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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

  • a classic horror-comedy hybrid film about two Florida train station baggage handling clerks: Chick Young (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello) - unsuspecting delivery men who unknowingly delivered monsters in crates to McDougals' House of Horror wax museum
  • the great casting of a multitude of Universal's horror characters, including Frankenstein (Glenn Strange), Dracula (Bela Lugosi), and Lawrence Talbot/Wolfman (Lon Chaney, Jr.)
  • the slapstick scene of Wilbur removing one piece of luggage from a cart, and sending the whole load of cargo onto his head
  • the scene of Wilbur's phone call with Larry Talbot/the Wolf Man, mistaking the Monster's transformation (and his noisy growls and snarls) as bad manners: "Mr. McDougal, will you stop gargling your throat? Hey, you'll have to get your dog away from the phone, I can't hear a word you're sayin'. You're awful silly to call me all the way from London just to have your dog talk to me"
  • after almost crashing the large crate containing Dracula's sarcophagus, Wilbur's joke to McDougal (Frank Ferguson) about working for two unions: "Well, that's gonna cost ya overtime because I'm a union man and I work only sixteen hours a day"; when corrected: "A union man only works eight hours a day", Wilbur noted: "I belong to two unions"
  • the many scenes of Wilbur foolishly in love with diabolical mad lady scientist Dr. Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert), who only wanted to operate on him in a laboratory to acquire his ideal and simple "brain"
  • Wilbur's hysterically beserk reactions to terror and fright - when he saw a hand draped out of Dracula's coffin, but then when he claimed he saw Dracula or that a candlestick moved on its own, partner Chick was disbelieving because the coffin was empty
  • the funny revolving door sequence with the monsters on one side of the turning wall
  • the hilarious response by Wilbur to Larry Talbot's admission of lycanthropy (turning into a beast in the light of a full moon): "You and 20 million other guys"
  • the masquerade costume ball sequence in which the monsters were unnoticed among the guests in Dracula's castle
  • Wilbur's chastisement of the Wolf Man, thinking it was Chick with a mask-disguise: "Didn't Mr. Talbot tell you not to put that mask on anymore? Now, what'd you put it on for? Take the mask off! Come on!"
  • the curtain-closing appearance of The Invisible Man (voice of Vincent Price) in a rowboat ("Oh, that's too bad, I was hoping to get in on the excitement.... Allow me to introduce myself. I'm the Invisible Man") after Chick assured Wilbur that there would no more excitement: "Now that we've seen the last of Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Monster, there's nobody to frighten us anymore"








About Last Night... (1986)

  • from a screenplay by David Mamet titled "Sexual Perversity in Chicago"
  • the lengthy opening sequence (with the characters appearing on-screen and then alternating with voice-over dialogue over blue-on-black title credits) in which slobbish, sexist, vulgar, loud-mouthed and self-assured pal Bernie Litko (James Belushi) and co-worker pal Danny Martin (Rob Lowe) were walking around various locales in Chicago as Bernie told his enthralled friend about his previous night's outrageous and wild sexual adventure, involving, among other things:
    - a 20 (or 19) year-old "broad" at a pancake house for whom he bought a pack of Viceroy cigarettes
    - she may or may not have been a 'pro'
    - she decided they should both go to her room so she could pay him back
    - she invited him to take a shower with her (and then "f--k")
    - enthralled by her tits, ass, and legs, he delivered a welcomed towel flick on her ass (producing a red mark and a squeal) and she proceeded to put on a World War II flak suit (from a suitcase under the bed)
    - as they were making love on her bed, while he cried out "Boom" every 30 seconds and a tape recorder played "airplane noises" (rat-a-tat-tat), she then set herself on fire with a Zippo lighter after dousing herself with gasoline during an aerial bomber reenactment, screaming: "Give it to me now, for the love of Christ!"
    - firemen arrived from the Chicago Fire Department

About Schmidt (2002)

  • the landmark, infamous, much-talked about nude hot tub scene, when divorced, sexually-liberated, free-spirited, middle-aged, and overweight Roberta Hertzel (Kathy Bates), the mother of the groom-to-be, casually stepped into the tub naked - causing astonishment on the face of recently-retired and widowed actuary Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) - the father of the bride; she greeted him: "Here we are, a divorcee and a widower. Sounds like a perfect match to me!" and reached out to touch his leg under the bubbling water; he immediately exited the hot-tub as she asked: "What's the matter?" He gave an obvious excuse: "Oh, I have to go to bed now"; she was astonished: "Just like that? Come on. We were havin' such a nice talk"; he added: "I'm all tuckered out"


Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

  • the character of manic, rubber-faced "pet dick" Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey), with dozens of animals in his apartment
  • his screaming out of "It's Alive!" as he started his dilapidated 1970s Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • the infamous butt talking scene ("Excuse me, I'd like to 'ass' you a few questions")
  • the montage of Ace searching for a 1984 AFC Championship ring (with a missing cut amber stone) on athletes' fingers, although every ring he looked at was intact
  • the scene of Ace knocking on a door when a sliding window opened - and he asked: "Hi, I'm looking for Ray Finkle" (the ex-Miami Dolphin's disgraced field goal kicker) and a shotgun was pointed at his head - he nervously added: "...and a clean pair of shorts"
  • the bathroom scene of Ace accidentally feeding a shark in a tank rather than the dolphin
  • Ace's dressing in a tutu and pretending to be a traumatized ex-footballer living out his last game (complete with slow-mos and instant replays), in order to get into the Shady Acre mental hospital (where Finkle had been committed), and to enter the storage room of patients' belongings
  • the plot-twist solution - when Ace was on the trail of a missing and abducted bottlenose dolphin (named Snowflake - the mascot of the Miami Dolphins); he realized, to his dismay, that potential suspect Ray Finkle was actually transgendered female Miami Police Lieutenant Lois Einhorn! (Sean Young): "That's it! Einhorn is Finkle, Finkle is Einhorn! Einhorn is a man. Oh, my God! Einhorn is a man!"
  • in the finale at a yacht storage facility, the revelation that Finkle was indeed Einhorn (with his penis tucked between his legs), and that he/she had the ring missing the stone
  • at the climactic 1994 Super Bowl game, the confrontation and fight between Ace and the Philadelphia Eagles' green-feathered mascot Swoop











Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

  • the scene of Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) hiding in an animatronic rhinoceros ("I'm just a curious little rhino") in order to spy on one of his suspects in the theft of an albino bat - and then discovering the cooling system had failed ("Kinda hot in these rhinos...Warm"), forcing him to strip completely and squeeze himself out of the rhino's birth canal in order to get out - in full view of a group of shocked American safari tourists who thought they were witnessing a rhino birth!
  • the sequence of his arrival at a bat cave, when Ace was shocked to find he was on an expedition to find a rare white bat - a sacred tribal animal; he acted out his fear: "You didn't say anything about a bat!...Have you ever seen a bat? They're hideous. Lifeless, beady eyes, clawed feet, huge grotesque wings. Even fangs. They give you rabies, you know....As a being of light, I must show compassion for all the living things of nature... I'm not touching it, though! No, spank you"
  • Ace's fight scene with the Wachati tribe's short statured tribal champion, the Tiny Warrior (Tommy Davidson), who jumped out of a backpack: (Ace (astonished): "This is it? I have to beat him? Allrighty, then! I must tell you. I do not wish to fight you. Violence is no longer in my nature, but if you want it, you got it, sister"); when Ace went to punch the Tiny Warrior, he was bitten in the fist, and he exclaimed: "Biting, I see. I was unaware that the Wachootoos were biters!"; then, Ace taunted the warrior: "I'll have you know I have the reflexes of a cat. And the speed of a mongoose. Throw it! I dare ya!" but then was speared in the upper right thigh; when speared in both legs, he cried out: "It's in the bone, it's in the bone" and fell down, causing the natives to laugh out loud
  • the scene of Ace making shadow puppets on the screen in the projection room




Adam's Rib (1949)

  • the opening scene of 'dumb blonde' defendant Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) trailing her philandering, two-timing husband Warren (Tom Ewell) - and fumbling within her purse to take out her deadly pistol and also remove an instruction manual to learn how to release the safety catch
  • the scenes of happily-married lawyers, now dueling lawyers: chauvinistic District Attorney Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) and his savvy wife/defense lawyer Amanda Bonner (Katharine Hepburn) on opposing sides of a murder case squaring off against each other in their personal lives at home; (i.e.,
  • Adam's first learning of his wife's role as defense attorney against him: "I'm going to defend her" - (he toppled a tray of drinks); he later complained: "The one case I don't want is the case I get"
  • during a massage session: Adam: "What are you - sore about a little slap?" and her reply: "I know a slap from a slug"
  • the scene in the defendant's jail cell with her attorney Amanda when Doris delivered her entire rendition of the events of the day of the shooting -- punctuated with eating episodes (two rare hamburgers and lemon meringue pie, for instance)
  • the scene of Doris' speech in court to defend herself, and Amanda's impassioned closing argument to the jury: "Every living being is capable of attack if sufficiently provoked. Assault lies dormant within us all. It requires only circumstance to set it in violent motion. I ask you for a verdict of not guilty. There was no murder attempt here - only a pathetic attempt to save a home"
  • in the final classic lines of the film, the Bonners reached a mutual understanding and finally admitted that there was really only one fundamental difference between the sexes (Adam: "Vive la difference")





Airplane! (1980)

  • the film's many effective puns, sight gags, parodies, wordplays, and other jokes, beginning with the opening credits sequence set to the familiar music of Jaws with the plane's fin appearing through the clouds
  • the Airport '75 (1974) spoof scene of the singing of River of Jordan by air stewardess Randy (Lorna Patterson) while continually knocking out the I-V drip for transplant patient (Jill Whelan) - on the way to the Mayo Clinic who desperately struggled during the song
  • also the deadpanned, sexually-prurient and provocative lines by Captain Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves) to a young boy, among others: "Ya ever been in the cockpit before...Ya ever seen a grown man naked?" and "Joey, do you ever hang around a gymnasium? Do you like movies about gladiators?" and "Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?"
  • the plentiful puns: ("Surely, you can't be serious!" "I am serious , and don't call me 'Shirley'!")
  • the continuing confusion of the pilot's "Roger" with his own navigator Roger (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) while talking to ground control
  • flight attendant Elaine Dickinson's (Julie Hagerty) question over the PA: ("By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?")
  • the airplane cockpit talk: "We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our Vector, Victor?"
  • the infamous hysterical passenger (Lee Bryant) joke (the passengers were in line to slap her with various implements)
  • the infamous "fellatio" scene in which Elaine was given directions by air-traffic control to reinflate Otto the Autopilot doll (an inflatable man in a pilot suit, humorously credited as HIMSELF) by blowing air into a nozzle in his belt buckle: ("On the belt line of the automatic pilot there's a tube. Now that is the manual inflation nozzle. Take it out and blow on it") -- Otto suddenly sported a huge satisfied grin and later both Otto and Elaine smoked cigarettes
  • the "Oh stewardess, I speak jive" scene when elderly passenger Jive Lady (Barbara Billingsley) offered to translate the jive talk of two black passengers to the flight attendant: ("Cut me some slack, Jack!... Chump don't want no help, chump don't GET da' help!")
  • the line spoken by a little girl when offered cream for her coffee: "I take it black...like my men"
  • drug-addicted air traffic worker McCroskey's (Lloyd Bridges) running gag: "it looks like I picked the wrong day/week to quit smoking / drinking / amphetamines / sniffing glue"
  • ex-flier Ted Striker's (Robert Hays) flashback of dancing madly while the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive" played - a send-up of Saturday Night Fever - they were in the place where they first met - a Casablanca-style bar in Drambuie off the Barbary Coast
  • Ted's passionate kiss with Elaine on the beach while covered in kelp - a spoof of From Here to Eternity
  • the post-credits comment by a long-suffering cabbie (Howard Jarvis) still waiting for Striker: ("Well, I'll give him another 15 minutes, but that's it")








Alice Adams (1935)

  • the classic, tragically funny, disastrous dinner-party scene, in which aspiring, pretentious Alice (Katharine Hepburn) hopelessly wished to rise up above the low-social prominence of her vulgar, poor family to impress her rich new suitor Arthur Russell (Fred MacMurray) by inviting him to a "stylish" dinner party at her own home - in the wilting humidity and heat - served by the part-time hired black servant/cook Malena (Hattie McDaniel)

All of Me (1984)

  • the clever role-reversal comedy with physical slapstick comedy performed by its comedy stars Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin as two parts or personalities of the same person (a left male side and right female side)
  • one was unhappy lawyer and jazz musician Roger Cobb (Martin) and the other was his wealthy, dying invalid client/spinster Edwina Cutwater (Tomlin) - whose soul transmigrated into Roger's body through the misguided efforts of befuddled, incomprehensible but beatific Tibetan shaman/mystic Prahka Lasa (Richard Libertini) - and who could only be seen in mirrors
  • the hilarious scenes in which Roger fought with his female half whenever he did anything (such as drive, walk down the street, or make love)
  • the scene in which he had to go to the bathroom at a urinal, and he tried to teach his half-female body what to do (Edwina was instructed to "tap" afterwards)
  • the tug-of-war as they attempted to walk down the street together ("First me, then you, me, you, me, you...")
  • the courtroom scene during divorce proceedings for his boss in which Edwina eventually took control and won the case for the wife - while representing the husband/boss!
  • also, the crazy and crowd-pleasing song-and-dance number to "All of Me" in the end credits when the two of them danced together in a mirror's reflection ("Okay, try it with your own feet") -- culminating with them toppling over each other




American Pie (1999)

  • a humorous sex farce and gross-out teen comedy (with the slogan: "You never forget your first slice!"); the film's title was derived from a high-schooler's question: "What exactly does third base feel like?" and the answer: "Like warm apple pie"
  • the opening scene of horny high-school teen Jim Levinstein (Jason Biggs) masturbating himself with a long athletic tube sock while watching scrambled porn on pay-TV, but was caught by both of his parents, who were shocked by the dialogue they were hearing from the TV: "Baby! Ride me like a pony!" and "Oh, spank my hairy ass!"
  • the scene of Jim's experimentation with the feel of warm, freshly-baked apple pie and being discovered pumping the pastry on the kitchen island by his stunned dad (Eugene Levy) - and his embarrassing excuse: ("It's not what it looks like"); their solution to cover up the damage: "Well....we'll just tell your mother that uh, that uh, we ate it all"
  • the scene of Jim's awkward sex-education session with his well-meaning father, who offered a selection of dirty magazines and instructed him to go to the center section: "Well, you see the detail that, uh, that they go into in this picture here.... It almost looks like a tropical plant or something, underwater - thing"; his father also asked: "Do you know what a clitoris is?"; slightly later was another frank session about masturbation: "Jim, I want to talk about masturbation. Now, I just want you to know that it's - it's a perfectly normal, uh, thing. And I have to admit, uh, you know. I, uh, did a fair bit of masturbating when I was a little younger. I, uh, I used to call it 'stroking the salami'. Yeah, you know, 'pounding the ol' pud.' I never did it with baked goods, uh, but you know your Uncle Mort? He pets 'the one-eyed snake' five, six times a day. See, it's like, uh, practice for the big game. You see? And it's like, it's like, uh, banging a tennis ball against a brick wall, which can be fun. It can be fun, but it's not a game...What you want is, you want a partner to return the ball"
  • Jim's online voyeuristic experience (and encounter) with foreign Czech exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), who was using his bedroom, while he spied on her undressing and masturbating through a hidden video-camera at his friend's home, where Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) commented: "God bless the Internet"; a web-cam was broadcasting everything to the entire school, and although she was prepared to have sex with Jim, he prematurely ejaculated twice and became completely humiliated
  • the scene of Vicky Lathum (Tara Reid) being given oral sex in her bedroom by her boyfriend Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas), as she loudly yelled out: "I'm coming!" while her clueless father stood outside her door, shrugged his shoulders, and then continued downstairs
  • Jim's discussion with openly-sexual band camp geek and prom date Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan) who admitted: "This one time, at band camp, I stuck a flute in my pussy...What ? You don't think I know how to get myself off? Hell, that's what half of band camp is -- Sex Ed. So are we gonna screw soon, 'cause I'm gettin' kinda antsy"; during sex, she coerced him into wearing two condoms to desensitize him: "I don't want you coming so damn early this time...Come on. I saw you on the 'Net. Why do you think I accepted this date? You're a sure thing"
  • the shocking, squirm-inducing bedroom scene of Stifler (Seann William Scott) chugging down a brew (mixed with sperm deposited there by Kevin), and then shortly later, embarrassingly vomiting up the entire contents of his stomach onto a female conquest (off-screen) - causing her to scream and flee down the stairs with stained clothes
  • the seduction scene between Finch and Stifler's mother Jeanine (Jennifer Coolidge), to the tune of The Graduate's theme song - Mrs. Robinson - Finch: "So, uh, would you object if I said that you were quite striking?" Jeanine: "Mr. Finch, are you trying to seduce me?" Finch: "Yes, ma'am, I am." (She dragged him over to the pool table for sex)













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