Film Comedy Meme

Badger mentions (via the Little Professor and Whatever) that Rough Guides to comedy, science fiction, horror have been published. The release of the Rough Guides have inspired another meme, a list of comedies where you identify which ones you’ve seen, own, or have cued up on Netflix.

The list: the comedies. The meme: The ones in bold I’ve seen. The ones with asterisks I own (you may notice I don’t own very many). For partial credit, I’d like to add to the meme a tilde for the ones already in my Netflix queue. The list is below the fold.

All About Eve
Annie Hall
The Apartment
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Blazing Saddles
Bringing Up Baby
Broadcast News

Le diner de con
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Duck Soup
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The General

The Gold Rush
Good Morning Vietnam
The Graduate
Groundhog Day *

A Hard Day’s Night ~
His Girl Friday
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lady Killers
Local Hero
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
National Lampoon’s Animal House
The Odd Couple
The Producers
Raising Arizona
Shaun of the Dead

A Shot in the Dark
Some Like it Hot
Strictly Ballroom
Sullivan’s Travels
There’s Something About Mary
This is Spinal Tap

To Be or Not to Be
Toy Story

Les vacances de M. Hulot
When Harry Met Sally…
Withnail and I

Many of the ones I haven’t seen (Dodgeball, for example) I have no desire to see, and while I like Shaun of the Dead, its inclusion on this list seems rather odd. The list also includes several of my favorites (His Girl Friday, The Graduate and All About Eve). I also like Groundhog Day and Raising Arizona quite a bit. But given the amount of bold on this list, I’m almost convinced that I’ve seen too many movies. Almost.


  1. McChris Said,

    November 9, 2005 @ 4:18 pm

    We’re reading media effects literature in the “screen theory” class, and the professor noted that one study found that Groundhog Day was the most popular movie among teen killers…

  2. Chuck Said,

    November 9, 2005 @ 4:53 pm

    How bizarre. To some extent, I want to read that as challenging claims that violent movies lead to violent actions, but in a weird sort of way, the Bill Murray character is a pretty violent guy.

    I’m curious, though: Do they (whoever “They” are) have an interpretation as to why Groundhog would be popular among teen killers?

  3. McChris Said,

    November 9, 2005 @ 11:04 pm

    If I get around to it, I’ll see if I can track down the cite, but the study was used to counter claims of strong media effects.

    I didn’t get it quite right. Here’s what Janet’s notes say:
    “One study: Groundhog Day is in delinquents’ top five movies ”

    My guess is that the study was done in the early-to-mid nineties.

  4. Chuck Said,

    November 9, 2005 @ 11:10 pm

    Okay, that makes more sense and was what I originally understood to be the intent of the claim. I’m wondering if I made that comment before my second cup of coffee kicked in….

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