Thursday, 1 September 2011

Top Ten Films: Comedies


Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me




Favourite Scene:

Dr Evil bouncing the giant ball on his colleagues head until he cries

Film Facts:

Basil's remark to the audience about ignoring the mechanics of time travel was unscripted


Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey



Favourite Scene:

Bill & Ted playing various games with Death, especially Twister

Film Facts:

The original title was 'Bill and Ted Go to Hell' but was changed because of American objections to the use of the word 'hell'

Coming to America



Favourite Scene:

The attempted armed robbery

Film Facts:

The 'McDowells' restaurant was actually a Wendy's on Queens Blvd that was scheduled to be closed for a complete renovation. Although the production had approval from McDonald's corporate headquarters, they apparantly didn't pass the word down to their local outlets. On the day the 'McDowells' sign was erected, the manager of the McDonald's 1/2 mile further up the road arrived with his lawyer and proceeded to take photographs while telling the set dressing crew they were going to be sued for everything they were worth.

The working title of the film was 'The Quest'.


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Favourite Scene:

The Ruprecht scenes

Film Facts:

The film is actually a remake of the comedy 'Bedtime Story'.

The film was known as 'King of the Mountain' and 'Dirty Rotten Criminals' during its early stages. John Cleese, Richard Dreyfuss and Michael Palin were considered for the role of Lawrence before Michael Caine was eventually cast.



Dumb & Dumber


Favourite Scene:

Mocking Bird song

Film Facts:

Jim Carrey chipped his tooth years earlier, but had the cap removed for the film to make his character look more deranged.

In the bar scene in Aspen, the line 'No way... that's great. We've landed on the moon!' was not in the script but made up by Jim Carrey during shooting.

Steve Martin and Martin Short both turned down the role of Lloyd. Nicholas Cage and Gary Oldman were original choices to play Harry and Lloyd.


Father of the Bride


Favourite Scene:

I'm going to be greedy and have two: the scene in the supermarket with the buns and hotdogs meltdown (let's not go into the maths) and 'every party has a pooper and that's why they invited you, George Banks' with Franck and the assistant.

Film Facts:

Steve Martin's character of George Banks was named after David Tomlinson's character of the same name in Mary Poppins

George's middle name, Stanley, is named after Tracey Spencer's character in the original Father of the Bride.

Among the wedding gifts Annie receives is a Venus de Milo statue with a clock in the stomach. In the original Father of the Bride, Kay also receives this as one of her wedding gifts. Both look at it with disdain.


Father of the Bride Part Two






Favourite Scene:

When George is knocked out by Franck's sleeping pills and is then rudely awoken in the hospital

Film Facts:

Although this sequel is not a remake of Father's Little Dividend (the sequel to the original Father of the Bride), the opening scenes of the two films, including the narration spoken to camera by the father character, are virtually identical.

When Diane Keaton was given the script for the movie, she nearly refused to film when she found out she had to pretend to be pregnant as she was nearly 50.


Happy Gilmore



Favourite Scene:

'Get in the hole' scene where Happy almost loses it with his golf ball

Film Facts:

Bob Barker wasn't sure if he wanted to be in the movie. When he learned that he was going to win the fight with Adam Sandler, he accepted the role.


Liar Liar




Favourite Scene:

Beating himself up in the bathroom

Film Facts:

Steve Martin turned down the role in this film due to scheduling conflicts with another film.

Jim Carrey declined the role as Dr Evil in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery so he could commit to this film.


My Cousin Vinny



Favourite Scene:

When Vinny first meets Stan and Stan doesn't realise Vinny is their lawyer

Film Facts:

When Vinny is trying to explain his 'real name' to Judge Chamberlain, he knocks over the judge's chessboard. This was accidental but the director thought it was so funny and authentic, he decided to leave it in the film

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What are your favourite comedies?

All facts from imdb.com




4 comments:

  1. great list!
    i'm a steve martin fan too
    just watched crazy, stupid, love.... i really enjoyed it!
    ur my fifth stop on karen's long weekend bbq! great blog--following!

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  2. Thank you for stopping by. Loving the BBQ - such a great way to meet new people and view their blogs. Might never have discovered them otherwise.

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  3. Coming over from Karen's BBQ - had to comment on this post when I saw Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey listed. I love that movie!

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  4. Hi!

    I love it too. My partner prefers Excellent Adventure and while that's good, it is lacking Death so Bogus Journey has to win.

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