandits

Austin Powers

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Ferris BUellers Day off

Uncle Buck

Airplane

Scary Movie

Evil Dead 2

Army of Darkness

Shaun of the Dead


OK, that's all I can think of, for now.

Looking back, I can kinda see my thought process.  Like a spastic Jack Russell Terrier determined to be upbeat.  It sort of makes sense, except for The Mummy>>Amazing Grace.  That one, I can;t explain.
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« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2010, 08:06:54 PM »

That is a cool list!  Thanks!

As a kid, I had a pathological fear of mummies and zombies, and they still bug me.  Shaun of the Dead was funny, but once was enough.  My father was an undertaker for a while and when we stopped by his workplace he enjoyed making funny funny jokes about all the odd random noises in the building and how many bodies were in the cooler, or at least were supposed to be the cooler.  We also got the graphic tales of the suicides and the random homeless guys found in Detroit abandoned warehouses when the smell started wafting over to the nearest populated block.  Didn't like animated dead people after that.  smiley

The kid ones are frustrating.  We want to watch them with the kids, but the four year old is a just a tad young yet for many of them and loses interest.

Lots of possiblities.  I'd forgotten about Searching for Bobby Fischer.  Haven't seen that one in years.  Quite a few I've never seen, and quite a few I could definitely rewatch.

Thanks!
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« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2010, 08:41:46 PM »

Zombieland

Kate & Leopold

Despicable Me

Blast from the past
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