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David Crump
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What's the comedy from the eighties that everyone else says is great but you just don't find that funny? Spaceballs for me.  -
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I have to concede, that's a good choice for me too. While Spaceballs certainly is not terrible, for a Mel Brooks comedy, it's hardly close to his best work. I know, however, that a lot of people really like it so we're in the minority.

If The Goonies counts as a "comedy," then count it as way overrated for me. It's pleasant enough but not an enduring classic.

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Ferris beullers Day off. Maybe not the most overrated but it was the first to come to mind.
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Police Academy

It's probably not considered a good movie, but its popularity did spawn numerous sequels,
a TV series, and a cartoon.. I mean, come on ! [Confused]

In my opinion it didn't deserve to become as popular as it did.

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Spaceballs is a very good choice although i´m willing to give it one more chance.
Another one i would mention is A Fish Called Wanda. Just not funny.

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I'd forgotten about Police Academy. I don't find it funny at all, and the sequels are even worse. Whereas I do find A Fish Called Wanda to be very funny. John Cleese is a genius. Same for Ferris Beuller's Day off. I think it's very funny, John Hughes's second best film after Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
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Christmas Vacation. I thought the first two were so much better. I think people must be able to relate to the situations of holiday stress or something, and that's why they like it so much. I don't know.
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Surprised you chose Ferris TerdNthePoolGGB. That one's a classic to a lot of people. Police Academy 's a good selection. First one was passable but the sequels got progressively worse. How about Big? It was cute but seriously -- two Oscar nominations?  -
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Ferris Bueller is the most detestable little s*** character ever. Nothing funny whatsoever.

I agree about Big. Cute, but just ok when looking back at it now.

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quote:
I agree about Big. Cute, but just ok when looking back at it now.
Any heartwarming family comedy that gets away with making a pre-pubescent kid losing his virginity to an adult woman seem like a positive message has got something nicely subversive going for it.

Remember kids; if you're trapped in the body of an adult, it's all ok. And if an adult tells you they're really a kid trapped in an adult body...

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Of the ones that are listed here I would have to agree with Spaceballs. I would definitely disagree with Christmas Vacation. The more you watch it the more you love it.
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When watching Spaceballs now it seems incredibly boring but no way is the most overrate comedy of the 80's - there are too many to list that beats Spaceballs for overratedness. Goonies is a classic - if you were a kid in the 80's and you saw that movie, chances are it stayed with you. I guess if you saw it when you were an adult for the first time it might not seem so good. I watched it the other night and it hooks you in. I kept saying I'm only gonna watch it for another five minutes after saying that to myself repeatedly it was the end of the movie before long.

I think thought that the best scenes of Spaceballs are the Rick Moranis/Dark Helmet scenes. I say bring back Moranis - I think he retired.

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When I first saw this thread, I immediately thought Caddyshack. I think mayv=be I have seen it too many times, and have heard too many people reference it.
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Hey! Caddyshack is one of the best!
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I love caddyshack and Christmas vacation,in fact most of the films mentioned here I don't dislike,big was OK but I am probably one of the few who preferred vice versa and 18 again.
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I know we are all in the trust tree in this thread, judgement free zone, but COME ON!!! Big, Caddyshack, Christmas Vacation???!!! Get out of town!! Ha. Just joking.

I think Spaceballs is a good call. I also am not a fan of Ferris Bueller's, so those might be my two.

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Most of Police Academy movies I never found that funny at all. Only thing that ever made them tolerable at all to me was when Bobcat Goldwaith was on it.
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Reading a post on another thread reminded me of
The Three Amigos.

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Reading a post on another thread reminded me of
The Three Amigos.

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Devolution here,

Adventures in Babysitting. A good movie, but not as funny as I thought it should be.

We are DEVO

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