This is a category of My Top Films that I really am having difficulty writing. There are a lot of brilliant comedians in the world, and as much as I'd like to write one film for each actor, it's a lot of work. Just so you know, I was really torn as to what I'd put on this list.
There's She's The Man (but I know it'll drown amongst the very funny movies here), Scary Movie (but then all of it's sequels and spin-offs were utter crap), Just Friends (I really like to put an Anna Faris film here, but alas), There's Something About Mary (if I could put 11, this'd be it), I'd also like to put a Will Ferrell film, but I can't think of any good one. There's a lot, Superbad, Kung Fu Hustle, School Of Rock, Knocked Up and Napoleon Dynamite, but there's not enough space here.
10. MEAN GIRLS: For me, Lindsay Lohan made only 3 good films, this one, The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. But since Jamie Lee Curtis already made an appearance on my list, and The Parent Trap wasn't really laugh out loud funny, I settled for Mean Girls to be the one on the list. Add the fact that the brilliant Tina Fey wrote this movie about a home schooled girl from Africa trying to fit in in her new jungle called high school, this holds a special place in my heart. Rachel McAdams is here as well, and she's really brilliant as the Queen Bee. It could be mistaken for a teeny-bopper film, but it's actually quite mature even if it's in a high school setting. Simply put, this film is so fetch.
9. THE WEDDING SINGER: It's between this and 50 First Dates, both are cheesy, but I can't think of another Adam Sandler film worthy of this list other than Happy Gilmore. But 50 First Dates ranks higher on a different category so I decided to put this one here. Sometime during the 80's Robbie Hart sang during weddings, while struggling with his failed relationship. Enter Julia (Drew Barrymore), a waitress who's about to get married to a total dickwad. Of course Robbie falls for her, and needs to make her realize what a jerk this guy is that leads to a climax that involves an airplane, a musical number and Billy Idol. Sing it with me... "I want to make you smile...
8. CRYING LADIES: Who would've thought that Sharon Cuneta will have a spot on this list. This is one of my most favorite Filipino films of recent time. Stella is a woman trying to keep her son from being taken by social services so she gathers her friends to work as crying ladies for a very traditional Chinese wake. It's a little bit dramatic, but when you see Sharon trying different things to earn money, you'd laugh too.
7. THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN: Steve Carrell is one of the funniest men in movies right now. I like him better than Jim Carey or Jack Black. And The Office is one of the best sitcoms on the air right now. This is the story of Andy, a 40 year old nerd who's never been touched... ever. THis film has subtle comedy which is kinda brilliant. This is the movie that put Judd Apatow in the list of brilliant comic creators. The waxing scene is hilarious!!! The driving scene was also a riot... and no... contrary to what others think, I can't relate!!!
6. DADDY DAY CARE: When I thought of other brilliant comedians, I thought Eddie Murphy. He's done a lot of laugh out loud films. But most of them are slapstick. I wanted a movie with a little substance. This is Eddie Muphy's best film ever. I like the guy when he does multiple characters, but for me this is the one that's really hit home run. It did help that the kids were also hilarious in this flick. Charlie Hinton just got sacked from his job, and has nothing else to do with his life... so he decided to open a day care center with his best buds Phil and Marvin.
5. AMERICAN PIE: Sex does sell. I think this is the first R-18 film that I've seen in my life. I think I was still a minor when this was first shown. I remember the usherette eyeing me and my friend suspiciously when we entered the cinema. I was really nervous watching it because I was afraid that people will just pick us up and throw us out in the middle of the movie. But then Jim started to play with that apple pie. And I think that was just the start of it. Even if the sequels were straight to dvd, the entire series was fun. A very funny coming-of-age story. My first time wasn't like any of their stories, but in a way, I was able to relate to it.
4. MEET THE PARENTS: When your name is Gaylord Focker, how do you think you'll be able to face the parents of the girl you're about to marry. Well, Ben Stiller is about to find out. This is my one of the best movies I've seen of all time. I loved every scene. Everyone played their roles perfectly, from Teri Polo to Blythe Danner to the amazingly brilliant Robert DeNiro. I was trying to think of a good Luke Wilson movie, none came to mind except for this one. I guess he's better off as support to Ben Stiller than as a lead. But this is just part one...
3. MEET THE FOCKERS: The sequel is SO much better!!! De Niro was funnier this time around, and he's got amazing chemistry with new players Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. This is one of the rare moments where part 2 is better than part 1. I love the story, even if Jack Byrnes (De NIro) became over-the-top. And who could forget the kid who says "ass hole." This one's a classic. Can't wait for the third one to come out. I hope it does push through... "Meet The Little Focker."
2. BRUCE ALMIGHTY: I cried watching this movie. I cried because I can't stop laughing. Specially Steve Carrell's scene the one with the "whpohodisyhtnoiyoilesyohleoy." Remember that? The funny thing is, If I'm given the chance to have God's power for a week, I'd do the same thing Bruce (Jim Carrey) did. Morgan Freeman is good as God, and Jennifer Aniston was perfect as Jim's girlfriend. I think this is the last good slapstick comedy I've seen in awhile.
1. BORAT: There is a reason why this is number one. This is the only film where I was laughing from scene 1 until the end of credits. Sasha Baron Cohen is a comic genius. Borat is a Kazakh journalist who comes to the States to study American stuff. From his joke class, to the etiquette class, to the whole kidnapping of Pam Anderson, I was laughing my guts out. I think the whole duration of the movie I was out of breath. Remember the scene where Borat and his producer ran around the hotel with nothing but the hair on their skin? Classic!!!