Top 10 is back again to bring you reading pleasure once again. What we do is come up with a topic, come up with our own lists, and combine them to make a consensus Top 10. This week with Men in Black: International being released, we decided to countdown ‘Buddy Comedies’. Age really showed on some of these lists and there was not one film that made every list. This should be interesting so let’s see what we have.
10. White Men Can’t Jump
Starting off the list is a film I did not even consider but am happy it’s there in White Men Can’t Jump. Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes are in peak form here as basketball players who hustle others for money. It is an unlikely duo that works well. I know many have been calling for a sequel for a while now and it may be primed for just that.
9. The Nice Guys
In at number nine is our most recent film in The Nice Guys. The Nice Guys has been the poster child for original movies that people don’t go out and see, then complain there are no original movies. Shane Black was on a hot streak as a director and this film helped him reach his peak. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe worked so well together that people have been demanding a sequel for 3 years now. Shane Black hasn’t been good since and maybe he needs to return to this title.
8. Bad Boys 2
Now here’s a film that is sure to be divisive, but it made the list nonetheless; Bad Boys 2. Bad Boys was a wildly successful film that starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence at the height of their powers and delivered laughs and action. Then we got the sequel that doubled down on everything and it worked surprisingly well. It is a guilty pleasure but one that is so fun to revisit. Now we finally have the third film on the way and it will be interesting to see if that gap between films does any damage to its popularity.
7. 21 Jump Street
Number seven comes in as a grossly underrated film; 21 Jump Street. This film took the world by storm upon release. The television show it is based upon was never truly popular and Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were just coming into their own. What we got was a hilarious comedy about how enemies from high school can become friends in the future. There were also future stars in this film like Brie Larson, that helped elevate this comedy to great. The sequel deserves a place on this list, but not this time I guess.
6. Lethal Weapon
Our next duo comes in the form of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon. This franchise seems to be at the top of many people’s list of greatest action franchises who were born in the 1980s. They don’t hold up as well as you’d hope, but they still are fun. Gibson and Glover are officially too old for this franchise, but it might be interesting if a reboot were to ever happen. Its legacy still stands, and every film has some level of enjoyment.
5. Men in Black
At number five we have a film responsible for this list in the first place; Men in Black. This film was the definition of a fun blockbuster back in 1997. It helped establish this fun new world of aliens and humans that felt believable. It made Will Smith the movie star he still is and his partnership with Tommy Lee Jones shouldn’t work, but it does. They have a mentor and mentee relationship. The sequel was a disappointment but the third was great so hopefully International improves the franchise.
4. Wedding Crashers
Next up we have a film that has popped up on quite a few lists of ours; Wedding Crashers. The story about two men who crash weddings to be with girls gets flipped on its head when they actually fall in love. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson became an iconic pairing that people can still not get enough of and still want to see together. The Internship was a fun experiment, but it never reaches the heights Wedding Crashers achieved.
Our next film has already reached classic status in just the span of 12 years in Superbad. In every generation, there seems to be a youth defining film and in 2007, it was Superbad. We are currently seeing that again with the success of Booksmart. These comedies about high schoolers just trying to do illegal things are always funny. Superbad seems to be the best of the bunch. Whether it is them trying to get alcohol at a random party or partying with cops, this film has everything, and it is hilarious.
2. Dumb and Dumber
Just missing out on the top spot is a film I think has lost its shine recently in Dumb and Dumber. Everyone knows this film and if you are a little dim at times and have a friend, you’ve at least been referred to as it. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are a pair I did not expect to go well together but this nitwitted film somehow gets it to work. What hurts this film is the notorious sequel. It is looked at as one of the worst sequels ever and has actually affected the original. The original still works, just not as well as it once did.
The number one film on our list made everyone’s list but one (you can thank me for that). That film is Wayne’s World. SNL skits that are turned into movies seem like an idea that is doomed from the start. Most are, but not this one. Wayne’s World somehow avoided being something terrible and became an earnest comedy about two rascals who are just being who they are. The scene with Bohemian Rhapsody has become so iconic the actual Bohemian Rhapsody film referenced it. Reason it doesn’t make my list is just because there are better movies than it to me, but I’m alone on this one.
Well, there you have it! Top 10 Buddy Comedies! The age gap on our staff stood out in this one but that’s part of the fun. What does your list look like? Let us know in the comments and we will see you next time with another list.