Category Comedy

Gung Ho

Gung Ho is a 1986 American comedy film directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael Keaton and Gedde Watanabe.  The film portrayed the takeover of an American car plant by a Japanese corporation (although the title is an Americanized Chinese expression, for “work” and “together”).

Gung HoIn Gung Ho, the local auto plant which supplied most of the town’s jobs in fictional Hadleyville, Pennsylvania, has been closed for nine months. The former foreman Hunt Stevenson (Michael Keaton) goes to Tokyo to try to convince the Assan Motors Corporation to reopen the plant. The Japanese company agrees and, upon their arrival in the U.S., they take advantage of the desperate work force to institute many changes...

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The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart and featuring Ruth Hussey. Based on the Broadway play of the same name by Philip Barry, the film is about a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist. The socialite character of the play—performed by Hepburn in the film—was inspired by Helen Hope Montgomery Scott (1904–1995), a Philadelphia socialite known for her hijinks, who married a friend of playwright Barry.

Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) is the elder daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia Main Line socialite family. She was married to C.K...

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Splash

Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody Goodman. The film involves a young man who falls in love with a mysterious woman who is secretly a mermaid. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The original music score was composed by Lee Holdridge.

SplashIn 1964, 8-year-old Allen Bauer (David Kreps) is vacationing with his family near Cape Cod. While taking a sight-seeing tour on a small boat, he sees something below the ocean surface that fascinates him. Allen jumps into the water, even though he cannot swim. He grasps the hands of a girl (Shayla Mackarvich) who is inexplicably under the water with him and an instant connection forms between the two...

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Down Periscope Starring Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge

In Down Periscope, Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) is about to be passed over a third time for command of his own nuclear submarine because of his unorthodox methods and a rumor of a genital tattoo (“Welcome Aboard!”) received after getting blind drunk while on shore leave. Failure to secure a submarine will result in Dodge being dropped from the Navy’s command program, and that means he will resign from the Navy. During his career, Dodge has made an enemy of Rear Admiral Yancy Graham (Bruce Dern), who strongly speaks out against Dodge’s promotion.

Down PeriscopeVice-Admiral Dean Winslow, ComSubLant (Rip Torn), who likes Dodge and his unorthodox methods, plans a war game to test the Navy’s defenses against possible attack from older Soviet diesel-powered submarines in the hands of America’s enemies. Among the defenses that are being tested is Dodge’s prior billet, the Los Angeles-class sub...

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Something’s Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers for Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as a successful 60-something and 50-something, who find love for each other in later life, despite being complete opposites. Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet co-star, with Frances McDormand, Paul Michael Glaser, Jon Favreau, and KaDee Strickland playing key supporting roles.

Something's Gotta GiveHarry Sanborn is a wealthy New York music mogul in Something’s Gotta Give who has had over a 40-year habit of dating women under 30, including his latest conquest, Marin Klein. The two drive to her mother’s Hamptons beach house expecting to be alone, but are surprised by Marin’s mother, successful playwright Erica Barry, who is there with her sister Zoe.

After an awkward dinner, the night turns disastrous when — during foreplay with M...

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Ruggles of Red Gap

Ruggles of Red Gap is a 1935 comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charlie Ruggles, and ZaSu Pitts, and featuring Roland Young and Leila Hyams. It was based on the best-selling 1915 novel by Harry Leon Wilson, adapted by Humphrey Pearson, with a screenplay by Walter DeLeon and Harlan Thompson. It is the story of a newly rich American couple from the West who win a British gentleman’s gentleman in a poker game

Ruggles of Red GapIn 1908 the Earl of Burnstead (Roland Young) gambles away his eminently correct English manservant, Marmaduke Ruggles (Charles Laughton). Ruggles’ new masters, crude nouveau riche American millionaires Egbert and Effie Floud (Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland), bring Ruggles back to Red Gap, Washington, a remote Western boomtown. When Ruggles is mistaken for a wealthy retired Englishman colonel, he becomes a celebrity in the small town...

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Meet John Doe

Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.

Infuriated at being told to write one final column after being laid off from her newspaper job, Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) prints a letter from a fictional unemployed “John Doe” threatening suicide on Christmas Eve in protest of society’s ills. When the letter causes a sensation among readers, and the paper’s competition suspects a fraud and starts to investigate, editor Henry Connell (James Gleason) is persuaded to rehire Mitchell, who schemes to boost the newspaper’s sales by exploiting the fictional John Doe...

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Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American romantic comedy film set in 1929, directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The supporting cast in Some Like It Hot includes George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee, and Nehemiah Persoff.

Some Like It HotIt is February 1929 in the city of Chicago, during the era of prohibition. Joe (Tony Curtis) is an irresponsible jazz saxophone player, gambler and ladies’ man; his friend Jerry (Jack Lemmon) is a sensible jazz double-bass player; both are working in a speakeasy (disguised as a funeral home) owned by mob gangster “Spats” Colombo (George Raft). When the joint is raided by the police after being tipped off by informant “Toothpick” Charlie (George E...

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Father Goose

Father Goose is a 1964 American Technicolor romantic comedy film set in World War II, starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard. The title derives from “Mother Goose”, the codename assigned to Grant’s character. The film won an Academy Award for its screenplay.

While the Royal Australian Navy evacuates Salamaua in February 1942 ahead of a Japanese invasion, Commander Frank Houghton (Trevor Howard) coerces an old friend, American beachcomber Walter Eckland (Cary Grant), into becoming a coast-watcher for the Allies. Houghton escorts Eckland to deserted Matalava Island to watch for Japanese airplanes. To ensure Eckland stays put, Houghton sees to it that his ship “accidentally” knocks a hole in Ecklund’s launch while departing. Houghton rewards Eckland’s sightings (once they are confirmed) with directions to one of the whisky bottles hidden around the island.

Houghton finds a repl...

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Gentlemen Prefer Blonds

Gentlemen Prefer BlondsGentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe with Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow, Taylor Holmes and Norma Varden in supporting roles.

In Gentlemen Prefer Blonds Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) are American showgirls. Lorelei has a passion for diamonds, believing that attracting a rich husband is one of the few ways a woman can succeed economically. She is engaged to Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), a naïve nerd willing to do or buy anything for her. However, Gus is under the control of his wealthy, upper-class father. Dorothy, on the other hand, is looking for a different kind of love, attracted only to men who are good-looking and fit.

Lorelei plans to wed Gus in France, but Esmond, Sr...

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The Graduate

The GraduateThe Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College. The Graduate tells the story of 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a recent college graduate with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then proceeds to fall in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).

In the 1960s Benjamin Braddock, aged twenty-one, has earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and has returned home to a party celebrating his graduation at his parents’ house in Pasadena, California. Benjamin, visibly uncomfortable as his parents deliver accolades and neighborhood friends ask him about his future plans, evades those who try to congratulate him...

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Grand Theft Parsons Review

Before I tell you about Grand Theft Parsons, let me give you a little background. If you’re not familiar with the name Gram Parsons, you’ve probably heard his music. Parsons was a musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.. Hes best known for his work with bands like The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. His music is a melding of country, blues, folk, and rock. Parsons has been acknowledged as a major influence by a host of musicians from different genres and is credited with helping to found both country rock and alt-country and influencing bands like The Eagles and Pure Prairie League. He spent a lot of time with, and became fast friends with and was a big influence on Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. In fact Parsons can be heard on the studio tapes performing Wild Horses with Keith. He is also # 87 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time...

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Come September

Come September is a 1961 romantic comedy film directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin.

Wealthy American businessman Robert Talbot (Rock Hudson) owns a villa on the Ligurian coast, where he and his Roman mistress Lisa Fellini (Gina Lollobrigida) spend September of each year. When Robert moves up his annual visit to July and calls her en route from Milano, she cancels her wedding to Englishman Spencer (Ronald Howard) and rushes to meet him. Upon his arrival at the villa, Robert discovers that, in his absence, his major domo, Maurice Clavell (Walter Slezak), has turned the villa into a hotel, currently hosting a group of teenage girls, including Sandy (Sandra Dee), and their chaperone, Margaret Allison (Brenda De Banzie)...

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Guess Who's Coming to DinnerGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and featuring Hepburn’s niece Katharine Houghton.  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner contains a (then rare) positive representation of the controversial subject of interracial marriage, which historically had been illegal in most states of the United States, and still was illegal in 17 states—mostly Southern states—until 12 June 1967, six months before the film was released, roughly two weeks after Tracy filmed his final scene (and two days after his death), when anti-miscegenation laws were struck down by the Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia. The movie’s Oscar-nominated score was composed by Frank De Vol.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is notable for being the ninth and final on-screen pairing o...

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Grumpy Old Men

Grumpy Old MenGrumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, with Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis and Buck Henry. Directed by Donald Petrie,

Retirees John Gustafson (Lemmon) who used to be a retired high school history teacher and Max Goldman (Matthau) a retired tv repair man are childhood friends, longtime rivals and next-door neighbors in Wabasha, Minnesota. Both of them are widowed men. Their rivalry began decades earlier when John married Max’s high school sweetheart, May. That is when started becoming rivals. John had an happy marriage with her for 20 years and had two children: a daughter, Melanie(Daryl Hannah) and son, Brian who died in Vietnam. Max went on to marry Amy and had a son, Jacob(Kevin Pollack). Max never regretted marrying Amy, marrying her was the best thing that ever happened to him...

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Movie Swords

Every time that you are going to come across a famous Greek figurine lying on a broken piece of porcelain, and a warrior who is equipped with not only a helmet and a breastplate but also a short steel sword in his hands, is a spitting an image of the famous Spartan sword and the respective warrior then comes to ones mind.
The fifth century had been the time when the Spartan infantry had been on much rise and there used to be a solid wall or a phalanx structure that had been utilized with the purpose of keeping the warriors placed like an impenetrable wall, one that had the enemy thinking regarding its penetration. The significant role of Spartan sword cannot be denied regarding the infantry. The shield and the sword were a part of the traditional dress that was worn by the Spartan warrior.
The name Sparta has been the source of much debate over the past few yea...

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How to Murder Your Wife

How to Murder Your Wife is a 1965 American battle-of-the-sexes satirical comedy film from United Artists, produced by George Axelrod, directed by Richard Quine, that stars Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, and Terry-Thomas.

Hot to Murder Your WifeStanley Ford (Jack Lemmon) is a successful newspaper cartoonist enjoying the comforts of a well-to-do and happy bachelorhood in his urban New York City townhouse, including his loyal and attentive valet, Charles Firbank (Terry-Thomas). Stanley’s comic strip, Bash Brannigan, is a secret-agent thriller characterized by a high level of realism: No matter how outrageous the plot, Stanley will not allow Brannigan to do anything physically impossible or use gadgets that don’t exist. He hires actors and sets up elaborate enactments of storylines, playing Brannigan himself, while Charles takes photographs Stanley will use as visual references.

While attending a bachelor party for his ...

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On Our Merry Way

On Our Merry Way is a 1948 American comedy film produced by Benedict Bogeaus and Burgess Meredith and released by United Artists. At the time of its release, King Vidor and Leslie Fenton were credited with its direction, although the DVD lists John Huston and George Stevens, who assisted with one of the segments, as well. The screenplay by Laurence Stallings and Lou Breslow, based on an original story by Arch Oboler, is similar in style to that of Tales of Manhattan (1942), another anthology film made up of several vignettes linked by a single theme. The picture stars Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Harry James, Dorothy Lamour, Victor Moore and Fred MacMurray. marks the first joint movie appearance of Stewart and Fonda, who play a pair of musicians in their section of the film.

On Our Merry WayOliver Pease (Burgess Meredith) has deceived his bride Martha (Paulette Goddard...

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Father’s Little Dividend

Father’s Little Dividend is a 1951 comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor. The movie is the sequel to Father of the Bride (1950).

In this sequel to Father of the Bride, newly married Kay Dunstan (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she and her husband are going to have a baby, leaving her father, Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy), having to come to grips with becoming a grandfather.

Father's Little DividendMiddle-class family man Stanley Banks reminisces on events of the past year: One afternoon, returning from the office feeling happy and energetic, Stanley’s routine is interrupted when his wife Ellie (Joan Bennett) tells him that they are having dinner with their daughter Kay and her husband, Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor), to hear some important news...

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Holiday

Holiday is a 1938 film directed by George Cukor.

The film is a romantic comedy that tells of a man who has risen from humble beginnings only to be torn between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée’s family. The movie, adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart and Sidney Buchman from the play by Philip Barry, stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant and features Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres, and Edward Everett Horton.

Johnny Case (Cary Grant), a self-made man who has worked all of his life, is about to marry Julia Seton (Doris Nolan), whom he met while on holiday in Lake Placid, New York. He knows very little about his bride-to-be, and is flabbergasted to learn that she is from an extremely wealthy family, the daughter of banker Edward Seton (Henry Kolker).

HolidayCase then meets Julia’s vivacious sister, Linda (Katharine Hepburn), to whom he confides his plan to take a long holid...

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