Groundhog Day vs. This is Spinal Tap: Tournament of Movie Fanatic Comedy Bracket

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The tournament continues as we seek to determine the best comedy movie of all time! Yesterday's odd-couple matchup of Duck Soup vs. Swingers has come to an end, and we have our winner. Swingers becomes the second upset of the tournament, just barely edging out The Marx Brothers with 52% of the vote.

Swingers joins Annie Hall, The Big Lebowski, Rushmore, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Airplane! in the second round. Now, the final two first-round matchups are upon us. Today, we pit Groundhog Day against Spinal Tap. Scroll down to read our cases on why these movies deserve to win, and cast your vote! Then check out an updated bracket below.

  • Groundhog Day Poster
  • This is Spinal Tap Photo

Groundhog Day: Groundhog Day is an example of near-flawless storytelling. The audience sees the same scenes over and over and over again ad nauseam, yet the plot and characters move forward in exactly the right way. But this isn't the reason this movie is one of the best comedies ever. It's one of the best comedies every because seasoned comedic filmmaker Harold Ramis co-wrote and directed it with an impeccable sense of rhythm. It's because Bill Murray is the perfect tortured hero with a lesson to learn. It's because the amazing character actor Stephen Tobolowsky gave one of the most memorable performances of the 90's as "Needle-Nose" Ned "The Head" Ryerson. It's because we all know Andie MacDowell's character Rita's favorite drink is "sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist." Groundhog Day is the best of the "some supernatural force intervenes to teach the protagonist a valuable lesson" movies (you know the ones: Jim Carrey's in most of them), and it's easily one of the best comedies of all time. Take a look at our Groundhog Day quotes page for more.

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This is Spinal Tap: This is Spinal Tap landed in 1984 and ushered in the era of the mockumentary that we still inhabit today. From Best in Show to The Office, its influence permeates pop culture. The Rob Reiner conceived and directed comic classic featured a fictional heavy metal band from the 1970’s on a comeback tour that finds all sorts of ways to go wrong. The band is comprised of some serious comic talent from lead singer Michael McKean to supporting players Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and a revolving door of drummers (inside joke!). It is one of the most replicated in conversation movies of all time because of its stellar and seemingly unending list of great This is Spinal Tap quotes.

 

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Groundhog Day
76.1%

This is Spinal Tap
23.9%

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Groundhog Day Quotes

First D.J.: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
Second D.J.: It's coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
First D.J.: Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that blizzard thing.
Second D.J.: That blizzard - thing. That blizzard - thing. Oh, well, here's the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a "big blizzard thing!"
First D.J.: Yessss, they are. But you know, there's another reason why today is especially exciting.
Second D.J.: Especially cold!
First D.J.: Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody's lips...
Second D.J.: - On their chapped lips...
First D.J.: - On their chapped lips, right: Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?
Second D.J.: Punxsutawney Phil!
First D.J.: Thats right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's
[in unison]
Both: GROUNDHOG DAY!

Phil: I've been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted, and burned.
Rita: Oh, really?
Phil: ...and every morning I wake up without a scratch on me, not a dent in the fender... I am an immortal.

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