Putting together a list of underrated comedy movies is not an easy task. There’s many factors that go into the list, such as the different genres within comedy. The era in which the movie was released is also important. After all, comedy has changed over the decades. There’s other stuff too, but for the sake of this post, I’m sticking with movies released after 1995. There’s no particular order to my list, just five movies I think deserve a second glance.
A case could be made that all Broken Lizard flicks are underrated, but my favorite (aside from Super Troopers) is the horror comedy “Club Dread.” In this little gem, the gang gives us a slasher film in the middle of tropical island that’s filled with hot girls. Pretty genius is you ask me, maybe more movies should follow this map.
The funny characters, the over the top death scenes and the hot girls would be enough, but the main reason I love this movie is because of Coconut Pete played by the one and only Bill Paxton.
Favorite quote: Follow thee banana, follow thee banana!
“Saving Silverman” is one of those rare movies that keeps me laughing throughout mo matter how many times I watch it. Okay, the story isn’t very original, but what I like the movie because of the cast. Jack Black and Steve Zahn are hilarious together, especially when they kidnap Amanda Peet. This was the first time I saw Jack Black in anything, and he steals the show here. Also in the movie are R. Lee Ermy as the gang’s high school football Coach who is now in jail for killing a referee. Oh, and Neil Diamond appears as himself.
Favorite quote: Hey, we’re coming to America.
“Pootie Tang” is the tale of famed musician/actor/folk hero Pootie Tang. Here, his life is chronicled from his early childhood to his battles against the evil Corporate America, who try to steal his magic belt and make him sell out by endorsing addictive products to his people. Pootie must learn to find himself and defeat the evil corporation for all the young children of America, supatime.
“Pootie Tang” was adapted from a comedy sketch that appeared on HBO’s The Chris Rock Show. I admit, this movie is not for everyone. Many people won’t think its funny at all, but I love it. Laneit and I saw it in theatres, and the experince was memorable because someone pulled a fire alarm.
Favorite Quote: Pootie Tang will draw you a picture of how he gonna kick your ass, then mail it to you ten days in advance. The picture gets there right? You’re goin’, “What the hell is this?” and then Pootie Tang knocks on your door, Promptly kicks your ass and you still won’t know what happened to you!
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
“Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” was written and directed by Steve Oedekerk, he’s also the main star. In the film, Oedekerk creates an off-the-wall comedy and a new martial arts genre that substantially alters dubbed action footage from a 1970’s martial arts picture with a brand new twist in the story line and altered dialogue. The story follows The Chosen One (Oedekerk) as he seeks to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of the evil and seemingly indestructible kung fu legend, Master Pain. By the way, Master Pain prefers to be called Betty.
As I sat in the theatre watching this, I thought to myself “Why the hell did I pay to see this?” However, about 20 minutes in I was hooked. Some of the funniest parts are the most subtle ones, and I admit I missed the whale scene several times. If you watch hits, be sure to stay through the credits.
Favorite Quote: Hmm, chicken go cluck-cluck, cow go moo. Piggy go oink-oink, how bout you? Wanna be an animal just like you.
I’m going to make this perfectly clear: “Fierce Creatures” is my favorite movie of all time.
I know that sounds strange, but its true. I love everything about this movie. I can quote every line, heck I even wrote a term paper about it in college. This movie makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it, which is often.
“Fierce Creatures” is not a sequel or continuation of “A Fish Call Wanda.” Yes, the cast is the same, but that’s it. In this movie Marwood Zoo has been acquired by Octopus Inc., a conglomerate headed by billionaire Australian Rod McCain as played by Kevin Kline. The new director of the zoo is retired Hong Kong Police Force officer Rollo Lee (John Cleese). Lee institutes a “fierce creatures” theme, on the assumption that a zoo that only exhibits dangerous animals and emphasizes violence will attract more visitors. Because as he says, “Mr. Sylvester Stallone didn’t get where he is today by playing in Jane Austen.”
All the animal keepers, including Bugsy (Michael Palin), protest against the policy, and make various attempts to get Rollo to change his mind. Newly-hired executive Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis) arrives at the zoo to take over, she demotes Rollo to middle management. Tagging along is Vince McCain (also played by Kevin Kline), vice president of marketing and son of Rod McCain.
Kevin Klein is creepy in a funny way, Jamie Lee Curtis looks great, and remember this is before she became the Activia lady. Michael Palin can’t shut up, and John Cleese is at his best. Other funny stuff happens along the way, but I don’t want to give any of that away. Sufficient to say you’ll never think of a zoo the same way again.
Favorite Quote: You saw the papers… the, uh, Vampire Gunman Runs Amok story?