Top Ten Comedies!
by Adam Thorn
(UPDATE: I have had one glaring omission pointed out to me. South Park, Bigger, Longer, Uncut. It would almost certainly be Top 10. But I've moved on now. Moved on I tell you!)
- “You old cunt!”“I'm not old, Robbie.”I reviewed Three Billboards on its release, and often longevity will knock a film back on these lists a bit for me (Death of Stalin). But I have seen the film twice since then, and I still love it. For me to watch a film three times in six months is nigh on unheard of, unless it's Saving Private Ryan which I am proud to say I saw four times in the cinema thanks to Purley ABC not giving a shit I wasn't old enough. And still don't look it.Three Billboards is hilarious and poignant, it being about a woman fighting for her daughter's justice against a male run society, released at the time of #MeToo and Harvey Weinstein's, err, not exposure, revelations? You know what I mean. It is a film the phrase “you'll laugh, you'll cry” was conjured for. It is sad, touching, complex and very, very funny. It is potentially not to everyone's tastes. Some people didn't get on with the brilliant, subtle, characterisation, but they were mostly American. If you read this blog chances are you'll like it.
6. The Birdcage (1996)
If you're open to a bit of drag comedy, which you should be, try UNHhhh.
5. The Addams Family (1991)
"Don't torture yourself Gomez. That's my job."
If you haven't seen it, please don't write it off as a kid's film, The Addams Family is bloody hilarious old or young. The TV show was great, I used to watch that and The Lone Ranger on a Sunday morning before Football Italia. The effects still hold up and man, what a talent we lost in Raul Julia. He's exceptional. They all are. Christopher Lloyd is unrecognisable, and wonderful as the now "estranged" Uncle Fester, returning to scam the fam.
4. Very Bad Things (1998)