Listomatic: Standing the Test of Time [Updated]
Over at Comedy Central, Joel Stein has two lists: Five '80s Stupid Guy Comedies That Hold Up and Five That Don't.
I'm not sure what Joel means by "stupid guy" comedies. Is he referring to the fact that stupid guys watch them, that there are stupid guys in them or that....ah, here:
The worst part is when guys force loved ones to watch their favorite old movies. And for our generation, that means '80s comedies. While that sounds tough, remember that our grandmothers had to sit through Gene Autry films....So which dumb guy comedies can you subject women and children to safely?
He never really defines what a "stupid guy" movie is, does he? He goes on later to say that John Hughes movies that don't star John Candy or Chevy Chase don't fit the bill and I'm beginning to think that Joel makes shit up as he goes along.
If Mr. Stein thinks that the movies he listed are guy movies, then he knows very, very little about women, especially women who did any part of their growing up in the 80's. Judging from this, Stein probably thinks that only guys laugh at fart jokes. I personally know this not to be true. But anyhow. The lists. We'll ignore Stein's need to bring gender into the mix, and we'll instead call our lists Five 80's movies that have held up over time and five that haven't. Because here at ASV, we ALL think Airplane! is funny.
The first list is hard, because there are so many, and I going to include Hughes movies, because I am not Joel Stein.
- Better off Dead
- Sixteen Candles
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
- This is Spinal Tap
Honorable mentions: Ghostbusters, Coming to America, Heathers, Fletch and the ubiquitous many, many more!
Update: How could I forget UHF and Johnny Dangerously (fargin iceholes!)?
Five 80's comedies that DID NOT hold up over time (you had to have liked these movies at one point in order to qualify - don't just list movies you hate or never found funny)
- Stripes (the movied dies as soon as they get the camper)
Animal House(oops, came out in 1978)
- Bachelor Party (I watched this movie several times just because one of the characters wears a jacket with my hometown high school on it)
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Honorable mention: National Lampoon's Vacation, Pretty in Pink, One Crazy Summer, Back to School, Valley Girl, any Police Academy movie.
Update: Keiran is going to make me admit it. I tried to keep it a secret. Yes, I still laugh at Revenge of the Nerds. There. I said it.
Bonus update! Today is John Cusack's birthday! Gee, I'm real sorry your mom blew up, Ricky.