"We all know most marriages depend on a firm grasp of football trivia."
Gloriously goofy and immature, bittersweet, and cool. A brilliant screenplay brought to life by a quirky ensemble that delivered on the most important aspect for the film's success: we buy into the friendships up on the screen. This is a hang out film that I still love hanging out with.
One of the most eminently quotable movies of all time. And a cast that is absolutely on fire, shooting off non sequiturs and ad libbing their way through a film that, apparently, had a 200-page script when shooting began.
"Listen to me Hillary. I'm not the first guy who fell in love with a woman that he met at a restaurant who turned out to be the daughter of a kidnapped scientist only to lose her to her childhood lover who she last saw on a deserted island who then turned out fifteen years later to be the leader of the French underground."
The triple lindy; Rodney in his prime; RDJ verbally eviscerating football jocks; Burt Fucking Young; Sam Kinison and Adrienne Barbeau as a bonus; Oingo Boingo; Zabka!; "Girls, this is Lou. Lou, these are girls."; not to mention the greatest Kurt Vonnegut joke ever committed to film (with an assist from Kurt himself). What's not to love?
THE great SNL movie and Landis' best film. Belushi and Aykroyd are hilarious, and the music is amazing. The third act is just bananas. (The tone is an interesting mash up: movie feels like the 70's, but has that 80's sense of fun)
"In a way, all of us has an El Guapo to face. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous man who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be the actual El Guapo! "
Critically drubbed & more or less ignored at the box office during it's initial run, Three Amigos! has gained increasing recognition as a classic over the years. The film is a daisy chain of hilarious moments brilliantly executed by the comedic supergroup of Martin, Chase, & Short.
Tim Burton's first movie, a script that is filled to the brim with great lines and gags, and that bike chase thru the Warner Brothers studio feels like it came out of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Judd Apatow produced sequel does happen. I want to see Paul Ruebens break out the bow tie and suit one more time.
Pee Wee: Go ahead and scream your head off! We're miles from where anyone can hear you!
"Six years from now, I'll be back here with my wife and two kids. And I'll see you, and one of my kids will say, 'Daddy, who is that?' And I'll say it's not nice to point at single fat women." - Aaron Altman
A media critique in the same league as "Network". The film is funny and insightful. Albert Brooks is comedically delightful.
Kurt Russell is great, but it's the double shot of Jack Warden that makes the movie. Zemeckis' and Gale's sensibilities used to be gloriously anarchistic, a kind of amalgam of their two mentors Spielberg and Milius.
Henry Silva, host of Bullshit Or Not?: "Using undiscovered evidence, we ask the question: Was Jack the Ripper in fact a sixty-foot sea serpent from Scotland? Did I take this job to make a quick buck? We may never know the answers to these questions. "
A bomb upon release (it only grossed about 1/2 a million), this skit anthology send-up of 2am TV programming stands as one the great cult classics of the 80s. Sporting an impressively large roster of (then) huge names like Steve Guttenberg, Michelle Pfeiffer, & Carrie Fisher, the film is a rich buffet of absurdist comedy, bridging the gap between Airplane! & The Simpsons.
High concept comedy executed to perfection by the sure-handed Abrahams / Zucker alliance and a none-more-80s cast. DeVito at his most gleefully underhanded; Midler intentionally irritating; Reinhold at his big-eared, everyman best.
Aside from one the the best performances of a man in drag put to film, this film sends up Dustin Hoffman's reputation, woman's lib and the (mostly) unemployed new york acting community, yet it still maintains heart at all times.
"When that fire hit your ass, it will sober your ass up *quick*! I saw something, I went, "Well, that's a pretty blue. You know what? That looks like *fire*!" Fire is inspirational. They should use it in the Olympics, because I ran the 100 in 4.3."
Rising from the ashes of almost being burned alive like a phoenix, Pryor delivers the funniest -and most personal - concert film of the decade
Frank: It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day.
Frank: No, the worst.
The third film in ZAZ's "80s Holy Trinity" (following Airplane! & Top Secret!). Resurrected from a long dead, failed TV show, the world bears witness to the comic genius of a longtime straight player, Leslie Nielsen.
Townsend directed the same year's Raw, but with this supremely silly Tinseltown satire he reminded the world that not every black actor could be Eddie Murphy - however hard they rehearsed his trademark laugh. Helped put co-writer (and fellow Raw contributor) Keenen Ivory Wayans on the map, too.
"When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail." "
The great thing about this ahead of its time movie is Kurt Russell's riffing on HONDO performance as an over-his-head would-be-hero. The joke is he's the only one who doesn't realize he's a dork. (kind of the anti-Action Hero)
"Like I told my last wife, I says, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes." "
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www.chud.com has an active and awesome community of Chewers. This is there list of the 100 Funniest Films of the 1980s, listed in the order chosen and with comments from individual members.