The Daily Jim has a long history or workplace battles. Most of them involve the best way to dispatch a zombie or get thrown out of a publicity event. When it comes to movies however, we get pretty brutal. Action Man doesn’t understand American comedies because there aren’t enough groin hits; I can’t figure out Angelina Jolie for the life of me; and Billy D. just yells at our intern, Ben, anytime he offers an opinion. Amid the chaos, however, Bella La Lovely has been taking notes. She’s our witness. And during our latest battle of most overlooked hilarious movies she complied the following list of idiocy to balance off Oscar madness. Press your freakin’ tuxedo t-shirts kids.
As the entertainment industry gears up for Oscar season, we at the Daily Jim decided to search the bowels of our movie library (namely Jimmy’s Netflix account) to share our favorite underrated movies. These may not be the best movies you’ll ever see, but they’re well worth a spot in your Netflix queue.
For best underrated comedies, the nominations are…
Picture it: You’re a middle-age father with big dreams and no money. What do you do to impress your son? Two words—amateur porn. Starring True Grit’s, Jeff Bridges, The Amateurs is a fun, quirky film that’s great Friday night entertainment.
The King of California
If Gordon Gecko had a not-so-evil twin, it would be Charlie, a recently released mental patient who believes Costco is a Mecca for economy-sized consumer products and Spanish gold.
In addition to being a great movie, the King of California provides nuggets of might-be-true trivia. For example, did you know that California got its name from a 16th century Spanish writer? In the words of Charlie, “Don’t believe it? Look it up.” (If you do look it up, let us know if it is true. We’re really not sure.)
A Mighty Wind
“The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…”
If you recognize this This is Spinal Tap quote, check out A Mighty Wind. Directed by Christopher Guest, A Mighty Wind is a mockumentary about long-forgotten folk musicians who come together for a reunion concert. The film features an all-star cast including Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara, Jane Lynch (a Daily Jim staff favorite), and Michael McKean, just to name a few.
This is a much better representation of ensemble music than a chick with a flute at band camp.
OUR HONORABLE MENTIONS
The Daily Jim staff was not able to agree on the merits of several movies, so after heated debate, a filibuster, and 2 restraining orders, we decided to include an honorable mention category. We also agreed on mandatory anger management training for Billy D.
Starring Steve Martin, Eddy Murphy, and Heather Graham, Bowfinger chronicles a down-and-out filmmaker (Martin) who tries to resuscitate his career by making a sci-fi thriller starring Hollywood action star Kit Ramsey (Murphy). The twist—Ramsey doesn’t know he’s in the film. Needless to say, hijinks ensue. Described by MediaCircus as a delightful tour-de-farce, this film is well worth the $2.99 at your local Blockbuster.
Nothing to Lose
In Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins catches his wife cheating and ends up in an abusive relationship with the Sisters. In Nothing to Lose, Robbins catches his wife cheating and ends up a carjacking victim turned criminal. Moral of the story—unhappy wife, unhappy life.
Martin Lawrence co-stars. Big Momma Three aside, Lawrence is a funny addition to any movie. He makes you want to yell MART-IN!
Model-turned-coal-miner-turned-model Derek Zoolander is so stupid it’s funny, really funny. Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Jerry Stiller (another Daily Jim staff favorite), Zoolander will leave you singing, “Relax don’t do it when you want to go to it…”
Where else can you see a Billy Zane cameo and a “freak gasoline-fight accident?”