Everything that can possibly go wrong for groom-to-be Ben Stiller’s character, Greg Focker, does. Despite the occasional sitcom-like execution, “Meet the Parents” is a laughable look at familial relationships that works primarily because the chemistry between its two leads (Rober De Niro and Ben Stiller) is so compelling.
De Niro has never been funnier as his soon-to-be son-in-law tries his best to impress. With De Niro’s character being an ex-special agent, he pulls at all stops to ensure the man marrying his daughter is worthy. And when you get to know De Niro in this movie, you realize that no matter what, no one will ever be worthy.
School of Rock
In 2013, "School of Rock" was the highest-grossing music-themed comedy, and it held on to this title until 2015. It is one of the best entries in Jack Black's ongoing attempt to dominate the comedy genre in this underdog story. At his most endearing, Jack Black's character is an overly enthusiastic musician who desperately needs work, so he poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious private school.
What starts out as a sneaky plan to earn some extra cash soon turns into something completely different. Black's character ends up coaching a class of misfits that go on to compete in a Battle of the Bands.
Mrs. Doubtfire might seem excessively sentimental and even silly as we're writing this. Along with Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan, Robin Williams shines brightly as a dad who tries to stay in his kids’ lives by hatching an elaborate plan. He dresses up as an older woman so he can get hired to be their nanny.
What follows is a lot of meddling from Robin Williams as he can't help but take many risks. Fun facts: many of William's lines in the movie were improvised, it took almost four hours to do the makeup, and his paycheck for the role was an astonishing 20 million big ones.
The 90s gave us some of the best comedy films of all time, and “The Birdcage” has to be in the top five. A hysterically funny comedy starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams; the two actors play a gay club owner and his drag queen partner who run an LGBT nightclub in Florida.
Trouble ensues when their son meets a girl from an extremely conservative family, with Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest as parents, and he asks his gay parents to pretend they’re straight for one night while they meet the potential in-laws. The performance by every cast member is downright tear-worthy and impossible not to laugh at, including a marvelous performance by Hank Azaria as a gay butler from El Salvador who can’t wear shoes because they make him trip.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
The second installment of Monty Python’s brilliantly hilarious film series, “Life of Brian,” is a true comedic masterpiece. Making fun of everything from the Bible to religion, and even the Latin language, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Michael Palin lead this film to success.
Released in 1979, many consider “Life of Brian” to be Terry Jones’s best film in the Monty Python trilogy, and considering the reaction of film critics and audiences, they’d be right. After all, what’s funnier than watching these legendary British actors play characters from the Bible while clearly having a hard time not laughing themselves and sticking to the script?