Movies I must admit I like

People who read my posts or comments know I like to quote movie lines. They also know I have written several posts about favorite movies or movie quotes.

Taking a different approach, I want to mention a few movies I should not like as the plot is very thin, but I do.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – This movie is about as stupid as they come, but I cannot help liking it. It mixes interesting historical characters in a silly setting with the classic advice from two non-studious high schoolers, “Be excellent to one another and party on dude,” words even Abraham Lincoln repeated.

The Inlaws – Starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin this movie will leave you in stitches with some of its inane scenes mixed around an unbelievable espionage story. Richard Libertini, who passed away earlier this year, plays a hilarious over-the-top dictator. The funniest part involves the proper way to evade bullet fire, even after you successfully do so – “serpentine!”

Zombieland – My boys wanted to see this comedy movie about zombies starring Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone. Seeing everyone was turning into zombies, they referred to each by where they were from. Harrelson’s character was Tallahassee, eg. The best scenes are during an extended cameo by Bill Murray, who pretended to be a zombie.

50 First Dates – Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star in a second movie that qualifies for this list along with The Wedding Singer. Sandler must make Barrymore fall in love with him each day, as her short term memory goes away each night. Dan Akyroyd, Sean Astin and Rob Schneider add additional color with their characters.

The Wedding Singer – Sandler and Barrymore star in this one as well, which immortalizes a Spandau Ballet song and makes Billy Idol a hero in the end. Sandler, the wedding singer, falls in love with the bride-to-be Barrymore, who is maltreated by her jerky groom-to-be. Seeing the hip-hop granny in the credits is worth the wait.

Major League – Tom Berenger plays a washed up catcher, Charlie Sheen a wild pitcher who can’t see very well, and Wesley Snipes, plays a base stealing wizard who can’t hit, who all make the team so that they finish dead last. With that failure the new owner can move the team to Miami (the movie was made before a franchise was placed there). It has a predictable plot, but the characters make it fun. Baseball announcer, Bob Uecker, is a key addition to the movie with calls like “Ball Twelve,” after Sheen walks three batters in a row.

So, I Married an Axe Murderer – Mike Myers and Nancy Travis star in this movie about a couple falling in love and getting married. The groom finds out the bride’s previous husbands have left her mysteriously. Charles Grodin does a deadpan cameo where he refuses to yield his car to a police officer, Anthony LaPaglia, in chase. Myers also plays several relatives of Scottish descent which add to the hilarity.

There are too many to choose from, so I left off several questionable favorites. Many romantic comedies don’t dive too deep on plot, so you have to sit back and enjoy the hilarity, no matter how inane.

What are some of your favorite movies that you don’t like to brag about? Any reactions to my list above?




37 thoughts on “Movies I must admit I like

  1. I like most Adam Sandler movies! The Wedding Singer is an especially good one of his! I really like the soundtrack too. 50 First Dates was alright too. Some of my favorite Adam Sandler movies are: Billy Madison, The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore (the Bob Barker scene is epic) and Big Daddy.

  2. Note to Readers: Another movie, which was produced by George Harrison, that is different is “Time Bandits.” Sean Connery plays a key supporting role, but the story follows some a young boy and several dwarf actors who have stolen a universal time map from the Supreme Being. Ralph Richardson, the actor who plays the Supreme Being is the same who plays the wizard in Dragonslayer, another movie worth watching.

    • Linda, I will watch Meg Ryan in anything. We could add “You’ve got mail” to this list, as well. I loved her in “Presidio” and “Proof of Life,” too. Keith

      • Oh yeah, how could I have forgotten You’ve Got Mail!? I, too, adore her. I wonder how she is and what she’s up to. For a woman who’s career was founded on adorable, like Sally Field and Patty Duke, aging within the film industry is brutal.

      • Linda, it is indeed. Botox can be a blessing and a curse as cute actresses try to remain such. Only a few actresses get juicy roles as they age, such Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, eg. Keith

  3. Note to Readers: A couple of more movies I started to mention are two Matthew McConaghuey movies, “How to lose a guy in ten days” with Kate Hudson and “Girlfriends of Christmas Past” with Jennifer Garner with a big assist from
    Emma Stone. Neither will win awards, but are both fun.

  4. Dear Keith and friends,

    I’ve enjoyed most of the movies mentioned with the exception of Zombies. Other movies that I watch for fun are, “Red,” “Red 2;” “Nuns on the Run”; and “Blues Brothers.”. For my grand children,we like “Nanny McPhee” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”

    Ciao, Gronda

  5. The Breakfast Club, Half Baked, Napoleon Dynamite, Urban Cowboy. Anything with Sally Field: Gidget, Smokey and the Bandit, Murphy’s Romance…I can quote Steel Magnolias start to finish.

    • Amaya, good adds, especially Napolean Dynamite, a surprisingly good movie. I also like The Breakfast Club, Urban Cowboy and Murphy’s Romance with Steel Magnolias holding an even higher place in the rankings. Steel has some of the best movie quotes such as “Do you want something to hit, here hit Wheezer” or “I’m not mad, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years.” Thanks, Keith

  6. I have not seen any of these – ha, I’ve not been to a movie in many years! The last movie I saw on a television was probably ‘Troy’ that friends were watching in Costa Rica I looked at the violence and pondered the history and almost started crying…. I thought of our present times — we are still fighting one another with wars – oh will it ever stop? After about ten minutes, I politely said ‘goodnight’ and went home.

    Yes, if I stop for a movie, it’s best to watch upbeat ones that make one laugh!

    • Lisa, I am not averse to action movies, but I do like a good plot and dialogue. Many action movies are computer generated these days. These movies I listed are not great, but are good for a laugh. It seems the better movies have foreign actors, as they are used to more dialogue. There is a good movie out called “Loving” about the first interracial marriage in the US, but the leads are a Black Irish woman and a White New Zealand man. There are a few gems out there. Keith

  7. Note to Readers: Dawn’s mention of The Great Race reminded me of two very silly comedies from the same era. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken starring Don Knotts is hysterical. And, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Zero Mostel is equally funny. As I am typing this, I am reminded of Mel Brooks History of the World Part I. I have written a previous post on several Mel Brooks’ films.

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