Give yourself the gift of laughter. Why not relieve some of that holiday stress with these classic and modern comedies? Get yourself some popcorn, a cold drink and put your feet up. It’s movie time!
Duck Soup (1933) Dir. Leo McCarey; The Marx Brothers When it comes to comedy, no one does it better than the Marx Brothers, and this has some of their best work. Duck Soup is widely considered to be a Marx Brothers masterpiece.
Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Dir. Charles Barton; Bud Abbot, Lou Costello A mixture of horror and comedy with guest cameos by big guns Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, and Glenn Strange. Some of the funniest on-screen antics and gags that will leave you howling.
A Shot in the Dark (1964) Dir. Blake Edwards; Peter Sellers Released after the first Pink Panther film, Inspector Clouseau is back at it again, making you laugh so hard you will start crying. This is pure comedy.
Young Frankenstein (1974) Dir. Mel Brooks; Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman The film is a parody of the classical horror film genre. The picture was shot entirely in black-and-white and used 1930s-style credits and scene transitions, a rare find in modern film. Now a stage musical coming to Toronto in 2010.
Monty Python & the Holy Grail (1975) Dir. Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones Unlike usual comedies, this off the wall comedy ranks as one of Monty Python’s masterpieces. The film inspired the stage musical Spamalot.
Airplane! (1980) Dir. David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker; Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen The film is a comedy spoof of the 1970s disaster films with throwaway gags and hilarious jokes to spare. It's also clever and confident and furiously energetic.
Animal House (1978) Dir. John Landis; John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, Donald Sutherland. This is the man's comedy film. A timeless comedy about campus frolics that inspired many other films. It became an instant classic.
Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Dir. Woody Allen; John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Tilly, Chazz Palminteri An American crime-comedy by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, nominated for seven Academy Awards.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris; Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin A family road comedy, brazenly satirical and yet deeply human. Tucked in between all the hurt and the jokes, the character development and the terrific performances is a surprisingly sharp look at contemporary family.
The Hangover (2009) Dir. Todd Phillips; Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms This is a funny movie, flat out, all the way through. At some point we actually find ourselves caring about what happens to the characters. Here is a movie that deserves every letter of its R rating. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
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