Guilty Pleasures (mostly comedies, of course)

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  • Once Upon a Crime (1992) - I liked all the interwoven plots of this ensemble cast. It was a pretty bad movie nonetheless. Hey, at least I've only seen this one once.
  • Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998) - A spoof by Jim Abrahams, one-third of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team. Not as good as "Airplane!", "Top Secret!", or "The Naked Gun", but I still like it. I can't help cracking up each time I hear, "Run, florist! Run!"
  • Company Man (2000) - Another dumb comedy featuring the unknown Douglas McGrath, along with some more talented actors. I enjoyed it, but many didn't.
  • Oscar (1991) - Sylvester Stallone is not known for making good comedies, and this is no exception. I still liked it, however. I like the kind of movie with many different plot lines that work together and end up neatly (see Once Upon a Crime), even if the movies aren't that good.
  • UHF (1989) - Weird Al Yankovic is THE MAN. I loved his movie, but it got terrible reviews. In fact, during the closing credits on the DVD commentary, Weird Al started reading some of the bad reviews that "UHF" received! He read Roger Ebert's review and said, "Well, geez, Rog, what'd I do, run over your dog or something?" (paraphrased)
  • Clean Slate (1994) - Dana Carvey is THE MAN. However, despite his great record on SNL, he hasn't been great on the big screen. Most of the jokes in "Clean Slate", however, actually work, and I think it's underappreciated. I'd still call it a guilty pleasure though.
  • Revenge of the Nerds (1984) - Raunchy college classic. As a fellow nerd, I enjoyed it - it was funny and features some attractive ladies - but I wouldn't really call it a good movie.
  • Love Potion #9 (1991) - If someone asked me for the name of one of the funniest men in Hollywood during the late eighties and early nineties, and I said Dale Launer, they would probably look at me strangely. And then I'd have to explain that Launer is the screenwriter behind "Ruthless People", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", and "My Cousin Vinny." This is one of Launer's lesser efforts, but I still enjoyed it. (I didn't like his "Blind Date" too much, though; he only wrote these 5 scripts. Well, 4 outta 5 ain't bad.)
  • Any bad Marx Brothers movie - Don't get me wrong; the Marx Brothers made some great classics like "Animal Crackers", "Monkey Business", "Horse Feathers", "Duck Soup", and "A Night at the Opera." I'm talking about the later MGM ones. They're much worse, and the jokes are much more sparse, but I've watched some of them anyway, and I still laugh.
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I wouldn't necessarily recommend these films. I just had to get this off my chest.

Y'know, in reading this list again, I wonder if I actually would like all these movies if I saw them again. Most of these are just movies I remember enjoying in childhood, except "Revenge of the Nerds", "Love Potion #9", and the Marx Brothers movies. Well, I rewatched "UHF" not long ago and still liked it, but I rewatched "Clean Slate" and hardly laughed at all, though I still kinda enjoyed it. Well, whatever, I'm not going to rewatch all these movies just to see if I still like them.