Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 10

Greatest and Funniest Movie Scenes
Film Title/Year and Brief Funniest Scenes Description

L.A. Story (1991)

The many gags about LA's lifestyle; wacky LA Weatherman Harris K. Telemacher's (Steve Martin) complaint about how men can't judge if a woman is ready for a party or not, also his amusing thought: "I could never be a woman, 'cause I'd just stay home and play with my breasts all day"; also the one-upsmanship scene of ordering coffees at a trendy restaurant: ("I'll have a half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon"); also Harris' reaction after touching bouncy, playful Valley Girl SanDeE*'s (Sarah Jessica Parker) breasts: "Your... your breasts feel weird" -- and her unexpected reply: "Oh, that's 'cause they're real", and the Walk/Don't Walk sign that reads: "Like Uh Don't Walk"; also the roller-skating-in-a-museum scene (with the objets d'art reacting to Harris) - then how he describes one painting to his friends as sexy: ("Look how he's painted the blouse sort of translucent. You can just make out her breasts underneath and it's sort of touching him about here. It's really... pretty torrid, don't you think?...") - and when the painting is revealed, it's a large red rectangle!

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

In the conclusion of this quirky, Best Picture-nominated light comedy/road movie about an oddball, dysfunctional New Mexico family, 7 year-old daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) competed in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant in Redondo Beach, California; the film satirically portrayed the pageant as a sexually-provocative event for the pre-pubescent contestants (who wore garish makeup, styled hair, and raunchy clothing along the lines of Jon-Benet Ramsay); the other young competitors performed sexy night-club songs and dances - but the plumpish, sweet and bespectacled wannabee Olive performed an over-sexualized dance to Rick James' Superfreak, a cringe-inducing pretend striptease routine (taught to her by her rakish but loving grandfather (Oscar-winning Alan Arkin)); even though she kept her clothes on, she crawled like a cat in heat, and threw articles of clothing off the stage - horrifying the audience and repulsing the contest organizers who were forced to admit the actual sexual sub-text of their exploitative event

Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Both films had scene-stealing performances by Jack Nicholson and Bill Murray as the masochistic, pain-loving dental patient.

The highlight from the 1960 version was when undertaker Wilbur Force (Jack Nicholson) entered the dentist's office for service. [In the previous scene, Seymour Krelboyne (Jonathan Haze) had accidentally stabbed and killed the sadistic dentist, Dr. Phoebus Farb (John Shaner), when defending himself from a painful operation.] Wilbur mistook Seymour for the dentist, and claimed he was a patient who needed immediate attention for his many dental problems: "I have three or four abscesses, a touch of pyorrhea, nine or ten cavities, I lost my pivot tooth, and I'm in terrible pain." He claimed he could wait in the outer room awhile, where he giggled while reading (outloud) an article in PAIN Magazine:

The patient came to me with a large hole in his abdomen, caused by a fire poker used on him by his wife. He almost bled to death and gangrene had set in. I didn't give him much of a chance. There were other complications. The man had cancer, tuberculosis, leprosy, and a touch of the grippe. I decided to operate.

When Seymour finally ushered him in, Wilbur eagerly sat in the chair ("I'd almost rather go to the dentist than anywhere, wouldn't you?") and insisted: "Now, no novocaine. It dulls the senses." He seemed to enjoy Seymour's gallant yet incompetent drilling, shouting out: "Oh, goody, goody, here it comes! Oh my God! Don't stop now!", and he left very satisfied, but with fewer teeth after asking for some of his teeth to be extracted ("Well, Dr. Farb, it's been quite an afternoon. I can truly say I've never enjoyed myself so much. I'll recommend you to all my friends").

And in the 1986 version, Arthur Denton (Bill Murray) told sadistic, Elvis-like, motor-cycle riding and torturing dentist Orin Scrivello, DDS (Steve Martin) with gleeful, sexual anticipation: "I've been saving all month for this. I think I need a root canal. I'm sure I need a long... slow... root canal!"

After putting Denton in the chair, Scrivello surveyed his gleaming drawer of punishing-looking dentist's tools, pushed the patient down to a horizontal position and torturously warned: "Let's take a look at that mouth! Say 'Ahh!'"

As his mouth (bulging with cotton) was twisted, Denton blurted out: "It's your professionalism that I respect." He screamed out in orgasmic ecstasy as his mouth was being drilled -- but then the dentist suddenly ordered him out of the chair and office, calling him a "god-damn sicko!"

Love and Death (1975)

The many one-liners and gag scenes that spoof classic Russian literature and films, including the one of recently-widowed and nymphomaniacal Countess Alexandrovna (Olga Georges-Picot) meeting cowardly Russian soldier Boris Grushenko (Woody Allen) for a midnight tryst wearing lingerie: (Alexandrovna: "Do you like what I'm wearing?" Boris: "Well, I'd prefer something *sexy*..."); and Boris' reaction to his mother pronouncing: "He'll go and he'll fight, and I hope they will put him in the front lines" -- he addresses the camera: "Thanks a lot, Mom. My mother, folks"; the parody of longwinded Bergman-esque pronouncements during the Napoleon assassination scene, and the drill sergeant scene

Lust in the Dust (1985)

The ending spoof of Gone With the Wind (1939) in which Rosie Velez (Divine), thought to have committed suicide, greedily chomps on a buzzard she shot down and says: "Well, maybe he'll be back tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day"

The Man With Two Brains (1983)

The plot line involving brilliant brain neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin), a widower and the inventor of the easy-access "Screw-Top Brain" surgery technique; the scene of Hfuhruhurr telling a little girl a series of long, complicated instructions to call paramedics to an accident scene - she recited his instructions perfectly, then added her own medical diagnosis and criticism, causing Hfuhruhurr to bark: "Three years of nursery school and you think you know it all. Well, you're still wet behind the ears. It's not a subdural hematoma. It's epidural. Ha!"; also the pubic-hair "shaving" scene at the hospital in which orderlies groomed patient Dolores Benedict (Kathleen Turner) in honor of Valentine's Day; and after marrying gold-digging, teasing femme fatale Dolores, Dr. Hfuhruhurr's frustrated reactions to her feigned illness (of debilitating headaches) to delay the consummation of her marriage to him (causing him to erotically tongue an X-ray of her skull, run up walls and break doorknobs off from pent-up tension); also Hfuhruhurr's love affair with pickled disembodied brain # 21 (inside a jar in a Vienna laboratory) named Anne Uumellmahaye (voice of Sissy Spacek) - on which he placed a pair of wax rubber lips to kiss; also the funny encounter, in his search for a body for his 'brain' soulmate, with a dumb, big-breasted, aggravatingly-voiced American hooker named Fran (Randi Brooks) and her reaction to being injected with window cleaner in her behind so that he could insert Anne's brain into her body: "I don't mind!"; also the drunk test administered to Hfuhruhurr by a German police officer (Warwick Sims) when stopped for speeding - he was asked to stretch out his arms and touch his nose, walk a straight line and then return doing a two-handed and one-handed handstand, perform cartwheels and backflips, and then juggle and tap dance while singing a German song (Dr. Hfuhruhurr: "God damn your drunk tests are hard!"); also the revelation of the identity of the serial Elevator Killer who killed Dolores: Merv Griffin (Himself) in a cameo role, who explained: ("I've always just loved to kill. I've really enjoyed it. But then I got famous, and - it's just too hard for me. And so many witnesses. I mean, everybody recognized me. I couldn't even work anymore. I'd hear: 'Who's that lurking over there? Isn't that Merv Griffin?'"); and the funny ending in which Anne's compulsive overeating (Anne's brain had been transplanted into Dolores' body) caused Dolores' body to inflate - Hfuhruhurr sweetly overlooked her weight problem (although he struggled to carry her over the threshold after their wedding -- with his knees buckling) during the end credits, with the statement: ("Merv Griffin did not turn himself in and is at large. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, call your local theatre manager")

M*A*S*H (1970)

The acerbic, anti-war sentiments of the members of the surgical team of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War - including scenes of blood-spurting surgery with casual dialogue carried on by the iconoclastic doctors (Captain Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and Captain "Trapper" John MacIntyre (Elliott Gould)), and their golf-playing on the helicopter landing pad; the scene of Hawkeye and Trapper saving the life of a Korean infant in Tokyo; and the "last supper" and phony funeral staged during the assisted suicide of the company's dentist Capt. Walt 'Painless Pole' Waldowski (John Schuck); the celebrated scenes of the pranks played by the members of a free-wheeling camp on uptight chief nurse Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Sally Kellerman) - after broadcasting her love-making tryst on loudspeakers with hypocritical tee-totaler Major 'Frank' Burns (Robert Duvall): (Frank asserts: "God meant us to find each other," she enthusiastically opens her blouse: "His will be done," and then invites him: "Oh, Frank, my lips are hot. Kiss my hot lips") - they also wager a bet of $20 on whether she is a natural blonde by pulling away the front tent flap of her shower stall and exposing her to an audience of jeering spectators - to discover the truth; also the slapstick scene of the climactic football game against a rival unit, in which "Hot Lips" cheers with pom-poms and gasps: "Oh my God, they've shot him" when the end-of-quarter gun goes off

The Mask (1994)

The special-effects moments when timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) dons a magical mask and becomes manic - with the style of Tex Avery cartoons of the 40s, with his familiar one-liners ("SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN!" and "Ooh, somebody stop me!"), sight gags ("Sorry, wrong pocket" when he pulls out a condom), and referential humor ("You gotta ask yourself one question. "Do I feel lucky?" Well do ya? Punks!" in a Clint Eastwood voice)

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)

Preston Sturges' bold satirical screwball comedy regarding motherhood, the military, and family values - in a story about small-town girl Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) who becomes pregnant one drunken night by an unidentifiable soldier (possibly named "Ratsky-Watsky or something like that") - to make things acceptable, she selects bumbling 4-F bank-clerk Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken) as a substitute


Modern Times (1936)

The Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin), a nut tightener in a factory who is unable to keep up with an ever-increasily sped-up assembly line, and his later inability to stop making tightening motions; and the additional scene of the disastrous experiment in which the Tramp becomes a guinea pig for an automated feeding machine that will force-feed lunches to workers on the job

Mommie Dearest (1981)

The unintentionally funny scenes in which monstrous movie-star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) attacks her adopted daughter Christina (Mara Sobel) - she chops off her blonde hair with scissors, enters her daughter's closet and abusively screams -- "NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!!" when she sees a dress hanging there on a cheap wire hanger, and then throws a can of powdered cleanser at her while they are both on their knees scrubbing the already-clean bathroom tile floor

The Money Pit (1986)

The scenes in which lawyer and new homeowner Walter Fielding (Tom Hanks) and his concert violinist wife Anna (Shelley Long) are plagued by accidents - they fill their bathtub with lukewarm water for a long-deserved bath, but watch as it crashes and plummets into the downstairs, and the scene in which the entire staircase collapses with Walter hanging momentarily onto it, and the scene of an electrical fire destroying the kitchen - with an explosion launching a roast chicken into the sky from the cannon-like oven

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
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