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Tournament Showdown – Movie Comedies

I’m not sure how or why, but I got emailed a list of the Top 100 comedies of all-time as put together by Bravo. So, either out of sheer boredom, or because it’s really fun to do, I’ve decided to have a 64-movie tournament to decide the funniest movie of all-time (at least according to Bravo’s top 100). Movies will be seeded based on Bravo’s rankings and will be judged on your votes and mine, which include several factors; laugh-out-loud moments, memorable/quotable lines, re-watchability, and coin toss if none of the other factors help pick a winner.

Now before I begin, I should mention that upon further research, this list was compiled in 2006, which makes it even stranger that it wound up in my mailbox. So this list will not have any of the great comedies of the past 3 years, such as, The Hangover, Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Little Miss Sunshine and Borat. Also, this apparently was a TV special where they showed clips and did a countdown, so it wasn’t just a random list posted on their website.

Also, this is Bravo’s list, not mine, and there are some definite omissions to the list that warrant mentioning. Let’s bow our heads and acknowledge these forgotten favorites: The Money Pit, Planes Traines and Automobiles, Liar Liar, Orange County, Home Alone, Spaceballs, Coming To America, Hot Shots, Tommy Boy and Billy Madison. Wow, actually I could probably make a list of Top 100 comedies that aren’t on Bravo’s list. Hmm, possible future blog?  With all those great comedies missing from the list, I wonder if that explains why Bravo has since removed the list from their website.

Here’s the Top 100 list according to the people at Bravo who have all since been fired for putting together such a terrible list and not knowing what true funny movies are.

Let’s see who makes the field of 64.

Before I can start the tournament, we have to dwindle 100 movies down to 64. So here are the 36 movies that do not qualify for the tournament with appropriate reasons given.

MOVIES I’VE NEVER SEEN (19)
Can’t judge what I haven’t seen, and on the flip side, don’t judge me if I haven’t seen them.

Eliminated:
10. Arthur
12. The Producers
17. M*A*S*H
21. Shampoo
28. Annie Hall
42. Harold & Maude
48. American Graffiti
53. Dr. Strangelove
58. Private Benjamin
62. The Pink Panther
63. Manhattan
64. This is Spinal Tap
68. Broadcast News
72. Moonstruck
77. Flirting With Disaster
78. Bananas
80. Lost in America
84. Silver Streak
94. Waiting for Guffman

MOVIES I HAVEN’T SEEN IN OVER TEN YEARS (12)
If a movie was truly funny and memorable, I’d like to think I would have made a point to watch it during my 20s.
Eliminated:
20. The Jerk
22. Beverly Hills Cop
27. A Fish Called Wanda
47. 9 to 5
69. The Blues Brothers
70. The Nutty Professor (the original)
71. Roxanne
82. Tootsie
83. Sister Act
85. Dirty Rotten Scoundrel
87. The Kentucky Fried Movie
96. Four Weddings and a Funeral

MOVIES THAT ARE FOR CHILD AND ARE THUS NOT TRUE COMEDIES (2)
I’m saving these the embarrassment of losing in the first round.
Eliminated:
3. Shrek – really??? #3 of all-time???
46. The Incredibles

MOVIES THAT I DON’T THINK OF AS COMEDIES, BUT MORE CLOSER TO DRAMAS (2)

These have their moments, but I think I’m letting my distaste for Jason Schwartzmann and Matthew Broderick win out here.
Eliminated:
34. Rushmore
61. Election

MOVIES THAT ARE JUST ONE JOKE TOLD OVER AND OVER AGAIN BY DIFFERENT COMEDIANS (1)
Sure it’s funny, but it’s one joke, told over and over, for 90 minutes. Gets boring after a while.
Eliminated:
93. The Aristocrats

The seedings have been adjusted and the field of 64 is set.  There’s no play-in game, so here’s how the first round matchups look…

FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS
(1) Animal House vs. (64) Anchorman
(32) What About Bob? vs. (33) Sixteen Candles
(16) Big vs. (49) Trading Places
(17) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure vs. (48) City Slickers

(8) Blazing Saddles vs. (57) Clueless
(25) Beetlejuice vs. (40) Bull Durham
(9) PeeWee’s Big Adventure vs. (56) Slapshot
(24) Clerks vs. (41) Young Frankenstein

(5) Airplane! vs. (60) Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
(28) Best in Show vs. (37) National Lampoon’s Vacation
(12) Fast Times at Ridgemont High vs. (53) Half-Baked
(21) 40 Year Old Virgin vs. (44) When Harry Met Sally

(4) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut vs. (61) Happy Gilmore
(29) Mrs. Doubtfire vs. (36) The Princess Bride
(13) Old School vs. (52) Three Amigos
(20) Legally Blonde vs. (45) Office Space

(6) Ace Ventura: Pet Detective vs. (59) Father of the Bride
(27) Dodgeball vs. (38) Meet the Parents
(11) Napolean Dynamite vs. (54) Zoolander
(22) The Big Lebowski vs. (43) Police Academy Series

(3) There’s Something About Mary vs. (62) School of Rock
(30) Monty Python & the Holy Grail vs. (35) American Pie
(14) Stripes vs. (51) Ghostbusters
(19) Wayne’s World vs. (46) Dazed & Confused

(7) The Wedding Singer vs. (58) Revenge of the Nerds
(26) Good Morning Vietnam vs. (39) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
(10) Naked Gun Series vs. (55) Team America: World Police
(23) Groundhog Day vs. (42) Police Academy Series

(2) Caddyshack vs. (63) The Birdcage
(31) Austin Powers vs. (34) Raising Arizona
(15) Wedding Crashers vs. (50) Dumb & Dumber
(18) Meet the Fockers vs. (47) King Pin

First Round results coming later this week. Feel free to weigh in on any matchups, I can be persuaded with compelling arguments. No point shaving here though.

18 Responses

  1. Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein have got to be the all-time best. But, the new The Hangover is going to join the “classic” category for sure.

  2. FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS

    (1) Animal House vs. (64) Anchorman
    60% of the time Anchorman wins this match up every time.
    (64) Anchorman – ADVANCES

    (32) What About Bob? vs. (33) Sixteen Candles
    Richard Dreyfuss fan and I Love Sailing. 16 Candles not much of a comedy but a good movie.
    (32) What About Bob? – ADVANCES

    (16) Big vs. (49) Trading Places
    Eddie Murphy in his prime and a naked Jamie Lee Curtis = another upset!
    (49) Trading Places – ADVANCES

    (17) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure vs. (48) City Slickers
    neither movie has a chance to advance so I will give Keanu the nod.
    (17) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – ADVANCES

    (8) Blazing Saddles vs. (57) Clueless
    It’s twue, it’s twue. Mongo loves Sheriff Bart and I agree.
    (8) Blazing Saddles – ADVANCES

    (25) Beetlejuice vs. (40) Bull Durham
    Love Micheal Keaton(Where is Multiplicity, just could not buy into this movie. Bull Durham wins in an upset with a game winning ground rule double.
    (40) Bull Durham – ADVANCES

    (9) PeeWee’s Big Adventure vs. (56) Slapshot
    This movie came out at a time I was playing Hockey and we watched 100 times so my vote. It is tough to beat the Hanson brothers.
    (56) Slapshot – ADVANCES

    (24) Clerks vs. (41) Young Frankenstein Savages! I am not even supposed to be here. Oh well, I will vote for…
    (24) Clerks – ADVANCES

    ————————————————————————————————————

    (5) Airplane! vs. (60) Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
    Neither movie real great. I picked a bad time to start rating movies. I am from Michigan and White Castle hamburgers rule!
    (60) Harold and Kumar go to White Castle – ADVANCES

    (28) Best in Show vs. (37) National Lampoon’s Vacation
    This is a tough match up. Best in Show was definitely more original. The nod will goto…
    (28) Best in Show – ADVANCES

    (12) Fast Times at Ridgemont High vs. (53) Half-Baked
    Phoebe Cates, need I say more?
    (12) Fast Times at Ridgemont High – ADVANCES

    (21) 40 Year Old Virgin vs. (44) When Harry Met Sally
    You want to we you’re gay? You love When Harry Met Sally.
    (21) 40 Year Old Virgin – ADVANCES

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    OK, I AM OFFICIALLY BORED. There is no way I could blog.

    (4) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut vs. (61) Happy Gilmore
    (4) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – ADVANCES

    (29) Mrs. Doubtfire vs. (36) The Princess Bride
    (36) The Princess Bride – ADVANCES

    (13) Old School vs. (52) Three Amigos
    (13) Old School – ADVANCES

    (20) Legally Blonde vs. (45) Office Space
    (45) Office Space – ADVANCES

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    (6) Ace Ventura: Pet Detective vs. (59) Father of the Bride
    (6) Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – ADVANCES

    (27) Dodgeball vs. (38) Meet the Parents
    Can not put into words my hatred for Meet the Parents
    (27) Dodgeball – ADVANCES

    (11) Napolean Dynamite vs. (54) Zoolander
    My alma mater of The Derek Zoolander School for kids who can’t read very good would be disappointed if I did not vote for Zoolander.
    (54) Zoolander – ADVANCES

    (22) The Big Lebowski vs. (43) Police Academy Series
    White Russians and Bowling these are a few of my favorite things.
    (22) The Big Lebowski – ADVANCES

    ———————————————————————————————————

    (3) There’s Something About Mary vs. (62) School of Rock
    (3) There’s Something About Mary – ADVANCES

    (30) Monty Python & the Holy Grail vs. (35) American Pie
    (35) American Pie- ADVANCES

    (14) Stripes vs. (51) Ghostbusters
    Could give Caddyshack a run for it’s money. Sgt. Hulka is our big toe.
    (14) Stripes- ADVANCES

    (19) Wayne’s World vs. (46) Dazed & Confused
    (19) Wayne’s World- ADVANCES

    ———————————————————————————————————

    (7) The Wedding Singer vs. (58) Revenge of the Nerds
    (7) The Wedding Singer- ADVANCES

    (26) Good Morning Vietnam vs. (39) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    I am going to ask NINE Times. Who was the Sausage King of Chicago?
    (39) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off- ADVANCES

    (10) Naked Gun Series vs. (55) Team America: World Police
    (10) Naked Gun Series- ADVANCES

    (23) Groundhog Day vs. (42) Police Academy Series
    (23) Groundhog Day- ADVANCES

    ———————————————————————————————————

    (2) Caddyshack vs. (63) The Birdcage
    The Birdcage? Really? Caddyshack could go all the way!
    (2) Caddyshack- ADVANCES

    (31) Austin Powers vs. (34) Raising Arizona
    (31) Austin Powers- ADVANCES

    (15) Wedding Crashers vs. (50) Dumb & Dumber
    Instant Classic
    (15) Wedding Crashers- ADVANCES

    (18) Meet the Fockers vs. (47) King Pin
    Can not put into words my hatred for Meet the Parents.
    (47) King Pin – ADVANCES

    • Can there really be a top 100 comedies of all time without Tommy Boy and History of the World??? Really? And Wedding Crashers is 15? and Eliminated!!! Thank God I got in the game late!!!

  3. 24 Clerks vs 41 Young Frankenstein-My love for Mel Brooks is gonna win out over my love for Kevin Smith. Young Frankenstein in double OT.

    29 Mrs. Doubtfire vs 36 Princess Bride-Princess Bride is way underranked, my sleeper pick for the Final Four thanks to Miracle Max, Princess Bride in a landslide.

    11 Napolean Dynomite vs 54 Zoolander-This one isn’t even close, how is Napolean this high up, Zoolander coasts to the Sweet Sixteen.

    14 Stripes vs 51 Ghostbusters-Four words for you, Stay Puffed Marshmellow Man. Upset of the tournament, Ghostbusters.

    10 Naked Gun Series vs 55 Team America-See the key here is it says Naked Gun Series. If it was just #1 it would win easily, but given the fact that #2 was so-so and #3 was an absolute piece of crap I have to give the nod to Team America.

    18 Meet the Fockers vs 47 Kingpin-This is by far my favorite Farrelly Bros. movie. No contest, Kingpin bowls over Meet the Fockers.

  4. Sorry, Jarrett, you know I love your normal stuff, but this list cannot be taken seriously since some of the all-time best films haven’t been seen. M*A*S*H is an absolute masterpiece, and also a tremendous comedy that you’ll love.
    Arthur is a classic comedy with tons of classic scenes.
    The Producers is as well.

    Thus your list will never mean anything when it’s complete EXCEPT for serving as a list solely for yourself.

    Rent the ones I mentioned.

    • congrats, you’ve won the award for “oldest person in the world who knows how to use a computer”

    • I’m with Matt. This tournament is bogus with those films omitted. See my comment. And this isn’t about being old. This is about being raised by people who have great taste in movies and make sure that their children see the best movies. So, in other words, this comes down to your parents. There, I did it. First time I’ve ever insulted someone’s parents in a blog comment.

      • You guys sound like an old married couple. You know they make the pictures in color nowadays! 🙂

        Actually, I give mad props to my pops, he took me to see Bachelor Party in the theaters when I was only 5 years old. That probably explains a lot about who I am now.

  5. There are a couple matchups of heavyweights that shouldn’t meet until Sweet 16 at the earliest. These are like Kansas meeting Syracuse in the first round this year.

    (5) Airplane! vs. (60) Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
    Airplane! wins. Some of the best movie one-liners of all time. How is Harold and Kumar ranked this low?

    (30) Monty Python & the Holy Grail vs. (35) American Pie
    MP&HG wins. John Cleese >> Jason Biggs

    (15) Wedding Crashers vs. (50) Dumb & Dumber
    Really tough one. Two of the funniest movies of all time IMHO. Give it to Wedding Crashers by the slimmest of margins although scene at the beginning of D&D with Harry in the dog car is classic.

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  7. I’m not sure that someone who hasn’t seen The Producers (classic), Annie Hall (must see movie), Dr. Strangelove (words can’t describe how brilliant this film is), This is Spinal Tap (sooooo funny), Flirting with Disaster (absolutely hilarious), Bananas (possibly Woody Allen’s funniest movie ever), Silver Streak or Waiting for Guffman is qualified to do a best comedies tournament, even though Bravo’s list is clearly a joke.

    • Don’t I get any credit for seeing 81% of the movies on the list though? I’ve have logical explanation for some of these.
      -I don’t like Woody Allen movies, so that eliminateds Manhattan, Bananas and Annie Hall.
      -I made the mistake of seeing the newer version of The Producers first, so it kind of ruined my desire to see the original.
      – This Is Spinal Tap and Waiting For Guffman I should have seen years ago, considering how much I enjoyed Best In Show, but again, I think I hesitated b/c I didn’t enjoy For Your Consideration or A Might Wind.
      -I’m not sure why I haven’t seen Silver Streak or M*A*S*H, but I’ll add them to the queue

  8. I voted before realizing Spaceballs is not on this list. I protest officially now.

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