American Pie - Rated Version

American Pie - Rated Version

Starring: Biggs, Jason Klein, Chris Biggs, Jason Ian Nicholas, Thomas Hannigan, Alyson Levy, Eugene Coolidge, Jennifer Suvari, Mena Suvari, Mena William Scott, Seann
Director: Weitz, Paul

Rating: Unrated
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.8/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 95 min

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Amazon.com Anyone who's watched just about any teenage film knows that the greatest evil in this world isn't chemical warfare, ethnic cleansing, or even the nuclear bomb. The worst crime known to man? Why, virginity, of course. As we've learned from countless films--from Summer of '42 to Risky Business--virginity is a criminal burden that one must shed oneself of as quickly as possible. And while many of these films have given the topic a bad name, American Pie quietly sweeps in and gives sex some of its dignity back. Dignity, you may say? How can a film that highlights intercourse with fruit pies, premature ejaculation broadcasted across the Internet, and the gratuitous "gross-out" shots restore the dignity of a genre that's been encumbered with such heavyweights as Porky's and Losin' It? The plot may be typical, with four high school friends swearing to "score" by prom, yet the film rises above the muck with its superior cast, successful and sweet humor, and some actually rather retro values about the meaning and importance of sex. Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, and Eddie Kaye Thomas make up the odd quartet of pals determined to woo, lie, and beg their way to manhood. The young women they pursue are wary girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid), choir girl Heather (Mena Suvari), band geek Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), and just about any other female who is willing and able. Natasha Lyonne as Jessica, playing a similar role as in Slums of Beverly Hills, is the general adviser to the crowd (when Vicky tells her "I want it to be the right time, the right place," Jessica responds, "It's not a space shuttle launch, it's sex"). The comedic timing hits the mark--especially in the deliberately awkward scenes between Jim (Biggs) and his father (Eugene Levy). And, of course, lessons are learned in this genuinely funny film, which will probably please the adult crowd even more than it will the teenage one. --Jenny Brown

American Pie 2 Collectors Edition - Full Screen

American Pie 2 Collectors Edition - Full Screen

Starring: Biggs, Jason Scott, Seann William Biggs, Jason Kaye Thomas, Eddie Levy, Eugene Suvari, Mena Lyonne, Natasha Gray, Nick Gray, Nick Elizabeth, Shannon
Director: (II), James B. Rogers

Rating: Unrated
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.3/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 113 min (unrated version)

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Amazon.com To the horror of prudes everywhere, American Pie 2 is even funnier than its popular predecessor, pushing the R rating with such unabashed ribaldry that you'll either be appalled or surprised by its defiant celebration of the young-adult male libido. Females will be equally shocked or delighted, because like American Pie this appealing, character-based comedy puts the women in control while offering a front-row view of horny guys in all their dubious glory. Which is to say, American Pie is mostly about sex--or, to be more specific, breasts, genitalia, "potential" lesbianism, blue silicone sex toys, crude methods of seduction, "the rule of three" (just watch the movie), a shower of "champagne," phone sex, tantric sex, and, oh yeah... superglue. In the case of college freshman Jim (Jason Biggs), performance anxiety plagues his upcoming reunion with sexy Czech exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), but his buddies from American Pie have a solution: rent a Lake Michigan beach house for the summer, throw wild parties to lure the local "hotties," and score big-time. Beach Party this ain't: blessed with a complete cast reunion from AP1 (including Eugene Levy as Jim's dad), this sequel is anything but innocent, and with the exception of drugs (which are conspicuously absent), pretty much anything goes. The gags are almost nonstop, and director J.B. Rogers (recovering from his debut debacle Say It Isn't So) handles them with laudable precision, allowing his young cast (particularly Biggs, who epitomizes comedic good sportsmanship) to run with lines that most people wouldn't dare utter aloud. The result is a liberating and eminently good-natured comedy that needn't apologize for its one-track mind. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

American Wedding - Widescreen Extended Party Edition (Unrated)

American Wedding - Widescreen Extended Party Edition (Unrated)

Starring: Biggs, Jason Scott, Seann William William Scott, Seann Rush, Deborah Kaye Thomas, Eddie Allan Kramer, Eric Levy, Eugene Willard, Fred Willard, Fred Cheek, Molly
Director: Dylan, Jesse

Rating: Unrated
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.4/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 103 min (unrated version)

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Amazon.com The producers of the American Pie movies pushed their luck with a third slice of their lucrative raunchy comedy franchise, and American Wedding cooked up surprisingly well. It's the sourest serving of Pie, with half of the original cast missing, and there's something undeniably desperate about comedic highlights (involving dog poop, a lusty old lady, two strippers to offset the absence of Shannon Elizabeth, and the ill-advised use of a trimming razor) that arise more from obligation than inspiration, on the assumption that another penile mishap is guaranteed to please. And yet, that's just what this movie does for devoted Pie-munchers: It gives 'em what they want, especially when the notorious Stifler (Seann William Scott) nearly ruins the frantic nuptials of Jim (Jason Biggs) and his band-camping sweetheart Michelle (Alyson Hannigan). Eugene Levy and Eddie Kaye Thomas also return for some reliable comic relief, but the one who's laughing most is three-time Pie writer Adam Herz--laughing loudly and often, all the way to the bank. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

Animal, The (Special Edition)

Animal, The (Special Edition)

Starring: Schneider, Rob Haskell, Colleen McGinley, John C. Asner, Edward Caton, Michael Lombardi, Louis Torry, Guy Rubin, Bob Rubin, Bob Wilson, Scott
Director: Greenfield, Luke

Rating: Unrated
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 4.8/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 84 min

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Amazon.com You expect cheap gags from a Rob Schneider movie, and The Animal delivers in the best possible way. Schneider plays Marvin Mange, a schlub of a police file clerk who drives off a cliff and is horribly mangled--only to wake up not only whole, but feeling better than he ever has in his life. He suddenly develops strange powers that lead to him being praised as a super cop. Unfortunately, his powers are the result of a scientist's bizarre experiment--and before long, some side effects start to take over his life. It's hard to put a finger on Schneider's appeal, but he's got something. He can get away with tasteless jokes about bestiality and bodily functions because... well... he's sort of helplessly sympathetic, and somehow this actually makes him funny. --Bret Fetzer

Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery - New Line Platinum Series

Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery - New Line Platinum Series

Starring: Myers, Mike Hurley, Elizabeth Alaouie, Afifi Nicole Sakelaris, Anastasia Ann Moore, Barbara George, Brian Lee Russell, Carlton Napier, Charles Napier, Charles Bartel, Cheryl
Director: Roach, Jay

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 7.0/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 94 min

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Amazon.com If you don't think Austin Powers is one of the funniest movies of the 1990s, maybe you should be packed into a cryogenic time chamber and sent back to the decade whence you came. Perhaps it was the 1960s--the shagadelic decade when London hipster Austin Powers scored with gorgeous chicks as a fashion photographer by day, crime-fighting international man of mystery by night. Yeah, baby, yeah! But when Powers's arch nemesis, Dr. Evil, puts himself into a deep-freeze and travels via time machine to the late 1990s, Powers must follow him and foil Evil's nefarious scheme of global domination. Mike Myers plays dual roles as Powers and Dr. Evil, with Elizabeth Hurley as his present-day sidekick and karate-kicking paramour. A hilarious spoof of '60s spy movies, this colorful comedy actually gets funnier with successive viewings, making it a perfect home video for gloomy days and randy nights. Oh, behave! --Jeff Shannon

Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me - New Line Platinum Series

Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me - New Line Platinum Series

Starring: Myers, Mike Graham, Heather Johnston, Kristen York, Michael Sterling, Mindy Lowe, Rob Wagner, Robert Green, Seth Green, Seth Carides, Gia
Director: Roach, Jay

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.5/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 95 min

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Amazon.com "I put the grrr in swinger, baby!" a deliciously randy Austin Powers coos near the beginning of The Spy Who Shagged Me, and if the imagination of Austin creator Mike Myers seems to have sagged a bit, his energy surely hasn't. This friendly, go-for-broke sequel to 1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery finds our man Austin heading back to the '60s to keep perennial nemesis Dr. Evil (Myers again) from blowing up the world--and, more importantly, to get back his mojo, that man-juice that turns Austin into irresistible catnip for women, especially American spygirl Felicity Shagwell (a pretty but vacant Heather Graham). The plot may be irreverent and illogical, the jokes may be bad (with characters named Ivana Humpalot and Robin Swallows, née Spitz), and the scenes may run on too long, but it's all delivered sunnily and with tongue firmly in cheek. Myers's true triumph, though, is his turn as the neurotic Dr. Evil, who tends to spout the right cultural reference at exactly the wrong time (referring to his moon base as a "Death Star" with Moon Units Alpha and Zappa--in 1969). Myers teams Dr. Evil with a diminutive clone, Mini-Me (Verne J. Troyer), who soon replaces slacker son Scott Evil (Seth Green) as the apple of the doctor's eye; Myers and Troyer work magic in what could plausibly be one of the year's most affecting (and hysterically funny) love stories. Despite a stellar supporting cast--including a sly Rob Lowe as Robert Wagner's younger self and Mindy Sterling as the forbidding Frau Farbissina--it's basically Myers's show, and he pulls a hat trick by playing a third character, the obese and disgusting Scottish assassin Fat Bastard. Many viewers will reel in disgust at Mr. Bastard's repulsive antics and the scatological bent Myers indulges in, including one showstopper involving coffee and--shudder--a stool sample. Still, Myers's good humor and dead-on cultural references win the day; Austin is one spy who proves he can still shag like a minx. --Mark Englehart

Austin Powers in Goldmember (Infinifilm Widescreen Edition)

Austin Powers in Goldmember (Infinifilm Widescreen Edition)

Starring: Myers, Mike Myers, Mike Caine, Michael York, Michael Sterling, Mindy Wagner, Robert Green, Seth Troyer, Verne Troyer, Verne Mizota, Diane
Director: Roach, Jay

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.3/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 94 min

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Amazon.com Despite symptoms of sequelitis, Austin Powers in Goldmember is must-see lunacy for devoted fans of the shagadelic franchise. Unfortunately, the law of diminishing returns is in full effect: for every big-name cameo and raunchy double-entendre, there's an equal share of redundant shtick, juvenile scatology, and pop-cultural spoofery. All is forgiven when the hilarity level is consistently high, and Mike Myers--returning here as randy Brit spy Austin, his nemesis Dr. Evil, the bloated Scottish henchman Fat Bastard, and new Dutch disco-villain Goldmember--thrives by favoring comedic chaos over coherent plotting. Once they've tossed Austin into the disco fever of 1975 (where he's sent to rescue his father, gamely played by Michael Caine), Myers and director Jay Roach seem vaguely adrift with old and new characters, including Verne Troyer's Mini-Me and pop star Beyoncé Knowles as Pam Grier-ish blaxpo-babe Foxxy Cleopatra. A bit tired, perhaps, but Powers hasn't lost his mojo. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition. DVD features Not surprisingly, deleted scenes and outtakes are the hands-down highlights of Goldmember's abundant Infinifilm features. Mike Myers's throwaway gags are funnier than Pauly Shore's entire career, revealing how a relaxed set encourages a flood of inspired improvisation. The Infinifilm feature is a handy, alternative method of seeing (and hearing) all of the bonus materials in logical sequence, mostly comprising behind-the-scenes featurettes devoted to costumes, special effects, all-star... read more

Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)

Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)

Starring: Martin, Steve Latifah, Queen Levy, Eugene Plowright, Joan Smart, Jean Brown, Kimberly J. Jones, Angus T. Pyle, Missi Pyle, Missi White, Betty
Director: Shankman, Adam

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.8/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 105 min

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Amazon.com The pleasingly contrasting comic styles of Queen Latifah and Steve Martin bring some energy to Bringing Down the House, a hopelessly formulaic comedy. Martin plays Peter, an uptight lawyer too obsessed with work to spend quality time with his kids. Into his life comes Queen Latifah as Charlene, an escaped convict who threatens to wreck his relationship with a wealthy but arch-conservative client (Joan Plowright, in high dudgeon) if Peter won't take up her case. Of course, Latifah's exuberant ways enchant his kids and bring out a looser, livelier side of Peter, all in a series of scenes so standard they hardly register. Thank goodness for Eugene Levy; as one of Peter's law partners with a taste for Charlene's bodacious brand of sexy, Levy's ingenious transformation from nebbish to loverman is the movie's secret weapon, stealthily planting comic explosions amidst the modest rice-krispie-crackle of the stale plot. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

Caddyshack

Caddyshack

Starring: Chase, Chevy Dangerfield, Rodney Knight, Ted Murray, Bill O'Keefe, Michael Holcomb, Sarah Morgan, Cindy Morgan, Cindy Morgan, Cindy Wilcoxon, Henry
Director: Ramis, Harold

Rating: R
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 7.1/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 98 minutes

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Amazon.com A no-brainer that has become a low-brow classic, this 1980 comedy makes anarchy the rule of the day, unleashing the antics of Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Chevy Chase. Caddyshack is about the scheme of a vulgar land developer (Dangerfield) who wants to build condominiums on the site of a ritzy country club. Director Harold Ramis (who later reunited with Murray to make Groundhog Day) is content to let the comedy follow a variety of wacky detours, most notably Murray's maniacal war with a gopher that has been digging up the golf course. Dangerfield ultimately steals the show, firing off a battery of one-liners, insults, and tasteless gags. Caddyshack is the kind of movie some people have been known to watch several times a year, reciting every line of dialogue like the followers of a bizarre comedic ritual. --Jeff Shannon

Cannonball Run, The

Cannonball Run, The

Starring: Reynolds, Burt Moore, Roger DeLuise, Dom Bradshaw, Terry Reynolds, Burt Moore, Roger Tillis, Mel Farr, Jamie Farr, Jamie Martin, Dean
Director: Needham, Hal

Rating: PG
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.3/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 96 minutes

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Amazon.com Like The Gumball Rally (1976) before it, former stuntman Hal Needham's The Cannonball Run was inspired by the same real-life cross-country road race. If The Gumball Rally was the critical favorite, The Cannonball Run was the box-office favorite (spawning the almost-as-successful sequel, Cannonball Run II, a few years later). Aside from top-billed stars Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise (stars of Needham's Smokey and the Bandit series) plus Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. (as horny priests), the movie features many of the same actors (Bert Convy, Jamie Farr) that could be found on a typical '80s episode of The Love Boat (along with the same caliber of writing). But as the tagline notes, "You'll never guess who wins"--and it's true. As in most road-race movies, it's the journey that counts, not the destination. This particular journey includes cool cars (like Adrienne Barbeau's black Lamborghini), crazed bikers (led by Peter "Easy Rider" Fonda), hot martial arts action (from Jackie Chan as a Japanese racecar driver), a conspicuously braless Farrah Fawcett (recipient of a Golden Raspberry nomination for her performance), and possibly the most egregious use of product placement featured in a movie up until that time (one vehicle has "GMC Trucks" noted prominently along the top of the windshield, another has "Hawaiian Tropic" painted on the hood). As with many of the films Jackie Chan has made for Golden Harvest, the Hong Kong-based production company behind The Cannonball Run, wacky outtakes are included during the closing credits. --Kathleen C. Fennessy Description A wide variety of characters participate in an illegal cross-country road race. It's a hilarious comedic chase as the eccentric participants are willing to do anything to win.

Chasers

Chasers

Starring: Berenger, Tom Eleniak, Erika Eleniak, Erika Glover, Crispin Glave, Matthew Bush, Grand L. Stockwell, Dean Schram, Bitty Schram, Bitty Cassel, Seymour
Director: Hopper, Dennis

Rating: R
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 4.7/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 102 min

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Description A couple of "chasers" (the navy equivalent of mps) retrieve anerrant enlisted woman and get in way over their heads during theeventful trip back to the base.

Daddy & Them

Daddy & Them

Starring: Dern, Laura Ladd, Diane Preston, Kelly Griffith, Andy Seacat, Sandra Prine, John Varney, Jim Blethyn, Brenda Blethyn, Brenda Knight, Tuesday
Director: Thornton, Billy Bob

Rating: R (MPAA)
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.1/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 101

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This serio-comedy follows an Alabama family as the meet up to support the clan's Uncle Hazel (Jim Varney), arrested on a murder charge and awaiting his trial in jail. when they hear the news about Uncle Hazel, Claude (Billy Bob Thornton), a struggling musician, and his wife Ruby (Laura Dern) return to the small Alabama town in which they grew up, but get caught in a web of family infighting. The strong cast includes, Diane Ladd, Andy Griffith, Kelly Preston, and appearances by Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Affleck. Interestingly, this film would have been Thornton's first directorial work after his smashing SLING BLADE performance, but was not released until after his third film, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES.

Happy Gilmore

Happy Gilmore

Starring: Sandler, Adam McDonald, Christopher Bowen, Julie Bay, Frances Weathers, Carl Covert, Allen Smigel, Robert Barker, Bob Barker, Bob Dugan, Dennis
Director: Dugan, Dennis

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.7/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 92 min

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Amazon.com Adam Sandler fans are sure to enjoy this no-brainer comedy, but everyone else is strongly advised to proceed with caution. Before scoring a more enjoyable hit with his 1998 comedy The Wedding Singer, the former Saturday Night Live goofball played Happy Gilmore, a hot-tempered guy whose dreams of hockey stardom elude him. But when he discovers his gift for driving golf balls hundreds of yards, he joins a pro tour to win the prize money needed to rescue his beloved grandma's home from IRS repossession. The trouble is, Happy's not so happy. He's got a temper that frequently flares on the golf course (he even dukes it out with celebrity golfer Bob Barker), but a retired golf pro (Carl Weathers) and a compassionate publicist (Julie Bowen) help him to perfect his putting game and adjust his confrontational attitude. How much you enjoy this lunacy depends on your tolerance for Sandler's loudmouthed schtick and a shocking number of blatant product-placement endorsements, but if you're looking for broad comedy you've come to the right teeoff spot. --Jeff Shannon

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Widescreen Edition)

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Widescreen Edition)

Starring: Hudson, Kate McConaughey, Matthew Hahn, Kathryn Parisse, Annie Goldberg, Adam Lennon, Thomas Michele, Michael Harlow, Shalom Harlow, Shalom Neuwirth, Bebe
Director: Petrie, Donald

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.2/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 116 min

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Amazon.com Kate Hudson twinkles as the heroine of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, a magazine writer assigned to date a guy, make all the mistakes girls make that drive guys away (being clingy, talking in baby-talk, etc.), and record the process like a sociological experiment. However, the guy she picks--rangy Matthew McConaughey--is an advertising executive who's just bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in ten days; if he succeeds, he'll win a huge account that will make his career. The set-up is completely absurd, but the collision of their efforts to woo and repel creates some pretty funny scenes. McConaughey's easy charm and Hudson's lightweight impishness play well together and the plot, though strictly Hollywood formula, chugs along efficiently. At moments Hudson seems to channel her mother, Goldie Hawn, to slightly unnerving effect. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

In-Laws, The (Widescreen Edition)

In-Laws, The (Widescreen Edition)

Starring: Douglas, Michael Brooks, Albert Suchet, David Brooks, Albert Tunney, Robin Reynolds, Ryan Sloane, Lindsay Lee, Drew Lee, Drew Tseng, Chang
Director: Fleming, Andrew

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.7/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 94 minutes

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Amazon.com It won't steal any thunder from the 1979 original, but this breezy remake of The In-Laws offers a few solid laughs. It's blessed by the casting of Albert Brooks as one of two imminent fathers-in-law who embark on the proverbial "wacky misadventure" on the eve of a lavish family wedding. The veteran comedian plays a podiatrist (in the dentist role originated by Alan Arkin) and Michael Douglas (in Peter Falk's role) is a deep-cover agent for the CIA, unbeknownst to Brooks or his daughter, who's about to marry Douglas's son--an event also attended by Douglas's ex-wife (Candice Bergen), who remains spiteful despite her newfound Buddhist enlightenment. As an arms dealer targeted by Douglas's latest covert operation, David Suchet matches Brooks laugh-for-laugh in the movie's funniest scenes, but one drawback can't be avoided: Douglas simply isn't funny. But while the original In-Laws was arguably overrated, this remake, for all its faults, makes for an agreeable rainy-day pastime. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition. Description Family matters. Laughing matters. They're all a matter of laugh or death as Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks play opposites thrust together by their children's wedding and by CIA agent Douglas' involvement in an arms-smuggling sting operation, plunging mild-mannered podiatrist Brooks into the world of international intrigue.

Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (Special Edition)

Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (Special Edition)

Starring: Witherspoon, Reese Field, Sally Newhart, Bob McGill, Bruce Witherspoon, Reese Wilson, Luke Coolidge, Jennifer Cauffiel, Jessica Cauffiel, Jessica Barton, J
Director: Herman-Wurmfeld, Charles

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 4.3/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 95 minutes

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Amazon.com The winning comic finesse of Reese Witherspoon drives Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde. It's astonishing that the sequel could possibly be daffier than the first movie, but Legally Blonde 2 leaves reality behind like an unflattering outfit. Unemployed lawyer Elle Woods (Witherspoon) sets off to our nation's capitol to ban cosmetics testing on animals, after discovering that her beloved chihuahua's own mother is being used as a test subject. Washington, D.C., becomes a testing ground for Elle's mettle, as she grapples with callous committees, backstabbing representatives, and devious aides to get her bill considered by Congress, with some help from her sorority sisters and her hairdresser friend Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind). Witherspoon bursts with charisma and dazzles with sheer performing skill; she's the comic heir to screwball comedienne Carole Lombard--which is high praise. Also featuring Bob Newhart and Sally Field. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde

Starring: Witherspoon, Reese Wilson, Luke Davis, Matthew Blair, Selma Coolidge, Jennifer Larter, Ali Garber, Victor Taylor, Holland Taylor, Holland Perkins, Osgood
Director: Luketic, Robert

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.5/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 96 Minutes

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Amazon.com If you've ever doubted how much a star can carry a movie, look no further than Legally Blonde, Robert Luketic's pop fluff about a sorority girl who becomes the reigning brain at Harvard Law School. The film tries way too hard to be pop fluff, but thankfully it also understands the comic glories of Reese Witherspoon. As Elle Woods, the supposedly dimwitted heroine, Witherspoon gives a high-wattage performance that somehow comes across as both lusciously cartoonish and warmly human. It's a radiant comic turn worthy of Marilyn Monroe, and Luketic throws the whole movie at her, even though its intentional kitsch and sledgehammer contrivances don't trust you enough to figure out on your own what might be guilty fun about it. It's a lame movie, essentially, that redeems itself by knowing just enough to keep things sunny and moving right along. The film is content to follow several steps behind the regal Witherspoon, carrying her train. You probably will be, too. --Steve Wiecking --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

Meatballs

Meatballs

Starring: Murray, Bill Atkin, Harvey Lynch, Kate Banham, Russ DeBell, Kristine Torgov, Sarah Blum, Jack Knight, Keith Knight, Keith Hoffman, Todd
Director: Reitman, Ivan

Rating: PG
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.6/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 92 Minutes

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Amazon.com Bill Murray plays a hip camp counselor at a summer facility for geeky kids and assorted losers. Murray's brand of ironic comedy feels grafted onto this banal and sentimental 1979 celebration of misfits. The comedian's frequent director, Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), was still finding his sea legs with this one, and he nearly convinced everyone at the time that Murray's film career was never going to happen. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.

Mr. Deeds (Special Widescreen Edition)

Mr. Deeds (Special Widescreen Edition)

Starring: Sandler, Adam Ryder, Winona Turturro, John Covert, Allen Gallagher, Peter Harris, Jared Avari, Erick Dante, Peter Dante, Peter Presnell, Harve
Director: Brill, Steven

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.5/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 96 min

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Amazon.com Following the flop of Little Nicky, Adam Sandler returned to safe territory in Mr. Deeds... and made Nicky look inspired by comparison. A loose remake of Frank Capra's 1936 classic Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, this dumbed-down version finds Sandler in the Gary Cooper role, inheriting a vast fortune and a corporate empire, foiling a greedy executive (Peter Gallagher), and winning the heart of an undercover reporter (Winona Ryder) who's been mocking his small-town naiveté in print while falling for his goodhearted sincerity. It's fun enough to satisfy Sandler's loyal fans--and John Turturro's a hoot as Deeds's foot-fetishist butler--but the subtleties of Capra are lost on Sandler, director Steven Brill, and writer Tim Herlihy. While Gary Cooper portrayed a rube who was savvy about big-city cynicism, Sandler's an amiable goofball with a heart of gold and an empty skull. You can admire him, and parts of the movie (including Steve Buscemi's unbilled cameo), but you have to work harder to get there. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Full Screen Edition)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Full Screen Edition)

Starring: Chase, Chevy D'Angelo, Beverly Quaid, Randy Randolph, John Ladd, Diane Ladner, Rose Diane Marshall, E.G. Roberts, Doris Roberts, Doris Lewis, Juliette
Director: Chechik, Jeremiah S.

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.8/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 97 minutes

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Amazon.com The third installment of the Griswold family saga is a significant improvement over their previous vacation (National Lampoon's European Vacation). Disaster-prone dad (Chevy Chase) discovers just how dangerous the Christmas season really is, as the Griswolds' old-fashioned holiday celebration turns out to be more "Bah! Humbug!" than Christmas cheer. Chase is right at home with the outrageous slapstick and often cheerfully tasteless humor, and John Hughes's script is stuffed full of classic Christmas movie references, but Randy Quaid practically steals the film as the unemployed relative with his malicious grin and mooching lifestyle. Not exactly a holiday classic and a bit spotty, but this gag-filled comedy is just obnoxious enough for the Scrooge lurking inside everyone. And fear not, a happy ending awaits all. Watch for future star Juliette Lewis as Chase's teenage daughter. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition. Amazon.com You know exactly what you're getting in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: another goofball, slapstick comedy of chaos and catastrophe with Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and family. This time, there's no traveling involved: Clark and Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) prepare for a nice Christmas with the kids (played by none other than Juliette Lewis and Roseanne star Johnny Galecki), when their home is invaded by backwoods cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his brood, along with assorted other crazy... read more

National Lampoon's European Vacation

National Lampoon's European Vacation

Starring: Chase, Chevy D'Angelo, Beverly Chase, Chevy Astin, John Bartel, Paul D'Angelo, Beverly Hill, Dana Szigeti, Cynthia Szigeti, Cynthia Kendall, Kevi
Director: Heckerling, Amy

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.2/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: Warner Home Video

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Amazon.com After winning a tour package in a game show, the bickering Griswald family carve a trail of destruction through England (where they knock over Stonehenge), France, Germany, and Italy. Somehow Ellen (Bevery D'Angelo), the mom, gets kidnapped by gangsters, leading to a car chase that reunites the family, despite their differences. It's hard to believe that National Lampoon's European Vacation is only the second of the Vacation movies; it has the exhausted pallor of the last of a long series of sequels, drained of all zest or original ideas. The charmless smirk of Chevy Chase, mechanical in its idiocy, hangs over European Vacation like a death mask. It's hard to believe that this hack was once the funny and sexy hero of Foul Play. D'Angelo keeps her chin up and gives the movie whatever class it may have; she deserves better. --Bret Fetzer Description The Griswalds are on vacation again when they win a deluxe tour of the old world and take on the European continent -- the continent loses.

National Lampoon's Vacation (Full Screen Edition)

National Lampoon's Vacation (Full Screen Edition)

Starring: Chase, Chevy D'Angelo, Beverly Coca, Imogene Quaid, Randy Candy, John Hall, Anthony Michael Barron, Dana Doyle-Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Brian Keach, James
Director: Ramis, Harold

Rating: R
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 7.0/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 98 minutes

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Amazon.com Vacation paved the way for the John Hughes movie dynasty of the 1980s. Written by Hughes (who would go on to write, direct, and/or produce The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and so on) and directed by Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Stuart Saves His Family), the first Vacation movie introduces us to the all-American Griswold family: father Clark (Chevy Chase), mother Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (future Hughes staple Anthony Michael Hall), and daughter Audrey (Dana Barron). They all pile into the car for a cross-country road trip to Walley World, stopping along the way to view the world's biggest ball of twine. John Candy, Imogene Coca, and Randy Quaid (as yokel Cousin Eddie) pop up along the way. The movie was a big hit, and was followed by several sequels--National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation--but this one is still probably the freshest and funniest of the bunch. --Jim Emerson

National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation

National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation

Starring: Chase, Chevy D'Angelo, Beverly Quaid, Randy Brinkley, Christie Shawn, Wallace Flynn, Miriam D'Lyn, Shae Newton, Wayne Newton, Wayne Horn, Roy
Director: Kessler, Stephen

Rating: PG
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.0/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 98 minutes

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Amazon.com Check your brain at the door, because it's time once again for a dim-witted visit to Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his happy-go-lucky family, who hit the Vegas strip for this vacation. (The kids who originally played the Griswold children have been replaced.) The Griswold exploits in the casinos are good for a few embarrassed chuckles, especially when Mrs. Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo) gets onstage with Wayne Newton for a truly mind-altering rendition of Minnie Ripperton's ear-piercing 1970s hit "Loving You." And because he scored so many low-brow points as the lame-brained cousin in the original National Lampoon's Vacation, Randy Quaid is back to cause a lot of trouble, while Chevy Chase is reduced to uninspired slapstick and endless puns involving the word damn. In other words, Vegas Vacation is the kind of comedy that can convince you that civilization is doomed. --Jeff Shannon

Old School (Widescreen Unrated Edition)

Old School (Widescreen Unrated Edition)

Starring: Wilson, Luke Ferrell, Will Vaughn, Vince Piven, Jeremy Pompeo, Ellen Lewis, Juliette Remini, Leah Reeves, Perrey Reeves, Perrey Cuthbert, Elisha
Director: Phillips, Todd

Rating: Unrated
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.7/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 91 min / USA:92 min (unrated ve

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Amazon.com When three thirtysomething friends with woman troubles (Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughn) decide to form a fraternity, it's supposedly to save Wilson from losing his house, which the nearby college is trying to claim for academic purposes. But really, Ferrell and Vaughn are desperate to return to the reckless, feckless days of beer bongs and hot chicks, and they drag Wilson along with them as they throw themselves into gathering frat pledges of all ages. Old School could have been just another string of bad jokes hanging on a flimsy plot, but the script and the cast have a jovial energy and just enough grounding in reality--at least, up until the obligatory beat-the-system ending, but by that point you'll forgive the excesses of this silly, cheerful, and frequently funny movie. Featuring Jeremy Piven and Juliette Lewis, with cameos by Snoop Dog, Andy Dick, and others. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

School Of Rock

School Of Rock

Starring: Cusack, Joan Cosgrove, Miranda Gaydes, Joey White, Mike Black, Jack Silverman, Sarah Clark, Kevin Cusack, Joan Cusack, Joan Hassan, Maryam
Director: Linklater, Richard

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 7.5/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 102

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SCHOOL OF ROCK is a hilarious romp that parents will enjoy as much as their children. Jack Black stars as Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star who doesn't seem to be rocking much of anything these days. Kicked out of the band that he started and about to be kicked out of his apartment, Dewey pretends that he's his roommate Ned Schneebly (Mike White) in order to take a job as a substitute teacher. Arriving at an ultra conservative--and ultra expensive--prep school, Dewey manages to fool the uptight principal (Joan Cusack). Soon, he finds himself in a classroom with a bunch of fifth graders. Obviously, Dewey has no intentions of teaching these kids anything, but when he discovers that a handful of them are talented musicians, a light bulb goes off. Determined to enter the local battle of the bands and win $25,000, Dewey embarks on his greatest mission of all: Teaching these kids how to rock! Director Richard Linklater (DAZED AND CONFUSED, WAKING LIFE) delivers his most universally appealing film with SCHOOL OF ROCK. Written specifically for Black by screenwriter/actor White, this outrageously entertaining crowd-pleaser elevates Black to superstar status. Theatrical Release: OCTOBER 3, 2003

See Spot Run

See Spot Run

Starring: Arquette, David Duncan, Michael Clarke Bibb, Leslie Viterelli, Joe Jones, Angus T. Anderson, Anthony Sorvino, Paul Schirripa, Steve Schirripa, Steve Smith, Kavan
Director: Whitesell, John

Rating: PG
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.0/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 94 min

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Amazon.com A family film for an era when "family film" means scatological jokes, gratuitous violence, and shapeless storytelling, See Spot Run is about par for the course. Punctuated by many a lowbrow moment (scenes of combustible zebra flatulence, for instance), Spot has trouble staying true to its major story line despite the latter's redeeming qualities. That story concerns an FBI-trained bull mastiff who flees the wrath of a mobster (Paul Sorvino) and ends up in the care of a pooch-averse postman (David Arquette) and the latter's little neighbor (Angus T. Jones). With a nutball like Arquette in the lead (and vigorous support work from comic Anthony Anderson of Me, Myself, and Irene), the antics come fast and furious, including a wild bit of slapstick in which Arquette simultaneously gets his head stuck in a fishbowl and his body densely wrapped in helium-inflated plastic. On the other hand, there's a touching simplicity to the relationship between man and canine, each of whom has been terribly lonely in his own way. Sure, the filmmakers went for some cheap laughs, but there is much else here that is harder-earned. --Tom Keogh Description A mailman takes in a stray dog only to learn that it's an FBI drug-sniffing canine that has escaped from a witness protection program and is now targeted for assassination by a crime boss.

Shag

Shag

Starring: Cates, Phoebe Fonda, Bridget Fonda, Bridget Gish, Annabeth Hannah, Page Rusler, Robert Jr., Tyrone Power Yagher, Jeff Yagher, Jeff Sarelle, Leilani
Director: Barron, Zelda

Rating: PG
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.8/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 98 min

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Amazon.com It's not too surprising that Shag flopped on its 1989 release but found a devoted cult following on cable TV and home video. This featherweight comedy looked like a waste of space on the big screen, but it plays very cozily on the tube, where it lends itself to popcorn breaks and pajama parties. (The lousy title must have had something to do with the movie's initial failure, a problem worsened by the film being marketed as Shag: The Movie, a truly dumb idea.) Shag is in the tradition of Spring Break pictures, a thoroughly formulaic stroll through the conventions of the minigenre: beachside romance, a wild party, one tender deflowering, and lots of rock & roll. The time is 1963, as three gal friends trick their soon-to-be-married pal (Phoebe Cates) into one final all-girl fling in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Cates is engaged to a local well-bred stick (Tyrone Power Jr.), but soon she's tempted by a beach boy (Robert Rusler) bound for Yale (mm-hmm). The so-so material is buoyed by lovely Annabeth Gish, as the supposedly pudgy one in the group, and Bridget Fonda, as a prematurely sophisticated sexpot. After a while it's easy enough to relax and enjoy the girls' breezy adventures, which are served up without the soap opera melodrama of the similarly tooled Where the Boys Are. Oh, and Austin Powers notwithstanding, the title refers to the dance, not something else. --Robert Horton

Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit

Starring: Reynolds, Burt Field, Sally Gleason, Jackie Reed, Jerry Henry, Mike McCormick, Pat McCalman, Macon Wise, Alfie Wise, Alfie McCalman, Macon
Director: Needham, Hal

Rating: PG
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.3/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 96 minutes

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Amazon.com It's easy to assume this is just another dumb redneck comedy from Burt Reynolds's years of underachievement. But it's not bad as a dumb redneck comedy at all. Directed by career stuntman Hal Needham, Smokey and the Bandit is just a goofy chase starring a bunch of Reynolds's Hollywood cronies. New to the job as film boss, Needham brings a silly but energized sensibility to the production and an action man's need to see things moving. But he also has a distinctive feeling for relationships, and he's good with a joke. Put all that together, and Smokey is, at the very least (and unlike its sequels), a simple and original pleasure. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.

Stripes

Stripes

Starring: Murray, Bill Candy, John Oates, Warren Soles, P.J. Candy, John Larroquette, John Young, Sean Wade, Dixie King Wade, Dixie King LeGault, Lance
Director: Reitman, Ivan

Rating: R
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 6.8/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 106 minutes

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Amazon.com Bill Murray was heading toward a career peak on the back of comedies such as this one from 1981, the second film in his ongoing collaboration with director Ivan Reitman (the two went on to make Ghostbusters). Murray plays a chronic loser who joins the army and fails to find a fan for his ironic sensibilities in his by-the-book sergeant (Warren Oates). When push comes to shove, however, the smirking hero takes charge of his ragtag unit and turns them into fighting machines, albeit to the rhythm of hit songs by Manfred Mann and Sly Stone. The film is occasionally funny, but it mostly plays like any one of a dozen underachieving comedies featuring players from Saturday Night Live and SCTV. --Tom Keogh

Stroker Ace

Stroker Ace

Starring: Reynolds, Burt Beatty, Ned Nabors, Jim Anderson, Loni Stevenson, Parker Byner, John Hill, Frank O. Peterson, Cassandra Peterson, Cassandra Stevens, Warren
Director: Needham, Hal

Rating: PG
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 3.9/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 96 minutes

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Description Burt Reynolds is a champion stock-car driver who races and romances in high-speed good-ol-boy style. Year: 1983 Director: Hal Needham Starring: Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Jim Nabors, Parker Stevenson

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

Starring: Witherspoon, Reese Lucas, Josh Dempsey, Patrick Place, Mary Kay Smart, Jean Witherspoon, Reese Lynskey, Melanie Embry, Ethan Embry, Ethan Lucas, Josh
Director: Tennant, Andy

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.8/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 109 minutes

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Amazon.com As formulaic, utterly inoffensive romantic comedies go, Sweet Home Alabama could be better, and could be worse. It's a variant of Julia Roberts's Something to Talk About, with all the same strengths and weaknesses, and Reese Witherspoon is definitely its saving grace. As an Alabama country girl turned hot New York fashion designer, Witherspoon finds the genuine emotions hidden under a blandly familiar plot, making her character's romantic indecisiveness seem not only credible but disarmingly appealing. She's just agreed to marry the Camelot-bred son (Patrick Dempsey) of New York's no-nonsense mayor (Candice Bergen), but first she has to officially divorce the husband (Josh Lucas) she left behind years earlier... only to discover that their love is stronger than ever. The rest, of course, is a foregone conclusion, but with a sharp supporting cast and a few charming moments, Sweet Home Alabama will satisfy anyone who prefers safe, reassuring entertainment. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

Sweetest Thing, The (Unrated Version)

Sweetest Thing, The (Unrated Version)

Starring: Diaz, Cameron Applegate, Christina Jane, Thomas Blair, Selma Posey, Parker Adams, Lillian Ankrom, Herbert W. Anthony, Bryan Anthony, Bryan Asuma, Linda
Director: Kumble, Roger

Rating: Unrated
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 4.8/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 90 min (unrated version)

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Amazon.com Prudes, beware! Despite its tendency to take the comedic low road, The Sweetest Thing is a near-perfect product of the new-millennial Hollywood. That's a backhanded compliment, but as a fun-loving Yankee girl's answer to Bridget Jones's Diary, the mainstream pandering of Nancy Pimental's lucrative screenplay is undeniably effective. On the opening soundtrack, Macy Gray's "Sexual Revolution" is a perfect accompaniment to gyrating guy-dumper Christina (Cameron Diaz), whose fear of commitment is tested when she meets Peter (Thomas Jane) and knows he's Mr. Right. With supportive gal-pals Courtney (Christina Applegate) and Jane (Selma Blair), she plots to snag the guy, and the movie's road-trip detour mines gut-busting gold from gags involving incriminating dress stains, oral sex, rotting food, garish clothing, and the simple joys of old-fashioned romance. Perfectly cast, raucously ribald, and conventionally charming, The Sweetest Thing is a schizophrenic comedy, but its dual personalities are irresistibly in synch. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

View From The Top

View From The Top

Starring: Applegate, Christina Bergen, Candice Lowe, Rob Paltrow, Gwyneth Ruffalo, Mark Preston, Kelly Lowe, Rob Slater, Christian Slater, Christian Tobolowsky, Stephen
Director: Barreto, Bruno

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.1/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 87

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This breezy comedy from director Bruno Barreto (FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER) stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Donna, a young woman who dreams of escape from her rural Nevada home town. Her life changes when she sees Sally Weston (Candice Bergen) on TV talking about her book, "My Life in the Sky," and her fabulous career traveling the world as a flight attendant. Soon, the plucky Donna has a job at a small Nevada airline that caters to gamblers and drunks and, along with fellow trainees Sherry (Kelly Preston) and Christine (Christina Applegate), dreams of working the international routes on a large airline. That opportunity arises when Royalty Airlines holds a job fair where the girls are drilled by Mike Myers' hilarious former airline attendant, John Whitney. Soon, Donna and Christine find themselves in training at Royalty's home base with the manic Whitney where the ambitious Donna makes it clear that she's headed for the international routes by acing all of Whitney's tests. However, Donna finds that success doesn't come without its pitfalls when she ends up stationed in Cleveland where she strikes up a romance while still dreaming about jetting around Europe as a first class flight attendant. Theatrical release: March 21, 2003

Waking Up In Reno

Waking Up In Reno

Starring: Swayze, Patrick Thornton, Billy Bob Richardson, Natasha Theron, Charlize Briscoe, Brent Federman, Wayne Orlando, Tony Chapman, Kelsey Chapman, Kelsey Ross, Chelcie
Director: Brady, Jordan

Rating: R (MPAA)
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.3/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 91

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Billy Bob Thornton, Natasha Richardson, Charlize Theron, and Patrick Swayze star in this redneck road trip comedy that is a twisted mixture of the 1969 wife-swapping classic BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE and 1997's VEGAS VACATION. Lonnie Earl (Thornton) is a self-centered Little Rock, Arkansas car dealer who is married to Darlene (Richardson). Lonnie is looking for a little excitement, so together with his dimwitted best friend Roy (Swayze) and Roy's wife Candy (Theron), the foursome decide to make a trip to Reno, Nevada for a monster truck extravaganza. They grab a fully loaded S.U.V. from Lonnie's lot, fill up the cooler with Pabst Blue Ribbon, and hit the road. However, what initially begins as a fun-loving good time for the seemingly happy married couples quickly takes a turn for the worse. While newlyweds Candy and Roy are desperately trying to get pregnant, it occurs to the group that Candy might already be pregnant--with Lonnie's baby. Together Thornton, Swayze, Richardson, and Theron are riotously funny in this down-home comedy made all the more poignant with its big hair, snakeskin boots, and backwater accents. Theatrical release: October 25, 2002 (LIMITED)

Waterboy, The

Waterboy, The

Starring: Sandler, Adam Bates, Kathy Balk, Fairuza Winkler, Henry Reed, Jerry Jr., Larry Gilliard Clark, Blake Dante, Peter Dante, Peter Whiting, Al
Director: Coraci, Frank

Rating: PG-13
Category: Comedy
User Rating: 5.4/10 (IMDB)
Running Time: 90 min

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Amazon.com Adam Sandler vaulted into the $20-million-salary stratosphere with this, his second $100-million hit in 1998--a movie that further shows just how deeply embedded he is in the Jerry Lewis tradition of idiot comedy. He plays Bobby Boucher, a backwoods Cajun and a mentally challenged individual with a fixation on water: specifically, on serving the coolest, most refreshing H2O available to the college football team he has served since he was an adolescent. But when he's fired from his position, he takes up a similar job with a lowlier college team coached by neurotic Henry Winkler. One day at practice, Bobby loses his temper and delivers a bone-shaking tackle to the starting quarterback; before he can say, "blackened crawdads," he's the star of the team and leading it to a bowl game. But it's all against the wishes of his overprotective mother (Kathy Bates), who wants to keep her Bobby to herself--and that includes keeping him away from the floozy girlfriend (Fairuza Balk) who's sweet on him. There are two kinds of people in this world: People who find Sandler funny and people who view him as a neon-lit symbol of the decline of popular taste. You know who you are and, based on that, you can decide whether this is a movie for you. --Marshall Fine