Feeling a bit random (and nostalgic) today, so I figured it’s list time. Like the title says, here’s my quick rundown of 10 comedies from the decade of decadence that, no matter how many times I’ve seen them, they just never get old. True classics in one sense or another. So, in no particular order:
1. Caddyshack (1980) – Amazing characters, lots of ad-libbing and a venerable hodge-podge of wackiness, this gem is always good for any time and lots of laughs.
2. Airplane! (1980) – Despite the somewhat dated look and feel, this is slapstick at it’s finest! Simply utter brilliance throughout.
3. Spaceballs (1987) – The ultimate Star Wars spoof. One of Mel Brooks’ finest efforts.
4. Ghostbusters (1984) – A fantastic blend of comedy, action and some decent horror too. Great characters, dialogue and story drive this classic.
5. Back To School (1986) – Rodney Dangerfield as the world’s oldest college freshman? What’s not to love there?
6. Better Off Dead (1985) – Something of an heirloom in my family, I literally grew up quoting this underrated flick. Even after nearly 30 years it holds up great today, and one of John Cusack’s underappreciated efforts.
7. Revenge of the Nerds (1984) – “You just got your asses whipped, by a bunch of God damned nerds. NERDS!” screams John Goodman’s character in a classic rant near the film’s climax. Hilarity is abound in this feel good story of brains vs. brawn.
8. Christmas Vacation (1989) – Guranteed to be on TV a million times during Christmas season, though it’s perfectly viewable any time of year, this icon is best enjoyed unedited, so one can bask in all it’s Cousin Eddie/Clark Griswold-ranting glory.
9. Weird Science (1985) – Two geeks. One computer. Some magic. What could go wrong? Great stuff here, not the least of which is one of Bill Paxton’s most entertaining roles…even after he gets transformed into a talking turd.
10. Beetlejuice (1988) – Absolutely brilliant performance from Michael Keaton, fascinating story, great score and some wonderfully entertaining performances all combine to make this masterpiece from Tim Burton.
There you have it. Now go watch and enjoy!