Jack’s Top 7 – Comedies

7. Galaxy Quest (1999)

Up there with some of the best parody movies. I love Star Trek, but seeing Tim Allen’ Captain Kirk type character get made fun of for losing his shirt (again!) is great. It really nails that camp, Star Trek vibe whilst not insulting the show or it’s loyal fan base. A very respectful, fun, action packed parody.

6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

“Great Odin’s raven!” this is a hilarious film! I laugh every time. Not often do people make a movie so packed full of jokes they can release an alternate movie full of different jokes and a new story. This movie is so quotable and so funny it almost hurts.

5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Stupid, slapstick and utterly hilarious. A group of ‘heroic’ (read: idiotic) knights try to find the holy grail but are laughably ill suited for the quest. Random, funny encounters and comedic ‘battle’ scenes make up their comedy quest and some great gags make it a joy to watch.

4. This is the End (2013)

I love this film so much. Six friends (all actors playing themselves) stuck in a house during the apocalypse and trying to survive. Simple, but super funny. There’s so many laugh out loud, stupid moments and conversations as these guys try their best to overcome their incompetence and survive. Plus it has an amazing ending featuring the Backstreet Boys.

3. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

A ridiculous but real comedy about sex (or lack of) and different people’s views on it. Very funny but also very real. You really feel for Steve Carell and want him to succeed in his rather odd quest, but you can’t help but laugh constantly all the way.

2. The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff Bridges as the Dude is such a good character and he really elevates this film above and beyond. He represents the slacker in us all, only this slacker gets dragged into a kidnapping and ransom scheme that goes way beyond him and that he and his charismatic supporting cast all seem fully unprepared for. So funny, so cool, so good.

1. Ghostbusters (1984)

This film will never not be funny. It can be followed and remade, but never replaced. Such a funny story of four guys just trying to make some money by starting their own business turns into an epic ghost hunt to save New York City! Backed up by some hilarious performances by Harold Ramis and Dan Akroyd and headlined by the ever amazing Bill Murray, Ghostbusters has some of the best gags, best set pieces and best moments in comedy ever.

Honourable Mentions:

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Zoolander (2001)

The Naked Gun (1988)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Wayne’s World (1992)

21/22 Jump Street (2012/14)

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