The New York Times Magazine had a big comedy issue this weekend, more of which I’ll comment on later. But one of the stories was about the top 5 desert island comedy movies of the people they interviewed. Naturally, there’s going to be some overlap - though not much. But they do create a potential Top Ten. Here it is:
- This Is Spinal Tap (which was on the list of four: David Cross, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard and Ricky Gervais)
- Dr. Strangelove
- Dumb and Dumber
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- The Jerk
- Animal House
- The Big Lebowski
- Young Frankenstein
- Groundhog Day
- Laurel & Hardy’s Sons of the Desert.
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Of those interviewed, two of them had the most common taste: Catherine O’Hara and the creators of the online short Le Montage.
Of course, three of those asked had the most idiosyncratic lists:
- Judd Apatow:
Welcome to the Dollhouse, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Punch-Drunk Love, Terms of Endearment and Borat
- Bernie Mac:
Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again, Back to School, What About Bob? and Bad Santa
- Ze Frank:
The Party, The General, A Day at the Races, Caddyshack and The Perfect Human
How off is the top ten? Is there any one from the three more distinctive lists that should have made it?