If ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine,’ here’s your prescription…

Happiness strategies
30 Jan 2023

Time Out’s readership says these are the top ten funniest films of all time.

10. 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

'Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!’

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones Cast: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin

9. Duck Soup (1933)

‘I could dance with you till the cows come home. But I’d rather dance with the cows till you come home.’

Director: Leo McCarey Cast: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx

8. Team America: World Police (2004)

‘I’ve got five terrorists going south-east on Bakalakadaka Street!’

Directors: Trey Parker, Matt Stone Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone 

7. Withnail & I

‘I feel like a pig shat in my head!’

Director: Bruce Robinson Cast: Richard E Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths

6. The Jerk (1979)

‘A cosmetologist? Really? Wow. Must tough to handle the weightlessness.’

Director: Carl Reiner Cast: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

5. Groundhog Day (1993)

‘Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.’

Director: Harold Ramis Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

4. Annie Hall (1977)

‘I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me as a member.’

Director: Woody Allen Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

3. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

‘He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy.’

Director: Terry Jones Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin

2. Airplane! (1980)

‘Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.’

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty

1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

‘What’re the hours?’

Director: Rob Reiner Cast: Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner

But what about your choices?

I’m going to add four into the mix.

First, the slapstick laugh-out-loud film:

“Just Visiting” with Jean Reno and Christina Applegate – even has Corfe Castle making an appearance.  I literally fell of the sofa laughing. Very silly with a lovely moral. https://amzn.to/3wySba9

Second, if you join our tribe you have to sit through at least one viewing of, “So, I Married An Axe Murderer,” if only to understand the ‘in’ quotes we share in the family.Mike Myers with all the voices that later made him more famous in Shrek and the Austen Powers movies. https://amzn.to/3HxpWz8

Third, my favourite film in French. "The Closet aka Le placard" Daniel Auteuil (Actor), Gérard Depardieu (Actor), Francis Veber (Director, Writer) It’s awkward, charming, and delightful in equal measures. https://amzn.to/3HeVmZP

Fourth, not just a comedy but a romance and great social commentary, “Kissing Jessica Stein.” The stars get fed up with dating men, so they try the alternative… Filming was funded by the families of the co-writers who are also the co-starsAll the investors got their money back… and then some. A happy story all round. https://amzn.to/3WEQbYM

OK, let’s get enough recommendations from you to keep us laughing every week for a year.

It’s good medicine.


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