Everyone has their favourite film quotes, and comedy films have amongst the best. Even out of context, the great ones can still garner a chuckle. Some movies are full of them, so here’s a list of some of my favourites.
1. Step Brothers
There’s nary a comedy flick with forgettable dialogue where Will Ferrell is involved, but out of the bunch this entry featuring a Ferrell/Reilley power duo is head and shoulders above the rest. Cunningly juvenile, unashamedly honest and undeniably funny; this brutally outrageous coming-of-middle-age story about the pair of man children known as Brennan Huff and Dale Doback has kept people laughing for years. Its’ quotes are infectious, any mention of the film will inevitably lead to fans reciting their favourite lines, of which there are many:
2. Hot Fuzz
A modern British classic here, with another great comedy duo. A hodgepodge of references to action and cop films which came before it, Hot Fuzz is nevertheless hilarious in its own right. From the second big city bobby Sergeant Angel (Simon Pegg) teams up with incompetent but well meaning sidekick Officer Butterman (Nick Frost) the gags never stop. Genuinely impressive action sequences, memorable characters and quintessentially British, and of course some of the best quotes of its day:
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
An oldie but a goodie. Monty Python turned how we do sketch comedy on its’ head, and still has an impact today. A ludicrous romp through medieval England, decades later its’ jokes are still passed around. Watch out for this one, it’s serious about being silly.
Going back stateside for this one. If any film can sum up the end of your pre-uni days then it’s this one. Embarrassingly relatable, this entry doesn’t pull its’ punches when it comes to parodying your awkward teenage years. Completely savage in delivery but always lighthearted, a message of great things that were to come from Seth Rogen (blessings be upon him).
Could we make such a list without this film? Not with a clean conscience. Sacha Baron Cohen’s portrayal of wacky foreigner Borat Sagdiyev would probably be quite offensive if the English-speaking world knew anything at all about Kazakhstan. Brilliantly lampooning American preconceptions about outsiders, this mockumentary/candid camera hybrid stunned audiences around the world, and left my middle school chock full of naughty new catchphrases:
Was there any of your favourite films that we missed? Feel free to let us know in the comments!