Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Funniest Movie Evar?!?

I'm a movie buff, and if you ask me, there is no funnier movie evar than Richard Pryor's 1977 masterpiece Which Way Is Up?, which was the first movie I remember seeing in theaters.[1] If you've somehow managed to go your entire lifetime without seeing this, here's the movie's trailer, which more or less tells you everything you need to know.

Forgive the fuzzy video capture and relive this classic scene as Pops (also played by Pryor) puts everyone in check. The famous quotable comes around the :43 mark.

Peep this scene as Leroy confronts his wife about having an affair. Bear in mind, this movie is from the 70's, and humor had fewer boundaries then. Threatening to kill a woman, domestic violence, excessive use of the words "nigga" and "bitch", and kitchen knives were all fair game.

The hot grits, the scorned wife, Pryor's sudden swap from defiant to scurred, it's all there, and it's all brilliant, 30 years later. I have a copy of this movie in my office, face out, top bookshelf. Every now and then, some clueless co-worker comes in and spots it, then asks me what it's about.

I just tell em' to watch it, and bring it back when you're done.

Question: Is Which Way Is Up? a bonafide American cinematic classic, or is AB clearly on some ole' BS? What's the funniest movie you've ever seen?

[1] Yeah, it was Rated R, and I wasn't even in preschool yet. Don't judge my parents until you try finding a babysitter for 6 kids at once.

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