Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 7


Greatest and Funniest Movie Scenes
Film Title/Year and Brief Funniest Scenes Description
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A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Lunatic, shady weapons partner, and ex-CIA hitman Otto West's (Kevin Kline) repeated snarl: "Don't call me stupid!" accompanied by Otto's dangling of conservative and stuffy British barrister Archie Leach (John Cleese) outside the window to force an apology and Wanda Gershwitz's (Jamie Lee Curtis) description of Otto's stupidity and continuing lack of intelligence: ("Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not 'every man for himself', and the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked 'em up"); also the many attempts of stammering, animal-loving hitman Ken Pile (Michael Palin) to assassinate an old lady (Patricia Hayes) (a matronly eye-witness threat), cruelly killing her three cherished pet dogs instead (mauling by an attack dog, run-over by a taxi, and crushing by a falling safe); also the fact of wily femme fatale and sexy jewel thief Wanda's complete sexual arousal when she hears foreign languages; and Archie's painful admission of British stoicism to Wanda: ("Wanda, do you have any idea what it's like being English? Being so correct all the time, being so stifled by this dread of, of doing the wrong thing, of saying to someone 'Are you married?' and hearing ' My wife left me this morning,' or saying, uh, ' Do you have children?' and being told they all burned to death on Wednesday. You see, Wanda, we'll all terrified of embarrassment. That's why we're so... dead. Most of my friends are dead, you know, we have these piles of corpses to dinner"); also the scene when lusting Archie is caught in the buff by a British family in what he thought was a perfect hideaway for an adulterous tryst with Wanda, forcing him to use a strategically-placed framed photo to modestly hide himself; and Otto's torture of Ken by eating his pet fish in front of him, and his taunting of Ken ("It's K-k-k-ken c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me!") just before Ken runs over him with a steamroller, in Charles Crichton's madcap caper farce






Five Easy Pieces (1970)

The memorable scene of Bobby Dupea (Jack Nicholson) ordering wheat toast (via a chicken salad sandwich with toasted wheat bread but without the chicken, lettuce and mayo) from a recalcitrant and by-the-rules surly Waitress (Lorna Thayer) at a roadside diner that allows "no substitutions"

Forbidden Planet (1956)

The unintentionally hysterical line when a ship's crew-member stupidly asks Robby the Robot: "Er, no offense, but you are a robot, aren't you?"

Forrest Gump (1994)

The computerized special-effects and imaging that put intellectually-challenged Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) into comedic situations with historical events (i.e., Gov. Wallace's stand-off in Little Rock, and his assassination attempt) and with Presidents and other celebrities (JFK - with his hilarious plea: "I gotta pee", LBJ, Nixon, Elvis Presley, John Lennon)

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

With rising star Steve Carell as nerdy, middle-aged virginal electronics super-store worker Andy Stitzer, with hobbies (such as action-figure and comic books collecting and watching "Survivor" with his elderly neighbors, or making the perfect egg-salad sandwich), whose sex-obsessed store salesmen buddies keep offering him sex advice ("You know what's a fun game?...Take three Excedrin PMs and you see if you can whack off before you fall asleep. You always win - the best part about the game") and decide that it's time for him to score and advise him to act tough ("like David Caruso in Jade") - so he starts to date free-spirited 40 year-old divorced mother of three Trish (Catherine Keener) who abides by a no-sex policy for 20 dates; funny gags include Andy's first experience on using a condom - even under the covers, his drive home with drunken date Nicky (Leslie Mann), his date with sexaholic nymphomaniacal bookstore clerk named Beth (Elizabeth Banks) who finds pleasure for herself in the bathtub, a speed-dating session, and Andy's botched chest-waxing treatment; also the scene of verbal battle during a game of Mortal Kombat between David and Cal (Paul Rudd and Seth Rogan) about how one knows the other one is homosexual: ("You know how I know that you're gay?...You like the movie Maid in Manhattan...I saw you make a spinach dip in a loaf of sourdough bread once....You have a red and gold bumper sticker on your car that says 'I love it when balls are in my face'...Because you macramed yourself a pair of jean shorts...")



Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

The opening barrage of many F-words; the scene of timid Charles (Hugh Grant) discussing his deficient sexual history with charming American girl Carrie (Andie MacDowell) who hilariously recounts her experiences with 33 sexual partners: ("...So there you go, less than Madonna, more than Princess Di - I hope"); the inexperienced, confused, verbally-bumbling, malaprop-spouting vicar Father Gerald (Rowan Atkinson) reciting the vows for the "awful-wedded" marital couple in the second of the four weddings: "In the name of the father, the son, and the holy spigot"; and the stuttering 'romantic' declaration of love of upper-class, commitment-phobic Charles for Carrie after she has bought herself a wedding dress: ("Uhm, look. Sorry, sorry. Uh, I just, uhm, well, this is a really stupid question and, uhm, particularly in view of our recent shopping excursion, but, uh, I just wondered, if by any chance, uhm, ah, I mean obviously not because I guess I've only slept with nine people, but-but I-I just wondered...uhh. I really feel, umm...in short, to recap in a slightly clearer version, uh, in the words of David Cassidy in fact, uhm, while he was still with the Partridge Family, uh, 'I think I love you,' and uh, I-I, uh, just wondered by any chance, you wouldn't like to...Umm... Uh...Uh... No, no, no of course not... Uhm, I'm an idiot, ha, he's not... Excellent, excellent, fantastic...lovely to see you, sorry to disturb... Better get on... Well, I thought it over a lot, you know, I wanted to get it just right"); and the final image (in the ending slide-show) of acerbic Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas) with a very surprising groom - Prince Charles!



The Full Monty (1997)

The scene of Sheffield mill factory workers in an unemployment line slowly shifting in place, and then dancing irresistably in unison to Donna Summers' Hot Stuff on the radio; and the stripper audition scene when anatomically well-endowed but uncoordinated candidate Guy (Hugo Speer) drops his pants and Gaz (Robert Carlyle) observes: "Gentleman, the lunch box has landed"; and their practice rehearsals when the clutzy would-be dancers work on their bump and grind act -- and their actual 'full monty' debut ("with their widges hanging out") on the stage


Funny Girl (1968)

Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) singing "Beautiful Bride" as a bride with an unexpected fake pregnant belly to subvert the romantic lyrics into comedy (and Florenz Ziegfeld's (Walter Pigeon) stunned reaction offstage)

The General (1927)

The many spectacular train chases, ground-breaking pursuit sequences and acrobatic stuntwork as Southern Confederate locomotive engineer Johnnie Gray (director Buster Keaton) pursues his own hijacked train (The General) and faces innumerable challenges; Johnnie's deadpan, poker-faced expressions and the perfectly timed and staged scene of Johnnie with a stumpy, snub-nosed howitzer cannon and his ride on the cowcatcher of the train as he flips away cross-ties strewn across the tracks; the most expensive sight gag in silent film history (filmed in a single take with an actual train - not a miniature) when the pursuit train confidently moves half-way across a burned-through bridge and it falls downwards - both the train and collapsing bridge plunge into the river; and the romantic relationship between Johnnie and lady-love Annabel Lee (Marion Mack) - especially the scene when he finds her stoking the locomotive with toothpick-sized wood and half-playfully grabs for her by the neck, throttles and shakes her and then swiftly plants a small, loving kiss on her lips; and the almost-perfect image of his absent-minded ride on the General's driveshaft (alternately raising and lowering him)




Ghostbusters (1984)

The unorthodox group of defrocked university para-psychologists or self-described maverick "ghostbusters" in modern-day New York, to the tune of Ray Parker Jr.'s catchy title-theme song: Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), who are in the offbeat business of supernatural extermination of poltergeists, spirits, ghosts, and other haunts; the scene of Venkman covered in ectoplasm after being attacked by a green ghost, and sighing to his fellow Ghostbusters: "He slimed me!", and the stunning introduction of an evil, gigantic mascot come to life - The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man; also the catchphrase "Who ya gonna call?", and Venkman's statement about capturing Slimer - a paraphrasing of the famous Latin phrase: "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass"; also the film's logo: a red-lined "No Ghosts" sign; and Venkman's classic response to possessed Dana Barrett's (Sigourney Weaver) question: "Do you want this body?" - "Is this a trick question?", and his later description of her: "I find her interesting because she's a client and because she sleeps above her covers... four feet above her covers"; and Winston Zeddmore's (Ernie Hudson) angry chastisement of Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) after the Ghostbusters are blasted by god Gozer (supermodel Slavitza Jovan): "Ray, when someone asks you if you're a God, you say YES!"



The Gold Rush (1925)

The scene in which the Little Tramp/Lone Prospector (Charlie Chaplin) is marooned with another starving cabin mate Big Jim McKay (Mack Swain), daintily eating a boot like a gourmet meal of spaghetti (the shoe laces), and the brutish McKay hallucinating that the Tramp is a giant chicken and chasing him with a shotgun; also the scene of the precariously-positioned log cabin on the edge of a crevasse; and later the Tramp's "Dance of the Rolls" in which he made two bread rolls dance on a table-top



Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
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