Some comedies don’t stand up to anything more than one viewing, as the story is uninteresting, the characters are one-dimensional, and the punchlines are predictable. But there are a few entries in the genre that really stand out. Jokes age like fine wine, the bulletproof plot stands up to countless revisits, and idiosyncratic character moments never get old.
Comedies full of jokes, Easter eggs, and subtle foreshadows can be enjoyed over and over again. Of Super bad To Back to the future, there are a bunch of great examples.
ten Superb (2007)
A perfect example of the Apatow tradition of telling ultimately sweet stories in a scorching hard-R setting, the gem of Greg Mottola’s teen comedy Super bad is full of laughs, thanks to his perfectly matched leads, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera.
The script has been tweaked over a decade since Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg started writing it as 13-year-old high school students and couldn’t find a Hollywood studio to produce it until their mid-twenties, so every page is full of proven material.
9 Groundhog Day (1993)
Harold Ramis groundhog day stars Bill Murray as a journalist who falls in love with his producer while he is stuck in a time loop. And a movie about living the same day over and over again seems more relevant than ever in the COVID age.
Since it covers a period of 10,000 years and deals with noble existential subjects, groundhog day enjoys a few visits. Plus, Bill Murray’s performance as the quintessential curmudgeon with a heart of gold never gets old.
8 Pulp Fiction (1994)
With a pair of hired killers bickering like Jerry and George in Seinfeld and a boxer who finds himself trapped in the basement sex dungeon of sadistic pawnshop owner Quentin Tarantino’s pulp Fiction is a very different kind of crime film and arguably one of the greatest dark comedies ever made.
Almost all of the scenes from pulp Fiction is iconic, but its non-linear structure, constant cultural references, and abundance of Easter eggs require a few viewing to fully understand.
7 This is a spinal puncture (1984)
Rob Reiner’s iconic fake rockumentary, This is the spinal puncture, was reduced to a tight runtime of 82 minutes from hours of material improvised by the cast.
Everyone remembers classic moments like “Hello, Cleveland! “And” These go up to 11 “, but no one understands all the jokes This is the spinal puncture when they are first viewed. The authentic documentary style means a lot of great songs get lost in the middle the first time around.
6 Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Edgar Wright’s zom-com, Shaun of the Dead, hilariously pokes fun at the zombie genre while delivering an excellent, full-fledged zombie movie. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost take on the roles of two roommates who sleep during the Undead Rising after a night at the pub and wake up hungover in a post-apocalyptic world.
Like the rest of Wright’s Cornetto films, Shaun of the Dead makes excellent use of foreshadowing. In a first scene of the film, Frost describes the whole plot – but viewers only notice if they have seen the film before. Shaun and its spiritual sequels are filled with those little nods to longtime fans.
5 Airplane! (1980)
To tell an absurd version of the plot of the disaster film made for television, H hour!, Airplane! sees a former fighter pilot called in to land a plane when cabin crew get sick from food poisoning.
The iconic parody is filled to the brim with jokes of all kinds: visual gags, puns, slapstick, movie references and little background details. It is impossible to catch them all in one viewing.
4 Toy Story (1995)
Pixar made the first computer animated feature film with Toy story, a record not to be taken lightly. The only reason computer-animated features are now such a successful genre is that Pixar perfected it with this premiere.
The revolutionary animation of Toy story was committed to bringing an airtight, meticulously crafted storyline to life, and the animators included dozens of little details that will be missed at first sight, like seeing the rug from The brilliant in Sid’s house.
3 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
After revolutionizing sketch comedy with their series Monthy Python’s flying circus, the Pythons made their first original feature film with the years 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
The comedy in this film operates on several levels. On the surface, this is a series of well-written Python sketches based on Arthurian legend, but it also targets the artifice of the cinema itself with pleasant opening credits, a constant breaking of the fourth wall, and a hysterically anticlimactic end. It’s those many layers that make it great for watching over and over again, as even longtime fans of the crew will notice something new and hilarious every time.
2 The Great Lebowski (1998)
The Coen brothers’ black stoner The great Lebowski, a classically harsh story of mistaken identity told through the eyes of a lazy drug smoker, is one of the cornerstones of cult cinema. In fact, he is revisable enough to have inspired an entire religion.
The plot isn’t very important, so the movie doesn’t get too bogged down in it. Instead of following the plot point by point, audiences can sit down with a white Russian and enjoy the Dude’s seemingly aimless odyssey through Los Angeles, crossing paths with the wackiest and most colorful characters of the city. And no matter how many times you look, it never gets old.
1 Back to the Future (1985)
Timeless time travel comedy by Robert Zemeckis, Back to the future still stands, as he sees Marty McFly accidentally traveling in 1955 in his friend Doc Brown’s new time machine and unwittingly preventing his parents from meeting. He must team up with a young Doc to “return to the future” while trying to make sure his parents reunite so that he continues to exist.
Zemeckis’ script, co-written with Bob Gale, is filled with subtle foreshadows that audiences will miss the first time around. That way, it’s important to pay attention to the scenes from the beginning of 1985 as they are filled with setups that relate later to the scenes from 1955.
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