Life in the Slow Lane

August 25, 2008

SNL sometimes releases funny to big screen

Filed under: Movies — pauljlane @ 2:07 pm

Glad to be back from vacation … well, not GLAD, or happy even, really, but I’m back, anyway.

While I was gone, I took in a decent amount of the “Best of Saturday Night Live” shows on E! or whatever cable channel they’re shown on. I remember laughing at most of those moments (few of which were from this decade) and that got me thinking.

Was I the only person who enjoyed “A Night at the Roxbury,” “The Ladies Man” and most of the other SNL movies? That got me thinking more: Which is best?

Here, in no particular order, are my top few

WAYNE’S WORLD: The sketches were among my favorite as a young teenager in the 1990s, but even my hormone-ravaged brain had doubts about whether the skits about two bonehead rock fans with a cable access show would make a good movie. Well, it didn’t; it made two! The original was a bit better than the sequel, but both films featured plenty of subtle humor and funny moments – not to mention that the first one added the phrase “psycho hose beast” to the English lexicon. Big bonus that Wayne and Garth played so much hockey in the films. Also, note in this Youtube clip Wayne’s decidedly Canadian pronunciation of “a” when he’s talking about the gun rack his ex-girlfriend got him. Party on.

THE BLUES BROTHERS: This was one of the first few films I saw when I entered college, and I couldn’t get enough of it. It had great music, plenty of laughs, a giant car crash, bazooka launches … there was really nothing it lacked. Aykroyd and Belushi were a comedy team that the world was robbed of seeing more of. Just do yourself a favor and don’t watch, look at or think of the atrocious sequel.

CONEHEADS: Resurrected from the dead more than a decade after the sketches stopped, this 1993 film did a great job of updating the idea while not losing what made the original skits so funny (the literal translation of the English language, the difficulty in relating with humans, etc). The film was a bit padded out at points, but for the most part it delivered consistent laughs and featured an underrated performance by Chris Farley. The film also helps one remember that Sinbad, in fact, once had a career.

A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY: This film was the biggest gamble, as the skit was literally a single joke (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan bobbing their heads like morons at night clubs). But the movie worked. The characters were fleshed out enough to be interesting, the characters were funnier than they’d ever been on the TV show and we got to see Richard Grieco. Of course, we could do without hearing “What is Love” ever again, but eggs have to be broken sometimes.


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