Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 20

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

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

The various pseudo-documentary mini-interview segments interspersed throughout the film -- each one with an elderly couple describing their relationship; the early scene of fussy and proper Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) ordering at a roadside cafe during an 18-hour road trip with slobbish student Harry (Billy Crystal): "I'd like the chef salad, please, with the oil and vinegar on the side. And the apple pie a la mode....But I'd like the pie heated, and I don't want the ice cream on top. I want it on the side. And I'd like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it. If not, then no ice cream, just whipped cream, but only if it's real. If it's out of a can, then nothing" while Harry just orders: "the Number Three"; and the notorious crowded, New York deli-restaurant scene of Sally's simulated orgasm to prove to Harry how most women occasionally fake orgasms: ("Ooooh. Oh, God. Oooooh. Oh God!..."), foot-noted by an elderly patron (director Rob Reiner's mother Estelle) exclaiming to the waiter at a nearby table: "I'll have what she's having!"

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

The many inside jokes and visual puns; beginning with the riotous opening Maroon cartoon short Somethin's Cookin' featuring Baby Herman and Toon-star Roger Rabbit (voice of Charles Fleischer); the manic, hostile piano duel between Donald Duck and Daffy Duck: (Daffy: "This is the last time I work with someone with a speech impediment!") playing Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, and the busty and sensual appearance of Roger's sexy wife Jessica (voice of Kathleen Turner) in a shimmering pink dress from behind a curtain at the Ink and Paint Club; and the character of down-and-out, hard-boiled private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) and his mis-adventures inside the off-the-wall, lunatic Toontown - interacting with such cartoon legends as Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Droopy Dog and Tweety Bird - and of course, Roger - and the joyous conclusion with Porky Pig delivering his famous "That's all folks!"

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

The zany Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) and his off-the-cuff, literary referential non-sequiturs and non-answers: ("The suspense is terrible... I hope it'll last" - from Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" - "If the good Lord had intended us to walk, he wouldn't have invented roller-skates" - and "So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it...")

Withnail & I (1987, UK)

The film's highly memorable script ("Scrubbers!") about two would-be, down-and-out actors who escape to the countryside from London, including the tea-room scene in which arrogant drunkard/homosexual Withnail (Richard E. Grant) demands from the proprietor in the already-closed establishment: "We want the finest wines available to humanity, and we want them here, and we want them now!"; also Withnail's description of how to spend the weekend as they approached the pub: "Alright, this is the plan. We get in there and get wrecked. Then we'll eat a pork pie, then we'll drop a couple of Surmontil-50s each. It means we'll miss out Monday and come up smiling Tuesday morning"; also the chicken-killing scene ("I think you should strangle it instantly in case it starts trying to make friends with us"), the fish-shooting sequence (a new way to fish), and the characters of Danny (Ralph Brown) ("All hairdressers are in the employment of the government") who knows how to roll a "Camberwell Carrot", and Withnail's eccentric, wealthy and lonely Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths); also the scene in which Withnail is confronted by a homophobic bar patron who calls him "Perfumed Ponce", with his reply: "I have a heart condition. If you hit me, it's murder"; and the film's conclusion with Withnail's wine-soaked quoting from Shakespeare's Hamlet during a drenching rain: ("What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! How like an angel in apprehension, how like a God! The beauty of the world, paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me: no, nor women neither. Nor women neither")

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The scene of the squirming Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) - and then the shaking Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) timidly asking the Wizard after being challenged to bring back the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West: "But what if she kills us first?"- then panicking, running down the hallway and leaping through a window

Woman of the Year (1942)

The scene in which down-to-earth New York sportswriter Sam Craig (Spencer Tracy) takes brilliant, high-brow political correspondent Tess Harding (Katharine Hepburn) to her first baseball game during which he has to explain the game and its rules; and her disastrous attempt to cook a decent breakfast and be a domesticated housewife for him - she fights with the kitchen appliances and makes a shambles of waffles as he watches in amazement

The Women (1939)

All of the scenes of poisonous and jaundiced views of the women - at beauty parlors, a divorce dude ranch in Reno, in dressing rooms, exercise rooms and powder rooms; and the cold-hearted perfume salesgirl Crystal Allen's (Joan Crawford) final vitriolic parting words - hissed at the other women: "...there's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society, outside of a kennel!" - typical of the film's entire dialogue


Young Frankenstein (1974)

The funny horror film spoof from director Mel Brooks, with its early scene in the medical classroom when grandson of the original baron named Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder): ("It's pronounced Frohn-ken-Shteeeen") must answer touchy questions from an inquisitive student about his legendary grandfather Dr. Victor Frankenstein - and he jabs a scalpel into his leg; the character of bug-eyed, leering Igor (Marty Feldman) with a shifting humpback who ignorantly uses the brain of "Abby Normal"; the scene of Frankenstein marveling at large iron door knockers on the Transylvania castle door: "What knockers!", with assistant Inga's (Teri Garr) quick response as he lifts her out of the carriage: "Oh, Thank you, doctor!"; and the charades sequence of Frankenstein acting out the word 'Sed-a-give' ("Give him the sedative"), using the game of charades, to control the violent Monster (Peter Boyle) with an injection; the classic scene of the Monster with the blind hermit (Gene Hackman) in his shack - a tribute to a similar scene in The Bride of Frankenstein in which he calls the Monster "an incredibly big mute", pours boiling soup on the Monster's lap, breaks the Monster's wine mug when toasting their friendship, and lights the Monster's thumb, thinking it's a cigar - and calling after him as he left in fear: "Wait. Where are you going? I was gonna make espresso"; the scenes of a horse neighing whenever housekeeper Frau Blucher's (Cloris Leachman) name is mentioned; also the revolving bookcase-fireplace sequence with a secret passageway ("Put the candle back"), and Dr. Frankenstein's introduction of the Monster to an audience as a "man about town" and their top-hat and cane, tap-dancing duet of Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz" - with the Monster's slurred, squeaky, and high-pitched singing of "Punnondariiiiiiiizz!"; and the scene of nymphomaniacal fiancee Elizabeth's (Madeline Kahn) discovery of the 'O Sweet Mystery of Life' with the Monster by viewing his "enormous schwanstucker" - she first breathes an aroused, wide-eyed "Woof!", and then warbles the tune as he makes love to her (offscreen), and her hair turns white, a la The Bride of Frankenstein

Zoolander (2001)

This Ben Stiller-directed comedy was a satire on the fashion industry with Stiller as clueless, dumb but handsome male supermodel Derek Zoolander who was brainwashed by Mugatu (Will Ferrell) to assassinate the anti-sweat-shop Malaysian prime minister during a visit to New York; one of the funniest scenes was the underground, Fight Club-like fashion runway 'walk-off' between Zoolander and up-and-coming, Male Model of the Year winning, blonde "it-boy" model Hansel (Owen Wilson) after the latter asserts: "Age before beauty, Cochise", refereed by David Bowie (as Himself) and to the music of Michael Jackson's Beat It - and also viewed in split-screen

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
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