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Where have all the really good serio-comedies gone...like "My Cousin Vinny"?

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Where have all the really good serio-comedies gone...like "My Cousin Vinny"?

Where have all the comedies that were one part serious and dramatic and three parts funny. The ones that become classics and produce Oscar winners for goodness sakes!!

I mean now they make slapstick, go-for-broke have to out do each other preceeding movie in the gross out department.

Where are the good ones! The "My Cousin Vinny" 's, "The Breakfast Club" 's, hell any John Hughes serio-comedy of adolescent grandeur!

Where have they all gone...

What are your favorite ones in this genre...
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Would American Beauty, Forrest Gump, and Pulp Fiction be examples of what you're talking about? Or are they too serious?

Maybe Shakespeare in Love? That one's definitely considered a comedy.
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Originally Posted by Drexl
Would American Beauty, Forrest Gump, and Pulp Fiction be examples of what you're talking about? Or are they too serious?

Maybe Shakespeare in Love? That one's definitely considered a comedy.
no, no...things like "My Cousin Vinny"...a true comedy with just a slight dramatic flare that makes it a great movie all around. those above are absolute dramas and exceptional ones at that. i am talking the John Hughe's-ish, the "Can't Buy Me Love's", "The Flamingo Kid's", the "Sixteen Candles", I know those are all 80's, but for example. The ones that are comedy, but has so much feeling as well.
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Loved My Cousin Vinny. I would name Grosse Pointe Blank as an excellent example of the type of movie you refer to, as well as one of my favorites. Also My Blue Heaven was pretty good, but not quite as funny.
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It sounds like someone hasn't seen Shaun of the Dead yet.
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Originally Posted by jetflair
Loved My Cousin Vinny. I would name Grosse Pointe Blank as an excellent example of the type of movie you refer to, as well as one of my favorites. Also My Blue Heaven was pretty good, but not quite as funny.
kinda...good examples. the ones that are funny, but have heart!! GPB is one of my all time favs and perfect black comedy we should say, not necessarily the all around happy funny movie with heart, but a darker one.

they seem to be a dying breed. this can't be right.
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Originally Posted by Jay G.
It sounds like someone hasn't seen Shaun of the Dead yet.
i think these are getting a little too dark from what i am intending. but these are fine examples of dark comedies with heart. that should be a whole other thread.
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I would love to see some more John Hughes-ish movies --- they all rule.

American Pie series is the next closest, and most recent, thing I think.

My Cousin Vinny rules. ("Look kid I didn't come down here to get jerked around...")
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How about School of Rock?
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Originally Posted by Drexl
How about School of Rock?
that is a really good example.
i might even put "Mean Girls" there...might. maybe even "Girl Next Door", but that is a stretch.

it's so hard to think of them, there just not there...

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Originally Posted by scott1598
it's so hard to think of them, there just not there...
What about Sideways?

Also, if we're going 90s, there's Groundhog Day, Galaxy Quest, Waiting for Guffman, The Ref, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, LA Story, and Strictly Ballroom.

I think all the PIXAR films fit the bill of "comedies with heart."

I'm also very partial to Shaolin Soccer.
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Originally Posted by Jay G.
What about Sideways?

Also, if we're going 90s, there's Groundhog Day, Galaxy Quest, Waiting for Guffman, The Ref, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, LA Story, and Strictly Ballroom.

I think all the PIXAR films fit the bill of "comedies with heart."

I'm also very partial to Shaolin Soccer.
I'll definitely take "Groundhog Day", maybe "Galaxy Quest", but I will also add...

"Dutch"!!
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How can one mention Gross Point Blank and not mention High Fidelity?
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It came out before Vinny, but I would say Doc Hollywood was in that tradition.
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You guys are getting so hard to please Hollywood said to hell with it.
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Originally Posted by Count Dooku
It came out before Vinny, but I would say Doc Hollywood was in that tradition.
yes, that is the tradition i speak of. certainly not as great as Vinny, but worthy nonetheless.
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i forgot one of my favorites..."Uncle Buck"...R.I.P. John!!
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What about the recent Spielberg offerings, The Terminal and Catch Me if You Can.
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Liar, Liar came to mind after your description. Top notch comedy, and a little, whadyaknow... heart.
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Planes, Trains & Automobiles - hysterical, with heart
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Midnight Run?
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