MacGruber, the comedy that dares to find laughs in bombs, opens today. It's based on an SNL sketch in which a parody of a 1980s action hero (Will Forte), complete with mullet, tries to dismantle a bomb, and unfortunately succumbs to a last-second distraction. In the film, he presumably gets to last a bit longer than 3 minutes. In any event, it got me thinking about all the other flat-out comedies that include heavy artillery as part of their humor.
1. Hot Fuzz (2007, Edgar Wright)
Based on The Wicker Man and paying homage to Point Break and Bad Boys II, the hilarious cop spoof Hot Fuzz puts them all to shame with its unbelievable final third, an astonishing series of shootouts, chases, fights, leaps, sprints, and -- of course -- one-liners. Wright delivers it all with exactly the right mix of deadpan, dazzle, clarity, and parody. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost co-star as the buddy cops who aren't afraid to bond like men.
2. Pineapple Express (2008, David Gordon Green)
One of the greatest stoner comedies ever made should probably have settled for a, like, laid-back finale. You know? But somehow the spectacular gang war at the film's climax perfectly mixed with the sunny stupor, all without killing the buzz. Seth Rogen co-wrote the screenplay and stars as a perpetually stoned process server who finds himself caught in the middle of a gang war with his friendly neighborhood drug dealer (James Franco).