The Funniest American Comedies


   

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This section is for comedies from the USA. 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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Scoop DVDScoop
      2006 | USA | Laughs: 4.6 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 6.7
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This "crime comedy" by Woody Allen is tight and well cast. It has a few good chuckles (no belly laughs), but I was too nervous with the crime story to truly enjoy it. I don't know what happened to Woody Allen in the 21st century, but since about 2005 he seems to have matured tremendously—perhaps that's what turning 70 does to you. In the 1990s I had become allergic to his films, but I've found several of his late productions to be polished, accomplished films. (Last viewed: January 2012)

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Jack and Jill posterJack and Jill
      2011 | USA | Laughs: 4.5 (Watch Once) | imdb: 3.3
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Of the hundreds of comedy movies I've reviewed so far, this one has the second-lowest imdb rating. Since I usually dislike comedy that tries to draw laughter by featuring men playing women (a strange, enduring phenomenon), I was predisposed to join the ranks of the bashers, but for some reason Adam Sandler pulled off the drag thing for me. In fact, he pulled playing off two roles at onces—a Los Angeles advertising executive, and his twin sister who visits from their native Bronx for the holidays.

At the risk of sounding too contrarian, I'll advance that there were some good comedy moments in this film, especially in the first half. It's far from being the worst movie with Adam Sandler who, although he's starred in some terrific comedies, has also picked a number of duds. (Last viewed: August 2015)

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MacGruber posterMacGruber
      2010 | USA | Laughs: 4.5 | imdb: 5.5
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A CIA operative whose trademark is a lucky mix of brilliance and incompetence goes up against his nemesis, who has taken control of a nuclear warhead.

Is there a point in comedy that can be characterized as filthy, but not too filthy? If so, for me this movie hits that spot. Doing so, it also manages to be funny, but not too funny.

The night I watched this, my other option was a high-brow black-and-white movie with subtitles. I knew what I was getting into, and given the mood I was in, I had no regrets. (Last viewed: January 2019)

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The Wedding Ringer posterThe Wedding Ringer
      2015 | USA | Laughs: 4.5 (Watch Once) | imdb: 6.7
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A loner under pressure to provide a list of groomsmen for his upcoming wedding hires a company which specializes in providing a best man and fake friends. After a slow set-up, the movie somewhat improves. Although it was chaotic, often weak and sometimes gross, it had enough good moments to warrant watching on a night when you find yourself in a low brain state. (Last viewed: April 2015)

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Weekend at BernieWeekend at Bernie's
      1989 | USA | Laughs: 4.5 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 6.4
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This is one of those movies that starts out really well but runs out of steam before the halfway point is reached. Two grunts in a New York company's accounting department discover a large error. When they tell the boss, he invites them for a weekend at his house in the Hamptons—with sinister motives, having embezzled the missing funds. Sadly for him, he gets a lethal injection courtesy of his mafia boss before the young accountants arrive. To enjoy the weekend, they keep up the pretense that Bernie is alive. I really liked the beginning, and probably laughed, but the weekend itself was a grueling session of "more of the same". Too bad. (Last viewed: July 2012)

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The Apartment DVDThe Apartment
      1960 | USA | Laughs: 4.4 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 8.3
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One of those movies where the charaters' dress and manner of speech are so obsolete that it's nearly impossible to identify. Had not laughed after half an hour, gave up. Oh, the plot: a man in a large accounting firm makes his apartment available to the company higher ups who need a bachelor pad for an evening. Painful. (Last viewed: July 2010)

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Click DVDClick
      2006 | USA | Laughs: 4.1 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 6.4
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Given a remote control that lets him fast-forward through the unpleasant moments of life, an ambitious architect (Adam Sandler) soon finds himself jumping through years at a time. It feels like the studio, armed with a strong concept and a reliable comedian, didn't bother writing a funny script. Too bad. (Last viewed: July 2010)

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Super Troopers DVDSuper Troopers
      2001 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Chuckle) | imdb: 7.1
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To avoid being shut down, a Vermont highway patrol unit competes with the local police to impress the Governor. The humor largely derives from the cops' inappropriate behavior. This made me laugh the first time around, but not on the second watch.

Edit: I watched the movie again after seven years to see how it compares with the sequel. Can't believe that much time had gone by! The good news is that the movie is so forgettable that after seven years it's a brand new movie. The bad news is that the 2018 version of my brain is incompatible with the 2011 version, so that it took over half an hour until the first chuckle. Don't hesitate to give the sequel a go though, you might find it superior. (Last viewed: Apr 2011 August 2018)

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WayneWayne's World
      1992 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.0
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A pair of friends who broadcast a community TV show out of their basement are courted by a ruthless producer. Once I overcame my negative reaction to the all-out charge of goofiness, I settled into the story and enjoyed the movie, which has a few chuckles and a number of clever jokes. (Last viewed: Apr 1999 September 2012)

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Get Him to the Greek DVDGet Him to the Greek
      2010 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.4
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A record label employee gets assigned the mission of escorting a particularly difficult rock star from his London home to the Greek theater in Los Angeles for a major concert. This starts out funny but then just turns into a pretty good movie, with strong and attaching characters, so you forget that you started watching because you wanted to laugh. Russell Brand, whom I'm never seen before, impressed me with his excellent, believable performance. Jonah Hill was very good too. Warning: rampant adult themes, recurring crassness and gross-out scenes, presumably to please the 21st century crowd. (Last viewed: Sep 2012 September 2019)

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I Love You Man DVDI Love You Man
      2009 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.0
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Faced with the fact he doesn't have any male friends, a man who is about to get married tries to get a buddy, and soon succeeds. A cute story with perfect Los Angeles weather and a fun cast (but no side-splitting scenes). It was nice to see a bit of Andy Samberg from Hot Rod. In the main roles, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Rashida Jones all did a great job. Well worth a watch. (Last viewed: September 2012)

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Bad Teacher DVDBad Teacher
      2011 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 5.7
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A high-school teacher does the bare minimum to get by in the classroom until a rich guy marries her, but tries hard to earn the cash to pay for the breast implants that will attract Prince Charming. Cameron Diaz had done a great job in a recent comedy, What Happens in Vegas, and I wondered if she could carry a movie in the main role. She certainly does (with the help of an excellent supporting cast). The first thirty minutes were weak, not by the actors' fault but owing to a deficient script and awful lipstick. The movie's second half was a pleasure to watch, full of smiles and chuckles. Parents, watch out for adult themes. (Last viewed: October 2012)

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Sixteen Candles posterSixteen Candles
      1984 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Chuckle) | imdb: 7.1
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With all those movies that depict clueless teenagers, wouldn't it be refreshing to see one that shows clueless parents for a change? This is exactly the premise of this movie. An entire family (parents, siblings, grandparents) forget that one of their daughters / sisters / granddaughters turns sixteen today.

The movie is refreshingly racist and misogynistic. (Before you flame me, remember that as a gay Asian female I can say whatever the heck I want.) (Before you accuse me of not being a gay Asian female, may I remind you how unenlightened a viewpoint that is and that what matters is what I feel inside?)

I should mention that the film is cruel with people who have unusual physical characteristics, and that it comes close to condoning the taking advantage of young women who are passed out from alcohol.

I'm not sure there was anything funny in the plot itself… But who needs more for an evening's entertainment than this comical time voyage to the peak of the era when straight white males ruled the Earth?

(Last viewed: September 2019)

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Four Christmases DVDFour Christmases
      2008 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 5.7
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Before they can fly away on their exotic vacation, a couple who hate family commitments must spend a day touring the Christmas gatherings at his dad's, her mom's, his mom's and her dad's. A friend who often has similar tastes really likes this movie, so I had high hopes for it. Sadly, I didn't laugh. At the start, most of the humor seems to derive from physical violence being inflicted on one of the characters by his brothers. I had already noticed while watching old Laurel & Hardy films that I no longer find it funny when someone gets hit on the head. As the movie matures, I find that the situations are not that comical and the acting not that great. There certainly was potential for funny scenes in the tradition of Meet the Parents, but it didn't happen. The difference in rating between my friend and I shows me again how personal laughter is. Whether one laughs often has to do with how much one can relate to a situation. I haven't been to a Christmas party or gathering in over twenty years, so maybe I am just "deaf" to some situations that will be very funny to you. That being said, my lady friend (who is far more attuned to Christmas) didn't laugh either—but perhaps that was by contagion from my non-laughing. (Last viewed: October 2012)

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Happiness posterHappiness
      1998 | USA | Laughs: 4.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.8
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The lives of three sisters and connected characters are placed under the microscope in this intimate movie which makes you both cringe and smile. In that way, it is in the line of some of Woody Allen's films and can be seen as a precursor to TV series such as The Office. No laugh-out-loud moment, but a hypnotic and entertaining watch.

Happiness is the origin of the famous line "I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you." It is one of the movies that helped establish Philip Seymour Hoffman, who will be missed. (Last viewed: Mar 2000 November 2016)

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