Some Like It Hot
"The movie too hot for words!"
My vote for the best comedy of the Golden Age---Jack Lemmon at his hilariously neurotic best, Tony Curtis in top form doing his Cary Grant impression and Marilyn Monroe at her peak. The best of many great Billy Wilder movies, too---many quotable lines. This was one of the first classic comedies that I ever saw. It’s never lost it’s appeal to me.
Chris' Comment: "I want a cup of coffee!" I can't help but notice how much the great Ray Liotta must have modeled his acting demeanor after the awesome Jack Lemmon! Bravo. A fine pick to start off the list, and a movie had not had the pleasure to see until Jim put it on this list. Thank you sir.
"Desperate, he took a female role and became a star. If only he could tell the woman he loves!"
A dream cast in something that doesn’t happen very often---an extremely well-written comedy. A boatload of writers worked on it, but you’d swear that it was written by one great comedy writer. Dustin Hoffman at his best (he didn’t do enough comedies), a luminous Jessica Lange, a very appealing Charles Durning (watch the scene at the bar where he slowly realizes that he’s sitting next to Dorothy---his face is priceless) and Bill Murray at his funniest (it’s been said that he ad-libbed most of his lines). Also with George Gaynes, a young Geena Davis and the late director Sydney Pollack---all wonderful. They don’t make them like this often enough.
Chris' Comment: I am very worried about my friend Jim. His first two picks are about cross-dressing dudes. Does this speak to the inner psyche or some kind of....oh never mind. I don't want to really know, and I am here to give my comments on the film. Agreed that it is a great cast with some good moments, but not nearly one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Worth a look? Sure. Dustin Hoffman is a great actor and Charles Durning always a treat to see on screen. Have a look but don't expect this one to make you click those high heels you may or may not be wearing right now. ;)
The 40 Year Old Virgin
"Better late than never!"
Oh, yeah. I don't know how many times I 've seen this in the past 9 years, but it never gets old. Judd Apatow at the top of his game. A great cast of now-familiar comedians who now undoubtedly command a lot more for salaries than they must have received here. It's a toss-up as to who's the funniest, but I'd pick Paul Rudd. His Ya Mo Burn this Place to the Ground scene gets me every time.
Chris' Comment: This one appears on my list as well. I guess Jim does have a keen ear for funny. Two of three ain't half bad amigo!
Airplane/The Naked Gun (tie)
"Thank God it's only a motion picture"-Airplane
"You've read the ad. Now see the movie."-The Naked Gun
(The Naked Gun)-The two sequels were funny, but the first one is the one to see. Non-stop gags will keep you in stitches. A great villain in Ricardo Montalban. A pre-murder trial OJ Simpson. And a career highlight for Leslie Nielsen---it wouldn’t have worked without him.