Anyone who’s read any of my books can tell I love humor. I’ve always been a big fan of comedies, whether they be dark comedies or slapstick. Comedy is subjective, but I thought I’d share with you some of my top favorite funny films. It was incredibly hard to choose just five, but here goes!
- Blue Brothers – This is a movie I love to watch time and time again. On top of the fact that it’s a fantastic film, it’s full of amazing music. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd play Jake Blues and Elwood Blues, to brothers on a mission from God. They set off on an insane adventure full of humor and mayhem to save the orphanage they grew up in. Of course the movie wouldn’t be what it is without its heart—the incredible performances by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, and James Brown.
- Some like It Hot – I adore classic Hollywood movies, especially the comedies. Right up there at the top along with Cary Grant’s best comedies, is Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. I never get tired of watching this fabulous film about two jazz musicians on the run from the mob who disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band where they meet Sugar, played by the stunning Marilyn Monroe. This movie is fast paced, full of zingy one liners, and great gags. Truly a classic.
- Groundhog Day – I’m a big fan of Bill Murray, and personally I think this movie is one of his best. Bill plays Phil Connors, a cynical weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Not only is it wonderfully funny, but incredibly sweet and romantic.
- O Brother Where Art Thou – The Coen Brothers can always be counted on to offer movies filled with great humor, stunning visuals, and lots of depth. I’m certainly a fan. O Brother Where Art Thou offers a fantastic cast in its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey. It’s full of great lines, laugh out loud moments, and plenty of heart. George Clooney plays Everett who manages to escape a chain gang with two other prisoners. The three set off in the pursuit of freedom and buried treasure encountering a host of dangers along the way. It’s also got a fabulous country-and-western soundtrack.
- Trading Places – John Landis directed some pretty epic movies in the late seventies and throughout the eights, from Animal House to Coming to America. Trading Places is a movie I always find funny, no matter how many times I watch it. Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy join up in this fairytale-ish inspired story about a snobbish commodities trader and a homeless hustler whose lives get swapped by two billionaire brothers placing a bet. It’s smart, hilarious, and the end is epically awesome.