I once read that lists are a cheap way to write blog posts. They are easy to write because instead of composing 1000 words that flow together, you just have to write, say, 5 200 word snippets that fit together.
From a writing perspective, this is true, but I have been thinking about this blog post for a very long time. I have laughed hard at many scenes in movies, but these are the most enduring ones in my mind. Without further ado (or unnecessary effort writing, here’s the list of my top 5 funniest movie scenes.
Honorable Mention: Hot Tub Time Machine – “Crispin Glover’s arm”
This was one of the best running jokes I have seen in a movie, but sadly, a running joke doesn’t count because it isn’t a single scene. Even so, I find it worthy because it integrates suspense really well: after the first time, you never quite know how any scene is going to turn out.
5. Kung Pow – “Radio Shack”
Kung Pow is a dumb movie. The jokes are absurd, but at least the concept of redubbing and working into an old movie with green scene is executed well enough. Some of the movie is too much for me, but some jokes just really stand out. This scene is a one-liner that I find really funny for no particular reason
4. Dodgeball – “The Bar Scene”
There are 2 jokes in this scene that I like a lot: the player introduction at the beginning and Ben Stiller’s comebacks at the end. Sadly, they are split over 2 videos on YouTube. Oddly, I don’t think the jokes play off each other, and independently, they wouldn’t make it into my top 5. It doesn’t really make sense in my mind why they should work together, but they do.
3. Mystery Men – Superhero Training
Just before this scene is the training montage with “All Star” playing over it, and I like that scene, too. Mystery Men is just a strange, strange movie that feels like the 90s, and I really enjoy the self-aware, ridiculous humor in it. Although Ben Stiller usually plays the joker, he happens to be the straight man in this scene, and he pulls it off really well. Humor usually depends a lot on unpredictably, but the over-predictability of this scene build an awkwardness that brings the humor through for me.
2. The Big Lebowski – “We? I!”
Another quick hit of a joke. The feeling of a poor cover-up is very relatable. Overall, I’m only so-so on The Big Lebowski, but there are a few jokes that really work for me, and this is the winner.
1. Men in Black – “Written Exam”
I enjoy physical humor. I enjoy awkward humor. The pacing of this scene just feels right once the written exam starts.
Hopefully you guys enjoy these clips as well. I would be curious to hear what the favorites in the crowd are as well.
2 replies on “My Top 5 Funniest Movie Scenes”
No prayer to 8 lb 6 oz Baby Jesus?
What about how your father smelled of elderberries?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a classic. Admittedly, the only time I saw it was on a charter bus for a band trip when I was uncomfortable and couldn’t hear well, so I think the humor might have been masked by the situation. Definitely worth another watch.