Last April Fools’ Day, we gave you five movies that fooled you. This year, we thought it’d be a good idea to let the viewer have the last laugh. The annals of film history are filled with characters that we enjoy purely because of their stupidity. They don’t know they’re stupid, and that is the root of their comedy. Here are five memorable screw-ups who wouldn’t be better any other way.
Tommy (Tommy Boy)– Chris Farley made a career (far too short of one at that) out of playing the lovable buffoon. His most memorable role is opposite David Spade’s dry, no-fun business partner named Richard in this now-iconic buddy film. It wasn’t anything new when it came out, but it’s one of the funniest road films of the 90s, and arguably of all time. Farley outdoes himself for idiocy, whether it’s pretending to be surrounded by bees to evade the cops or taking down Dan Aykroyd’s tire tycoon by pretending to be strapped with a bomb. In the end he saves the day, but he’s not any smarter.
In honor of April Fools Day, I decided to list five famous and not so famous movies that can confound, twist, and trick you while still being well made and entertaining. Don’t worry, I won’t give anything away.
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1. The Sixth Sense– How could you not include this one? The most famous thing about this movie is its ending, but the rest was still a great revitalization of the scary thriller when it was released. Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis, and Toni Collette all give outstanding performances, but it’s the ending of this movie that earns its place in cinema history.
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2. Tell No One– This excellent French thriller has twists at every turn, leading to one of the most satisfying conclusions in a movie. This tale of a man who’s thought to be dead wife starts emailing him is a first-class thriller of the highest order. Writer/director Guillaume Canet knows how to structure a film around an already great screenplay.