Last week, the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Comedy Bracket saw some well-deserved movies get voted through to the second round. Annie Hall, The Big Lebowski, and Rushmore all move on. Now, we are pleased to announce the winner of Monty Python and the Holy Grail vs. Wet Hot American Summer is: Holy Grail, which took a whopping 70.7% of the vote!
Today's matchup pits two very different 1980s classics against each other: Diner and Airplane! Vote for your favorite, then take a look at the updated bracket below!
Diner: Barry Levinson's directorial debut is the quintessential coming-of-age "group of friends hanging out" movies. It's the progenitor to basically every Vince Vaughn movie. The amazing comedic chemistry between Paul Reiser, Daniel Stern, and Steve Guttenberg drives the film, with terrific performances from Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Timothy Daly, and Ellen Barkin to boot. Diner tackles the changing relationship between a group of friends as they enter adulthood in such a genuine and funny way, making it not only one of the best comedies of all time, but one of the best movies of all time. The one thing I wouldn't dare call Diner? Nuanced. It's not a real word. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, take a look at our Diner quotes page. Or better yet, watch the film!
Airplane!: Airplane! set the standard for lampoonish comedies when it landed in 1980. It also made a global star out of the most unlikely of actors... Leslie Nielsen. There are too many iconic comedy moments to list, but just a sampling: The jive talking grandma, Lloyd Bridges’ various takes on “I picked the wrong week to quit...,” Nielsen’s “Don’t call me Shirley,” and who could forget, “You ever been in a Turkish prison?” Filmmakers Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker would take this formula and produce a second airline parody and the Naked Gun series. But, the best of their work was the beginning... with Airplane! Take a look at our Airplane! quotes page for more.