The Funniest Canadian Comedies


   

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Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy DVDKids in the Hall: Brain Candy
      1996 | Canada | Laughs: 8.8 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 6.9
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This movie by the Canadian comedy group "Kids in the Hall" was made two years after the end of their TV show. It's one of these rare cases when the movie is even better than the show. The plot: against the advice of its scientists, a pharmaceutical company rushes a "happy drug" to market before properly testing it. For sheer quirkiness this movie belongs on the same shelf as Python movies, but it's much, much funnier. Don't miss it. (Last viewed: April 2012)

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Meatballs DVDMeatballs
      1979 | Canada | Laughs: 6.8 (Watch Once) | imdb: 6.2
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Bill Murray is the head counselor at a summer camp. It's 1979, so it's not as raunchy as it sounds. Not very funny either, but cute, and you want to watch it once because it's Bill Murray. Made in Canada.

In the Summer camp theme, Wet Hot American Summer is better value. (Last viewed: June 2010)

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Starbuck DVDStarbuck
      2011 | Canada | Laughs: 6.0 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 7.3
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A grown man learns that his donations to a fertility bank twenty years before spawned 533 children, a quarter of whom are now suing to learn his identity. I seem to really enjoy movies from Quebec, not least The Barbarian Invasions. This one made me laugh, especially in the first half—the second half was more predictable, Hollywood-style. Highly recommended nonetheless. (Last viewed: April 2013)

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The TrotskyThe Trotsky
      2009 | Canada | Laughs: 5.5 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 6.9
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Convinced he is the Canadian reincarnation of Leon Trotsky, a high school senior tries to organize his classmates into a student union. Although I didn't burst out laughing, I loved the movie and chuckled throughout. Probably the best high school movie I've even seen, and the second excellent Canadian comedy I've seen in a short while (the first was Starbuck). (Last viewed: April 2013)

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Le Sens de l'Humour posterA Sense of Humor (Le Sens de l'Humour)
      2011 | Canada | Laughs: 5.0 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 6.3
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A man who appears to be a serial killer abducts two stand-up comedians to an isolated farm where he gets them to teach him how to be funny so he can stand up to those who bully him at work. This was funny even with subtitles—it might be a roar for native Quebecois speakers. (Last viewed: August 2014)

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Gunless posterGunless
      2010 | Canada | Laughs: 4.5 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.5
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An wounded American gunman arrives in a Canadian village, where he struggles to cope with the locals' kindness. A cute, unpretentious movie that bears watching if you have an interest in cross-cultural issues and are in the mood for something clean, sweet and easy. (Last viewed: December 2013)

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The Age of Ignorance PosterThe Age of Ignorance (a.k.a Days of Darkness) (L'Age des Tenebres)
      2007 | Canada | Laughs: 4.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.9
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This is a terrific movie about a civil servant who escapes the crushing pressures of modern decay by constructing grandiose, colorful daydreams. It's funny and has its shares of chuckles, but the humor is on the level of piece of chocolate that slowly melts in the mouth—not of explosive laughter. I never much liked The Decline of the American Empire by the same director, while I loved his Barbarian Invasions. The third installment in that loose trilogy is not a letdown. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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Prom Wars posterProm Wars
      2008 | Canada | Laughs: 3.5 (Watch Once) | imdb: 5.6
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The senior students at a girls' school set up a competition to determine which of two boys' high schools' seniors will take them to prom. I didn't laugh but did smile a lot—the movie is cute and refreshingly not crass. Save it for a day when you're happy to watch something easy without expectations. (Last viewed: August 2014)

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The Wrong Guy posterThe Wrong Guy
      1997 | Canada | Laughs: 3.1 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.2
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A young executive who discovers the body of his murdered boss wrongly believes that he is the prime suspect and runs from the police—in the same direction as the real killer. Although the movie didn't make me laugh, I found it consistently funny. It features the same kind of understated humor from the Kids in the Hall TV series in which Dave Foley also stars. (Last viewed: September 2014)

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WaydowntownWaydowntown
      2000 | Canada | Laughs: 3.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.9
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Four coworkers have made a bet as to who could spend the most days without leaving the air-conditioned complex of retail space and office space in which they work. No big laughs, but a very decent watch in the tradition of Office Space, featuring Don McKellar, the brilliant creator of Last Day and the TV series Twitch City, where he played the role of a recluse who never leaves his apartment. Go Canada! (Last viewed: April 2013)

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Corner Gas: The Movie posterCorner Gas: The Movie
      2014 | Canada | Laughs: 3.0 | imdb: 6.7
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Having enjoyed a number of episodes from the Canadian TV series Corner Gas some years ago, I was intrigued to watch the movie. The fact that it aired on television a few days after its theatrical release is no small hint about the film's merits, and indeed we found it mediocre in a number of departments: the plot, to be sure, but that doesn't matter one bit when a movie triggers hard laughter; laughs were not forthcoming. We still enjoyed seeing the familiar faces of these "old friends", but that pleasure was accompanied by a distinct feeling of having moved on. (Last viewed: December 2014)

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The Decline of the American Empire posterThe Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Americain)
      1986 | Canada | Laughs: 2.5 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 7.3
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I didn't much like this movie when it came out nearly thirty years ago. It has aged very well, because I still don't like it today. Although I'm a big fan of Denys Arcand's later work The Barbarian Invasions, this earlier film, which features many of the same characters, does nothing for me apart from the French-Canadian accent, always a delight on the ears.

The whole movie features men and women engrossed in conversation about their sexual adventures. For some reason, I have never been drawn to this kind of conversation. To make matters worse, most of the characters (who gravitate around academia) are unbearably pedantic. The film's original success may have been caused by the novel openness with which the characters discussed their love live. Nowadays, that is hardly original, and there is no good reason to revisit this old bore. (Last viewed: May 1987 March 2014)

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The Delicate Art of Parking DVDThe Delicate Art of Parking
      2003 | Canada | Laughs: 1.8 (Just Awful) | imdb: 6.4
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This mockumentary / satire about parking enforcement officers took a bit of work to watch. The main reason we went through with it was to see some of the crew of Corner Gas. To start with, the camera work was awful. To convey a sense of filming on the streets, the image is jumpy to the point of making you want to throw up. This is a stupid technique, guys, please grow up and lose that. Each of the actors performs well. Yet the overall performance is only a couple notches above that of a student film. That's because the film suffers from the mixed-genre syndrome—the producers didn't seem to have decided whether the movie was meant to be a believable mockumentary like Kenny or an all-out satire. On the mockumentary side, the tow truck driver is excellent and gives you a feel for his job. On the satire side, most of the characters are geeky caricatures. You don't feel a sense of compassion or love for the subject, unlike in Kenny, where you walk out with a lot of respect for portable toilet installers. Here, you can't help but feel that in the director's mind parking enforcers are a topic of ridicule. All that being said, there's a lot to enjoy in the film—starting with the actors' individual performances—but the overall product gets low marks. (Last viewed: February 2012)

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Les Doigts CrochesSticky Fingers (Les Doigts Croches)
      2009 | Canada | Laughs: 0.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 6.8
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To retrieve the loot from a robbery they performed before going to jail, five French-Canadian thugs must walk 500 miles on a "transformational path" in Spain. I couldn't bear to watch more than thirty minutes of this movie that I'd picked up after really enjoying its director's next production, Starbuck. (Last viewed: April 2013)

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