Best PG 13 rated comedies

Billy Madison

Adam Sandler's billy madison movie posterBilly Madison is one of the top comedies of 1995, as long as you know what you are getting into.

Billy Madison is a classic Adam Sandler film, featuring jokes involving “boobs” and “farts”. If you go into this movie like you are about to go into the Louvre, you are going to have a bad time. Go into Billy Madison wanting to see Sandler acting goody, and you are going to have some fun.

Sandler plays Billy Madison, a young, rich, and lazy man who is set to take over his father’s huge hotel empire.

He is a horrible choice for the job, however, and spends his days in the pool drinking and his nights on the town playing childish pranks. He is stuck at the maturity level of a 12 or 13 year old, and his father Brian (Darren McGavin) starts to realize that he is not fit to take over. Everything that Billy Madison has won or achieved in his life came at the expense of his father greasing pockets, which Brian now comes to regret. Billy is given an ultimatum- complete grades 1-12 on his own within 24 weeks, or the company goes to Eric (Bradley Whitford), a man who is as conniving as he is petty.

After frying his brain in the sun for so long, can Madison succeed?

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Madison doing what he does best- drinking in the sun

Madison faces some tough times. He is back in the real world, and goes through everything again- without the benefit of being among the same age group and rich. He also has to face the wrath of gorgeous teacher Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson) who resents the fact that he has never had to work for anything in his life.

What makes BIlly Madison one of the best comedies of 1995?

Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson)

Veronica- beautiful, yet unimpressed

Possibly a bit of nostalgia factor for when Adam Sandler was making these kinds of movies. He has always been strong at playing goofy, silly characters, as well as some that are not quite the sharpest tools in the shed. Madison is immature and sometimes cruel, but in the way that an animal makes a mistake. There is no malice to his actions, just misunderstanding of the world. Watching Madison start to learn about life when you are not completely rich and cool is an interesting experience.

BIlly Madison is a  PG13 comedy that doesn’t make you think

Adam Sandler as Billy Madison reading magazing

Is Madison redeemable? Watch and see.

This is a PG13 comedy that I would have been laughing my ass off if I was younger. As it is, I still got some laughs out of Billy Madison and was able to turn my mind off for a bit and just relax and enjoy the inane immaturity of the film. Keep in mind- if you want to watch Sandler acting silly, you will like this movie. And that’s all there is to it.

Just for fun- Billy Madison features a guest appearance by Steve Buscemi

So keep your eyes peeled, he has a minor but still hilarious part in this film. Steve Buscemi is one of my favourite actors, and seeing him was a small but meaningful pleasure in Billy Madison.

If you enjoyed Billy Madison, you may also enjoy

Happy Gilmore, a classic Sandler film of 1996 where Sandler plays a golfer with a hockey player’s attitude

Mr. Deeds, a more recent Sandler film of 2002 where Sandler inherits an enormous fortune

 

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation movie posterClark Wilhelm Griswold Jr. (Chevy Chase) is committed to having to having the greatest old fashioned Christmas possible for his family, even if it kills them. That’s why he brings together his bickering inlaws, gets the biggest tree, and struggles to have the brightest lights on the block. Unfortunately it seems like Christmas is conspiring against him, as everything that can go wrong, does.

What makes National Lampoon’s such a Christmas classic?

It has to be Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold. He always just goes with the flow, responding to adversity with a stoic grin, preferring to let conflict wash over him than get involved. Watching his reactions as he slowly simmers to a boil has to be one of the best parts of this film as he tries valiantly to put together a great Christmas for his family. You’ll have to watch for yourself- but be prepared for rodents, unexpected guests, and even some explosions.

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From the biggest tree…

You almost feel sorry for Griswold’s neighbours who are all too often the collateral damage from Griswold’s misadventures. Luckily they are too snobby to care about, and are the are the epitome of 80s yuppies, who are so very chic. In fact, one of them is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, most famous for her role as Elayne in Seinfeld.

While Griswold is dealing with all of the frustrations that have come about from his attempted perfect Christmas, he has other problems- he is still waiting for the Christmas bonus that he relies on.

What genre of comedy is used primarily?

Griswold house covered in lights

to the most lights, Griswold does it right

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation relies heavily on slapstick for its humour, offering plenty of visual gags to spice up the dialogue. As well, it has a healthy dose of puns and one-liners. Many of the jokes are obvious, but there is a certain sick satisfaction in watching a train flying down the tracks when you know it is heading right for a cliff. I do confess to having feelings of glee as I watched Griswald precariously putting up his Christmas lights… and as events slowly send him from simmering to boiling over.

Who do I recommend National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for?

It is a PG13 movie, so as long as your kids are mature enough, I would recommend this for families to enjoy at Christmas. Personally though, I wanted to watch the movie because I enjoyed Chevy Chase so much in “Community”. I feel like the younger generation that has been able to enjoy him so much in “Community” should definitely check out his older works. This guy is a really funny guy, and his delivery and facial expressions are perfect.

Can Griswold finally find his perfect Christmas?

Do you really expect me to answer that? Go watch the movie before you spoil it for yourself :)

 

 

Mean Girls

best comedies of 2004“Mean Girls” is one of the most quotable staples from my youth, and although I was never a teenage girl and cannot vouch for its accuracy in the day to day affairs of high school hell for girls, I can vouch for its hilarity. It’s the story of Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) who was raised in Africa by a couple of keener zoologist parents who decides to move her from the plains of Africa to the jungle of high school. It’s a look into the class system of high school, the firm divisions between the stoners, the jocks, the nerds, with everyone having a place in a clique that defines high school life. Cady is thrown into the mix, and because she is pretty, she is soon scooped up by the “Plastics”, the popular and seemingly soulless pretty and rich girls. It’s one of the best comedies from 2004 not just because it holds a special place in my heart, but also because it’s just plain funny. It’s also nice to remember a time when Lindsay Lohan was so sweet and pretty.

Linsday Lohan when she was pretty

Remember when Linsday Lohan was so sweet and pretty? Nostalgic comedy for sure.

With a new social strata comes new social norms, and Cady finds herself violating unwritten rules and becoming aghast at the manipulative nature of the girls. However, she craves their acceptance and popularity, and begins a descent into plastichood. Gaze long enough into the abyss, my friend, and you will find the abyss gazes back. When you descend into a world full of shadows and knives, you have to adapt quickly or be destroyed- or perhaps the world itself destroys you if you adapt. One thing is for certain- she transforms from an intelligent, kind individual into something that her parents cannot or will not understand.

“Mean Girls” was written by Tina Fey, who is hilarious, though I would question her knowledge of the inner workings of the “popular clique”. (Zing, take that Tina Fey!) Fey also appears as a teacher in the film, and is one of the funniest characters, perhaps only overshadowed by the sex-ed teacher who believes that abstinence is the only way to survive.

PS: Sorry for the zinger Tina Fey, I think you are amazing.

I refuse to call Mean Girls a chick flick because I loved it. So check it out yourself!

 

Dinner For Schmucks

Dinner for Schmucks is a movie for schmucks. No I’m just kidding, it’s pretty funny, as long as you like Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis.

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An unlikely duo, chosen to bring the Ring to Mordor

The main characters in “Dinner for Schmucks” is Paul Rudd as “Timothy Conrad”, a young financial executive trying to move up in the ranks of his company. He’s making all the right moves, impressing all the right people and getting all the right clients. This does not go unnoticed by his boss Lance (Bruce Greenwood), who invites him to a dinner for schmucks- basically, each invitee brings along someone really weird that they all make fun of without them catching on.

Anyways, Timothy’s girlfriend is not to hot on the idea, and he is faced with a dilemma: does he go to the dinner to try to move up in the ranks, or not go and have a better chance of living happily ever after with his girlfriend? So why is this one of the best comedies of 2010? Well, things get a little wonky as we add some more characters…

Steve Carell as “Barry Speck”: Carell is a strange, awkward kind of guy. I love him, but the roles he has played have cemented him in my mind as a person out of touch with reality. This is why I was so happy to see him in this film- he’s one of the weirdest, strangest characters yet, who always seems to fuck up whenever he tries to do good. This is the guy that Timothy stumbles on as he is trapped in his dilemma of wondering if he should bring a “schmuck” to this dinner event.

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Isn’t she just bootiful? How purdy!

Stephanie Szostak as “Julie”: that’s TImothy’s girlfriend… she is alright I guess, I mean she’s really pretty I guess… and she has a really hot accent… she is just has a character that is way overshadowed by everyone else in this film. It’s more fun to watch immoral, devious characters and completely oblivious and crazy people than the moral voice of reason in the film. Still, like Jason Bateman in Arrested Development, sometimes you need a bland character to accentuate the spiciness of the others.

Jemaine Clement as Kieran Vollard: Yeah, Jemaine “that crazy cat” Clement is “Dinner for Schmucks” Best known for being in Flight of the Concords, he plays a sex crazed artist with long hair who has the rather interesting quote that there are two things in this world: “wonderful, visceral sexy sex and horrible, boring death.” Kind of a nihilist approach to life eh? I really like his character, who I was about to tell you more about but then I realized it would be more fun if you just got to watch the film yourself without me ruining it! Anyways, other than being a philosopher, this guy creates art and tries to bang Timothy’s girlfriend.

Add to this mix some strange characters for Timothy’s past, and you have a great fucking line of eccentrics and other entertaining if unbelievable characters that have their charm in their incredulity- this is an average guy, Timothy, struggling with an important ethical dilemma who is thrown a million curve balls in the form of an increasingly bizarre group of characters who throw his life off track.

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This is not a man I would want to meet alone in a dark alley. Or at a coffee shop. Actually, I really don’t want to meet this man at all.

Oh, and did I mention that Zach “I’ll kill you in your sleep” Galifianakas is in Dinner for Schmucks? He won “Best Comedy Actor” at the Comedy Awards for his character. The character this guy plays is out of this world- one of those people who is so out of touch with reality that they are able to control it by using their own brand of craziness to crush those who oppose them- the type of crazy that knows it is sane, and that views those who think differently as poor, hapless saps to be taken advantage of.

Watch Dinner for Schmucks. Though it is a rated PG-13 comedy, I’d say it deals with a lot of more adult themes- how much of yourself you are willing to lose to gain material wealth and prestige, trust and relationship problems, “losers” and how we can actually learn from these strange people, and why going into arts might actually be the only sane line of work in this insane god damn world.

If you like Zach and Carell, check out Dinner for Schmucks.

 

Mystery Men

mystery men is on my list of top comediesMystery Men was one of my favourite movies growing up, and its still great. It follows some not-so-super heroes, who have talents such as being able to go invisible (only when no one is watching), battling with shovels, and being really, really angry.

Sound impressive? They aren’t. But what they are is funny. The dialogue is mostly improvised, so feels fresh and natural, and it’s awesome to watch these misfits try their best to use their rather mediocre powers to battle against Casanova Frankenstein, a rather maniacal fellow with evil in his heart. Hell, with superheroes this mediocre, it’s almost enough for me to go grab a suit and right some wrongs. You also have William H. Macy, one of my favourite actors, playing one of our superheores, and that’s a recipe for a good time right there.

mystery men comedy movieBen Stiller is Mr. Furious, who gets really angry, William H. Macy as a guy who fights with shovels, Hank Azaria as a guy who can throw silverware really well (except for knives…) and some other “super” heroes with equally uninspiring powers.

 



Mystery Men is not exactly high class humour, considering that one of the super heroes’ powers is his ability to, well, fart, and lots of the jokes revolve around our heroes yelling and bickering among themselves. Still, I kinda love this Pg-13 rated comedy movie, just for its stupid humor (which Ben Stiller is best at) and the fun of watching the unlikely band of heroes being forced to work together despite their differences. Plus, it’s kind of a nostalgic trip for me to re-watch Mystery Men, as I watched it about… 7 times in my childhood.

 

Date Night

comedy movie date nightDate Night is the tale of a married couple who want to regain the flames of passion that have cooled in their time together.  Phil (Steve Carell) is a mild mannered tax lawyer, while his wife Claire (Tina Fey) works as a realtor. To spice things up, Phil decides to change up their routine, making the weekly date night more exciting by trying out a trendy restaurant. When they can’t get a table, Phil takes a reservation from a no-show couple, a change from his normal passive personality that takes things as they come. The two are out of their comfort zone, and as the night progresses, things get hairy fast in a case of mistaken identity. Apparently, the couple that they took the reso from had made some enemies.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey are some of the most awkward, realistic people who act, and they feel like a real couple. When this mild mannered couple get put into some hairy situations, it’s fun to watch how they react, surprising the viewer as well as themselves.

This pg-13 comedy is great to watch with a significant other, or just for fun as it’s a well meaning, well written comedy that doesn’t lag or slow down. It keeps getting better and better, and the finale gives a great pay-off.

 

Ferris Bueller’s day off

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Ferris knows how to ride in style

We’ve all had days where we look outside, hear the birds chirping, see the sun shining, and we just know we can’t waste the day. That was Buller’s line of thinking when he decided to play hooky in heroic fashion, bringing along his girlfriend and best friend along for the ride in this top comedy movie. What better way to spend the day in downtown Chicago? Bueller concocts a daring plan, faking a serious illness to escape the drudgery of the schoolday. His loving parents fall for his catatonic ruse, but his angry and envious sister is not convinced.

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I would love to spend a day with this trio of truants

However, there are obstacles to glorious freedom, in the form of the dean. It would seem that in Chicago, truancy is akin to murder one by the lengths to which the bloodhound of a dean tries to catch Bueller slipping up. Have you noticed a trend in comedies that dean’s are much maligned? We love to hate them, and love even more to see our hero outwit the dean at every turn. In addition to the dean, Bueller has a sister who resents Bueller’s easy charm and lackadaisical attitude to life that everyone loves him for. She worries constantly at what future he is going to end up with, as she sees him as a slacker.

The characters include the charismatic Ferris Bueller (Mathew Broderick), who always steps things up to the next level, his pessimistic best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and his beautiful girlfriend Mia Sara. The trio compliment each other well, with Bueller pulling them deeper and deeper into a day of escapades and daring. They ride in style all day, with a beautiful 1961 Ferrari 250 Gt California. You have to love Bueller’s ability to pull anyone along into once in a lifetime events.

This movie is on my list of top comedies not just because Ferris Bueller is one of the most amazing and lovable character’s in movie history. You also have transformations of other characters, as they deal with their stress and problems, that make this pg-13 comedy movie a powerful coming of age film. Bueller has a unique life philosophy that is contagious and that will pull you in effortlessly.

Random trivia: the movie features a brief appearance by Charlie Sheen as a drug addict.

 

Happy Gilmore

Happy Gilmore is on my list of top comedies because it brings back fond memories of the good old days, when you could sit down and watch a *good* Adam Sandler movie. It’s also full of laughs, and has some unexpected plot turns and twists along the way.

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Not your average golf player

Check out Happy Gilmore. The year is 1996, when woman were women, men were men, and Adam Sandler made good movies. Happy Gilmore is the story of a failed hockey player who turns out to be great at golf. Basically, the premise is that Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is amazing at golf but doesn’t fit into the golf culture of high socks, stuffiness and arrogance. The jokes mostly revolve around the culture clash between a hockey player and a golf player. I’ll admit it, this movie gets on the list of top comedies not just because it is a funny comedy to watch, but because I loved it as a kid growing up- it’s got a special place in my heart.

Anyways, Happy has to play to help his grandmother pay her debt, so he’s basically thrust into the hoighty toighty world of golf. You get to watch the culture shock as he takes the gold world by storm under the expert tutelage of Chubbs Peterson (Carl Weathers)

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Ugh, just look at this cocky bastard!

He makes an instant enemy of the easily hate-able Shooter McGavin, who is great fun to root against as the arrogant and annoying golf pro who rails against Happy as everything wrong with the sport. If you just had this, the movie would still probably make my list of top comedies… but it also has Bob Barker in it! I mean, how can you resist Barker? Check out this top comedy movie!

Leave a comment below after you watch the movie to let me know how much you liked it! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, it’s a great little film with some awesome moments. I hope you will agree it deserves a place on my list of top comedies!

If you enjoyed Happy Gilmore, you may also enjoy

Billy Madison, where Sandler plays a rich and immature man who must retake grades 1-12 to take over his father’s company

Mr. Deeds, a more recent Sandler film of 2002 where a small town man inherits a big time fortune

Dude, Where’s My Car?

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Woah… dude…

Dude, Where’s My Car has a place on my list of best comedies because, well, sometimes you need some dumb laughs. If you have had one of those nights were you wake up thinking, what the hell happened? Then “Dude, Where’s My Car?” could be the stupid, dumb, but also very funny comedy for you. You’ve got Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott (yeah… two n’s in his first name…) as a couple of potheads who party too hard (and end up trashing their girlfriend’s house) and have to find their car in the morning with absolutely no recollection of where it could be.


As you can probably guess by the fact that they wrecked their girlfriends’ house, they have to deal with a couple of angry girls as well as well… a cast of other characters of whom a transexual stripper (who is convinced they have a case of stolen cash) is probably the least strange and otherworldly. The silly situations the duo gets into is the reason this film makes it on my list of top comedies.

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Duuuuude…

Basically, you will like this movie if you enjoy watching a pair of dumb guys doing dumb things in response to dumb situations. Just remembering this movie makes me laugh and shake my head at the dumb things that are so funny to me. If you are looking for top comedies, and you want to see a witty, funny comedy that makes you contemplate the greater mysteries of life, then stay away from “Dude, where’s my car”. If you want to have some easy laughs, check it out. It’s fun :)

Leave a comment afterwards on whether you loved or hated it, and if you think it deserves a place on my list of the best comedies!

 

Mr. Deeds

Mr. Deeds is a classic Sandler film.

It is not going to win any awards, but it will make you laugh. Mr. Deeds is a story of a small town boy who gets pushed into a world of corporate big wigs and sharks when he inherits 40 billion dollars.

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Here is our hero and the inevitable love interest

I liked Mr. Deeds, even if the critics brutalized it. It’s one of those classic Adam Sandler movies that portray him as a cool guy just making his way in the world when suddenly…. something amazing happens! Ta-Da he inherits a lot of money… 40 billion, to be precise. The small town boy goes to the big city of New York, and of course the skeezy tabloids all want to get their hands on the story. This is where it starts to turn a little more into a romantic comedy (for dudes) as a tabloid reporter basically gets into a relationship with him to get the scoop… I mean it’s not exactly rocket science to figure out what happens next.

Why is Mr. Deeds on my list of the best comedies of 2002?

While it might seem a little bit straightforward, that’s exactly where Adam Sandler shines. It’s nice to see him back in the good old days where he made a nice, simple film shine with his low key humour and nonchalant self depreciating style. It’s Adam Sandler’s genuine performance that helps this great film make make list of top comedies- also my nostalgia for the days when he was making good movies.

Who would enjoy Mr. Deeds?

This PG-13 comedy movie is a pretty decent comedy, might be fun to watch with older children as well. If you are looking for a straightforward, simple comedy that has Adam Sandler as a very likeable character, then Mr. Deeds is the perfect comedy for you. I mean, this comedy is not going to win critical acclaim or anything like that… it’s just a nice simple movie that has some good laughs in it. Don’t listen to all the haters, it’s worth a watch- it made my list of the best comedies of 2002 for a reason!