This absolute gem of a comedy film was released in 1988 to rave reviews and massive commercial success. Written by Charles Crichton and comedy genius John Cleese, “A Fish Called Wanda” is the perfect heist comedy film with brilliant writing, hilarious scenes, romance, adventure, and a stunningly gorgeous Jamie Lee Curtis as the star female lead.
Playing the seductive con artist Wanda, Curtis teams up with Kevin Kline to con a wealthy barrister, played by John Cleese. However, she’s also trying to con Kline and their other gang partner – hell breaks loose when the plan starts to entangle, and it’s simply impossible not to laugh and enjoy every minute of it.
National Lampoon’s Animal House
This 1978 John Landis classic is a delight to watch, not just because of the film’s hilariously well-written script, but also thanks to the performances of John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, and Stephen Furst. When Hulce and Furst arrive at college, they try to join a snobby fraternity but are turned down outright.
So they decide to try another less prestigious fraternity called the Delta Tau Chi House and are welcomed with open arms. The problem is that the college’s dean will stop at nothing to close down the Deltas, and they’re not letting that happen. The film is the original “college comedy movie” in what would become a long line of successors.
A massive commercial hit that made Michael Cera and Jonah Hill’s careers, “Superbad” is one of those films that you can watch a million times and still cry with laughter every time as if you’d never seen it. Cera and Hill play two co-dependent high schoolers that decide to team up with a nerd from the class named Fogell (a.k.a. McLovin’), who is played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and get a fake ID to buy alcohol for a party.
Getting alcohol is absolutely essential for the boys if they want to impress their high school crushes (one of them played by Emma Stone). With Seth Rogen and Bill Hader as hilariously insane and corrupt cops, the film is a brilliant teen comedy that has its star-studded cast at its absolute best.
The Pink Panther
Featuring the clumsy antics of lumbering pseudo-French Detective Clouseau, "The Pink Panther" was the first and probably the best in the franchise of Pink Panther films. While being subtle and funny, Peter Seller's bumbling character is very effective at being silly. More than eight other versions of the Pink Panter were released over the years, all shining in a different way; however, the classic first takes them all.
To most, the character is associated with cartoons and children's animated cartoons, but the truth is, the original story, whether you relate to the storyline or not, is filled with great humor, sophisticated whiteness, and magic.
The concept of a guy dressing up as a woman to get a better job did not age well, but the good intentions still outweighed the bad. The fine script and performances of Bill Murray and Dustin Hoffman still shine through despite the movie's approach to feminism. The 80s style and script manage to charm audiences, so much so that it's become a classic in its own right.
Now, besides the remarkable acting by Hoffman and Lange, the sophisticated humor and whiteness stand the test of time, and if a 21st-century version were produced, nothing in the script would have to be altered.