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I'm Depressed.Can you recommend a good comedy DVD to cheer me up


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#1 of 75 OFFLINE   Mike Rogers

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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:35 AM

I'm 34 years old and in a midst of a very serious depression.Can you recommend a good COMEDY dvd to cheer me up.I need to chuckle again and lately,I am finding it very hard to laugh at anything.If You can Help me find that LAUGH again,I would really appreciate it.Thanks.Posted Image
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#2 of 75 OFFLINE   KyleK

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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:44 AM

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Office Space
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Adaptation

Those are my favorites, hope this helps.
Remember, once you hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up. If you are seriously depressed, don't hesitate to talk to someone and seek professional help.

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#3 of 75 OFFLINE   Jim-M

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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:44 AM

Animal House

#4 of 75 OFFLINE   Tom Gassner

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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:54 AM

Terminator 3

#5 of 75 OFFLINE   Leo Kerr

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:10 AM

Princess Bride

Amélie

Most people wouldn't call a Terminator film a comedy... but I can understand why some might... and for the same reason, Conan would work, too. (I have to admit, I haven't seen T3.)

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:10 AM

Let It Ride
My Cousin Vinny
Married To The Mob
Blast From The Past
Ferris Beuller's Day Off

#7 of 75 OFFLINE   Rob Gardiner

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:11 AM

Some Like It Hot
Simpsons Season 2 or 3

#8 of 75 OFFLINE   Mike Rogers

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:14 AM

Thanks for your replies and suggestions.I appreciate your courtesy and I will most DEFINITELY consider all your DVD suggestions.
Thanks again,
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#9 of 75 OFFLINE   Matt Butler

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:16 AM

Family Guy


And why are you depressed?
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#10 of 75 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:20 AM

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#11 of 75 OFFLINE   Brian W

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:26 AM

Pillow Talk does it for me every time...

#12 of 75 OFFLINE   Alistair_M

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:32 AM

I'd recommend 'Groundhog Day'.

or Chaplin's 'City Lights' - its funny and touching, very human.

#13 of 75 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:40 AM

My favorites. These make me laugh, no matter how many times I watch 'em. Hope you feel better after a good howl.

1. Young Frankenstein
2. Some Like It Hot
3. Blazing Saddles
4. Airplane

#14 of 75 OFFLINE   Jesse Skeen

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:43 AM

Billy Madison never fails to make me laugh.
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#15 of 75 OFFLINE   Larry House

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:46 AM

If you're seriously depressed, you need to see a mental health professional. We might do more harm than good Posted Image

Having said that, I might recommend a TV series set over a movie for more sustained laugh power. The "variations on a theme" effect of the repetion of similar situations over the course of a TV show can have more potential for big laughs than a movie IMHO.

Example: "The Dick Van Dyke Show", just an excellent series, and the case of the frequent jokes by Morey Amsterdam's character at the expense of Richard Deacon's character ... you always knew what was coming whenever he came into the writer's room, the anticipation of the joke made the joke that much funnier when it was eventually delivered.

Also, I would wholeheartedly recommend the recent "SCTV" set, just an incredibly funny show, if you get to know the recurring characters and setups the laughs get multiplied ...

"Monty Python's Flying Circus" ... I saw this series when PBS broadcast it in 1973 as a 13 year old ... it is probably impossible to explain to someone not there the incredible "buzz" this show generated ... that people are still fans 30 years later is tribute to the show's staying power.

If I could recommend some audio only options, I have been a big fan of the Firesign Theater records/cds. "Don't Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers" and "Everything You Know Is Wrong" are the best, IMHO (I think these should be in print on CD). Listening to these will give your brain a workout also, as the troupe takes the radio idea of "theater of the mind" to psychedelic extremes ... trying to figure out the implicit backstory/subtext of "Dwarf" requires that you pay close attention and definitely demands (and rewards) multiple listens.

Some movie recommendations (all opinions are my own humble, subjective ones):

Blazing Saddles (Brooks's funniest, but a bit uneven)

Young Frankenstein (Brooks's best movie, still has great laughs, but better script and more consistent and better "put together")

Bananas (Woody Allen's early, funny stuff)

Revenge of the Pink Panther (am I the only one who thinks this is the funniest of the series? Oh well ... it might help to see some of the others first)

Hope/Crosby "Road" movies (these just about define "lighthearted", they're usually pretty packed with jokes)

What about cartoons? The Looney Tunes Golden collection is excellent.

Local Hero (not laugh-out-loud funny, but very wry, also bittersweet)

W. C. Fields is underrepresented on DVD, but Six Short Films and The Bank Dick seem to be available. If you are a fan, I believe that the best representation of Fields is his radio recordings from the 30s and 40s, often on the Edgar Bergen show (the Chase & Sanborn show) with Bergen and his characters, Don Ameche, and Fields. I don't know about the current availability of the recordings that CBS put out on LP in the 70s but "The Best of W. C. Fields" on that label is well worth seeking out.

Well that's enough to start. You might also consider the "hot tea in summertime" approach and check out "Cries and Whispers" , "The Passion of Joan of Arc", or some Bresson as an antidote, but only if all else fails Posted Image

#16 of 75 OFFLINE   Bryan Ri

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:49 AM

Mike,

I'd reccomend Family Guy first and foremost; it will knock your socks off, and for each 30 min episode, your troubles can fade for at least a little bit. If you like that, and feel like watching a very, very different style of comedy, try Aqua Teen Hunger Force. You'll either completely dig it, or hate it.

The Naked Guns and Airplane always bring a smile to my face as well.

Keep your head up man. I've been through/going through some tough times myself, and luckily there are distractions such as the Internet and DVD's to take your mind off things. Best of luck.

#17 of 75 OFFLINE   David Yevin

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Posted June 11 2004 - 11:02 AM

night shift
office space
there's something about mary
south park - bigger, longer & uncut
beavis and butthead do america
fast times at ridgemont high
amelie
ed wood

i'd like to add vacation

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Posted June 11 2004 - 11:05 AM

What About Bob?
Duck Soup will have you in stitches

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#19 of 75 OFFLINE   Charles H

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Posted June 11 2004 - 11:24 AM

SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (from Criterion). It is the definitive Comedy about Comedy and other far less serious matters. If you like that, try THE LADY EVE also by Preston Sturges and also on Criterion dvd.
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#20 of 75 OFFLINE   Andy Kim

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Posted June 11 2004 - 11:25 AM

I'd definitely recommend "Amelie".
I try and watch it once a month and everytime it still manages to bring a big smile to my face.