Looking to the Movies for a Laugh
Published: 04/05/2011 at Richard Gonzalez
On the off chance that I have the bug to go to watch a movie, I tend to lean towards comedies. I figure, if I’m going to sit in a semi-comfortable seat, depending on which theatre you go the comfort rate differs, I want to not only be entertained with a good story, but I would like to have a good hearty laugh. Seldom do the folks over in Hollywood get that perfect recipe of telling a truly great story and with some added comedic value, but when they do I’m the first one to sign their praises.
Because this past week has been one of rainy weather, AMC has played a few of my favorites; hence the reason why I jumped on my computer and decided to comment on some of them. Here is only a few of my favorites.
When Harry Met Sally – it is a romantic comedy, and I tend to stay away from it. I remember when this movie came out in the theatre, I didn’t go – around this time is when I became familiar with the term ‘chick flick’. But I really wish that I ignored the snickering that I would have gotten from friends. This movie is great. It tells a story that men and women really can not be just friends. Billy Crystal is hilarious and Meg Ryan, in all her cuteness, has a pretty interesting scene in a crowded deli. A must see.
Forrest Gump – I know, it’s not a typical comedy, but it has Tom Hanks in it. He plays the part of the local idiot to perfection. Some of his quirky messages just rub me the right way. ‘Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get’ – how is that not funny the first time you hear it? It wasn’t all funny, but for the most part it kept me awake – which isn’t an easy thing to do during a 3 plus hour movie. And if you think that this movie was good, the sound track is even better.
My Cousin Vinny – I have seen a ton of comedy movies and I have to say that this is my all-time favorite. Joe Pesci makes me want to go to law school and have a Brooklyn accent. Marissa Tomei is gorgeous –although her accent is a tad bit over the top, but that does add to the comedy. So many great parts in the movies apply to every day situations that I find myself plagiarizing them. The best parts of the movie take place in the courtroom – don’t believe me? Give this movie a view and you’ll come around.
I know that there are tons of other great movies, but like I said AMC was playing a few favorites this past week, and every time these movies come on, I find myself plopping down on the sofa with some microwave popcorn.