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By Zeus' Beard!!!! Herc Deems ANCHORMAN One Of The 10 Funniest Movies Ever Forged!!!!

I am – Hercules!!

Don’t be the guy who finds himself on the floor, choking, coughing and gasping for breath in a vast pool of his own urine. Don’t be that guy.

Be instead the guy who, much like a responsible patient soon scheduled for an elective surgical procedure, avoids drinking liquids of any nature for 12 hours before stumbling into “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” Because there was much surprise pee tonight. Slacks and skirts and cinema seats found themselves far damper at 9 p.m. than they were at 7:30.

“Anchorman” (and I can scarcely believe I am typing these words) is almost certainly one of the 10 funniest motion pictures I have ever seen. That is to say, it is “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” funny. It is “Airplane!” funny. “Dr. Strangelove” funny. “Annie Hall” funny. “Caddyshack” funny. “The Graduate” funny. “Modern Romance” funny. “Pulp Fiction” funny. “South Park” funny. There’s enough genius on display to power the other dozen or so best comedies we’ll see this year and next.

That “Saturday Night Live” sketch with Christopher Walken hectoring Will Ferrell to fill a prescription for “more cowbell”? It will not prepare moviegoers in any way for the depths of lunacy this brainily stupid movie plumbs. And this is certainly true also of those “Anchorman” TV commercials, which offer zero clue as to the relentlessness of the project’s comedic onslaught.

Mind you, I am not a boy renowned for the laughing aloud. So here’s what kept happening. Ferrell, who plays an impossibly deluded and infantile local broadcaster, will say something hideously, hilariously grotesque and inappropriate. I double up, wailing, having to repeatedly drive my fist into my thigh as my t-shirt collar grows damp with tears. Before I can begin to catch my breath, Steve Carell, who portrays a meteorologist with a sub-Gump I.Q., will say or do something far funnier (I can’t begin to count the number of times Carell blindsides the audience). Then Paul Rudd or David Koechner, as Burgundy’s weak-minded lieutenants, will do or say something even funnier. Or Vince Vaughn. Or Jack Black. Or Tim Robbins. Or Luke Wilson. Or Ben Stiller.

The movie is the antithesis of predictable, riddled with bizarre ambushes of pitch-black absurdity. There are gags involving deadly kodiak bears and hatchets and dogs and dismemberment and cologne and a phone booth and lust and jealousy and imbecility. And as sharp as the script (credited to Ferrell and director Adam McKay) feels, one is left with the perverse conviction that half the movie was just crafted from thin air as the cameras were rolling (a conviction bolstered in no small way by likely the finest assemblage of outtakes I’ve ever seen slapped over a scroll of closing credits).

I tell you, my tiny brain was depleted of oxygen for unsafe spans of time. As I sit here typing, my Herculean sides are literally aching, my eyes literally red and raw from the production of tears.

“Anchorman” is worth the price of admission just to see Ferrell sell Burgundy’s seemingly endless arsenal of “Great Caesar’s Ghost”-like exclamations. There’s a climactic fight scene involving something like five different local anchor teams that, I swear, damn near cost me my life. I can’t conceive of the mounds of cash this monster is going to garner. If you can find another movie half as funny, buy it.

Herc’s rating for “Anchorman”:

*****

The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:
***** better than any of us deserve
**** enormously entertaining
*** actually worth your valuable time
** as horrible as most stuff on TV
* makes you quietly pray for a fire

I am – Hercules!!





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  • July 7, 2004, 3:05 a.m. CST

    ooooh

    by smylexx

  • July 7, 2004, 3:06 a.m. CST

    oh..and erm "first"

    by smylexx

    can't wait to see this film. I was with you all the way with the other list of great comedy films til you mentioned South Park though. South Park IS great but it hasnt paid it's dues yet to be in that list.

  • yessir, no exaggerations on this site here.

  • July 7, 2004, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Obvious...

    by Ichijoji

    Herc is a plant. Sure, this may turn out to be funny, but just imagine what P.J. could've done with this material.

  • July 7, 2004, 3:08 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen it, but I'm sure it sucks

    by Rupee88

    low IQ mf'ers will love this film...adam sandler fans unite

  • July 7, 2004, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Yeah...

    by santos kauffman

    the entire AICN crew consistently prove they have questionable taste, and have gotten this hyperbolic with plenty of tripe.....but you just know Anchorman is gonna rip your shit up

  • July 7, 2004, 3:35 a.m. CST

    How can this be funny..

    by DenRode Orm

    I mean...you got Will with alle his buddys from old School - great Director (scribt as well as far as I know) and a concept that rocks ? Try to play this concept through your mind and change it with another business - hey what about a car dealership ??- that is a movie I wanna watch !

  • July 7, 2004, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction is a comedy???

    by Rupee88

    news to me

  • July 7, 2004, 3:38 a.m. CST

    I doubt it..but I'll see it anyways

    by Jon E Cin

    Its gotta be funnier then White Girls.

  • July 7, 2004, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Oh...and what are the top ten comedies?

    by Jon E Cin

    Is Spy Hard one of them?

  • July 7, 2004, 3:43 a.m. CST

    YES... pulp fiction was a comedy

    by antonphd

    If you didn't get that... then you really... wow... Pulp Fiction played like a drama... because it was one of those 'have a strait man say some outrageous shit with complete sincerity' funny. It was not serious AT ALL. If you thought it was serious... how old were you when you saw it?

  • July 7, 2004, 4:28 a.m. CST

    pulp fiction funnier tha pink panther? surely you jest!? ;)

    by mansep

  • July 7, 2004, 5:18 a.m. CST

    He's just a cheap Alan Partidge rip-off

    by Mr Stonky

    Yadda yadda yadda. Steve Coogan did this whole thing much better with Alan Partridge. Homoerotic incompentence with more embarrassment squirm factor that a nest of ferrets? Partidge's yer man.

  • July 7, 2004, 5:27 a.m. CST

    am I the only one who....

    by pogo on my own

    Thinks that Will Ferrel isnt that funny. He is nice in small doses, was fun in old school, but i dont see myself enjoying 1 1/2 hours of his off beat humor.

  • July 7, 2004, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Wow, this review is waaaay off

    by Man w No Name

    Top 10 funniest movies ever made??? I'd put it up there in the top 10 alright.....top 10 least funniest movies ever made. The movie tries too hard. Will Ferrell's supporting cast absolutely sucks. Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Luke wilson are barely in the movie, Vince Vaughn doesn't have too many scenes either, yet is supposedly a main character. This movie really sucks to no end. I love Will Ferrell to death, but I really just can't stand this movie at all...he tries too hard to make it work because he has no one else to feed off of. the movie is Will Ferrell trying too hard to be Will Ferrell the whole movie. I was at a test screening a few months ago, and not many were really impressed at all with the movie. There were even people walking out. I shoulda been one of those people, b/c wow, did this movie suck. Please....avoid at all costs.

  • July 7, 2004, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Hmmm..

    by gg

    While it very well might be true that this movie is that funny, it sure isn

  • July 7, 2004, 7:08 a.m. CST

    56% on Tomatometer

    by Rupee88

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/Anchorman-1133967/..guess this isn't the classic you thought it was going to be.

  • July 7, 2004, 7:08 a.m. CST

    56% on Tomatometer

    by Rupee88

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/Anchorman-1133967/..guess this isn't the classic you thought it was going to be.

  • July 7, 2004, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction WAS "serious"....

    by Rupee88

    you are trying to make a very vague point (out of stupidity and/or laziness, but Pulp Fiction was "serious" during some parts and other parts were not "serious". I certainly got the humor in some of the scenes, but it is not one of the funniest films I've ever seen...it's one of the best overall, but not one of the funniest.

  • July 7, 2004, 7:32 a.m. CST

    AM Is Lame-O

    by RedFive

    I saw this tonight,didnt have any expectations and it was the lamest comedy sinse The Big Bounce. Mind you i AM and HUGE Ferell fan and theres cameos from just about everyone in the stiller circle. The Anchor Man Riot with other Anchor Men is great but besides that the movie falls flat on its nose.I thought DodgeBall was great but AM is the big bounce 2.

  • July 7, 2004, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Rotten tomatoes only has 9 reviews in..

    by theBigE

    And by that you're already saying it's a failure, Rupee? 9 reviews? Comedy is very subjective - what makes one person howl with laughter makes another go "huh?" I crack up laughing at Ferrel's epitahs like "Holy Knights of Columbus!" so I'm guessing this movie will amuse me to no end.

  • July 7, 2004, 8:47 a.m. CST

    People that give away cameos are douchebags.

    by Uga

    That is all.

  • July 7, 2004, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Ron Burgandy on ESPN

    by RenoNevada2000

    Anyone else catch the broadcast of Ron Burgandy's old audition tape from the early days of ESPN last night? Funny stuff. "Espn? That's a lousy name for a network."

  • July 7, 2004, 9:39 a.m. CST

    small caveat, Herc...

    by mortsleam

    Replace "Pulp Fiction" with "The Big Lebowski" on that list. Only because Pulp is not primarily a comedy, even if it is one of the funniest movies ever made, and no scene is more funnier than...Jules: "What do you think, Marvin?" Marvin: "Man, I don't even have an opinion." Vince: 'What? You gotta have an opinion..." BANG! Vince: "Jesus Christ, I just shot Marvin in the face." Gets me every time. But for line-by-line, laugh-out-loud, nonstop hilarity, Lebowski has Pulp beat fair and square. I'm with you on everything else, although there's a chance that "Lost In America" is just a touch funnier than "Modern Romance."

  • July 7, 2004, 9:40 a.m. CST

    The Princess Bride

    by jawaburger

    was funnier than any of the movies on the "ten funniest movies of all times" list. I am not sure of this movie, but according to Herc, the commercials are actually crapping on the movie. I will definitely rent this one, but not worth the big screen no matter what. Probably have to pull out the bong for this one.

  • July 7, 2004, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I think all the posts are going in order.

    by jawaburger

    good work webmaster.

  • July 7, 2004, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Funnier

    by coolhive

    Sorry, but half of those movies Herc listed don't do it for me. How about Tootsie, Arthur, Raising Arizona, 9 to 5, Ruthless People, War of the Roses, Some Like It Hot, The Philadelphia Story, When Harry Met Sally, Fargo... Now we're talkin'! PS - Let the hating begin, but Caddyshack just doesn't do it for me. Most. Overrated. Comedy. Ever.

  • July 7, 2004, 10:10 a.m. CST

    I love Will for the same reason many of you may hate him...

    by Grammaton Cleric

    ...I love his out-of-nowhere exclamations: "Holy Knights of Columbus!" "I'm locked in a glass case of emotion!"...to me, that's brilliant...I can't wait.

  • July 7, 2004, 10:11 a.m. CST

    funniest of all time

    by greyspecter

    i know most of you don't watch black and white films too much, but the funniest movie of all time in my book is Arsnic and Old Lace with Cary Grant. i could watch that movie for hours on end and still laugh uproariously every time. as for am, not too interested. oh, and if you're stupid enough to subject yourself to White Chicks, you deserve the 3-day headache that must inevitably follow such drek. Pulp Fiction, not that funny Princess bride, hilarious

  • July 7, 2004, 10:31 a.m. CST

    The Broph Troll - End Credits

    by Ed McBain

    PULP FICTION wasn

  • July 7, 2004, 10:32 a.m. CST

    wet hot american summer

    by myuserid

    lest we forget paul rudd's greatest performance to date. easily one of the best comedies ever. "You taste like a burger. I don't like you anymore."

  • July 7, 2004, 10:33 a.m. CST

    "I haven't seen it, but I'm sure it sucks"

    by Gul Shah

    Uh huh. Typical response from a blinkered automaton. You aren't a bible-thumping Republican, by any chance, are you? "I don't know what it is, but I know I don't like it!"

  • July 7, 2004, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Albert Brooks

    by Barry Egan

    Herc: Nice to see an inclusion of Albert Brooks here, although for me, "Lost in America" is his funniest movie. My all-time favorite comedy scene is Brooks lecturing his wife on the concept of the nest egg at Hoover Dam. "You point and you say, 'That bird lives in a round stick.' And you have 'things' over easy with toast."

  • July 7, 2004, 10:45 a.m. CST

    "Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face"....

    by I Dunno

    "So I stab her three times?" "No you don't fucking got to stab her three times..." "I will never forgive your ass for this shit. This is some fucked up repugnant shit"...."Take care of her?"..."Nigga fell through that. Since then he's developed a speech impedemant" "That's a damned shame."..."He'd be damned if he'd let some greasy slope get his yellow hands on it so he hid it the only place he could, his ass."..."Is that the girl with all the shit in her face?"...."I'm going to get some hard pipe hitting niggas to work on the homes here with a pair of plyers and a blow torch."..."Jules, if you give that fucking nimrod 1,500 dollars, I'll shoot him on general principle"...."Did you see a sign that says 'dead nigger storage'?........I could go on. Sorry, Pulp Fiction is infinitly funnier than some guys dressing like chicks or being hit in the balls with various things.

  • July 7, 2004, 11:04 a.m. CST

    funniest movies

    by JackDonkey

    Honarable mention for funniest movies: Orgasmo, Army of Darkness. Oh and to someone that suggested this movie with car dealers would be funnier, well that's Used Cars and that movie is hilarious.

  • July 7, 2004, 11:32 a.m. CST

    That was by far

    by IFartOnYourGrave

    one of the worst reviews I've seen here... ever. It certainly didn't make me want to see the movie.

  • July 7, 2004, 11:40 a.m. CST

    stoopid, by that rationale,

    by mortsleam

    I agree with you that Pulp Fiction is one of the funniest movies out there, but it is simply not a comedy. It is a darkly humorous crime movie with comedic elements that derive from the characters but are not essential to the plot or the story. It is not, wasn

  • July 7, 2004, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I saw it at the same screening as Herc

    by AshFett

    It's a funny movie. I think Dodgeball is probably a bit funnier and more consistant, but if you like Ferrell, you'll find plenty of laughs here, some of them huge. He's right about Carell being amazing and a scene stealer. But one of the funniest films of all time? No. And jeez, yeah, this sure is overselling the movie (and setting people up to NOT like it) in a big way which isn't fair.

  • July 7, 2004, 12:22 p.m. CST

    How does it compare to the MTV movie award shorts?

    by Immortal_Fish

    I tend to like Will Ferrel, but those spots just sat on my head and crushed it. The only time I cracked a smile was when Caviezel walked across the pool.

  • July 7, 2004, 12:28 p.m. CST

    funnier DVD release

    by madfreethinker

    I saw that the movie was "edited for re-rating" on imdb.com, which leads me to believe that, despite how funny Herc thought this version is, the DVD version is going to be even funnier--because, as we all know, the crude humor that the MPAA makes filmmakers edit out of movies to receive "family-friendly ratings" makes us laugh even harder.

  • July 7, 2004, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Gul Shah's list of Republicans includes...

    by Immortal_Fish

    Anyone who bashed the X-Men costumes prior to X1 release is a Republican. Anyone who hated organic webshooters are also Republican. But that's history. Let's look at the future. You're a Republican if you dislike the "Tumbler." Anyone who hates the fact that AvP is being directed by Paul WS Anderson, they are Republican. In fact, anyone who hates Catwoman must also be Republican. It appears that there is an enormous contingent of Republicans in Talkback according to Gul Shah's logic. And this is just comic book movies! You evil, bible-thumping comic book readers, you. - - - - - - - Do we really need to dip into our political leanings in a talkback that is not politically related?

  • July 7, 2004, 12:46 p.m. CST

    So is this based on an SNL skit?

    by NiceMarmot

    I haven't watched an SNL episode in years, after finding more laughs per minute on C-SPAN, but those horrid wigs make me think it's another "let's pound this 7 seconds of comedy out for another 90 minutes" type of deal.

  • July 7, 2004, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I Don't Find the Trailers Even Slightly Funny

    by Drath

    So are they just using the lamest parts of the movie to sell the thing, or can I trust my get that's telling me to skip it based on the unfunny trailers and commercials? Seriously, I like Will Farrel's Bush routine, but I get the feeling that if you don't find the hairstyles funny then you won't get half the movie's humor. This review is the only encouraging thing I've seen on it so far! That's just not enough to get me to pay $15 for a movie ticket when I can wait and spend the same amount in 7 months to buy it on DVD. And if I still don't like it, I can give it to a friend so it could double as a gift. Yeah, that's really the way to go I think. Sorry Will, looking forward to Bewitched though.

  • July 7, 2004, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Because "gets" are reliable

    by Drath

    Of course I meant to say trust my gut (which like the guts of all true AICN geeks is substantial). "Yogging" is funny? Hmm, guess I needed to be there. Of course I laughed at Randy Quaid yoddling in that animated cow movie so...

  • July 7, 2004, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Never forget Raising Arizona...

    by Yossarian

    "Son...You got a panty on yore head." Catch-22. Anyone ever see that old film with Allen Arkin? Now that was a black comedy. The book is ten times better, but the movie has it's moments.

  • July 7, 2004, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction wasnt a comedy. But it was funny as hell!!

    by GravyAkira

    "You saw me wash my hands. I watched you get em wet!" I now know I must see this film. Thanks Herc. Long live Angel!!

  • July 7, 2004, 1:33 p.m. CST

    The Top 10, IMHO...

    by Joe Cool #2

    10)The Great Dictator. 9)Airplane! 8)M*A*S*H. 7)The Pink Panther. 6)The Odd Couple. 5)Monty Python's Life of Brian. 4)Duck Soup. 3)Dr. Strangelove. 2)Blazing Saddles. 1)Some Like It Hot. Honourable Mentions: Young Frankenstein; The Party; 10; A Night At The Opera; The Blues Brothers; A Fish Called Wanda. I'm sorry, but I just don't see Anchorman cracking that lineup, as much as I like Will Ferrell. But hey, if it proves me wrong, I guess I'll have got my money's worth.

  • July 7, 2004, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Piss poor list of funny

    by Syd Mead

    How about Blazing Saddles??Jumpin Jezuz!! You leave that off a list of funniest movies and you don't have a list.

  • July 7, 2004, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Anchorman is the Funniest movie this year

    by Fielding Melish

    I have seen this and Hercules is correct. It is the funniest movie this year and possibly since Old School. In fact, I'm going to say it's way funnier than Old School. It is up there with Cadddyshack and Fletch for sure. and fuck all y'all you don't think so.

  • July 7, 2004, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I want to see the original version of this movie...

    by andrew coleman

    They cut up the original version of this movie and made this crap. All the good jokes from the first trailers are not in the movie. This movie really did suck, it doesn't matter what you think is funny because the movie just sucks on all levels. You can tell because of the hard core in your face ad attack the studio is doing having Will Ferrel on every channel possible, ESPN, MTV, so yeah screw this movie, go rent Airplane or go see Spider-man again

  • July 7, 2004, 1:53 p.m. CST

    You're full of it

    by AlwaysThere

    Go watch Spider-man 2 again you freak.

  • July 7, 2004, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Unfuckingbelievable that no one has mentioned Spinal Tap yet

    by JWBlack67

  • July 7, 2004, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Funny Movies

    by TechLord

    How you people can talk about funny movies and not bring up "Blazing Saddles" or "Porky's" is beyond me.

  • July 7, 2004, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Yes, Spinal Tap definitely deserves a mention...

    by Joe Cool #2

    ... and in terms of things I've seen recently, I think the one that made me cackle the longest in the last year or so was Bad Santa (twisted sense of humour, y'see), followed closely by Old School.

  • July 7, 2004, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I think the fact that some people thought Old School was funny..

    by Rob_Graves

    Oh no wait...it's fucking depressing.

  • I see Will Ferrells ass again. UGH. I might be using that popcorn box for my vomit. So, no ass bearing please. Thank you Will.

  • July 7, 2004, 3 p.m. CST

    Will Farrell is just not funny at all, never has been

    by Red Giant

    He is the epitome of a regular person with no better acting ability than I have, trying too hard to be funny in everything he does. He makes faces, does physical comedy attempts and delivers dialogue just like I would do - untrained, not funny and it is completely puzzling that he is neing "pushed" as some sort of funny man. It is obviously Lorne Michaels or some "powers that be" who have decided for some contractual reasons to try to push this loser as some next big comedic talent when in fact a trip to my local stand-up comedy "mike nite" turns out funnier people in every set. The cheerleader crap on SNL (and every other thing he ever did) was lame and not funny. The Mussafah in Austin Powers was lame and not funny. He has no ability to act, no comedic delivery, he is an average no-talent person that is somehow being touted as good because some suits behind-the-scenes in Hollywood or elsewhere just want him to be. I saw an add for Time-Life's collection of SNL "Superstar" video/DVDs on TV; that in itself says it all, they have one of Chris Farley, John Belushi, Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, Dan Akroyd, Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, Eddie Murphy - and Will Farrell and Molly Shannon?? Are you fucking kidding me?? The outtakes as they talked about how to order, etc were brilliant: "Man Down By The River", Hartman as Jesus or Clinton, Carvey as Perot. Then it would show something stupid like that cheerleader idiot sketch, or some other totally not funny thing Farrell did (which is ALL he ever did). What in the HELL do you people find funny in that man? It is so obvious he cannot act, and his range of impersonation and character acting extends to lowering his voice and furling his brow - again, just like I would do in a completely lame attempt to "act". Just ridiculous, who is really pushing him behind-the-scenes as a real actor or comedian?

  • July 7, 2004, 3:10 p.m. CST

    AncientLights -- as long as we're discussing 'unaccountably funn

    by Joe Cool #2

    ... I have to confess to "Beavis and Butt-head Do America". Laughed myself silly for two hours, completely in spite of myself. Didn't deserve to. Did anyway. Just to hear Robert Stack enthusiastically exclaim, "Body-cavity searches for everyone!" was worth the ticket.

  • July 7, 2004, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Rupee88 - Critics, even as a group, are not foolproof. Home Alon

    by Trader Groucho 2

    And Roger Ebert, who pissed all over the movie first time he saw it, and the late Gene Siskel revisited the film after it was such a box office smash to take a fresh look at what audiences were finding funny.

  • Can any of you claiming it's a riot actually tell me you consistently laughed out loud with it's wacky "Comedy" It's just not funny.

  • July 7, 2004, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction Comedy/Not Comedy

    by underscore_only

    Sampling: QT:"Did you see the sign outside my house that said 'dead nigger storage'?" SJ:"What? I-" QT:"DID YOU SEE THE SIGN OUTSIDE MY HOUSE THAT SEAD DEAD NIGGER STORAGE!?" SJ:"No. You know I didn't see no sign." QT:"That's right, cause storin' dead niggers aint my fuckin' business!"

  • July 7, 2004, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Godfather: "Leave the gun, take the canolis" Comedy/Not Comedy?

    by mortsleam

  • July 7, 2004, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Absolutely

    by Joe Cool #2

    Sometimes the most effective comedy is the one that reveals humour in the darkest or most terrible of circumstances. The comedy that helps those involved (and those watching) deal with such situations. Brings us back to this ongoing donnybrook over Pulp Fiction. Is it a "comedy"? I would say not. Does it reveal moments of comedy? Absolutely, even if only because what you're watching is so outrageous or shocking that you laugh defensively. I'd put a film like "Trainspotting" in the same category. There were parts of that movie at which I laughed out loud, but not because it was jolly. Then there are films like "Life Is Beautiful" or "Good Morning Vietnam", where the film is deliberately framed around finding humanity through comedy (as opposed to moments of "shock-induced" laughter). None of which, of course, has anything to do with a film like "Beavis and Butt-head Do America". But your argument applies equally to all of the above: whether it's war, violent crime, drug addiction, genocide, racism, sexism or just good ol' thunderous stupidity you're confronted with, don't shirk from laughing at it where humour may present itself. Sometimes it's the only defence to such a situation one has. Maybe that sounds callous, but it's clear that above all else, the thing that makes people laugh the most is thankfulness that they're not in the situation that they're laughing at.

  • July 7, 2004, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Ancient Lights, see "Absolutely" above

    by Joe Cool #2

  • July 7, 2004, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I know a good dark comedy....

    by underscore_only

    Fight Club! Man, that film is funny as shit . . . not "top ten" funny, but funny. Flashback humour. Bitch tits. Lead salad. Fighting one's self in the presence of one's boss. Genius.

  • July 7, 2004, 4:48 p.m. CST

    To settle this "to be or not to be a comedy"

    by madfreethinker

    How many of you would consider "Psycho" (1960) to be a comedy? I'm guessing not too many. Well, the director himself, Alfred Hitchcock, referred to this film as a "comedy". Of course, the British have always had a weird sense of humor. My vote for most underappreciated comedy goes to that crazy-ass Mel Gibson movie from earlier this year--you know, the one where everybody talked strangely and kept beating the shit out of this poor bastard for no good reason.

  • July 7, 2004, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Three_Oranges...

    by underscore_only

    Obviously you've never seen Paul Rudd on The Daily Show. Whenever he's on he's fuckin' HILARIOUS! Maybe it's him feeding off of the always funny Jon Stewart....but when he was talking about his horrible vomit/diarrhea story I was in stitches.

  • July 7, 2004, 5:02 p.m. CST

    I'd actually put "Armageddon" in the top ten.

    by user id indeed!

    I swear to God, every time Michael Clark Duncan makes that joke about Uranus, I wet myself. Oh, Jesus, I'm about to just thinking about it.

  • July 7, 2004, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Zombie...

    by Childe Roland

    ...for the sake of argument, let's say you're correct that the movies you list were all intended to be hilarious comedies (and, in your eyes, are) but were completely misunderstood by the viewing audience (with the obvious exception of you). Doesn't that make them misfires? I mean, can any piece of art be successful if no one understands it? More importantly, can any joke succeed if no one "gets" it? I laughed at various points in all of the movies you mentioned, but I highly doubt they were intentional (most of the laughs, in fact, were inspired by co-viewers who thought of something funny to say that was only marginally related to what we were watching). Pulp Fiction could go on this list if I heard Quentin T himself give a runny-nosed soliloquy about how he intended the film to be a comedy. I also laughed at points in that film and I'd even say some of those laughs were intended (as they were derived either from the dialogue or the delivery thereof), but in the places where QT was very obviously trying to be funny (many of which were pointed out in earlier talkbacks), I simply wasn't all that amused... or even bemused. Maybe c-mused, if that's an option. As in "If I did some more coke, I bet this'd be hilarious!" Here's why Quentin can't do comedy (and check out Four Rooms for further proof): You can't believe you're too cool for school and ungraspable/unappreciable by the average audience and still tell a joke that most people will get. There are a fair number of wicked-smart, aloof motherfuckers who sit around giggling to themselves about shit only they find funny. Most of them are in straight jackets to protect themselves and the rest of society. I think it would be funny if they were all sodomized by monkeys.

  • July 7, 2004, 5:17 p.m. CST

    "I haven't seen it, but I'm sure it sucks"...

    by Hamish

    And that, ladies and germs, is in a nutshell what is wrong with this board, the movie industry, and the world. Cynical pricks of the world unite! Or don't, cos, you know, that would definitely suck, even though I've never done it before...

  • July 7, 2004, 5:32 p.m. CST

    my top 10 in no order

    by bjtew

    The Big Lebowski, Blazing Saddles, The Pink Panther, Wet Hot American Summer, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Airplane, Kentucky Fried Movie, The Jerk, Pootietang, Dumb and Dumber. Yeah, something like that. Oh yeah, just cause you find something funny doesn't make it a comedy.

  • July 7, 2004, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction is funny

    by jawaburger

    Can't we just say that it crosses several genres. It is funny, suspenceful, dramatic, romantic . . . well, maybe not that last one. Why does every movie have to be in such a concrete structured category. Dont mix the peas with the mashed potatoes. Whatever. oh yeah, Fight Club is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, although it took a few viewings before some of the humor caught on.

  • July 7, 2004, 6:07 p.m. CST

    man, Ice Pirates, now thats a funny movie

    by jawaburger

    Did anyone else notice that Gregory Hines, God rest his soul, pretended to be castrated in this movie, and in History of the World. Also a very funny movie. How many actors got to play eunuchs in more than one movie.

  • July 7, 2004, 6:12 p.m. CST

    best laugh-out-loud comedies

    by abcdefz1

    ....the comedies that still make me laugh, however many times I see them (no particular order): Holy Grail; Naked Gun; Big Lebowski; Hail, the Conquering Hero; Young Frankenstein; Defending Your Life; Tootsie; Love and Death; King of Comedy (Scorsese); Diner. Honorable mention: Postcards from the Edge.

  • July 7, 2004, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Yeah, "Stir Crazy", "Silver Streak", and

    by jawaburger

    last and least "See no Evil, Hear no Evil", were all pretty hilarious. If I am forgetting a good one, let me know.

  • July 7, 2004, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I think Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas made me laugh more than a

    by IAmJacksUserID

    ...also UHF is a great comedy. And for chrissakes, Pulp Fiction is NOT considered a goddamn comedy. Yes, it is funny, but it is categorized as a drama, sometimes as a crime drama. So quit trying to act like you have some awareness that no one else has or quit trying to be cool or just stop, ok??

  • July 7, 2004, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Herc replies:

    by Hercules

    For the record: ******* 1) "Princess Bride," "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Raising Arizona" are, without question, three of the very funniest comedies ever made, and deserve to replace several of the amazing big-screen comedies I mentioned. They just slipped my mind because I was in a big giant rush to gush over "Anchorman," one of the 10 funniest comedies ever made. ******* 2) "Lost in America" is actually comedy genius Albert Brooks' FOURTH best movie, though the "from now on, a bird lives in a ROUND STICK!" scene is probably the funniest scene he ever created. ******* 3) Quentin Tarantino, perhaps the most famous former video store clerk on the planet, has stated many times in interviews that HE classifies "Pulp Fiction" as a comedy, and would file it on the appropriate shelf.

  • July 7, 2004, 9:46 p.m. CST

    two things

    by jay1540

    It seems pretty obvious that the comedy/non-comedy sides of the Pulp Fiction thing arent going to find some common ground on what genre(s) the movie falls under. But what does it really matter? Who actually cares if someone looks for it first in the drama section or the comedy section? Labeling is subjective and firmly rooted in semantics, hence, there really is no right or wrong. Also, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so if you've seen Anchorman and love it, hate it, or are somewhere in between, thats cool. And if you haven't and still feel one of the above ways about it, that's cool too. But personally, if I had a passionate opinion of something (lets say a film) which I had no first hand knowledge about (since it is a singular piece of [for better or worse] artistic expression, only watching that WHOLE film would constitute this knowledge), I probably would keep that fact to myself. Maybe thats just me.

  • July 7, 2004, 9:51 p.m. CST

    The "You pooped in the refrigerator?" joke is missing from the n

    by FrankDrebin

    And since we're listing great comedies, don't shun that incestuous old sleezebag Woody Allen: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN and SLEEPER.

  • July 7, 2004, 10:37 p.m. CST

    umm---listen up u elitist fags

    by stavx

    gimme a goddamn break---none of you has an iota of of a shred of an idea what is funny. You all make me sick. Just get some towels now and lather up and do each other in a turkish bath house somewhere and spare us. Go and remove ebert's and maltin's book of reviews from yer asses. You all deserve to work at blockbuster. The lack of imagination in yer choices is pathetic. This is the goddamn shit right here that owns you. If you don't get it then go watch the bbc's office and die already. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995- pure goddamn heaven, jim here trounces everything in his path and we are all the better for it. man, what happened to you? bruce almighty?!?! wtf? Burn Hollywood Burn - An Alan Smithee Film 1998 all you insider knobs should check this out again if you missed the genius the first time around. Can I Do It ... Til I Need Glasses? 1977 unsung, unheralded and shamelessly ignored. If you can find it, get it now. I last saw a vcd transfer of it go for 35 pounds in february. Pray on your sickly yambag it goes up for auction again, snap that shit up roid mouth. Cheech and Chong's Next Movie- nuff said....if u can't wrap yer acne riddled head around this then go back and suckle on yer mom's hairy nipple anything mst3k- pure fucking godhead---thank god for DAP police academy 2- bobcat dynamos his way onto our public consciousness and gives sam kinison the idea for his coke driven drivel lameass excuse he had for an act for the next 8 yrs. freddy got fingered - he usually doesn't do it for me----but here is 86 minutes, where he delivers the ultimate mindfuck to hollywood fat cats. unfortunately the dvd lacks the extras treatment it deserved........ I could go on and on you piss ants----but i'm wastin my time here-----you are all sheep who deserve anal rape by the supremely untalented and waaaaay unfunny coen brothers. go drool on some skanks BTW ask yourself why hollywood is preventing will ferrell from making a confederacy of dunces? Instead they supplicate him with anchorman. He NEVER wanted to do this movie..Don't u see?? He was promised he might get a greenlight for confederacy if he did the crapulent anchorman dance for the kiddies. He also signed on for bewitched under the same promise, but now he is already signed and aboard and they took away his pet project....Hopefully he'll wake up and do it with his own scratch. I doubt it though, he'll get union problems and no takers to helm the directoprs chair for fear they'll get blacklisted or whatever. Bewitched will be the single most unfunny death knell moment of 2005. Nicole Kidman in a comedy?!?!?! Her banging the tribe called quest guy while screening lenny's pathetic voicemail would be 100x funnier. stavx out....

  • July 7, 2004, 10:38 p.m. CST

    umm---listen up u elitist fags

    by stavx

    gimme a goddamn break---none of you has an iota of of a shred of an idea what is funny. You all make me sick. Just get some towels now and lather up and do each other in a turkish bath house somewhere and spare us. Go and remove ebert's and maltin's book of reviews from yer asses. You all deserve to work at blockbuster. The lack of imagination in yer choices is pathetic. This is the goddamn shit right here that owns you. If you don't get it then go watch the bbc's office and die already. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995- pure goddamn heaven, jim here trounces everything in his path and we are all the better for it. man, what happened to you? bruce almighty?!?! wtf? Burn Hollywood Burn - An Alan Smithee Film 1998 all you insider knobs should check this out again if you missed the genius the first time around. Can I Do It ... Til I Need Glasses? 1977 unsung, unheralded and shamelessly ignored. If you can find it, get it now. I last saw a vcd transfer of it go for 35 pounds in february. Pray on your sickly yambag it goes up for auction again, snap that shit up roid mouth. Cheech and Chong's Next Movie- nuff said....if u can't wrap yer acne riddled head around this then go back and suckle on yer mom's hairy nipple anything mst3k- pure fucking godhead---thank god for DAP police academy 2- bobcat dynamos his way onto our public consciousness and gives sam kinison the idea for his coke driven drivel lameass excuse he had for an act for the next 8 yrs. freddy got fingered - he usually doesn't do it for me----but here is 86 minutes, where he delivers the ultimate mindfuck to hollywood fat cats. unfortunately the dvd lacks the extras treatment it deserved........ I could go on and on you piss ants----but i'm wastin my time here-----you are all sheep who deserve anal rape by the supremely untalented and waaaaay unfunny coen brothers. go drool on some skanks BTW ask yourself why hollywood is preventing will ferrell from making a confederacy of dunces? Instead they supplicate him with anchorman. He NEVER wanted to do this movie..Don't u see?? He was promised he might get a greenlight for confederacy if he did the crapulent anchorman dance for the kiddies. He also signed on for bewitched under the same promise, but now he is already signed and aboard and they took away his pet project....Hopefully he'll wake up and do it with his own scratch. I doubt it though, he'll get union problems and no takers to helm the directoprs chair for fear they'll get blacklisted or whatever. Bewitched will be the single most unfunny death knell moment of 2005. Nicole Kidman in a comedy?!?!?! Her banging the tribe called quest guy while screening lenny's pathetic voicemail would be 100x funnier. stavx out....

  • July 7, 2004, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Herc assures Retrostyle:

    by Hercules

    The scene mentioning the fridge pooping and the cheese wheel remain intact. It was this scene that made me mutter, "This may perhaps emerge as one of the 10 funniest comedies I have ever seen.

  • July 7, 2004, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Netflix.......

    by pet the kitty

    This is GREAT! I 've been running out of movies for my Netflix line up. I'm writing these all down. Movies I've never heard of and old favorites I'd forgotten about. Thanks Folks!

  • July 7, 2004, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Yeah,Ice pirates

    by proper

    I liked that as a kid.It had the first alien on the toilet seat picking it's nose scene in history(correct me if i'm wrong)too!!.Anchorman reminds me of Chevy Chase.Pulp Fiction is a comedy to me as is Scarface for instance.It depends on where each of us can find humour.At the time though they were a shock to everybody and the violence and violent subjects were a step up from previous years films.Repeated viewings lessen the impact of violence so i don't know what the next step up will be come 2007 when the kids who have grown up on those and todays films as standard entertainment are ready........Stir crazy=those two were Gold.

  • July 8, 2004, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Saw it tonight - not THAT funny....

    by UnknownQuantity

    Way too hyped. Love Will Ferrell, but the movie really isn't that funny. Sometimes over the top, sometimes not - really inconsistent. Some of the cameos are funny - but more out of "surprise, look who it is" than anything else. I didn't have huge expectations for this, but I was expecting a little more.

  • July 8, 2004, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Funny like TALL GUY funny? Funny like STRANGE BREW funny? Funn

    by Uncle Stan

    Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it. You fucks at AICN promoted Old School as the fucking comedy of the decade and it sucked dust out of Charlton Heston's dried up nuts. Piss off.

  • July 8, 2004, 1:30 a.m. CST

    can't have a top 10 comedy list without "Best In Show"

    by eraser_x

    And Orionsangels is right--enough with the Pulp Fiction semantics already

  • July 8, 2004, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Will ferrel cracks me up......but this new movie just does'nt gr

    by cherrycola

    It look OKAY and not the funniest damn movie of the year...or one of the top ten.

  • July 8, 2004, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Wow! Somebody else who's actually heard of THE TALL GUY!

    by FrankDrebin

    It's an early gem by Richard Curtis (BEAN, BLACKADDER, 4 WEDDINGS, NOTTING HILL, BRIDGET JONES, LOVE ACTUALLY). What the Simpsons did to PLANET OF THE APES this movie does to THE ELEPHANT MAN. And if TB'ers are making rental lists, here's 2 more: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX (directors were way more daring with sexual content in the 70's) and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF (a gathering of classic old western character actors).

  • July 8, 2004, 1:44 a.m. CST

    herc, thanks for including "raising arizona"

    by cherrycola

    I had that movie on VHS and actually wore the video tape out. Oh, and what about time bandits? Or The Return of the Pink Panther? Or Duck soup starring the marx brothers? Hats off the poster that noted the gene wilder/richard pryor teamups from the 70's and 80's! Stir crazy cracks me up to this day. That scene when they put grossburger in the cell with pryor and gene arrives to see grossburger sitting there while pryor gives him that sobbing helpless look is priceless. lol.

  • July 8, 2004, 1:51 a.m. CST

    All this talk about pulp fiction being funny reminds me of a quo

    by cherrycola

    "Tragedy is when you get a paper-cut, comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die". Love that quote. BTW, what's up with people leaving off "blazing saddles"???

  • July 8, 2004, 5:22 a.m. CST

    You forgot 'Something about mary' and 'Scary movie 1'.

    by TheGinger Twit

  • July 8, 2004, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Woody Allen Is NOT Funny

    by vicious_bastard

  • July 8, 2004, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Pulp fiction was funny, but it was hardly a comedy. In fact I'd

    by TheGinger Twit

  • July 10, 2004, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Lebowski

    by Torgol

    There is no excuse for leaving The Big Lebowski off of any greatest comedy lists, ohh and young frankenstein. I completely agree with the Pulp Fiction thing, it was the funniest "drama" I had ever seen , except for the hilarity of Forrest Gump of course, I go into histerics everytime Bubba dies.

  • July 23, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Herc was right?

    by Napolean Solo

    In the years that have passed since Anchorman's release... I now declare it safe to be known as one of the Top 10 funniest movies ever forged. An absolute classic.

  • July 23, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Ahahaha

    by lost.rules.

    It's pretty damn funny to read the old talkback. There were actually haters from screenings warning people away from this movie. Wow. People will hate on anything.

  • July 24, 2008, 3:12 a.m. CST

    ha!

    by Wogga Wogga

    Anchorman in the top 10 funniest movies ever?! Not by a mile, and I think most people would agree, just look at the box-office it made (or didn't make.) At least it wasn't a fucking retarded spoof movie. I'd give it a 7 of 10, and that's being kind.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    LAST

    by tatoosh

  • May 4, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    SECOND LAST

    by DoctorGloom

    I love Lamp.