7 Underrated Comedies

3 07 2008

I am super picky when it comes to comedies, so I tend to gravitate to the films that are a bit under the radar. Here are 7 underrated comedies that I think deserve their own place in film history…

  1. Brain Candy – Oh, Kids in the Hall, how do I love thee? This was one of the first movies that really made me laugh like a fool at the sheer absurdity of it. The Kids’ transformations from character to character were really what made this film for me. And the music is nothing to be missed, either.
  2. The Baxter – Michael Showalter’s opus– this film didn’t catch many nods, but I thought it was spot on.
  3. The Naked Gun 2 & 1/2: The Smell of Fear – Lt. Frank Drebin was at his zaniest in this one, friends. With lots of good O.J. slapsticky goodness and Robert Goulet creeping as villain Quentin Hapsburg, you can’t go wrong.
  4. Kung Pow: Enter the Fist – I take a lot of flack for liking this one as much as I do, but Steve Oedekirk had a great idea and ran with it. Its delightfully absurd and has just enough camp to keep it stupid.
  5. Wet Hot American Summer – I would be remiss not to include this one on the list. I was always a huge fan of The State, but when a friend brought this over on DVD, we had to watch it twice in a row (the latter with the bonus fart track). Paul Rudd shines and Chris Meloni’s Gene is a study in psychotic camp cookie.
  6. Not Another Teen Movie – Perhaps the most juvenile of the bunch, I found this flick to be one of those Sunday afternoon cable movies that I just can’t get tired of. It lampoons teen movies relentlessly, but accurately nonetheless.
  7. Waiting For Guffman – Christopher Guest and friends nail it as hard here as they did with Spinal Tap, and I for one think this is one of the most fun “mockumentaries” ever made. The funny is in the details, and Guest’s Corky St. Clair’s malapropisms are the stuff of legend.

– Mister Jeremy Griffin

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