Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 3

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

Being There (1979)

Scenes including black maid-cook Louise's (Ruth Attaway) cynical commentary on retarded Chance/Chauncey Gardiner's (Peter Sellers) rise to power, and his fool-turned-prophet transformation; also, Dennis Watson's (Mitch Kreindel) hitting on Chauncey at a formal party with Chauncey's naive reply: "Is there a TV upstairs? I like to watch" and Dennis' delighted response: "You like to, uh, watch?... You wait right here. I'll go get Warren!"; and the protracted "seduction scene" in which dying financier's wife Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine) desperately tried to arouse an unresponsive Chauncey, who only responded that he "like(s) to watch" - and "it's very good, Eve" and then sat on the end of the bed (oblivious to her) as she masturbated herself on the floor on top of a bear-skin rug

Best in Show (2000)

The quirky views and mockumentary interviews with neurotic dog owners, trainers, and pet psychologists - and the national dog show itself, the Mayflower Kennel Club's annual competition, featuring the comments by the two emcees, comical TV commentator Buck Laughlin (Fred Willard) and co-host Trevor Beckwith (Jim Piddock): ("And it's sad to think, when you look at how beautiful these dogs are, and to think that in some countries, these dogs are eaten", and "Look at Scott! He is prancing along with the dog! Man, I tell you something, if you live in my neighborhood and you're dressed like that, you'd better be a hotel doorman"); and earlier, the scene of Harlan Pepper (Christopher Guest) traveling to the road show with his bloodhound, in which he told a story about how he drove his mother mad by naming nuts ("I'd say: 'Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut.' That was the one that would send her into goin' crazy. She'd say: 'Would you stop naming nuts!'")

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

The character of comic, resourceful, street-smart renegade Detroit cop Axel Foley (on a working vacation in Southern California) by Eddie Murphy in this "fish-out-of-water" comedy; his loudmouth, streetwise character delivers fast-talking laughs in almost every scene

Big (1988)

The scenes of a 13 year-old boy Josh Baskin (David Moscow) in the "big" body of a thirty-year-old man (Tom Hanks) after his wish to be "big" at a carnival machine comes true: his reaction to the hors d'oeuvres (miniature corn cobs) at a fancy office party; also his confused sexual relationship with sexy yuppie Susan (Elizabeth Perkins) - a top-level co-worker - especially their conversation during their apartment sleep-over scene (in bunk beds): Susan: "I want to spend the night with you." Josh: "Do you mean sleep over?" Susan: "Well... yeah!" Josh: "Well, okay... but I get to be on top!"; and the scene of a foot-tapping, giant floor-sized electronic piano duet of "Heart and Soul" with toy company executive MacMillan (Robert Loggia) in FAO Schwartz's main showroom

Big Business (1929)

The famous silent short (two-reeler) in which door-to-door Christmas tree salesmen Stan (Stan Laurel) and Ollie (Oliver Hardy) get into an escalating vindictive fight with a disgruntled homeowner (James Finlayson), and end up destroying his home and yard while he destroys their car (and tree), as a policeman and other neighbors calmly watch

Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958, It.) (aka Soliti ignoti, I)

A wacky, satirical crime caper about an amateurish, inept and incompetent group of Italians who plan the perfect crime that ultimately goes very wrong - the robbery of a pawnshop, masterminded by womanizing boxer Peppe (Vittorio Gassman) and accompanied by unemployed cameraless photographer and baby-minding Tiberio (Marcello Mastroianni), young rookie thief Mario (Renato Salvatori), hot-tempered Sicilian Ferribote (Tiberio Murgia), ex-jockey Capannelle (Carlo Pisacane) - and the gang's mentor Dante Cruciani (Italian stage star Toto) who offers ridiculous lessons on safecracking; the climactic scene of the break-in ends up being a complete failure

The Big Lebowski (1998)

A quirky, neo-noir stoner comedy with the scene in which bearded hippie, pot-smoking, slacker slob Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), wearing shorts and a T-shirt, complains and demands compensation from his wheel-chair bound philanthropist millionaire namesake Jeffrey 'The Big' Lebowski (David Huddleston) for two debt-collector hoods that peed on his favorite carpet ("that rug really tied the room together"); the Dude's introduction of himself: "I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing"); also the Dude's fantasy musical dream sequence called Gutterballs after being slipped a mickey by sleaze king mobster Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara) - filled with images including the Viking Queen, Saddam Hussein, and bowling; and the scene at the bowling alley in which league opponent Jesus Quintara (John Turturro) threatens: "Nobody f--ks with the Jesus"

Blazing Saddles (1974)

All of the film's political incorrectness, including the scene of near-sighted and dim-witted Governor Le Petomane's (Mel Brooks) nuzzling into bosomy secretary Miss Stein's (Robyn Hilton) cleavage while being advised by villainous and scheming attorney general Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman); also the scene of the new Rock Ridge Sheriff Black Bart's (Cleavon Little) warning to the townsfolk as he reaches down for his acceptance speech - to their gaspings: "Excuse me while I whip this out"; and the infamous gas-passing, bean-eating scene around the campfire by flatulent cowboys -- play clip (excerpt): Blazing Saddles; the scene in which Mongo (Alex Karras) enters Rock Ridge riding an ox, then later knocks out a horse with a bare, single-fisted punch; and Madeline Kahn's exquisite parody of Marlene Dietrich's saloon singer "Frenchy" (from Destry Rides Again) as the "Teutonic Titwillow" - and her memorable phrase: "It's twue, it's twue" after unzipping sheriff Black Bart's (Cleavon Little) fly and examining his endowment in the dark; and the scene in which Hedley is recruiting men to assault the town - in which the gun-slinging Waco Kid (Gene Wilder) holds up Bart as bait for two Ku Klux Klan members so that they can steal their white robes - with Bart's mock-dumb (racially-stereotyped) taunt: "Hey! Where are the white women at?" - and more

The Blues Brothers (1980)

The scene in an apartment lobby in which Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) announces that his brother Jake (John Belushi) will be staying with him, and The Cheez-Whiz (Layne Britton) playing cards yelling out: "Did you get me my Cheez-Whiz, boy?" to which Elwood responds by revealing a can from his jacket and tossing it to him


Born Yesterday (1950)

The scene of uncouth millionaire junk dealer Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford) playing a silent game of gin rummy with his dumb-blonde, ex-chorus-girl, unrefined mistress Billie Dawn (Judy Holliday); the sound of Billie's unabashedly vulgar, shrill, stupid-sounding, Betty Boop-like voice; Billie's ignorance about the difference between a peninsula and penicillin, but her increased intelligence after being tutored by Paul Varall (William Holden) - i.e., Harry Brock: "Shut up! You ain't gonna be tellin' nobody nothin' pretty soon!" Billie Dawn: "DOUBLE NEGATIVE! Right?" Paul Verrall: "Right!"; and her retort to Harry: "Would you do me a favor, Harry?...Drop dead!"; and the film's final line spoken by Billie to a police officer about her recent marriage to Paul: "We'll make it. It's a clear case of predestination." Officer: "Pre--- what?" Billie: "Look it up"

Bowfinger (1999)

The scene in which desperate movie producer-director Robert K. Bowfinger (Steve Martin) was asked by bed-hopping ingenue actress Daisy (Heather Graham): "Do you love Smashing Pumpkins?", and his inept reply: "Are you kidding? I love to do that!"


Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

The scene in which embarrassed Bridget Jones's (Renee Zellweger) special tummy-holding-in pants (called "enormous") are uncovered on a date by her rakish boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

The opening scene on a golf course in this screwball comedy in which mad-cap and scatter-brained heiress Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) steals the ball (and car) of bumbling, bespectacled, and absent-minded paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant): ("I'll be with you in a minute, Mr. Peabody!"); the slapstick scene of David (with a ripped coat) gallantly helping Susan exit - in lock-step - from a country club restaurant with a torn dress -- and his statement to her: "Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because after all, in moments of quiet I'm strangely drawn toward you, but well, there haven't been any quiet moments. Our relationship has been a series of misadventures from beginning to end..."; also David's sarcastic explanation as he leaps into the air for being dressed in a fluffy and frilly negligee (Susan's dressing gown) to her rich Aunt Elizabeth (May Robson): "Because I just went gay all of a sudden!" - and when she explains to her Aunt that David is a friend of her brother's from Brazil and that David is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, he quips: "I'm a nut from Brazil"; also David and Susan Vance's singing of the song: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" to coax a tame pet leopard named Baby off a roof, the complications that derive from a case of mistaken leopard identity and the jail cell sceneand the finale with Susan dangling from a scaffolding next to a collapsing dinosaur skeleton; remade in homage as Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up, Doc? (1972) with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal

Broadcast News (1987)

The classic scene in which wacky assistant news director Blair Litton (Joan Cusack) painfully rushes to get a finished tape to the control booth in time for broadcast - running into a garbage can and a file cart, slipping on papers under an opened file drawer, jumping over a toddler and her mother, and slamming into a hallway water fountain; also the apres-sex scene of reporter Jennifer Mack (Lois Chiles) playfully asking handsome but vacuous - and nude - anchorman Tom Grunick (William Hurt) about his prominent penis shadow in silhouette, as she laughed: "Do you do bunny rabbits?" after he told her about her open clothes closet: "You can see everything you have"; and the scene of uncharismatic news writer Aaron Altman's (Albert Brooks) disastrous anchor debut during a weekend news report and "flop sweat" attack, with one news producer humorously commenting: "This is more than Nixon ever sweated" - and Aaron's aside as the news went to a commercial after he reported " least 22 people dead" - "I wish I were one of them"; and the scene of Aaron's desperate attempt to dissuade his young news producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) from engaging in a relationship with media-friendly Tom by comparing him to the devil: "Tom, while being a very nice guy, is the devil...I'm semi-serious here...He will be attractive, he'll be nice and helpful...He'll never do an evil thing. He'll never deliberately hurt a living thing. He'll just bit by little bit lower our standards where they're important. Just a tiny little bit. Just coax along. Flash over substance...And he'll get all the great women" - when she accused him of being the devil, he countered that her assertion was impossible: "You know I'm not...Because I think we have the kind of friendship where if I were the Devil, you'd be the only one I would tell..."

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