The best American comedic movies of all time are Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Breakfast Club, Dumb and Dumber, and Office Space.
Blazing Saddles (1974) is a western movie that takes place in the little town of Rock Ridge. Rock Ridge is an obstacle in the way of Hedy Lamar, who wants to build a railroad in its place. He is determined to do whatever it takes to force the people of the town to leave. Blazing Saddles is great because it covers a wide spectrum of issues that us as viewers should not be laughing at like racism, the brutality of animals, the KKK, and many other religious/political subjects. Mel Brooks presents these issues in a way that is clever and gives us comedic scenes like the bad guys waiting at a toll to get to Rock Ridge, the heroes’ plan to trap the bad guys in the town to blow them up, showing rag dolls flying in the air with the town of cardboard, and lets not forget the most memorable scene of the film when both sides are fighting outside the picture and into the Warner Brother studios lot.
Young Frankenstein (1974) is a comedic take on Dr. Frederick Frankenstein. Young Frankenstein is trying to move out of the shadows of his family name, but he puts this aside when he finds his grandfather’s notes about reanimation. He creates a monster with the assistance of his friends Igor and Inga. When the monster escapes, it’s up to Frankenstein to find him. During the monster’s adventures, the village people chase him with pitchforks. By the end of the film the monster and Elizabeth live happily together. What makes this film great is Frankenstein’s trip to Transylvania and how short his journey was when in reality the trip was longer than it was portrayed in the film. The relationship between Frankenstein and Igor is another aspect of the film that stands out because of how Frankenstein is insistent in how his name should be pronounced “Fronk-en-steen.”
The Breakfast Club (1985) presents a group of diverse teenagers who have to spend their detention at school only to find that they are more similar than any of them realized. The Breakfast Club is a great because of how all the characters interact with each other as well as the scenes between the assistant principal Richard Vernon and “the criminal,” John Bender. John challenges authority, which pisses off the principal and causes him to yell at John for his attitude.
Dumb and Dumber (1994) shows the journey of two off the wall guys, Harry and Lloyd, who come across a briefcase and have every intention to bring it back to Aspen, CO into the hands of its rightful owner. During their journey from Rhode Island to Aspen, criminals, who want the suitcase full of cash, pursue them. Harry and Lloyd spend the ransom cash. The end of the film shows the best buddies walking home because their ride broke down. No one can forget the classic scene where Harry’s tongue gets stuck to the ski lift poll. The reason this movie is great is because it has no boundaries. Because Harry and Lloyd are stupid, they get away with so much and it’s a joy to watch them from beginning to end.
Office Space (1999) is a comedy about Peter Gibbons, a programmer, who is dissatisfied with his job. When he undergoes hypnosis, he starts to see things in a clearer light. He comes up with this plan to bring the company down with a computer program. By the end of the film the office is burned to the ground, Peter finds a satisfying job in construction, and Milton is relaxing comfortably in a Mexican resort with traveler’s checks. This film’s greatness lies in its simplicity and how people can relate to hating their jobs. The scene where Peter and his friends Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar take a printer from the office and proceed to beat it in a field with bats is a classic scene because one of the friends has to pull the other away from the machine because he gets carried away. It represents the frustration that’s been building up because of the job.