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Undiscovered until April, but still. Check out the Comedy Movie Bracket at MSNBC (which is super-easy to fill out). Some strange pair ups led me to a decidedly not all that satisfying final four match up of Raising Arizona v. Ghostbusters and Princess Bride v. His Girl Friday. But the toughest round had to be the pairing of Rushmore v. Bowfinger. My head nearly exploded. (Not to mention my soft spot for 9 to 5 caused some very strange things to happen.)

His Girl Friday was my winner. Now you.

(Via Radosh.)


  • At 11:50 AM , Blogger Richard said...

    Lots of apples-to-oranges here, esp. trying to compare movies primarily designed to make the audience laugh with movies where there are some laughs mixed in. Like, Rushmore v. Stripes?! Big Lebowski v. Ferris Bueller?! I got this far: Big Lebowski and Rushmore in the Final Four. In the Classic division, Thin Man edges out Grail to make the Final Four. The Smart division is where it all falls apart for me. No way am I going to pick between Spinal Tap and Princess Bride to see who would then take on Dazed and Confused.

    Yeah, this just makes me think about the movies that are primarily designed for laffs (Stripes, Spinal Tap, Grail, the Jerk) versus ones that have a deeper (if still sometimes goofy) resonance w/ me (Lebowski, Rushmore, Thin Man, Princess Bride).

  • At 12:03 PM , Blogger gwenda said...


    Of course, you are including 9 to 5 in the deep movies about life category, right? I just loved that Bambi pastiche when I was a kid.

  • At 12:05 PM , Blogger Dave said...

    Agree that there are lots of quinces-n-kumquats brackets here. No upsets in mine; the Final Four were Rushmore, Lebowski, Dr. Strangelove and Bull Durham (just edging out Princess Bride). Which, I guess, shows that I like my laughs better when they make me feel smart.

  • At 1:13 PM , Anonymous Ron said...

    I ended up with Rushmore on top, but at one point I was asked to choose between Best in Show and Spinal Tap, which really just kinda made my head hurt.

  • At 3:56 PM , Blogger Christopher said...

    Yeah, yeah on the wacky pairings. But anyway, I wound up with Stripes edging out Big Lebowski in the West to make it into the championship. In the East, Spinal Tap beat Villanova at the buzzer on St. Hubbins desperation three, but in the end, Murray's tournament MVP winning performance gave the trophy to Stripes.

  • At 4:19 PM , Blogger Darby M. Dixon III said...

    I wound up--through the tried and true selection criteria of "Which movies HAVE I actually seen? God I'm a loser!"--with Election on top. I hope this doesn't say bad things about me as a person.

  • At 11:35 PM , Blogger Chris McLaren said...

    Final 4: Big Lebowski, Blues Brothers (I went to Engineering school), Princess Bride, and The Thin Man.

    Princess Bride slightly hedges out Lewboski in the final.

  • At 5:30 AM , Blogger Karen said...

    Shaun of the Dead, Groundhog Day, Spinal Tap and Philadelphia Story. By the time it came down to zombies vs Katherine Hepburn I called it a draw.

    In a just world, His Girl Friday, The Thin Man, and Holy Grail would have had a better shot at the finals, instead of being eliminated by other good stuff while Dazed and Confused survived. I like that Strange Brew was in there, but I'm confused by other choices: why have Top Secret when you could have Real Genius?

  • At 8:26 AM , Blogger Barb said...

    My Final Four looked a lot like Mr. McLaren's, but with Rushmore in the place of Blues Brothers. Princess Bride beat Rushmore, although if it had been The Life Aquatic I'd have called a draw.


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