My Top Five Favorite Ben Stiller Movies

One of the kings of the modern day movie comedy is Ben Stiller. For over ten years, Stiller’s face has become synonymous with hit comedies, and everything points to this trend continuing on into the next decade. Stiller is a very likable guy who clearly does not take himself too seriously, in movies at least.

Let’s go through and take a look at some of Ben Stiller’s best movies so far.

The first movie that I will mention on this list is Meet The Parents. From a likability standpoint, this might be his best movie of all. No other movie of his has been able to have two spinoffs. The sequel is Meet The Fockers, and the third installment, “Little Fockers” hits theaters this winter.

Another great movie that Stiller starred in was There’s Something About Mary. I remember going into this movie having no idea what to expect, and wow was I surprised. This was easily one of my favorite comedies of the 1990s.

This list would not be complete without giving praise to Tropic Thunder. In my opinion, this is an incredible movie. The plot is absolutely brilliant, and it manages to balance action and comedy very well. One of the better comedies in recent years.

While I am not the biggest fan of these movies, it is hard to deny the popularity of the Night At The Museum franchise. These two films have made some serious money at the box office, and all signs point to another installment.

One other movie that definitely makes the cut for me is Heavyweights. This might be my favorite Ben Stiller role of all, playing the part of the psychotic Tony Perkis, a fitness guru who takes over a camp for fat kids.

As it stands, these are my favorite Ben Stiller movies. I have no doubt that he will continue to put out some great films.

Barber Shop: Their Own Style of Comedy

If you take a look at the list of movies and TV shows releasing in the United States, and the ones that succeed, you will find that comedy dominates the list. People love to laugh, and as the world becomes more and more troubled – with global warming, terrorism, and crime on the rise – there is an ever-increasing need for films that distract people from these issues. Or help them deal with these issues in a way that does not send them crying with despair.

As the country has a large African American population, the number of movies catering to them, is also quite high. While there are a few dramatic and romantic movies in this space, a large number of them are comedy movies. And the actors who star in these movies are hugely popular and iconic figures in their own right. Think of Eddie Murphy who was fantastic in the Nutty Professor films, Norbit, and Beverly Hills Cop series. There is Queen Latifah who is almost equally popular for her comic timing and style. She has been in the Ice Age films, as the voice of Ellie, she has her own talk show, and she was also part of the Barber Shop franchise (the second film titled Barbershop 2: Back in Business).

Barber Shop has been a very popular series for its star, Ice Cube, who has multiple other comic successes to his credit. It is set in a barbershop in the South Side of Chicago. The first film introduced Calvin (Ice Cube) who inherits a barbershop, a cornerstone of life in America at one time, from his father. He discovers the true value of his inheritance only after he sells it, as he realizes that it is a place for people of the community to bond.

The second Barber Shop film took the same premise and setting, and some of the same characters, and dealt with a new set of challenges. In this film, the antagonists were urban developers trying to do away with all mom and pop stores for a branded world. Ice Cube was joined by Queen Latifah for this film though Anthony Anderson (who has lately been seen in the hit TV series Blackish) who was in the first one, sat this one out.

He makes a comeback in the comedy movie Barber Shop: The Next Cut, reprising his role as J.D. This one also has Nicki Minaj. The story is about the increasing violence and crime in the neighborhood of the barbershop. Calvin and the rest of the crew decide to tackle it in their own way.

Will this be the last film of the series? That is hard to say, as the previous film had released a decade before this one. Even if a sequel is not on the cards, a remake may just pop up a decade after.

Best Comedy Movies of All Time

Here are the Best Comedy Movies of All Time! This is my own list I have built over the years, yours may differ, but I believe these are the best comedy movies of all time.

Airplane!
I’m going to start with a quote, “Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?”

Animal House
John Belushi’s exploding zit will go down in history.

Vacation
Too many things to mention for this one, how about “Honky Lips”.

Caddyshack
Chevy Chase and Bill Murray together create comedy movie magic.

Ghostbusters
Was just talking about this movie the other day with some friends, the Stay-Puft Marsh Mellow Man was one mean ghost.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
“Bueller, Bueller, Bueller”. I must have seen this movie 20 times on my beta max player.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High
The synergy between Spicoli and Mr. Hand, you can’t buy tension like that.

The Big Lebowski
Dude, of course this movie is on the list, Jeff Bridges is The Dude!

There’s Something About Mary
Possibly the Farrelly brothers greatest film, it is in contention with Dumb and Dumber.

Dumb and Dumber
Yep, you guessed it, in contention with There’s Something About Mary.

Christmas Vacation
I have to say that Eddie made this movie, Clark was great, but it was Eddie who made it a classic.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
I almost couldn’t believe someone could be so funny when I saw this, I had to see it over and over again.

The Jerk
The Jerk made Steve Martin a comedy icon, this movie will ALWAYS be on the list.

The Hangover
My most current favorite. This movie was being talked about by everyone I know before I saw it. So when I actually did see it I knew exactly what they were talking about, Vegas baby! Maybe the best part – the still pics at the end.