If you enjoy films like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel or Rushmore, which embrace humanity’s wonderfully bizarre side, take a look at these suggestions.
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Humor can be approached in a comedy film in a number of different ways. The situations in which the characters find themselves can provide material for humor. Some films try to cram as many jokes as possible into as few words as possible. Some films use ironic plot twists and intertwined storylines to make the audience laugh instead of just telling a funny story. Comedy relies heavily on character. Filmmakers have gotten a lot of mileage out of exploring humanity’s strange side because odd people are inherently funny.
Wes Anderson is known for bringing to the big screen some of cinema’s most celebrated outcasts. In the director’s 2014 masterpiece The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes’ foul-mouthed concierge, M. Gustave, is a prime example.
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
An aging former hotel lobby boy tells a famous writer about the life of his mentor M. Gustave in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which has since fallen into disrepair. The role of Gustave, played by Ralph Fiennes, is one of the funniest and most heartfelt ever played on film.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson’s most visually ambitious work to date, with different aspect ratios representing different eras in the story’s timeline.
9. Hot Rod (2007)
The Lonely Island first appeared on the big screen in Hot Rod, a film that was critically and commercially a flop, but is now regarded as a cult classic.
A want tobe Evel Knievel stuntman named Rod is played by Andy Samberg, and his goal is to raise money for his stepfather’s life-saving surgery so that he can stomp on him mercilessly.
8. Beetlejuice (1988)
To put it simply, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin play a married couple who meet their end far too soon in Tim Burton’s horror-comedy Beetlejuice. They hire Betelgeuse, a free-lance poltergeist, to frighten them when their dream house is sold to new owners.
Betelgeuse, played by Michael Keaton, is one of his best roles, right up there with Batman and Birdman.
7. Step Brothers (2008)
Step Brothers by Adam McKay has a simple but effective joke at its core. People who fall in love and get married are forced to deal with the problems that arise as a result of the union of their children from previous marriages. What makes this story unique is that both of their sons are in their 40s. STEP BROTHERS: 10 Most Hilarious Moments
Because of their hilarious chemistry on screen, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have made Step Brothers into a modern comedy classic.
6. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Despite the fact that Roald Dahl’s Charlie Bucket is the primary focus of the novel, Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka in the surreal 1971 classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory stole the spotlight (and the title) from Charlie.
Many memorable songs, such as “(I’ve Got A) Golden Ticket” and “Pure Imagination,” can be found in this film. The production design in the titular factory, too, is absolutely stunning.
5. The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski, starring Jeff Bridges as the title character, is a stoner noir classic written and directed by the Coen brothers. He’s thrown into a Chandleresque mystery plot involving a kidnapping and a briefcase full of ransom money after being mistaken for someone else.
Another hothead who was in the military is standing next to him. There’s also an abstract artist painting while strapped to a harness, as well as three other dangerous people. There are quite a few outliers in this film.
4. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Napoleon Dynamite’s hero, played by Jon Heder, is one of cinema history’s most eccentric leads. In addition to his obsession with ligers, his character is also known for his frequent altercations with his family’s pet llama and his general tendency to be obnoxious to anyone he meets without cause.
Most importantly, Napoleon never hesitates to be authentically himself. Despite the fact that he’s not particularly likeable, audiences all over the world adore him because he refuses to hide his true nature.
3. The King Of Comedy (1982)
As Rupert Pupkin, played by Robert De Niro in one of Martin Scorsese’s most underrated films, he has dangerous new delusions after meeting Jerry Langford, the late-night host played by the legendary Jerry Lewis.
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Full of biting black humor, The King of Comedy takes aim at the hollowness of fame, which Scorsese and De Niro were both experiencing after Raging Bull made them stars in the 1980s.
2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
When it comes to cult classics, The Rocky Horror Picture Show reigns supreme. It borrows elements from everything from 1930s silent films to 1960s Roger Corman farces.
In Tim Curry’s portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the character was brought to life as one of the most iconic movie figures ever.
1. Rushmore (1998)
Wes Anderson has made other films about outcasts besides The Grand Budapest Hotel. From oceanographer Steve Zissou to Khaki Scout Sam Shakusky, all of his films feature characters who are a little out of the norm.
It stars Jason Schwartzman as 15-year-old Max Fischer, a high-achieving private school student who makes friends with a wealthy industrialist, falls in love with his widowed first-grade teacher, and puts on elaborate plays instead of studying. The director’s second feature film, Rushmore, is a comedy about growing up.
Budapest’s Grand Hotel
Aside from being a writer, comedian, and filmmaker, Ben Sherlock is also a stand-up comedian. For Screen Rant, he compiles lists of movies, and for Game Rant, he writes features and reviews on games like Mando, Melville, and Mad Max. He’s been pre-producing his first feature film for a while now due to the high cost of filmmaking. Meanwhile, he’s prepping several short films for production. In the past, he’s worked with sites like Taste of Cinema, Comic Book Resources, and BabbleTop as a film critic or writer. You can catch him doing stand-up in pubs all over the UK if you look hard enough. Policy of Ownership