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crippledalbino

The God of 42nd Street
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By "live through to really appreciate" I meant that there are probably comedies from the early/mid-2000s that I connected with more being a kid than you would, and movies from the 80s I wouldn't connect as well with as you do. So, the way to really decide "best decade" you'd have to choose movies that are great no matter what era you're from (you mentioned some already, so I think we're pretty much on the same page).
Jesus, what kind of a youngin’ are you? How do you feel about Naked Gun? Is that ancient history for you?
 

LiddyRules

Johny Charro Card Holder #1
The mistake would be to judge an entire decade by a handful of films. Yes, there are some fantastic comedies from that decade. The Producers, Dr Strangelove, The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, and The Party.

What makes the 60's the worst is that beyond those 5 there literally were only a handful of other comedies even made during that decade. I found a top 20 comedies of the 60's list on imdb that lists two Beatles movies for crying out loud.

And you're insane about the 70's being a lull. While Peter Sellers was pretty much the only game in town in the 60's, the 70's featured multiple movies from Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Cheech and Chong, and Woody Allen. Not to mention Animal House, American Graffiti, MASH, The Jerk, etc.
I need to think about this. Because comedies tend to age poorly, so is it about holding up or are we putting ourselves in the era? I've actually wanted to rewatch the Jim Carrey 94 trilogy to see how they hold up. Same with Austin Powers. The first one.

As for the 1960s, 90% of comedies back then were Beach Blanket Bingo/Casino Royale style farces.
 

LiddyRules

Johny Charro Card Holder #1
I'm still working on ranking the decades. I've got the 80's as the best and the 60's as the worst. I may have just talked myself into the 70's being the second best decade. I had been leaning towards the 90s. That's probably what you meant by having to live through them. But as I look at both decades I think the 70s have a few more that have held up, and I think that's at least partially because many of them are period pieces.

  1. The 80's
  2. The 70's
  3. The 90s
  4. The 30s
  5. The 50s
  6. The 2000s
  7. The 40s
  8. The 2010s
  9. The 60s
Let me throw this approach into the analysis. How do they fair on bad comedies? Like if you had to watch a bottom tier comedy from those decades, which would you more likely have a good time with?

80s probably, but that might also have to do with the sheer number of comedies from that decade. Does any other even come close in quantity?

What's a bad 70s comedy?

I watched SIMAAM a couple of nights back and thought it was charming more than funny. Is that nostalgia?
 

Pigdango

Silence, you mortal Fuck!
Donator
Let me throw this approach into the analysis. How do they fair on bad comedies? Like if you had to watch a bottom tier comedy from those decades, which would you more likely have a good time with?

80s probably, but that might also have to do with the sheer number of comedies from that decade. Does any other even come close in quantity?

What's a bad 70s comedy?

I watched SIMAAM a couple of nights back and thought it was charming more than funny. Is that nostalgia?
How about "almost every musical comedy"?
 

Radioguy

Having it my way since '98
Thank you for including this. So underrated.
When my Aunt died, I opened her eulogy with "My Aunt was an exceptional woman."

Nobody got it but my wife, but it was still fun to throw in there.
I never quite liked that one really; not as filmed. It had this American filter of what an English farce ought to be to it. Ironically, the scene stealer, Alan Tudyk, is an American playing a Brit as well.
 

Bill Lehecka

Whiny Man Baby
Donator
I never quite liked that one really; not as filmed. It had this American filter of what an English farce ought to be to it. Ironically, the scene stealer, Alan Tudyk, is an American playing a Brit as well.
Are you talking about the American version or the British version?
 

Stormrider666

Hell is home.
Donator
I'm still working on ranking the decades. I've got the 80's as the best and the 60's as the worst. I may have just talked myself into the 70's being the second best decade. I had been leaning towards the 90s. That's probably what you meant by having to live through them. But as I look at both decades I think the 70s have a few more that have held up, and I think that's at least partially because many of them are period pieces.

  1. The 80's
  2. The 70's
  3. The 90s
  4. The 30s
  5. The 50s
  6. The 2000s
  7. The 40s
  8. The 2010s
  9. The 60s
I would go:

1. The 80s'
2. The 70s'
3. The 30s'
4. The 40s'
5. The 50s'
6. The 90s'
7. The 2000s'
8. The 2010s'
9. The 60s'

Let me throw this approach into the analysis. How do they fair on bad comedies? Like if you had to watch a bottom tier comedy from those decades, which would you more likely have a good time with?

80s probably, but that might also have to do with the sheer number of comedies from that decade. Does any other even come close in quantity?

What's a bad 70s comedy?

I watched SIMAAM a couple of nights back and thought it was charming more than funny. Is that nostalgia?
Its definitely the 1980s'. If not for nothing, you were pretty much guaranteed to see T and A in it. Also even some of the bad ones have memorable moments in them.. For example, The Toy.
 

Stormrider666

Hell is home.
Donator
Top Secret! was made at a time when people were already getting fatigued by the Zucker-stye comedy. It has some really funny moments, but it's still more like a collection of gags than they make a case for. In that, the Amazon Women comparison isn't undue. It's not as well-conceived as Airplane or Naked Gun was.

As for the 60s, do I really need to mention Peter Sellers' films? Some hilarious ones there. The 70s were a lull in comedy if anything.
I decided to re-watch it before checking out the Re:View. For the most part, it still holds up and I think comparing it to Amazon Women on the Moon is a bit of stretch.
 
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