Greatest Funniest Movie

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

  • 1930s archaeology professor Indiana Jones' (Harrison Ford) signature image: a brown leather flight jacket, a bullwhip and a snappy fedora
  • the stimulating opening sequence in a booby-trapped jungle cave (the "Give me the whip" and "Throw me the idol" moment and the fate of traitorous Satipo) featuring an immense rolling boulder (and Indy's dash away from it)
  • Indy's pursuit by a tribe of cannibals in a tropical setting toward an awaiting escape plane, where he first exhibited his fear of snakes to the pilot: "I hate snakes, Jock. I hate 'em"
  • Indy's piteously fearful and weary sigh when he realized he would have to descend into a pit of asps and cobras at the ancient tomb - The Well of Souls: "Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?"
  • his casual and calm execution (with one shot from a gun) of a massive, menacing, black-garbed, Arabian swordsman (stuntman Terry Richards) exhibiting spectacular swordsplay in a bazaar
  • his comment to Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) about his prowess: "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage"

Raising Arizona (1987)

  • the eleven-minute opening sequence (before the credits) of the first meetings between the two protagonists during multiple returns to prison: hapless petty crook H. I. McDunnough (Nicolas Cage) and female police officer and photographer Edwina or "Ed" (Holly Hunter)
  • their quick courtship/marriage, followed by HI's off-screen narration about the loss of their happy "salad days" in a desert trailer with the news of distraught Edwina's barren infertility: ("Edwina's insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase")
  • the birth of the Arizona quints and the childless couple's decision to execute a kidnapping of one of the Arizona quintuplets fathered by shady unpainted-furniture salesman magnate Nathan Arizona Sr. (Trey Wilson) when they discovered that they couldn't adopt due to his criminal record: ("Biology and the prejudices of others conspired to keep us childless")
  • the actual scene of the madcap kidnapping of 'Nathan Jr.' in the nursery, and the young boy's delivery to Edwina as HI tossed her Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care book ("Here's the instructions")
  • the slapstick near-disastrous, brilliantly-timed convenience store robbery to steal Huggies diaperscaper in which H.I. (with a stocking over his head) robbed the store of its cash -- along with Huggies diapers: ("I'll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash ya got... And make it quick, I'm in dutch with the wife") - and the hysterical, deadpan one-liner by a hayseed hick (John O'Donnal) in a pickup truck when H.I. tried to commandeer it: "Son, you've got a panty on your head"
  • also the hilarious scene the morning after the crime of unfinished-furniture magnate/father Nathan Arizona Sr. being questioned by the press, cops, and the FBI while being fingerprinted: ("Damn it, are you boys gonna chase down yer leads, or you gonna sit around drinkin' coffee in the one house in the state where I know my boy ain't at?!")
  • the crude duo of H.I.'s two disreputable, loud, slobbish, ex-con cellmates - fugitive buddies and brothers Gale and Evelle Snoats (John Goodman and William Forsythe) who used HI's place as a hideout and also stole the baby
  • the frightening and diabolical character -- "the Lone Biker of the Apocalypse" bounty hunter Leonard Smalls (Randall 'Tex' Cobb) who pursued everyone on his Harley for the baby - culminating in a frenetic chase through an Arizona town
  • the final battle between a vastly overmatched H.I. and Leonard -- H.I. killed him by accidentally pulling a pin from Leonard's grenade bandolero
  • the scene in which H.I. and Ed returned the baby (T.J. Kuhn)
  • H.I.'s concluding dream of the future: ("...This whole dream, was it wishful thinking? Was I just fleein' reality, like I know I'm liable to do? But me'n Ed, we can be good, too... and it seemed real. It seemed like us. And it seemed like, well... our home...")

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

  • after a group of zombies ate and killed a pair of paramedics, one of them used the ambulance's dispatch radio to request: "Send... more... paramedics"

Risky Business (1983)

  • the opening fantasy-dream sequence in which Chicago suburbia-dwelling, college-bound high school Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) saw a strange young girl (Francine Locke credited as "Shower Girl") soaping up in a steamy shower in his neighbor's house - and her non-chalant request: "I want you to wash my back" - making him three hours late for his College Boards tests
  • the famed scene of his floor-sliding entrance into the living room while solo dancing and wearing white socks, a pink-striped shirt, and tight underwear, and lip-synching to the tune of Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll"
  • Miles' (Curtis Armstrong) repeated advice to Joel when his parents were away: "Every now and then say, 'What the f--k.' 'What the f--k' gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future"
  • Joel's cool Ray-Ban sunglasses
  • Joel's successful dealing in "human fulfillment" and free enterprise in the extracurricular Future Enterprisers organization

Road to Morocco (1942)

  • the funniest of the "Road To..." movies (the third one)
  • the two castaways after their freighter exploded - Jeff Peters (Bing Crosby) and Orville 'Turkey' Jackson (Bob Hope) - drifting on a raft, and then riding a two-humped camel in the desert, while singing the title song
  • the wacky sequences of both Jeff and Orville trying to romance Arabian Princess Shalmar (Dorothy Lamour) in her palace, and their dialogue about rescuing her: (Jeff: "We must storm the place," Orville's response: "You storm. I'll stay here and drizzle")
  • the few instances of Bob Hope appearing in drag, through superimposition, as the heavenly ghost of his Aunt Lucy, and the one instance that a magic ring transformed him into a jumping monkey when he offhandedly spoke: ("Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!")
  • the sequence of Jeff and 'Turkey' hiding in pillars from jealous Sheik Mullay Kassim (Anthony Quinn), and nodding their heads up and down, when a fly landed on 'Turkey's' nose
  • the desert mirage sequence, in which the three stars sang "Moonlight Becomes You" - mixing up each other's voices
  • the scenes of the wise-cracking talking camel(s) with animated lips, and at one point, the male camel's aside spoken to the audience: "This is the screwiest picture I was ever in"
  • the famed ending, when the trio (including 'Turkey''s energetic love interest, handmaiden Mihirmah (Dona Drake)) were floating in New York harbor on fragments of a luxury liner and 'Turkey' was overacting: ("I can't go on! No food, no water. It's all my fault. We're done for! It's got me. I can't stand it! No food, no nothing! No food, no water! No food!"); after Jeff reprimanded him: ("What's the matter with you, anyway? There's New York. We'll be picked up in a few minutes"), 'Turkey' delivered the film's final line, a lament - and running gag throughout his entire career: ("If you hadn't opened your big mouth and ruined the only good scene I got in the picture, I might have won an Academy Award!")

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, UK/US)

  • wholesome Brad Major's (Barry Bostwick) musically-vocal proposal ("Dammit Janet") to Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon)
  • the dramatic entrance of fishnet and heels-wearing Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) while singing "Sweet Transvestite"
  • Eddie's (Meat Loaf) escape from cryogenic freezing (singing "Hot Patootie") and his subsequent axe-murder by Frank
  • the dual scenes of Frank's seduction of Brad and Janet, and Janet's seduction of bi-sexual Rocky (Peter Hinwood) while singing "Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me" as they were spied upon by Columbia (Laura "Little Nell" Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) with a video monitor
  • the major production number "The Time Warp" - followed by Brad's clueless suggestion: "Say, do any of you know how to Madison?"
  • the exclamation of names in the dialogue following the discovery of Janet and Rocky making love: ("Janet!" "Dr. Scott!" "Janet!" "Brad!" "Rocky!", etc.)
  • Janet's  unexpected piping in: "I'm a muscle fan!" during Dr. Frank N. Furter's reprise of "I Can Make You a Man" (to the shock and dismay of both Frank and Brad)
  • the floor show in an empty theater in front of an RKO Pictures logo as Frank crooned: ("Whatever happened to Fay Wray...")
  • the finale with Magenta (with a Bride of Frankenstein hairdo) and Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien) revealing themselves to be incestuous siblings from outer space

Roman Holiday (1953)

  • the 'Mouth of Truth' stone sculpture scene in which reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) pulled his arm out of the mouth of an ancient carving - he pulled back what appeared to be an empty sleeve (to pretend that he had his arm bitten off), jolting his young companion Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) into surprise, anger, and hilarious laughter all at the same time

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

  • the early scenes of the interplay between two long-time friends - both carefree, ditzy LA airheads who lived in a fourth-floor walk-up in Venice: vapid blonde S. Californian Romy White (Mira Sorvino) and empty-headed Michele Weinberger (Lisa Kudrow)
  • the scenes of the two dancing at the club
  • their reminiscing about their high school years while looking through a yearbook, with lines such as: "I can't believe that even after watching it [Pretty Woman] 36 times, I never get tired of making fun of it"
  • the bragging monologue (a faux, tasteless successful business-woman tale told at Sagebrush High School's 1987 ten-year reunion in Tucson, Arizona) to the A-listers about how overdressed losers Romy and empty-headed Michele invented Post-It Notes - and their ludicrous request at a truck-stop for a "businesswoman's lunch special"

Roxanne (1987)

  • the marvelous verbal retort/monologue comeback scene in a crowded bar-room in which long-nosed, witty, modern-day love-lorn Cyrano de Bergerac - small-town Washington State fire chief Charlie C. D. Bales (Steve Martin) - challenged a boorish, obnoxious, and drunk bully who had called him "Big-Nose", and suggested twenty better, more imaginative nasal insults for his own oversized nose: ("Obvious: Excuse me, is that your nose, or did a bus park on your face; Meteorological: Everybody take cover, she's going to blow!; Fashionable: You know, you could de-emphasize your nose if you wore something larger, like Wyoming; Personal: Well, here we are, just the three of us; Punctual: All right, Dellman, your nose was on time, but you were fifteen minutes late; Envious: Ooh, I wish I were you. Gosh, to be able to smell your own ear; Naughty: Pardon me sir, some of the ladies have asked if you wouldn't mind putting that thing away; Philosophical: It's not the size of a nose that's important, it's what's in it that matters; ...Sympathetic: Ooh, what happened? Did your parents lose a bet with God?; Complimentary: You must love the little birdies to give them this to perch on; Scientific: Say, does that thing there influence the tides?; Obscure: Whoa, I'd hate to see the grindstone!... Inquiry: When you stop and smell the flowers, are they afraid?; ...Pornographic: Finally, a man who can satisfy two women at once!...")

Rushmore (1998)

  • an unusual comedy about an improbable love triangle between precocious 15 year-old 10th grade private school student Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), his befriended depressed local steel factory millionaire/magnate and jaded mentor Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and Rushmore Academy's recently-widowed first-grade teacher Ms. Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams)

Ruthless People (1986)

  • unscrupulous fashion designer and wealthy California businessman Sam Stone's (Danny De Vito) opening monologue about his vulgar wife Barbara (Bette Midler): "God, I hate that woman. I - I - I hate the way she licks stamps! I hate her furniture! And I hate that little sound she makes when she sleeps"
  • also Barbara's comment about her kidnappers: ("Nice faces. Nice identifiable faces!") and her abuse of them, including her tearful reaction to her ransom dropping from $250,000 to $10,000: ("I'm being marked down?... I've been kidnapped by K-Mart!")
  • Police Chief Henry Benton's (William G. Schilling) video of having sex with a prostitute in his car being shown on a department store's rows of televisions (an offscreen woman cried out: "That's my husband!")
  • Lt. Walters' (Clarence Felder) remark about bumbling, dim-witted blackmailer Eart Mott (Bill Pullman): "This could very well be the stupidest man on Earth"
  • Barbara's over-the-top desire for revenge against her husband: ("His testicles! I want his testicles!")

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