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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Favorite Underrated Comedies - Parker Bowman

Parker is one if the founding members of the Junk Food Dinner podcast. JFD is a show wherein they talk about three movies per episode and many of the films are often genre related, silly, or just plain weird. It's a fascinating program and I recommend it:

The Stupids(1996; John Landis)
It takes a lot of intelligence to make truly funny "dumb" humor. I'd apply that mantra to movies like "Airplane," "UHF," "Freaked" and "The Stupids." I know what you're saying "A Tom Arnold movie? Yeah, right!" Well, in Tom Arnold's defence, after he left writing and appearing on one of the greatest sitcoms of all time ("Roseanne"), it had the absolute worst final season a tv show could ever possibly have. I'm not gonna give all the credit to Tom Arnold, but that fact is hard to ignore. And, here, Tom Arnold plays Stanley Stupid, patriarch of the Stupid family about as perfectly as anyone could play any role.

The movie is built around the highest form of comedy: "Three's Company"-esque misunderstandings. There's also a healthy heaping of the Stupids being very, very stupid. One of my favorite jokes goes like this: Stanley needs a fast mode of transportation and reasons that rollerblades would be his best option because they have eight wheels and cars only have four, so the rollerblades must be faster.

Oh, and John Landis directed it. You may remember him from some of the best movies of all time.

Roller Town(2012; Andrew Bush)
This movie may not so much "underrated" as "little known," but either way it's hilarious. Made by a Canadian sketch comedy troupe (is there any other kind) called Picnicface, the movie is a loving homage/parody of '70s disco roller skate movies like "Roller Boogie," Skatetown USA" and even "The Apple."

This is probably the funniest movie I've seen since "Wet Hot American Summer," which is fitting because "Roller Town" does for late '70s rollerskating movies what "Wet Hot" did for early '80s summer camp movies.

It was just released last year and (I think) is on Netflix Instant now. Keep an eye out for the Disco Dog Father.

Not Another Teen Movie(2001; Joel Gallen)
I think this movie gets unfairly lumped in with all those "(Movie) Movies," but as far as I know, it has nothing to do with them and pre-dates that atrocious scene anyway. This is more of an Abrahams/Zucker kind of a thing parodying teen flicks from the classic John Hughes movies up to "She's all That" and "Varsity Blues" and stuff.

Chris Evans (aka Captain fuckin' America) is great as the shallow, yet haunted, quarterback and there's some great cameos from Mr. T and Molly Ringwald and the principal from "The Breakfast Club."

Orgazmo(1997; Trey Parker)
Not sure if this counts as "underrated" since it was made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who have won about a million Tony Awards and have been nominated for Emmys and Grammys and have one of the longest running still-funny TV shows ever in "South Park." Either way, outside of maybe their first flick "Cannibal: The Musical," this is definitely the duo's least recognized work. Parker plays a Mormon Missionary who becomes a porn star to pay for his wedding and then becomes a superhero. A classic tale.

Idiocracy(2006; Mike Judge)
Mike Judge is a dude who's always been able to tap into American culture and mine gold. Though less celebrated than "The Simpsons" or "Family Guy," Judge's "King of the Hill" was quietly funnier than either of those shows and managed it for the entirety of the show's run.

"Idiocracy" is a flick about a guy who time travels to the future and discovers a horrible wasteland. Think "Planet of the Apes," but instead of chimps and stuff, Earth is overrun by people who watch "Honey Boo Boo" and adults who read "Twilight."

The most popular tv show in this future is "Ow! My Balls!" the most popular movie is just 90 minutes of buttcheeks and the president's middle name is "Mountain Dew."

This movie doesn't get the love that "Office Space" does, but I definitely think in 20 years or so people are gonna come around to this flick and recognize it as satirical perfection.

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