I have decided my fifteen-year-old, Madz, needs to see many funny movies made before she was born. We try to watch one a week.
The Naked Gun
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Dumb and Dumber
Borat (actually, made the year after she was born)
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Her favorite so far was Airplane!, though Galaxy Quest and Beavis and Butthead was also particular favorites. Dumb and Dumber is also oft-quoted.
I hadn’t watched any of these in awhile, myself. The one that held up the worst was UHF; it’s funny and very sweet, but it’s not the gut-buster I recalled, has some narrative problems, and while I’m a huge fan of Weird Al he’s not a good enough actor to carry a feature film. The one that was actually better than I’d recalled was Beavis and Butt-Head, which I recalled fondly but honestly it was funnier than I remembered; the joke timing was absolutely flawless.
A Fish Called Wanda
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Blues Brothers
The Big Lebowski
I guess some Monty Python movies
My Cousin Vinny
She’s seen Ghostbusters, and I believe she’s seen Austin Powers; I only want to run her through ones she HASN’T seen. Also, I despise Will Ferrell movies.
It’s been fun. Damn, these movies - the ones watched so far - held up.
I’m glad to hear that she’s enjoying at least some of those – I know that the style of movie comedies is very different now, and I’ve wondered to what extent younger people would find the comedies from my youth funny anymore.
Another one to add to the list, if you’re interested: Real Genius. I’ve watched it again several times over the past year or two, and I think it’s held up pretty well.
This was more along the lines of what I expected from the thread title. But from my experience w/ my kids in the 90s, most of those had NOT held up well. I rememebr them asking during “A Funny Thing Happened…” “Tell us when the funny parts come.”
Not only did my kids not appreciate them, but I did not appreciate them as much as I remembered.
My kids had seen Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure several times because I think its hilarious. When my youngest took AP World History as a Sophomore, the test was in May and school didn’t let out until mid June - so the teacher had them do pretty stupid things - and one of the things was watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He hadn’t seen Bill and Ted, so they bought it in and the class watched it. Its now part of the AP World post test syllabus. Its the PERFECT World History movie for high school students.
She’s seen the Bill and Ted movies. They’re an interesting case study because while they’re quite funny I hadn’t thought of them as pure comedies; they’re more adventure movies, like “Back to the Future,” or “Gremlins.”
A lot of good suggestions so far. I definitely forgot Spinal Tap, Used Cars and Young Frankenstein.
I did consider and reject some of the ideas put forth. Some 80s comedies have not aged well.