It’s time for some top tens. First: the greatest G rated movies of all time! Even though Dennis the Menace—a movie I absolutely love—is actually a PG movie, it’s gotten me thinking about some of the best movies ever made in this category. To make things interesting, I’m leaving out animated ones. That genre practically dominates the G’s anyway. So, in my own humble opinion, here’s the best:
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
9. The Sound of Music (1965)
8. Babe (1995)
7. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
5. March of the Penguins (2005)
4. The Little Princess (1939) …and right up there with it I would include the remake A Little Princess (1995)
3. The Muppet Movie (1979)
2. Babette’s Feast (1987)
1. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) — This one is a best kept secret. It’s so good!
Honourable mentions go to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Mary Poppins (1964), The Secret Garden (1993), and Funny Girl (1968). I actually haven’t seen that last one, but I hear about it enough that I should at least throw it an honourable mention. And really, any Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton movie can be added to the list. I would say if you’d like to try a Chaplin movie, start with City Lights, and if you’d like to try a Keaton film, start with The General.
Back in 1993 when I saw DTM in the theatre in Battle Creek, MI, I laughed out loud at the scene of Mr. Wilson is in the bathroom getting ready for bed. So here is the top ten movie scenes where I laughed the hardest at, especially upon the first time watching:
10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) — Cousin Eddie empties the sewage from his RV
9. I Love You, Man (2009) — The vet tells Peter and Zooey (Paul Rudd and Rashida Jones) to feed their dog “fruit-th.”
8. Spaceballs (1987)— Dark Helmet doesn’t wear a seat belt while in ridiculous speed.
7. Raising Arizona (1987) — Hi picks up some diapers for the baby. It’s killing me thinking about it right now!
6. Bridesmaids (2011) — The post-Brazilian steak restaurant scene at the bridal shop.
5. The Nutty Professor (1996) — The Klump family dinner.
4. The Hangover (2009) — The surprise in the trunk.
3. Nacho Libre (2006) — the quest for eagle powers.
2. Napoleon Dynamite (2004) — The time machine scene.
1. Rat Race (2001) — The cow scene. There were many others in this movie, but that scene did me in.
And finally, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were surprisingly major highlights of this movie. Here is my top ten favourite elderly couples in movies:
10. The Notebook (2004) — Noah and Ally (James Garner and Gena Rowlands)
9. The Princess Bride (1987) — Miracle Max and Valerie (Billy Crystal and Carol Kane)
8. Tokyo Story (1953) — Shukichi and Tomi
7. Hope Springs (2012) — Kay and Arnold (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones)
6. Titanic (1997) — The couple on the bed as the boat sinks.
5. The Karate Kid Part II (1986) — Mr. Miyagi and Yukie
4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) — Bethany and Lewis (Mae Questel and William Hickey)
3. Fiddler on the Roof (1971) — Tevye and Golde (Topol and Norma Crane)
2. Nebraska (2013) — Woody and Kate (Bruce Dern and June Squibb)
1. Meet the Parents (2000) — Jack and Kina Byrnes (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner)
Congratulations Dennis the Menace. This is your week.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Actor: Walter Matthau as Mrs. Wilson in Dennis the Menace. His misadventure scenes, of course including the one listed above, are some of my favourite comedic scenes in movies.
Best Quote: Although my favourite line is this post’s title, I also like Kirk’s reference: “A apple” from Dennis the Menace.
This week has made me nostalgic for the funny papers. I miss pulling that section out of the paper on the weekend and having a few laughs. Sometimes I think I stopped reading them because I started living them.