THE BEST 2012 MOVIES FOR LAUGHS
Without catching a few of the required lame December comedies (Parental Guidance, The Guilt Trip), I can't say I was impressed by comedy during the 2012 year of movies. There's a lot that I refused to see as well, especially Adam Sandler's That's My Boy. This list only stretched to five instead of ten. The best should have been Ted and The Watch on talent alone, but both disappointed me personally. Instead, This is 40 tops the list with its honest good fun.
1. This is 40
2. American Reunion
3. 21 Jump Street
4. Silver Linings Playbook
6. Django Unchained
HONORABLE MENTION #1: Maybe the best running and repeat gag of the year is how the Ben Affleck, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin characters of Argo reply to each other and end conversations about the movie's title. It's a laugh every time.
HONORABLE MENTION #2: In the so-bad-it's-painfully-funny department, two pretty ridiculous examples of male masturbation from The Master (one involving Joaquin Phoenix and the other involving Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman) are as laugh-inducing and they are cringe-inducing. It's all odd and completely weird.
THE BEST 2012 MOVIES FOR TEARS
For me, 2012 didn't have anywhere close to the volume of wet tissues that 2011 occupied (50/50, The Descendants, Soul Surfer, War Horse). The closest I came to tears was towards the end of Robot and Frank and watching a manly man like Robert De Niro cry in Silver Linings Playbook, damn near making me cry too.
1. Robot and Frank
2. Silver Linings Playbook
3. Life of Pi
4. The Impossible
5. Les Miserables
6. Hope Springs
8. The Sessions
9. Ruby Sparks
10. (TIE) The Lucky One and The Vow (both of which I didn't seen but many chicks said they cried at)
HONORABLE MENTION #1: In an unexpected place, you might just get misty at the end of Men in Black 3 when you least expect it.
HONORABLE MENTION #2: With my penchant for identifying "guy cry" moments (much like Men in Black 3 could be classified as), I'll also thrown out Michael Caine's genuine sobbing at the end of The Dark Knight Rises before its ending washes it all away.
Locally, many of these movies are still playing at your local west side Chicago movie theaters. Be sure to check out showtimes and buy advance tickets from Fandango. Those that are on DVD and Blu-ray can be found at your local Redbox and Blockbuster locations here in the city. Enjoy a movie or trailer tonight!