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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Choke posterChoke
      2008 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.5
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This is definitely not a laugh-out-loud comedy, but it is an excellent light-hearted movie. Summarizing the plot would do severe injustice to this beautifully layered film, so I'll just say that the story involves two men with addictions, a mother in a mental hospital run by nuns, a good friend, a nurse, Heimlich maneuvers, the staff of a historic colonial village, and a big surprise near the end. Despite the occasional nudity, there is none of the usual exploitation of the female body. The movie features the two least gratuitous scenes of intercourse I have ever seen on film. A must-watch. (Last viewed: October 2013)

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Adventureland posterAdventureland
      2009 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.8
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To pay for his first term at college, a high-school graduate spends the Summer working at an adventure park in his home town. There are good characters and the movie is endearing—just don't watch this expecting to laugh, as it's a light-hearted movie rather than a true comedy. (Last viewed: October 2013)

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Mr. Deeds DVDMr. Deeds
      2002 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 5.8
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When the owner of a rural pizza restaurant learns that he has inherited a controlling stake in a New York media conglomerate, he has to swim with the sharks, while they have to learn to handle a straight-shooting small-town boy. Adam Sandler tries his best, but the producers spent too much money on wardrobe and too little on the script. That's too bad, because the story had potential: the only missing ingredient is the laughs. In the instant-millionaire genre, forget this one and watch the very funny Trading Places instead. (Last viewed: October 2012)

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Shallow Hal posterShallow Hal
      2001 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 5.9
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A man who only judges women on their looks is hypnotized into seeing their inner beauty, and starts dating a large woman whom he believes to have a model-like figure. This was a sweet movie, and it could be recommended as a Sunday night rom-com to watch with your honey. I didn't laugh, but it certainly wasn't torture as I like Jack Black and Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld). (Last viewed: June 2017)

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The Hitman's Bodyguard posterThe Hitman's Bodyguard
      2017 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 6.9
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Seeing that Eastern European assassins have connived with an Interpol mole to kill a world-class hitman before he can testify in court against a dictator, an Interpol officer hires her ex-boyfriend (a world-class bodyguard) to accompany the hitman to court. Tired already?

Apart from the fake imdb ratings, there isn't much to recommend this movie. There were (a few) funny moments, but overall the script is pathetic and the movie one big yawn, even if you usually enjoy Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, as we do. (Last viewed: September 2017)

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Son in Law posterSon in Law
      1993 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 5.7
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After her first semester of college in L.A., a Midwestern girl brings an outrageous young man from school back to the farm for Thanksgiving so she can get out of committing to her old boyfriend from high school.

This was pretty bad, but almost "good bad", and I confess to chuckling a few times. Don't make this your evening's main entertainment, but on a two-movie night this might be the perfect piece to wind down. (Last viewed: May 2018)

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His Girl Friday posterHis Girl Friday
      1940 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 8.0
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Against the backdrop of an upcoming public execution, a ruthless newspaper owner tries to lure his journalist ex-wife back into his world.

To me Cary Grant's acting is gratingly affected and overplayed, making the movie, already chaotic due to its "screwball" classification, even harder to watch at times. However, quieter moments and inspired dialogues between minor characters make it an endearing flick after all. (Last viewed: May 2018)

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The Kid posterThe Kid
      1921 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 8.3
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After finding a baby boy who has been abandoned on the street, Charlie Chaplin's character "the tramp" raises the child, who becomes a partner in his broken glass repair scam.

Although the movie has lost the power to make me laugh (if it ever had it), I found it endearing and worth a watch as a cultural artifact. (Last viewed: Dec 1976 July 2018)

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Lost in Translation DVDLost in Translation
      2003 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.8
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Five stars. Bill Murray shoots a whiskey ad in Tokyo. For the full review, skip over to my "Brush up your Japanese" page. (Last viewed: Mar 2003 March 2010)

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Peace After Marriage posterPeace After Marriage
      2013 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.4
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First things first: the first half-hour of this movie is awful, then it slowly turns into a decent little rom-com.

The awful part is about a man's addiction to graphic depictions of the female figure. The rom-com part is about the interplay between a Palestinian-American man and the Israeli woman who marries him for the papers. I can't guarantee you'll make it to the romantic part. The beginning is that bad—and yet I'm interested in the issues and in both cultures (Palestinian, Israeli) and languages (Arabic, Hebrew).

One redeeming feature that I see in the movie will be of interest to few. The reason I watched it is that everyone's favorite Middle Eastern actress (Hiam Abbass) plays the man's mother. I had seen her as a Tunisian, a Palestinian, a Lebanese, a Druze, a Syrian, and whatever she's supposed to be in Blade Runner 2049. Now she's added American to the list. (Last viewed: August 2018)

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The Ref posterThe Ref (a.k.a Hostile Hostages)
      1994 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 6.9
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A thief on the run takes two hostages, a husband and wife who cannot stop bickering. While seeing Kevin Spacey in a comedy was refreshing and the premise was fun, execution was mediocre and the movie failed to deliver laughs. (Last viewed: March 2015)

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The Watch DVDThe Watch
      2012 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Just Awful) | imdb: 5.7
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This movie scores points for casting Richard Ayoade from The IT Crowd. Apart from that, it's another chapter in the decline of the American empire. A group of concerned citizens form a neighborhood watch to solve a grisly murder mystery, and soon run into nasty extra-terrestrials. Ben Stiller is the best he's been in a long time, while Vince Vaughn is at his worst—possibly after completing a class in overacting. Jonah Hill and Ayoade do their best. None of this matter: the script is below third-rate. You really don't have to watch this kind of trash: stay sane and give the film wide berth. (Last viewed: May 2013)

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Mousehunt posterMousehunt
      1997 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 6.4
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Renovating a valuable house in view of auctioning it, two brothers are pitted against a formidably clever mouse. Some people rave about this movie, going so far as describing it as "genius". That made me eager to watch it, but I'm sorry to report that I had to force myself to sit through it till the end. Much of the humor had to do with one of the brothers getting hurt in one way or another. I think I had outgrown finding that kind of movie funny around the time I reached ten. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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Arthur DVDArthur
      1981 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.9
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A young man from a blue-blood New York family drinks way too much, partly because his family wants him to marry a woman he doesn't love. When he sees a woman steal a necktie in front of his eyes, he falls in love. A very enjoyable movie, but certainly not a laugh-out-loud comedy. The 2011 remake is a definite skip. (Last viewed: September 2012)

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Get Hard posterGet Hard
      2015 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 6.0
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Convicted of a white-collar crime he didn't commit, a millionaire hires a black man who is desperate for cash to toughen him up before his jail time starts, unaware that his mentor has never seen the inside of a parking infringement envelope, let alone a jail. It's crude, it's often crass, and no single moment really made me laugh, but the original concept and the cast's chemistry were good enough to keep me watching until the end… But if no one's twisting your arm, there are better things to watch. (Last viewed: June 2015)

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