It's that time again. Time to get away from the politics, and on to something fun. A while back, I brought you some clips from four of my favorite comedy movies. But there are so many more. Of course, I'm limited by the clips that are available, but I've found a great batch for you. If you haven't seen one of these (or even if you have), this might provide you with a movie night idea this weekend.
#1 - 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are the perfect comedy trio in this classic from 1980. Offices have changed a lot since then--there's no computer in sight--but bosses like Franklin Hart haven't gone away. What's your fantasy for doing in the boss? This clip is the trailer for the movie, proving once again that the art of movie trailer making has only improved with time.
#2 - Airplane! - The granddaddy of all spoof movies. Oh sure, Mel Brooks got there first, and many of his are terrific, but this one takes the cake. Hilarious from beginning to end, through and past the credits. Demands many, repeated viewings to catch all the gags. And it set Leslie Nielson up on a whole second act to his career.
#3 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Surely the best John Candy movie, and one of Steve Martin's best. It suffers from a sappy ending, and an extremely 80s soundtrack. But it might help you win Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and you'll be quoting it years later. "Her first baby come out sideways, and she didn't scream or nothin'" "Wow. What a trouper!"
#4 - What's Up, Doc? - Barbra Streisand's funniest role, Ryan O'Neal's as well, and it introduced us to the immortal Madeline Kahn. Marvelously funny, a great historical view of early 70s San Francisco, and some of the best lines in any comedy movie ever. A must see.
My Favorite Movies: Comedy Edition #1