None of these comedy films are new, most going straight to video VHS, but they are the classics. Small budgeted and without repression – movies listed here are not worse than their blockbuster siblings. They may appeal to an alternative audience, and should maybe not even be rightfully filed in the mainstream comedy movie genre, but personal tang and IMDB votes aside, if you like movies and comedies in particular, you need to give selected movies below a chance. If you haven’t already. In that case, good man!
(Thanks to my brother Martin for helping me completing this list, and Lindsey for proofreading:)
1. Surf Ninjas (1993)
The tale of two boys, adopted by a coffee shop owner, and rightful heirs to a fallen kingdom somewhere outside the coast of the East Orient. They are like any teenagers with a passion for surfing and a goofy friend, Iggy, played by a young yet genius Rob Schneider. Johnny and Adam, meet their true faith when their adoptive father Mac is kidnapped by mysterious ninjas. Out of nowhere their guardian angel Zatch shows up (real father of Johnny, Erni Reyes Jr.) and the quest begins. Surf Ninjas is a true kung fu comedy in which Rob Schneider does one of his finest performances.
2. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Jim Carrey in the early days; before In Living Color, Ace Ventura and SNL. And while EGAE passed under the radar of most comedy lovers upon its release in 1989, as one of Carrey’s first film appearances, it is to be considered a founding father of 20th and 21st century comedy filmmaking. Other newbie actors at the time: Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum.
Trailer: The Finland Clip – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSbiL725hVQ
Directed by: Julian Temple
Written by: Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey
3. Bio-Dome (1996)
As I recall, two dudes get locked inside a natural preservation by mistake. Baby brother Stephen Baldwin as Doyle and Pauly Shore as Bud, slackers as they are, end up interrupting the ecosystem, sending Dr. Noah Faulkner through the roof.
Directed by: Jason Bloom
Written by: Adam Leff, Mitchell Peck
4. Who’s the Man? (1993)
MTV Rap’s hosts Ed Lover and Dr Dré, not to be confused with legend music producer by the same name, decide one day that they want to try out life as movie stars. So they make Who’s The Man, a 1996 comedy film about two brothers, carrying the same name as their actors, who decide to go from barbers to police officers. Guest appearances from just about all hip hop artists of the 90’s, such as Phife Dawg of ATCC, KRS One, Naughty by Nature, Queen Latifa and Flavor Flav, Lover and Dré ensure Who’s The Man goes down in comedy movie history as the hip hop comedy of all time.
Trailer: the hell with it, check out the whole movies, in eight parts on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UMmAEJOp1M
Directed by: Ted Demme
Written by: Ed Lover, Doctor Dré
5. Three Amigos (1986)
Three generally confused unemployed actors form the Three Amigos trio, played by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Chevy Chase, and get an invitation to a small Mexican village, which they interpret as a movie set, to fight the feared and vain bandit El Guapo. Only too late do they realize the mistake.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHVpJGXZ21o (The Three Amigos Canteen/Lip Balm scene)
Directed by: John Landis (also directed Blues Brothers 2000, Beverly Hills Cop 3)
Written by: Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels
6. Almost Heroes (1998)
Almost Heroes, close to disaster after the miscasting of Mathew Perry as leading part, is fortunately uplifted by the late comedian Chris Farley (SNL, Beverly Hills Ninja). They are on the quest to beat early American explorers Lewis and Clark to the chase.
Directed by: Christopher Guest
Written by: Mark Nutter, Tom Wolfe
7. Half Baked (1998)
An early Dave Chappelle production, almost decades before his hit show The Dave Chappelle Show. This 1998 comedy is nonetheless hilarious as three pot smoking friends plot to get their paranoid friend out of jail.
Directed by: Tamra Davis
Written by: Dave Chappelle, Neal Brennan
8. The Pest (1997)
The comedy version of Battle Royale consists of nowadays renowned actor John Leguizamo as Pestario ‘Pest’ Vargas, a Miami con-artist who agrees to be taken to an island and man-hunted by some weird rich guy, for a pitiful $50,000. Anyone who hasn’t experienced Leguizamo in his comedian prime must see this 1997 classic.
The Pest intro song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHCcFHQtH2s
Directed by: Paul Miller
Written by: David Bar Katz, John Leguizamo
9. In The Army Now (1994)
Directed by: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Written by: Steve Zacharias, Jeff Buhai
A Pauly Shore classic.
10. Son in Law (1993)
Directed by: Daniel Petrie Jr. (again)
Written by: Steve Zacharias, Jeff Buhai (again)