What is your favorite funny movie of all time?

the in laws

I’ve got a few that are pretty high up on the list, including This is Spinal Tap and In The Loop, but if I had to pick one classic, it would be the original The In-Laws, from 1979. Here is a scene that gets me every time.

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I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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107 Thoughts on What is your favorite funny movie of all time?
    jhops
    10 May 2018
    11:59am

    My list in constantly in flux, but I’ll always watch any of the original “Pink Panther” movies.

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      AnneL
      10 May 2018
      5:16pm

      The globe bit gets me every time.

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    Viajera
    10 May 2018
    12:03pm

    Thanks for the link! So classic.

    I don’t know if I can pick a favorite. Gotta think about it.

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    Shannan
    10 May 2018
    12:17pm

    There are so many, but I LOVE Meatballs, with Bill Fucking Murray.

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    Emma
    10 May 2018
    12:18pm

    Have you seen The Other Guys? It’s wonderful. Very silly! Here is a compilation of best scenes: https://youtu.be/V6Y8dQDb4iU

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    LG
    10 May 2018
    12:24pm

    Airplane is up there for me…

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    rachel
    10 May 2018
    12:29pm

    It was Top Secret (fave for over 30 years!!) until a few months ago when I saw Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Now I’m declaring them a tie.

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      Caryn
      12 May 2018
      9:06am

      I have loved “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” since forever! It’s when my love for Gary Oldman was solidified…

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    Debra K
    10 May 2018
    1:01pm

    Ferris Buellers Day Off. Edie McClurg – one of the funniest women alive

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    Jan H
    10 May 2018
    1:06pm

    Young Frankenstein…

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      DeDe
      10 May 2018
      5:11pm

      THIS. I have a couple actually, but this is probably my most-quoted movie ever, with the possible exception of the original Muppet Movie.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        10 May 2018
        10:31pm

        No wonder we hit it off! I do a mean Frau Bleucher imitation! (“Neighhhhh!!!”)

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    Nicole
    10 May 2018
    1:09pm

    Oh man. So many. Airplane, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Dazed and Confused, anything National Lampoon.

    But my take-the-cake, will never not be funny –
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    I am a Python nerd.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      10 May 2018
      10:31pm

      Count me a fellow nerd!

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    Tami
    10 May 2018
    1:11pm

    Fletch

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      Tami
      10 May 2018
      1:12pm

      also, Overboard (Goldie and Kurt forever)

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    SoSuSam
    10 May 2018
    1:29pm

    I could not agree more! The original “In-Laws” has been my favorite since I first saw it with my dad and brother almost 40 years ago. It’s hilariously absurd, and the two leads are glorious together. Yes, a lot has changed since then–rendering some of the hair/outfits in the film deliciously dated–but I think the silliness/humor stands the test of time. My favorite scene is the one with Señor Pepe, but the serpentine scene is the one we quote most. (To this day.) Although nothing compares to The In-Laws, Airplane is high on my list, too.

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      Alyssa
      11 May 2018
      1:26pm

      There are flames on my car!

      First saw it with my parents and brother and I’ve probably watched the In-Laws once a year for the last 20 years. I think its time for my 11 year-old daughter to see it!

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    julie
    10 May 2018
    1:59pm

    SERPENTINE!

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    deborah
    10 May 2018
    2:11pm

    omg–we just introduced our 9-yr-old daughter to the In-Laws last night! It was a hit, but it will never pass What’s Up, Doc? around here as the number 1 favorite. Other classics: Local Hero, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

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      Adrien
      10 May 2018
      2:32pm

      Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a long time favorite of mine! Myrna Loy and Cary Grant FTW.

      Mine are: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Napoleon Dynamite, Better Off Dead, and Raising Arizona.

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    c.w.
    10 May 2018
    2:41pm

    I don’t think I can choose just one…many listed here are also favs. And I’d have to go back to some silent film classics like Charlie Chaplin up to some great 1930’s films like It Happened One Night or The Thin Man movies and later Some Like It Hot––gadzooks, the list goes on and on…

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      DeDe
      10 May 2018
      5:16pm

      The first Thin Man!! Oh man, I LOVE that movie. C and I watch it every NYE.

      “How did you like Grant’s tomb?”

      “Oh it was lovely! I’m having an exact copy made for you!”

      Also love Chaplin. My favorite of his is City Lights.

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    Sara
    10 May 2018
    2:43pm

    A Fish Called Wanda, Ghostbusters, The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, Clueless, When Harry Met Sally all come to mind. Also Better Off Dead.

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    Dana D
    10 May 2018
    2:57pm

    There’s Something About Mary…

    I love Ben Stiller so much in that movie, and Matt Dillon…so many good scenes!

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    Oli
    10 May 2018
    3:15pm

    Caddyshack & Airplane

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    S.
    10 May 2018
    3:28pm

    Tied for number 1: Young Frankenstein and Spinal Tap

    Young Frankenstein I have loved with the same degree of fervor since I saw it as a kid in the 70s. Spinal Tap (or is spelled Tapp these days?) I didn’t know, somehow, and despite working in a record and video store in the 80s, until a student introduced me to it when I was in my late 30s. How, how did I live so long without it?!?

    Tied for number 2: Life of Brian and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      10 May 2018
      10:37pm

      On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it an 11.

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        Caroline
        11 May 2018
        8:38am

        Yes!! Love these!

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    Mary Alice
    10 May 2018
    3:34pm

    Young Frankenstein. Superbad. The Producers. Bringing Up Baby.

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    Anita
    10 May 2018
    4:59pm

    Tootsie is still hilarious.

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    AnneL
    10 May 2018
    5:14pm

    The Thin Man (my children are named Nick and Nora) Palm Beach Story, His Girl Friday, The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming, Broadcast News, and Groundhog Day.

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      Erin
      10 May 2018
      8:36pm

      I love the Thin Man movies and I love that you named your children Nick and Nora. Please tell me you have a dog named Asta!

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        Anne L
        11 May 2018
        4:33pm

        We nearly did – but our giant Bernese mountain dog is named Benchley (after another heavy drinkring comedy icon from the 1930’s Robert). We thought when we named our kids that everyone would make fun of us for it but we learned instead that it felt like an inside joke to very cool people.

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    DeDe
    10 May 2018
    5:24pm

    I don’t know if I can pick a favorite, but a short list would have to include Young Frankenstein, The Muppet Movie, Harold and Maude, Say Anything (which, I guess it’s not technically a comedy but come on), The Thin Man, This is Spinal Tap, and Almost Famous.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      10 May 2018
      10:40pm

      Dang! I forgot about Harold and Maude! Love that.
      And Annie Hall – The scene where they’re headed to the airport after dinner.

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        Caroline
        11 May 2018
        8:44am

        Mama you clearly have exquisite taste. I love these as well..
        Also the Anglophile in me is all about monty python and the holy grail.
        And Local Hero. Adore that movie.

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    sc
    10 May 2018
    5:47pm

    Raising Arizona

    Bridesmaids

    Some Like It Hot

    Sophie’s choice (just kidding! is this thing on? ; )

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    Lori in Toronto
    10 May 2018
    6:40pm

    Withnail and I; Broadcast News (Albert Brooks’ flop sweat scene is enough); The Tall Guy, with Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson (try to ignore Jeff’s bob…), but top of the list is What’s Up Doc? with Ryan O’Neil and Barbra Streisand. Killed me when I was 8, still does!

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    Stacy
    10 May 2018
    6:57pm

    Pineapple Express
    Tommy Boy

    (apparently I’m a frat boy)

    something more obscure
    The Lunatic

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    Vicki
    10 May 2018
    6:59pm

    Young Frankenstein

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      Ruth-Anne
      11 May 2018
      4:46pm

      That’s my favorite, too, with The Producers (Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder) as a close second!

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    Stacy
    10 May 2018
    6:59pm

    Rushmore

    O R they?

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    Gables girl
    10 May 2018
    7:18pm

    His Girl Friday

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    Valleyoftheshoes
    10 May 2018
    7:20pm

    Best in Show.

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    Gwhiz
    10 May 2018
    7:33pm

    What about Throw Momma from the Train?
    Or The Jerk with Steve Martin? Absolutely hilarious!

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      Alison
      16 May 2018
      10:20pm

      Was waiting for someone to say The Jerk! Thank you, it’s an all-timer for me too. I used to love Bananas and Sleeper, but I am torn about watching Woody Allen any longer — even the old ones. More recent, Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping is an underrated gem.

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    Karin
    10 May 2018
    8:19pm

    Waiting for Guffman, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, The Party, Airplane and . . . My husband loves Tommy Boy so much that I crack up just watching him watch it. He will literally be on the floor doubled over laughing.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      10 May 2018
      10:43pm

      Lol! My daughter told me that my 2 and a half year old grandson LOVES Tommy Boy!

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      kimberly
      18 May 2018
      7:08pm

      Came here to say “Waiting for Guffman!”
      I love Dr Perlemans audition montage for the musical

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    missannethrope
    10 May 2018
    8:34pm

    I’m afraid I still love the early Woody Allen despite his creepitude. Annie Hall, Love and Death, Sleeper, Bananas.

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    Kathryn
    10 May 2018
    8:46pm

    Tootsie always puts a smile on my face, espeically as I watched the daytime soaps as a high school student and the movie makes the most of the silliness of soap. More recently, Our Idiot Brother where a somewhat dim witted brother has to seek help from his sisters.

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    Lori
    10 May 2018
    8:57pm

    Spy! Also a big fan of Raising Arizona.

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    Rebecca
    10 May 2018
    9:07pm

    Best in Show! Bratwurst and shillelaghs? Paging Dr. Freud!

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    Melissa DeCarlo
    10 May 2018
    9:52pm

    YES the Inlaws…OMG I haven’t thought of it in forever “Señor Pepe would like to give you a keeeesss…” Thank you for reminding me of it. Now I have to find it on Netflix or Amazon and watch it again!

    Midnight Run is another classic favorite. And a newer-but-maybe-almost-classic is Office Space. “I don’t like to talk about my flair”

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    Mamavalveeta03
    10 May 2018
    10:23pm

    I’ve got 3:

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (At our house, we randomly ask each other “What’s your favorite color? Blue, no, yellow…Ahhh!!!”)

    When Harry Met Sally (My hubby and I watch it every NYE.)

    Young Frankenstein (So many great moments)

    Ok, 4, but it’s a Christmas movie so it doesn’t count.

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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    Lisa Carter
    10 May 2018
    11:02pm

    Animal House. So many laugh out loud moments.

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    LisaC
    10 May 2018
    11:04pm

    Animal House and Office Space

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      Christina
      11 May 2018
      7:52am

      Office space. YES.

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    Y.k.
    10 May 2018
    11:28pm

    Beetlejuice!

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    sbn
    11 May 2018
    12:00am

    What About Bob

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      Nicole
      11 May 2018
      9:54am

      Is this a fake hangup?

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    Rosie
    11 May 2018
    7:30am

    For sure The In Laws, plus A Mighty Wind, The Big Lebowski, Dick (with Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst) is pretty great too. Fletch, Caddyshack, Albert Brooks in Lost in America.

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    Candy
    11 May 2018
    8:06am

    Princess Bride!
    No matter how times I’ve watched it, it still makes me laugh, especially the Billy Crystal bit as Miracle Max: “There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead.”

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    Lesley
    11 May 2018
    8:44am

    So many good ones here! I will second What About Bob and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spinal Tap, Airplane, and There’s Something About Mary, and add Murder by Death! .

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    Maggie
    11 May 2018
    9:10am

    This is hard, because my sense of humor changes so much as I age. My gut tells me it’s probably got to be The Jerk: “I know we’ve only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days…”

    The funniest movie I’ve seen in the last five years was probably The Disaster Artist.

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      Nicole
      11 May 2018
      9:56am

      I adore both The Jerk and The Disaster Artist.

      “I did not hit her, I did not. Oh, hi Mark.” – I am legit still saying it to my husband, to be annoying.

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    Cara
    11 May 2018
    9:17am

    Blackadder, the Elizabethan years. Followed by Beetlejuice

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    Rebecca Too
    11 May 2018
    9:20am

    My mom passed recently…her favorites were Father Goose and Touch of Mink. But we watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail together. Many of my favorites have already been mentioned except…The Odd Couple and The Sure Thing.

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    Debra
    11 May 2018
    9:21am

    Happy to see so many classic films in the responses! Young Frankenstein is IT. But allow me to add a few recommendations: Libeled Lady, Ball of Fire (a great one if you’re into etymology), and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer(Cary Grant was never quite so messy — at the picnic — and sexy.)

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    Meg
    11 May 2018
    9:54am

    Best in Show!! My kids loved Winkie the Norwich Terrier which inspired us to get one of our own. Hilarious movie.

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    ljchicago
    11 May 2018
    10:01am

    Sixteen Candles and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

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    kj
    11 May 2018
    10:16am

    The first time I saw “Wayne’s World,” I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe. I haven’t seen it in years, so I’m not sure how I would feel now. I also always loved “The Sure Thing.”

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    Michelle
    11 May 2018
    10:27am

    A Fish Called Wanda. My face hurt from laughing so hard at that movie. Every once in a while the phrase “Cathcart Towers Hotel” crosses my mind and I’ll start to giggle.

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    Mimi
    11 May 2018
    10:30am

    The first movie that popped into my mind was “Clueless.” I have a weakneses for high school comedies.

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      Jeanne
      11 May 2018
      12:55pm

      Amber: My plastic surgeon doesn’t want me doing any activity where there are balls flying at my nose.
      Dionne: Well there goes your social life.

      At the time, that line totally went over my young, naïve head!

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    Christina
    11 May 2018
    10:57am

    Best in Show. If you love dogs, that is.

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      ljchicago
      11 May 2018
      11:47am

      Even if you don’t love dogs, that is a hilarious movie!

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    ceejay
    11 May 2018
    11:06am

    So many great ones …
    For me Monty Python and the Holy Grail; I work in a hospital so the line about it being a mere flesh wound always sends me into a fit of giggles. And the killer rabbit scene.

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    Francine
    11 May 2018
    12:16pm

    I’ve been trying to think of comedies that I’d see over and over (not just have in the background, but really watch!) and very few come to mind.

    I do love “That Thing You Do” because it seems like there are new discoveries each time. (There’s also an extended version where Tom Hanks’ character is gay and has a boyfriend.)

    I also happily rewatch “Overboard” (the original) and it holds up so well! No clue why they remade it.

    But comedies I rewatch over and over and STILL laugh…

    I watch “Friends” all the time. And honestly, it just gets better. I mean go re-watch Ross and the leather pants or Joey/Phoebe introducing themselves as Ken Adams and Regina Phelange.

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      Maggie
      12 May 2018
      1:48am

      I watch Friends all the time, too 🙂 I think it’s funnier now than when it was on and I was a college kid. It’s obviously problematic, but still cracks me up, especially Joey.

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        Francine
        14 May 2018
        5:06pm

        YES! Totally agree. Matt LaBlanc was hands-down the funniest (yet overlooked!).

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          Margaret
          22 May 2018
          1:03am

          I still think Joey and Rachel should have been the ones together at the end…

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    sheemsinbk
    11 May 2018
    12:29pm

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a good one.

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    Tricia
    11 May 2018
    1:14pm

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy (I’m a sucker for the Coen Brothers), Airplane, Flirting with Disaster (Ben Stiller, Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin, so many others and so good)

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    Darcy
    11 May 2018
    3:27pm

    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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    Heather
    11 May 2018
    3:37pm

    I had one in my head, then read this thread and remembered, “oh yeah, that one…”. So I’ll make a short list:

    Big Lebowski
    Raising Arizona
    Best in Show
    Bridesmaids
    Office SpaceElection

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    Christine
    11 May 2018
    5:37pm

    Trading Places–also my favorite Christmas movie.

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    lisaT
    12 May 2018
    12:43am

    Loved The In Laws
    Spies like Us
    Trading Places
    Beverly Hills Cop
    Sixteen Candles
    The Breakfast Club
    The Heat
    Old School
    40 Year Old Virgin

    so many good movies!

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    Carrie
    12 May 2018
    1:18am

    Caddyshack. Tropic thunder. Talladega nights. Overboard. This is spinal tap.

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    Jenny
    12 May 2018
    11:39am

    These are movies I watch and rewatch, particularly with my 13 yo daughter
    Home for the Holidays with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey jr.
    Bridesmaids
    This is 40
    Monty Python and holy grail
    Best in Show
    Waiting for Guffman
    (Yes to) Say everything
    I’ll list more when I peruse this list, which will jog my memory.

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      AmyM
      14 May 2018
      12:00pm

      I LOVE This is 40. When Leslie Mann goes off on the kid who’s been mean to her daughter online and calls him “Miniature Tom Petty,” I DIE.

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        jenny
        21 May 2018
        9:51am

        AmyM, I own this and watch it all the time. I just laugh and laugh and laugh. I also love the Tom Petty line! My daughter has watched most of the movie with me (some edits since she’s 13,) and when she finally saw the bulk of the movie, she said “I thought it was going to be funnier, since you laugh so much at it.” hahaha

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    Lynn in Tucson
    12 May 2018
    11:48am

    Foul Play

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    Allison
    13 May 2018
    2:52am

    Airplane! Perfect on New Years Day with friends.

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    Kelly Simmons
    14 May 2018
    9:00am

    OMG< "Serpentine" — I share your eternal love for this. I also like a lot of other family comedies like Little Miss Sunshine, The Family Stone and probably my top recent favorite, Crazy Stupid Love.

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    Morgan Defarge
    14 May 2018
    12:01pm

    Blazing Saddles!!! Followed closely by Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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    Waltzingmatilda
    14 May 2018
    1:30pm

    Long-time lurker, first-time post. You all have such great taste! My list:
    The Graduate
    The Tenth Victim
    The Out -of-Towners
    Meet the Parents

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    Nora
    17 May 2018
    6:36pm

    Madagascar

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    Terre R.
    20 May 2018
    8:32am

    The Producers, It’s a Mad, mad World, Fargo and Office Space.

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    Marla
    21 May 2018
    8:42pm

    When Harry Met Sally
    Midnight Run with Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro
    Blazing Saddles (I live in a neighborhood called Rockridge)

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    Becky
    22 May 2018
    8:41pm

    Several favorites are already mentioned here – Waiting for Guffman is one of my very very top picks. I need to add Wet Hot American Summer. And even though I was already too old for it when it came out, Can’t Hardly Wait is a great teen movie that I think more people should appreciate. Oh, and Idiocracy. And Saved!

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    EE
    23 May 2018
    9:13am

    I just watched Dirty Rotten Scoundrels again (Michael Caine, Steve Martin, and Glenn Headly) it’s really funny.
    If you can find it, a very young Jeff Bridges and Blythe Danner starred in Hearts of the West and it is wonderful.

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    Tracy O
    27 May 2018
    12:10pm

    Flirting with Disaster is hilarious. Every performance is great, Mary Tyler Moore Steals the show.. I think I’ve watched it 20 times.

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    Labee
    27 May 2018
    10:18pm

    So many greats already mentioned but I’ll add Coming to America.

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