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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House Bunny posterHouse Bunny
      2008 | USA | Laughs: 1.8 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 5.5
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Evicted from a mens' magazine's entertainment mansion, a "bunny" finds refuge at a college sorority, where she helps unpopular women improve their image.

Plot-wise, this sweet and predictable movie has about two shreds, which in my mind is plenty in the comedy genre if the laughs are there. Sadly, I'm afraid that the main reason (if any) to keep watching is not the humor, but the glitter, curves and skin.

(Last viewed: January 2019)

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A Day Without a Mexican posterA Day Without a Mexican
      2004 | USA | Laughs: 1.8 | imdb: 4.8
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One bright day, all people of Hispanic origin (about one third of the population) vanish from the State of California. Through a mixture of personal stories and journalism, this film documents the chaos that ensues.

The premise didn't sound bad, but I was too bored to continue past the 40th minute. I'm not exactly sure what to reproach the film, but it was probably a combination of low production values and pulling the cord too thin, or as the vanished might say, estirar el chicle.
(Last viewed: May 2019)

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Grosse Point Blank DVDGrosse Pointe Blank
      1997 | USA | Laughs: 1.7 (Just Awful) | imdb: 7.4
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A hitman travels back to his hometown for his ten-year high-school reunion. Great eighties music, no laughs, lots of bullets and yawns. (Last viewed: December 2008)

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The Waterboy DVDThe Waterboy
      1998 | USA | Laughs: 1.6 (Just Awful) | imdb: 6.1
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Adam Sandler plays a slightly "slow" grown man who dispenses water to the players of a football team. Painful, had to stop after twenty minutes. Maybe I missed the good part. (Last viewed: September 2010)

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Analyze That DVDAnalyze That
      2002 | USA | Laughs: 1.6 (Just Awful) | imdb: 5.9
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Dismal sequel to Analyze This. These retarded Hollywood scripte writers couldn't help themselves…instead of featuring a believable mafia concerned with extortion and car wreckers, they had to invent a James-Bond-scale heist and make it unravel in the middle of a movie set—don't you know the whole world revolves around movies? De Niro and Crystal's strong acting coax out a few smiles, but even they could not save the movie from its sinking, stinking plot. Pathetic. (Last viewed: September 2010)

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Tammy posterTammy
      2014 | USA | Laughs: 1.5 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 4.9
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A young woman who discovers her husband has been cheating goes on a road trip with her grandmother. Tammy's straight-shooting, foul-mouthed character is endearing and the movie is well meaning. But there are no laughs and the plot fails to generate enough interest to redeem the lack of laughs. Overall, I'd say the movie is about as weak as this review—that's how inspiring it was. (Last viewed: October 2015)

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Be Kind Rewind posterBe Kind Rewind
      2008 | USA | Laughs: 1.5 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.4
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All the tapes at a struggling video rental store get erased. To limit the damage, the staff start shooting their own versions of blockbuster movies and meet unexpected success. This was sweet and well-intentionned but fairly boring. (Last viewed: July 2017)

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Pootie Tang posterPootie Tang
      2001 | USA | Laughs: 1.5 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 5.2
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A rock star who speaks a language of his own is also a righter of wrongs. When he mentors America's children to stay away from tobacco and hamburgers, he gets in the cross-hairs of corporate America's big boss.

I enjoyed seeing Wanda Sykes as well as JB Smoove (the actor who plays Leon in Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Chris Rock. Although this movie didn't really make me laugh, it entertained me as I found it thoroughly original.

I didn't know Louis CK could direct, let alone write such a mad script. This movie establishes him among the best African American directors, alongside Spike Lee. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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Ten posterTen
      1979 | USA | Laughs: 1.5 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.0
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In the throngs of a mid-life crisis, a Berverley Hills personality becomes obsessed with a woman whose face he has glimpse by chance at a stop light.

Although this was not a Blake Edwards movie of the "laugh-out-loud" category, I found it very entertaining. I loved the pacing, the dialog, the texture and the actors.

The worst part of the movie is probably its sexist posters: don't let that keep you away from this 1970s classic. (Last viewed: December 2018)

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Easy Money DVDEasy Money
      1983 | USA | Laughs: 1.5 (Just Awful) | imdb: 6.3
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An outgoing man who loves drink, games and smoke must give up his "sins" for one year in order for his wife to inherit ten million dollars. Rodney Dangerfield tries hard, but the laughs don't come—I feel sorry for him and the crew, as it's a cute story. Honorable appearance by Joe Pesci as the best friend who helps you get in (or stay out of) trouble. (Last viewed: August 2010)

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The Cable Guy DVDThe Cable Guy
      1996 | USA | Laughs: 1.3 (Just Awful) | imdb: 6.1
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A lonely cable guy (Jim Carrey) decides he wants to become one of his customers' best friends. Starts out silly (with some good laughs), ends up psycho. I wanted to watch a comedy, mama, not a stalker movie! Only watch if you're ready to zap. (Last viewed: June 2010)

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Legally Blonde 2 posterLegally Blonde 2 (a.k.a Red, White & Blonde)
      2003 | USA | Laughs: 1.2 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 4.7
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While the original Legally Blonde was surprisingly entertaining, this first sequel has very little to offer. It takes place in Washington, DC, where our heroin takes a job with a congresswoman in order to push an animal rights' bill. The movie missed the "just awful" category, but not by much. (Last viewed: July 2015)

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Election poster Witherspoon 1999Election
      1999 | USA | Laughs: 1.2 (Smirk) | imdb: 7.3
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A school election provides the chance to look deep into the personality of several characters — from an unsavory model student to a frustrated teacher.

At first this movie looked as harmless as apple pie, but I was surprised at how heavy it hit every once in a while. There were no actual laughs, but it was a pleasant-enough watch laced with a few chuckles.

(Last viewed: January 2019)

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What's Up, Tiger Lily? DVDWhat's Up, Tiger Lily?
      1966 | USA | Laughs: 1.1 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.0
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Woody Allen took a Japanese spy movie and changed the soundtrack, turning it into a comedy. It's goofy, easy on the eyes, and if you're in a tolerant mood it will make you smile. (Last viewed: October 2012)

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Blazing Saddles posterBlazing Saddles
      1974 | USA | Laughs: 1.0 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.8
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I know that for some Mel Brooks is a big reference in comedy, but I just don't seem to like any of his movies. This one is a little less chaotic than others I'd attempted, and at least I was able to make myself watch it till the end. I had to—Blazing Saddles is something of a cultural icon.

On the verge of being destroyed by bandits, a town telegraphs the governor asking for a new sheriff. Being black, the one who is appointed must overcome the citizens' prejudice. He is soon joined by a skillful sidekick, played by Gene Wilder.

The movie still failed to make me laugh, but it has some redeeming qualities, not least of it its sweetness. If this is the effect even Blazing Saddles has on me, I won't be trying to watch (and review) other films by Mel Brooks. For the most part, my impression has been that they are best suited to the mindset of thirteen year-old boys, from the mixture of grand phrases with crassness to the interplay of various levels of reality.

Lucky for us, there are movies to suit just about every sense of humor. If Mel Brooks fits yours, please enjoy. (Last viewed: July 2017)

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