Okay, I honestly understand it when critics say that comedy movies are awful. They usually are awful. Making people laugh is great, but it is a parlor trick. You have to do something else, or you’re really going to have a hard time when it comes to actually creating something that is good.
There’s also the fact that when you aim for the lowest common denominator when it comes to comedy, you’re going to end up with some jokes that aren’t funny at all. If you look at a lot of the comedy that’s been produced in the last twenty years or so, half of it involves scatology and the other half involves bad puns.
The thing is, even then, there still are some comedies that are worth watching. You really do have to hunt around for them, though, or you’re never going to find anything. Most of them tend to be slightly older movies, too. You’re not going to find that many great comedies made in the twenty-first century.
Lots of the best comedies do something other than make you laugh. Beetlejuice is one of my favorite movies in general. Some people would say that it’s a comedy. Most would say that it’s a horror-comedy. Other people just think that it’s strange and they have a hard time really categorizing it. I laughed out loud during this movie, so I partly classify it as a comedy.
Shaun of the Dead is another comedy movie that I really love and that also partly falls in the horror genre. This is a movie that people are really going to remember in a lot of different ways, but I also think that it’s funny enough to be partly classified in the comedy genre. Ghostbusters probably falls into that category too in the sense that it has a supernatural horror theme in one sense, but that it is technically a comedy film.
Of course, the best comedy film of all time is still probably the Big Lebowski. The Dude is one of the best movie characters of all time. This movie has so many funny scenes in it that you have to actually watch the whole movie several times in order to actually appreciate all of them in all of their hilarity. The acting actually works well in spite of the fact that this is a comedy. People still don’t descend into a complete farce when it comes to acting here. Most comedy movies don’t hold up the more you watch them, but I would say that the Big Lebowski is one of the best examples of a comedy that can be watched over and over again.