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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Favorite Underrated Comedies - Jeremy Kinney

Jeremy Kinney shares a fanatical devotion to movies with me as well as a love for 'Dottie' from CLUE CLUB. His favorite films are TRUST, SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT and GYMKATA. He should be followed on twitter @FakeShemp!

I'm not quite sure what deserves the label underrated anymore. Ever since I became a member of some film communities on the interwebs, I've found out that I'm not the only one that loves 2001's Josie & The Pussycats or 1981's Student Bodies. All of a sudden these movies weren't underrated anymore as they were under seen. All of the films listed below are under seen and therefor underrated.

The Monster (1994)
Just before Roberto Benigni annoyed the shit out of us at the Academy Awards with his hysterical concentration camp comedy (when do we get to make an overrated list, Rupe?), he made this comedy of mistaken identity. Benigni plays a man, who because of his odd behavior, becomes mistaken for a serial killer. When a female detective (played by Benigni's wfe) goes undercover as his roommate, shenanigans ensue. It was the highest grossing film of all time when it was released in Italy. I saw it in the theater here in the states, where I'm sure it made upwards of 10's of dollars.

The Freshman (1990)
Matthew Broderick plays a NYU film student who in order to support himself, takes up running errands for Marlon Brando's character Carmine Sabatini. Not only does Carmine look and sound like a certain Godfather, we're told he was also the basis for him. Written and directed by Andrew Bergman, the film is all charm. There's a scene where Broderick & his roommate played by Frank Whaley go to pick up a "package" that should have you in stitches.

Late For Dinner (1991)
After being shot by mean ole Peter Gallagher, brothers Willie and Frank seek out medical attention only to find themselves cryogenically frozen. When they wake up, 30 years have past. Life has past them by and all they want to do is go home to their family. While it's not zingers coming at you left and right, the comedy comes from characters. 30 years have past for us and others in the movie, but it's only been a few hours for our protagonists. I dare you to not leave it with a smile on your face.

The Tall Guy (1989)
A romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis and starring Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson & Rowan Atkinson and I'll bet you've never even heard of it. Goldblum plays an American actor in London who's only real known trait is being tall. The plot doesn't really matter. He meets adorable Emma Thompson, they fall in love. Complications happen. Blah blah blah. Pretty standard romantic comedy tropes that Richard Curtis would later come to perfect in films such as Four Weddings & A Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually. But there's an absurdness at play that makes it more fun than normal. Sex scenes with singing underwear, Elephant Man the musical & Rowan Atkinson playing a total douche bag are just highlights.

Observe & Report (2009)
Now this one I can say is UNDERRATED. In the future, just as they did with Blade Runner & The Thing, film scholars will look back and wonder what the hell was wrong with us. It seems to me that America wasn't ready to see Seth Rogen play a "character". He's deeply committed to playing Ronnie, a security guard with emotional and mental issues that have kept him from his dream job of becoming a police officer. When a flasher starts stalking the ladies of his mall, including his dream girl Brandi (Anna Faris), it's up to Ronnie to bring the man to justice. Jody Hill has mentioned the inspiration of such characters as Travis Bickle & Rupert Pupkin (!!!) in the creation of Ronnie. It shows. Ronnie is pathetic, unlikable & has everything to prove and he's going to do it whether you give him permission or not. Hill's direction is assured. The film is an assault on comedy. It dares you to laugh. I'm still laughing..

1 comment:

Robert M. Lindsey said...

The Freshman is a great pick! Underrated for sure.