The Funniest Spanish Comedies


   

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This section is for comedies from Spain. By default they are presented starting with the ones ranking highest on the laugh-o-meter, but you can also sort them by year, title or IMDB rating.


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Tenemos que hablar poster We Need To TalkWe Need To Talk (Tenemos que hablar)
      2016 | Spain | Laughs: 6.6 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 5.8
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Having been separated from her husband for two years, a young woman seeks tactful ways to inform him that it's time for a divorce so that she may remarry—but she gets ensnared in a growing web of lies of her own making, giving her false hopes to her depressed ex.

While all the actors did a decent job, the one who played the ex's roommate was particularly prominent in the funniest parts of the film.

The story is not as good as that of Spanish Affair, but on the laugh-o-meter, the movie probably ranks a little higher. It seems to belong to a movement in which Spain is reinventing its comedy genre, drawing from classic French and American interpretations of the genre. While some may regret the loss in originality, I for one welcome this move, having been exposed to enough squeaky dark comedies à-la-Almadovar for a lifetime and being generally more interested (where comedies are concerned) in genuine laughs than in art. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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Spanish Affair posterSpanish Affair (Ocho Apellidos Vascos)
      2014 | Spain | Laughs: 6.5 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 6.6
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A man from the South of Spain travels north to the Basque region, against which he is strongly prejudiced, on a self-assigned mission to "extract" a woman with whom he's fallen in love and bring her back to what he perceives to be the civilized world. He ends up spending more time in the Basque country than he bargained for, first having to pass himself off as a leader of the independence movement, then having to pretend to be a proud Basque in front of his potential father-in-law.

This classic fish-out-of-water premise works brilliantly. There were many occasions to laugh, such as when our hero arrives in the Basque town and immediately starts demeaning everything in his sweetheart's surrounding—down to her clothes and hairstyle. Even without speaking fluent Spanish, you can tell the strong difference in accents, which in itself has to make you smile.

The movie came out shortly after Welcome to the Sticks (France, 2008) and its Italian remake Welcome to the South (2009) and may well have been engineered to cash in on that North-South tension without paying rights for the script that started the trend. That's a good thing, because that tension is of great comedic effect, and it's too rich not to exploit it with multiple stories.

This is the first Spanish movie to really make me laugh. Perhaps that's because classic Spanish comedies are designed to make you smirk rather than smile—dark humor seems to be the standard fare. Truth be told, this movie has something of the flavor of an American comedy, or of a French farce, if the two can be reconciled. And that's far from a bad thing.

Highly recommended.

The sequel is disappointing, unless you expect sequels to disappoint, in which case it is just what you expect. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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Escuela de Seducción posterEscuela de Seducción
      2004 | Spain | Laughs: 4.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 3.8
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A man with an unusual sensitivity to women's needs sets up a romance-coaching school and causes mischief for a man-hater, the female host of a radio show about relationships.

We found this to be an entertaining watch. The movie was surprisingly devoid of the nudity that seems so common in Spanish comedies. The ending was dismal, with an out-of-place, drawn out video of a live concert that occupied the screen for an incredible amount of time—we couldn't understand it. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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The Day of the Beast poster  El día de la BestiaThe Day of the Beast (El día de la Bestia)
      1995 | Spain | Laughs: 4.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.5
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Seeking to meet the devil in order to prevent the reign of the antichrist, a priest forces himself to do evil deeds. I really enjoyed this movie, especially the first half, which had a lighter touch than the hectic finale, as with a great number of movies. I didn't laugh out loud, but I probably chuckled and grinned for a good part of the film. To me the comparison with Peter Jackson is inevitable, but I enjoyed this a good deal more. That being said, it is so offbeat that it won't be to everyone's taste. (Last viewed: October 2017)

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Ocho apellidos catalanes poster (Spanish Affair 2)Spanish Affair 2 (Ocho apellidos catalanes)
      2015 | Spain | Laughs: 3.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 5.2
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If you want to laugh, this sequel to the brilliant Spanish Affair is not really worth watching. This time Rafa travels to Catalonia to prevent Amaia from marrying another man.

The movie has more minutes, more shots from helicopters, more extras, but I don't think it really made us laugh. It is cute though, so if you fancy an easy romantic flick, this may just be the thing for you. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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La comunidad poster Common WealthCommon Wealth (La comunidad)
      2000 | Spain | Laughs: 3.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.4
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After their upstairs neighbor dies, the dwellers of an apartment building scheme to retrieve the cash from his lottery winnings. This is the kind of offbeat comedy that makes you smirk rather than laugh. I enjoyed it. (Last viewed: October 2017)

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Ninette posterNinette
      2005 | Spain | Laughs: 2.8 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 5.6
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All recent Spanish comedies I've watched have featured bare female chests, and this one is no exception. Perhaps that's what it takes to get a film funded in Spain.

If you ignore that rather cheesy incentive to draw libidinous males to the theater, you're left with a surprisingly decent movie. During the Franco years, a Spaniard goes on a vacation to Paris, hoping for promiscuous encounters with indigenous females, a prospect that an expatriate friend has advertised to him as a daily occurrence. Before he's had time to unpack his suitcase, the landlady's daughter draws him into a relationship that will keep him glued to the apartment for his entire stay.

I don't think either of us laughed, but we were thoroughly entertained for most of this light-hearted movie. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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Isi/Disi posterIsi Disi (a.k.a Amor a lo bestia)
      2004 | Spain | Laughs: 2.5 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 4.3
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To repay a huge fine, a heavy metal band must win a rigged contest to select the most "destructive" band.

While there is a lot to dislike about this movie (loudness, gratuitous nudity…) it is surprisingly not awful. The plot certainly rivals that of any average American comedy, which may explain why I almost laughed (once).

Despite its failure to deliver laughs, the movie gave lots to smile at. I found myself rooting for the good guys. I also told myself that the movie—with its extravagant outbursts and fascination with heavy metal—was a window into some aspects of Spanish culture, although I am not sure which. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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El Verdugo posterThe Executioner (El Verdugo)
      1963 | Spain | Laughs: 2.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 8.1
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A handsome undertaker who has a hard time attracting ladies marries someone who faced a similar problem: an executioner's daughter. Soon he inherits the job of his father in law so the family can remain entitled to a spacious flat, but is terribly afraid of ever having to execute anyone.

Even though I didn't laugh out loud, I smiled a lot and found this movie delightful. The editing is surprising—I can't recall a movie that moves you forward so aggressively in time without using captions warning you that what you are seeing is now "three months later".

This movie made me regret not being fluent in Spanish. On the other hand language didn't seem to be a problem for Nino Manfredi, the lead character and Italian cinema superstar. I probably missed three quarters of the movie as the dialog is extremely fast and I was having a hard time keeping up with the subtitles while stealing glances at the images. In spite of that, it still felt like a unique piece and a worthwhile watch.

Edit: In case you'd like to read more about it, I suggest this review, which I found excellent. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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Amanece, que no es poco posterAmanece, Que No Es Poco
      1989 | Spain | Laughs: 2.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.6
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This movie is certainly a work of art, but as a comedy it wasn't all that effective for me.

It presents life in a village whose inhabitants have unusual behaviors, such as going to mass everyday. The absurd nature of the situations places it somewhere between Mel Brooks and Monty Python. At first, I found the movie delightful and very funny. However, by the halfway point, my brain had tired from the constant flow of nonsense situations, and I had to pause the viewing. The next evening, I enjoyed the rest.

High marks for originality. That's just not what I'm after when I sit down to watch a comedy. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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Isla Bonita posterIsla Bonita
      2015 | Spain | Laughs: 1.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.4
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This is not a laugh-out-loud comedy but a light-hearted movie—a decent one. An ageing man from Madrid visits his friend on the island of Menorca, where life is much slower but relationships aren't any simpler. I heard the name Woody Allen mentioned in relation to the movie. The soundtrack, the main character's physique and the intertwined stories justify this impression. The dialog is decent and the photography is beautiful: as long as you're not expecting roaring laughter or anything deep, you may fall under the charm of Menorca and this little movie. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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Boca a Boca posterMouth to Mouth (Boca a Boca)
      1995 | Spain | Laughs: 0.8 (Just Awful) | imdb: 6.7
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As much as I like Javier Bardem—and I've been a fan since Jamon, Jamon—I can't think of a single reason to recommend this movie. First off, I despise movies about actors or film-making. Does the world revolve around the film industry? Thousands of script writers seem to think it does.

This film features a sorry plot about an aspiring actor (Bardem) having to take work for an adult phone line before an important audition, a job that has him exclusively servicing male clients. When a female customer calls in, he gets drawn into a murder plot.

It's always hard to pull off a combination of genres (Comedy x Crime). When both sides are weak, the weakness compounds into a dud. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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El Turismo es un Gran Invento posterEl Turismo es un Gran Invento
      1968 | Spain | Laughs: 0.2 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 5.5
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The mayor of a landlocked village excites his constituents about transforming their modest backwater into a glitzy resort to rival the famous beaches. Despite its cultural value, overall the movie was a big yawn. Some of the characters were cute, but most of the cast were guilty of overacting. The movie also spent an inordinate amount of time presenting images of a boring cabaret act by female dancers. You can safely skip this one. (Last viewed: March 2017)

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El Anacoreta posterThe Anchorite (El Anacoreta)
      1977 | Spain | Laughs: 0.2 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.0
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A man who has retired from the world and has been living in his bathroom for eleven years receives the visit of a young lady who has found one of the thousands of messages he sends out to sea in aspirin tubes via the magic of modern plumbing. She sets out a challenge for herself: to make him leave the bathroom. Partly this is a study in a man's character; often it seems more like an excuse to make the attractive actress take off her top.

I was excited to hear about a 1970s Spanish comedy—as Spanish films in that genre seem hard to come by—but this turned out to be a light-hearted psychological drama rather than the laugh-out-loud movie I was hoping for. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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El Cochecito posterEl Cochecito
      1960 | Spain | Laughs: 0.2 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.6
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This an excellent movie, but despite its comedy classification it's not likely to make you laugh. An elderly gentleman desperately wants a motorized wheel chair so he can hang out with his best friend (a paralytic) and his gang, but his son (a lawyer) won't let him have the money.

As a social satire, the movie fulfills its function. The tone is light and there are many occasions to smile, as well as some sad ones. The main character is played by the same actor as the lead in The Executioner. (Last viewed: February 2017)

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