Honorable mention: The Brothers Solomon
The story of two knit-wit friends, completely oblivious to common sense but with the dream of a worm farm, we find that can buy a lot of things, but it won’t make a hot redhead babe love you back. The Brothers Solomon, much like Dumb & Dumber, features two inseparable co-dependent goofballs who couldn’t function in the world without one another.
Honorable mention: Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Liar Liar
Jim Carrey came out of nowhere with his role as the animal-loving pet decitive on the hunt for a missing dolphin with a whole lot of gum. The sequel, despite being a lesser to the original, supersedes most comedies in movie history. From 1994 to 1997, Jim Carrey spoiled us with an abundance of comedy, including Liar Liar and The Mask.
Honorable mention: Black Sheep
You can get a good look at a great comedy by shoving your head up Tommy Boy’s ass, but wouldn’t you rather take our word for it? That right there is why we don’t write movies. The story of entitled numbskull who inherits his first job after seven years of college takes a turn when his father dies and he must go to great lengths to save his dad’s legacy with his numb skull friend. David Spade, just as in Black Sheep, plays the wiser to Farley’s dimmer in this deceased SNL great’s best buddy comedy.
Honorable mention:Billy Madison
A failed hockey player turned aggressive pro golfer, Happy Gilmore tap tap taps his way into our hearts while beating everyone around him’s ass. With some young Julie Bowen and a fist-to-cuffs with Bob Barker, this film stands as one of Adam Sandler’s finest films before the steep fall. Ten years ago we would have said Billy Madison was the better, but we’ve obviously grown up considerably.
Honorable mention: Ghostbusters, Groundhog’s Day and Caddyshack
Should you ever meet someone who’s never seen Bill Murray’s role reversal comedy with Richard Dreyfuss, immediately unfriend them. A dependent multi-paranoid person who harasses the sanity out of his psycho therapist, Dr. Marvin, Murray plays a smiling madman to perfection, much like he plays our honorable mentions back when comedy movies were prime time.
Honorable mention: Step Brothers and Wedding Crashers
The ultimate man child movie about grown adults who start their own fraternity, Old School was the beginning of the Todd Phillips-directed, Will Ferrell-led films with the likes of Vince Vaughn and the Wilson brothers. This one spawned other perfectly quotable well-cast comedies like Step Brothers and Starksy and Hutch.
Honorable mention: Meet the Parents
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s dip into the magical world of male models and mer-men gave us goosebumps, even before we caught a glimpse of Blue Steel. One of this year’s biggest sequels, Zoolander employs so many of our favorite comedians in the most ridiculous plot that’s only enjoyable to those smart enough not to judge it.
Honorable mention: Pineapple Express
Every man’s movie about the common misery of the common denominator starts with the gangster rap drive to the office, is interrupted by PC load letter errors and hopefully ends with the “O face.” While no one other than Jennifer Aniston was a familiar face the first time we saw the movie, each character quickly won us over, then made us want to quit our day jobs.
Honorable mention: Trains, Planes & Automobiles
A holiday movie must, no Christmas is complete with a little Griswold family tradition. From oversized Christmas trees to flaming reindeer flying through the local nitroglycerin plant, watch Chevy Chase in his prime before he completely lost his marbles. Nearly 30 Christmases with the Griswolds, National Lampoon’s late ‘80s installment stands the test of time, and basically outdid the rest of the franchise by a landslide.
Honorable mention: The Naked Gun
Speaking of movie men who lost their marbles, people tend to forget about the comedy parody of all parodies back when Charlie Sheen was classic. Hot Shots! gave us more laughs than an Ernest P. Worrell marathon, including some well-loved, sorely missed Lloyd Bridges. “War. It’s fantastic."