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Shocking films making it big

The present era of comedic film will not be remembered for its clever writing. Nor its super-funny comedic stars with perfect comedic timing. No, I am afraid to say that we have entered a new era and it’s not pretty, quite the opposite actually.

For a long time I was enjoying films by Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler. Yep, I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to mainstream film. Expectations are low, so you’re never disappointed until it began in 1998 with the birth of the new comedy smash hit yadda yadda yadda genre, gross comedy.

There’s Something About Mary blew away almost every taboo in cinema. Nothing was off limits and nothing, sacred. I must admit I loved this film because of this but as time has marched on, I’m getting a bit sick of seeing men pleasuring themselves and women weeing in public.

It’s not that I’m a prude, it’s just such low humour. A cheap laugh. It is so easy to make people laugh with crude humour, just ask my small children. They think farts are funny and they are to them but do we want to have childlike humour or a more sophisticated funny bone?

It was all downhill from …Mary. The Austin Powers trilogy took us even deeper as did: Deuce Bigelow, Me, Myself and Irene, South Park, Anchorman, The 40 year old Virgin, Stepbrothers, BoratSemi-Pro, The Heartbreak Kid, The Hangover and now we have Bridesmaids. Why not give the girls a go hey? And it’s turned into a kinda feminist protest over how women haven’t had equal access to ‘gross’ comedy before, poor lasses so now, instead of equal pay etc, why not rejoice in equal grossness! Super.

I appreciate the fact that these films have their audience and it’s quite a big one. But, does it satisfy? Are they just junk food films? You sit down, watch them, feel full, then walk away feeling a bit oily and sick. As the gross comedy genre rose, there were also some clever writiers producing incredible films that never achieved what these cheap laugh movies did and it’s a travesty.

So, to cleanse my filmic palate indulge me as I look back down memory lane at the best comedy films of the last 30 years in date order:

  • Airplane or as it was known in Australia, Flying High (1980)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • This is Spinal Tap (1984)
  • Top Secret (1984)
  • Back to the Future (1985) and II (1989)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Pretty Woman (1990) – what? I’m a girl!
  • Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
  • Hot Shots (1991) “I can see my house from here!”
  • The Naked Gun 2 1/2 : The Smell of Fear (1991)
  • A League of their own (1992) – ah I was a teenager and um, I’m a GIRL!
  • Wayne’s World (1992) / 2 (1993) “Party time, excellent!” – which ultimately led to gross Austin Powers!
  • Benny and Joon (1993) – we love you Johnny
  • Cool Runnings (1993)
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) – Helllloooo Jim!
  • Empire Records (1995)
  • Liar, Liar (1997)
  • Wag the Dog (1997)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • Bulworth (1998)
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  • Best in Show (2000)
  • O Brother Where Art Thou (2000)
  • Snatch (2000)
  • Oceans Eleven (2001)
  • Zoolander (2001)
  • Big Fish (2003)
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)
  • Elf (2003)
  • Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
  • 500 Days of Summer (2009)
Enough of the gross-out comedy genre. On with clever scripts, stories and awesome acting. What do you think?

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