Top 10 Funniest Films

 

 
A team of British researchers, who have managed to quantify “funny”, have issued the definitive list of the top ten funniest movies of all time and the hands down winner with a rollicking 3 laughs per minute was the 1980 Abrahams/Zucker hit; “Airplane”.  The film is best remembered for ruining the word “surely” for the English Language as it immediately illicits the iconic Leslie Nielsen comeback “And don’t call me ‘Shirley.” 
Long recognized as one of the most hilarious films of all time, the influential movie rating website “Rotten Tomatoes” (www.rottentomatoes.com) ranks the film at an astronomic 98% on the “Tomatometer”.
Number Two in the list was The Hangover, directed by Todd Philips. This 2009 flick about three groomsmen who inadvertently misplace the groom during his bachelor party. It scored an impressive 2.4 laughs per minute, according to the panel. In contrast, however, “The Hangover” only achieved a “Tomatometer” level of 78%, although the audience approval figure climbed to a most respectable 87%
Another Leslie Nielsen vehicle directed by Abrahams and Zucker; “The Naked Gun -From  the Files of Police Squad!” got the bronze with a laugh/minute count of 2.3. This cinematic treasure applied the same wacky, absurd sense of humor of “Airplane” to a “Dragnet”-style cop show.  It garnered a whopping 89% on the “Tomatometer”.
The tale of a pair of under-aged teens trying to procure alcohol for a party where they hope to improve their dating record; 2007’s “Superbad” is in the fourth spot on the UK group’s chuckle checklist. The film was directed by Greg Mottola, who also directed in television with the critically adored “Arrested Development” as well as the movies “Adventureland and “Paul”. Superbad scored 88% on the “Tomatometer”, so again the British group appeared to pick a winner with their ranking of 1.9 laughs/minute.
The fifth movie on the list will be a surprise to many as it may be one of the most tasteless flicks ever to make it to the big screen. The movie, known universally as just “Borat” was actually entitled “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” It was as outrageous as it was wickedly funny, garnering a laugh per minute score of 1.7. Featuring stand-up comic Sacha Baron Cohen, who has more nerve than an Amazing Wallenda, the film scored a huge 91% on the trusty “Tomatometer” and a whopping 97% on the “Makes Your Flesh Crawl” meter.
Here are the next five movies on the list along with their “Tomatometer” ™ and Audience Approval (AA) ratings.
 
6.    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - 1.6 L/M - TM 67% - AA 84%
7.    American Pie - 1.5 L/M – TM 61% - 63%
8.    Bridesmaids - 1.4 L/M – TM 90% - AA 76%
9.    Shaun of the Dead - 1.3 L/M – TM 91% - AA 91%
10.  Life of Brian - 1.2 L/M – TM 96% - TM 91%
 
The blue-ribbon panel who made up the list were comprised of members of a British movie subscription service called “Lovefilm”. Their findings were published in the UK newspaper “The Telegraph”. The only question now is, “What was ‘American Pie’ doing in that group when Rotten Tomatoes gave Monty Python and the Holy Grail a TM of 95% and an AA of 94%?”
If you disagree with the list, make your own and send it to me in care of The Pipestone Flyer. The only criterion is the list must be compiled on a scientific basis at least as rigorous as this British one. That shouldn’t be too hard.
More Stories:
  • The Old Car Detective Father and son with 1959 Cadillac hardtop     Jamal Salam of Mississauga, Ontario, owns an American icon, a 1959 Cadillac two-door hardtop with the biggest tailfins in town!  His Series 6337 Coupe de Ville came from Arizona ...
  • Why Annexation?     One of the questions that was asked at an Edmonton informational session last week has stuck in this reporters mind. The question was a simple one “What is the need to annex since the people remain the same regardless ...
  • “We’ve a Lot of Work to Do”     Those were the words from Tim Brockelsby, a Senior Planner for the City of Edmonton, at the conclusion of Edmonton’s second of five planned conversations with Leduc residents affected by Edmonton’s proposed annexation ...
  • Leduc Rural Crime Watch Award Cst. Mcfarlene, President Cor De Wit, Mayor Whaley.      The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) has announced that the Leduc Rural Crime Watch Association has been awarded their 2013 Award for Excellence.      The award was established ...
  • 13,000 HOUR DONATION Executive Director, Petra Pfeiffer, thanks Jeannie Blakely on Appreciation evening. Whenever there is a crime or tragedy, there is a victim.           The word ‘victim’ does not adequately describe the complexity of circumstances ...
  • RURAL CRIME WATCH     The organization had been undergoing a serious decline in interest until the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 when the community experienced a rash of break-ins and thefts. Membership spiked and with increased monitoring ...
  • Wetaskiwin Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast  City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliot shows the ribbon shirt which was given to him by Laron Northwest on behalf of the Samson Cree Nation and Maskwacis.     Wetaskiwin's 23rd Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast was held at ...
  • Kids Making a Difference The 19th annual Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Program for Wetaskiwin and area was held at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum the evening of April 7th.  This is a program to recognize the good kids who are making a positive difference ...
  • Leduc City Citizens of Distinction     Annual ceremony hosted during Leduc’s Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.     The City of Leduc is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2013 Citizens of Distinction Awards: Brianna Day  Athletic Achievement ...
  • Lakedell 4-H Beef Club     Our club has been keeping busy. In February we had our beef supper on valentines day with a great turn out. On the 15th our club attended the Red Deer Rebels game. We also had Public speaking on the 28th. All members ...
  • Spring Fling Mercedez Swallow creates a spotted puppy at the Spring Fling trade fair in the Wetaskiwin Drill Hall.      Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce hosts new features - Hosting successful events has challenges. But observing a steady ...
  • The Growth of Cities     Once mankind had discovered the advantages of farming over running around the countryside looking for berries to gather and animals to hunt we began to gather together in places where agricultural could be expanded. Generally ...
  • WHAT’S UP WITH THAT TRAFFIC? Sitting at a red light when you have places to be is frustrating but the City of Leduc is doing what it can to alleviate congestion in Leduc Common.     “It’s a busy intersection, I’ll give you that,” said Kevin Cole, Director ...
  • Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast A pig farmer from central Alberta says everyone can make a difference in their community and the world, no matter what their talents or skills are.     Speaking to a full house at the 2014 Joint Mayors Prayer Breakfast April ...
  • Aquatic Leadership in Leduc     A new aquatics leadership pilot program for high school students will be introduced this fall in partnership with the Leduc Recreation Centre, enabling them to receive credits for graduation and the potential of employment ...
  • Lakedell 4-H Achievement Dear Reader,     It’s awesome how one day led to a group of determined people and two days of fun filled 4-H events. Early in February, the Lakedell Agricultural Society hosted the annual multi-species judging. Susann Stone ...
  • Leduc Annexation Open House For a video of this event click this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuF4pu3smS8      The first Open House on Edmonton’s planned annexation, hosted by the County of Leduc, was held on Wednesday, April 2nd at the Nisku ...
  • RAM wins big in Los Angeles     The Reynolds Alberta Museum (RAM) has been attending and competing in the National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM) awards program since 2006.  The wall in the museum that displays a variety of awards they have ...
  • The 35th Annual Wetaskiwin Music Festival Michaela Strydom Overall Intermediate Piano Performer, Alayna Chrunik Overall Piano Grade IV & Under Performer & Overall Vocal performer 11 years & under, Megan Strydom Overall Dr. Richard Bellamy Junior Piano Performer, ...
  • Needed, 1.5 Million Litres of H2O    It’s getting close. During a recent tour of the new Manluk Centre led by Kevin Lucas, Director of Community Services for the City of Wetaskiwin, he declared, “the Manluk Centre is near substantial completion and on May ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia