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.
A Fish Called Wanda
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.
Meet the Parents
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.
Not everyone is familiar with the real definition of the term Duck Soup, and as it turns out, there is more to this than one funny movie. "Duck Soup" is a film that didn’t do so hot at the box office but gained more recognition and appreciation as time went on.
The Marx Brothers' comedy follows some silly spies trying to stage a revolution in the small nation of Freedonia. It has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 50 reviews, and holds a 7.8/10 on IMDb. Roger Ebert gives it a 4/4, including in his review that he believes it to be the best of the Marx Brothers' films.