Live Action Comedy


1941 (1979) - Chaos has to be seen to be believed
Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, The (1975) - Monarch's loyallest subjects serve her memory
Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The (1988) - Ingenious use of hot air and fantasy
Airheads (1994) - Rebellion to take seriously or for fun
Airplane (1980) - You ever been in a cockpit before?
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) - Anthology short on really big laughs
American Werewolf in London, An (1981) - Crossing the pond with fang in cheek
Amos & Andrew (1993) - Dated comedy with a timely message
Animal House (1978) - Canadian colours in humour's new hue
Annie Hall (1977) - Insight combined with comic invention
Any Which Way You Can (1980) - Bad career move for an ambitious ape
Arachnophobia (1990) - Web-spinners really nature’s heroes
Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) - Second round is worse than the first
Avanti! (1972) - Billy Wilder's master course in comedy
Back to the Beach (1987) - Never too old for a seashore shindig
Back to the Future (1985) - Making it Stateside a Canadian tradition
Back To The Future Part II (1989) - History rewritten to add shocks to the awe
Back To The Future Part III (1990) - Reconnecting with our inner cowboy
Bad News Bears, The (1976) - Good news entertainment a laugh riot
Beetlejuice (1988) - Hellzapoppin' fun in the Hereafter
Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979) - Human condition comically chronicled
Big (1988) - Comic charm in unintended consequences
Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor-Kings, The (1976) - Lots of heart along with authentic soul
Blazing Saddles (1974) - An exercise in the comedy of excess
Bob Roberts (1992) - “Vote first. Ask questions later.”
Brazil (1985) - Creating a mind-haunting social satire
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) - Comedy fulfills contractual obligation
Bull Durham (1988) - Celebrating summer's sacred rites
Burbs, The (1989) - Dealing with the neighbours from hell
Caveman (1981) - Alunda is cave-speak for love in bloom
Coming to America (1988) - A tedious tribute to Eddie’s ego
Coneheads (1993) - Coneheads subpar suburban satire
Dad (1989) - Hugs abound in reconciliation comedy
Dark Star (1974) - Anticipating those galaxies far away
Death Becomes Her (1992) - Turning some great actors into ’toons
Distinguished Gentleman, The (1992) - Washington a city of broken dreams
Doc Hollywood (1991) - Affirming Capra's cracker barrel values
Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, The (1976) - Less than the sum of its comic parts
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) - Close encounters of the satiric kind
Eversmile, New Jersey (1989) - Preaching the gospel of happy teeth
Exit to Eden (1994) - Saskatchewan says no to S&M comedy
Family Plot (1976) - Couples sharing an heir of danger
Fatal Beauty (1987) - Dirty Harriet brings wit to drug wars
Fish Called Wanda, A (1988) - This Fish is a gut-busting mid-Atlantic catch
Flintstones, The (1994) - Flintstones among the turkey slices
For Pete’s Sake (1974) - Manful mugging overshadows males
Freshman, The (1990) - Pitched to a screwball comedy crowd
Front Page, The (1974) - Classic comedy remake loud, dull, unfunny
Front, The (1976) - . . . but the guts are malfunctioning
Ghostbusters (1984) - Getting involved with possessed people
Goonies, The (1985) - An amusement park ride on celluloid
Gremlins (1984) - Setting out a seasonal cinema buffet
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) - Charting the chaos that is civilization
Groundhog Day (1993) - The day that everything didn't change
Gung Ho (1986) - Exploiting opportunities in hard times
Heart and Souls (1993) - Celebrating Twilight Zone mysticism
History of the World: Part I (1981) - Shlock with a side order of schtick
Hocus Pocus (1993) - Our film in focus is Hocus Pocus
Home Alone (1990) - Idiot's guide to injuring home intruders
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) - Big adventure crossing the backyard
Hot Shots! (1991) - His dream to “bomb stuff, kill people”
I.Q. (1994) - Cold War nostalgia a guilty pleasure
Ishtar (1987) - One cinematic synonym for disaster
Joe versus the Volcano (1990) - Heroically facing an eruption of reality
King Ralph (1991) - Finding fun in the rites of succession
L.A. Story (1991) - Five-day forecast includes wry wit
Linda Lovelace for President (1975) - Sophomoric take on celebrity politics
Lucky Lady (1975) - Reality sacrificed for a happy ending
M.A.S.H. (1970) - Calculated insanity key to surviving war's madness
Mad Dog and Glory (1993) - Exploring stuff of downtown dreams
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) - Ethics are a matter of choosing sides
Mixed Company (1974) - Advocating for big-tent family values
Mixed Nuts (1994) - Holiday countdown begins with a bowlful
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) - Pythons squeezing out stale spew
Muppet Movie, The (1979) - Kermit’s show business success story
Naked Gun, The (1988) - Clearing a colleague, saving a queen
New Life, A (1988) - Recycling ideas a decade out of date
Nude Bomb, The (1980) - Naked advertising in The Nude Bomb
Personal Services (1987) - The point of being old is being dirty
Pick-up Artist, The (1987) - Scoring a matter of playing the odds
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) - When getting there is no fun at all
Princess Bride, The (1987) - When television was called books
Private Lessons (1981) - Rich kid majors in sex education
Purple Rose of Cairo, The (1985) - Exploring the reel to real experience
Reuben, Reuben (1983) - Celebrating a rhymer’s wicked ways
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) - Satirical shafts missing their marks
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) - Hamlet as viewed from stage left
Same Time, Next Year (1978) - Life less tango, more like a fandango
Sirens (1994) - Shedding an era’s inhibitions
Straight Talk (1992) - Connecting in a pre-digital world
Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill (1995) - Wacky fantasy promotes core values
Teen Wolf (1985) - Hirsute, hormonal high school horrors
Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) - Horror-comedy’s tricks no treat
Turner & Hooch (1989) - Cop's best buddy his deputy dog
Two of a Kind (1983) - Bedevilled dose of double boredom
Undercover Blues (1993) - Spy spoof has post-feminst sensibility
Villain, The (1979) - Western action bears the Acme brand
Volunteers (1985) - Bridge-building comedy breaks new wind
Weekend at Bernie's (1989) - Corpse comedy digs up little laughter
Weird Science (1985) - Hurried tale of techno-teen dreaming
Where the Heart Is (1990) - King Lear through the looking-glass
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) - Hilarious, hideous murder on the menu
Widows' Peak (1994) - Peeking into Irish widows' world
Wild at Heart (1990) - Mother's love complicates young lust
World According to Garp, The (1982) - Wrestling with problems of adaptation
Young Frankenstein (1974) - Finding fun in Frankenstein’s castle

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