List posts serve a couple functions. They’re an easy out for a slow news day (or week), they’re discussion spawning nostalgia hooks, and sometimes they’re the entire basis for your site. But of course we fall for them every single time.
Entertainment Weekly just wrapped up an online poll pinning down the Funniest Movies of the Last 25 years and for once I’m in near total agreement with the majority of the list, including the #1 slotter: Ghostbusters. Holy damn, but that movie never stops being funny.
I was a little baffled at the inclusion of “Tropic of Thunder”, as it’s not as if we’ve had the time to let the film sink in and really become part of the cultural vocabulary. Likewise for the inclusion of “Superbad”. I adored the film, but I suppose it’s a replacement for the missed-it-by-one-year (and far superior) “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. The only choice that I vehemently disagree with would have to be Office Space. It has one of the best opening 40 minutes of any comedy, but the plot just drags the movie down into the mirthless mud.
Though I gotta say: No “Â¡Three Amigos!”? “Shaun of the Dead”? C’mon…”Raising Arizona” doesn’t warrant a mention? For Buddha’s sake.. no “RUSHMORE”? So maybe I’m not in total agreement after all. Hmmmm.
Oh well, that’s list making for ya. I’m curious: What do you think was left off the list (or foolishly included)?
Check out the full list here: EW’s The Comedy 25: The Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years