Airplane! named funniest film ever

2012-09-10 18:39
London - Airplane! is the funniest film ever, according to new research.

The spoof disaster movie - which starred the late Leslie Nielsen - came out top in research conducted by a panel of members of movie subscription service Lovefilm, as they calculated the precise number of "laughs a minute" for the top 10 comedies chosen by its members.

The film - which spawned the memorable lines: "Surely you can't be serious?" "I am serious... and don't call me Shirley." - averaged three laughs a minute while second-placed The Hangover had 2.4.

Other films in the top 10 included The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Superbad and Bridesmaids.

'This list made us giggle'

The Life of Brian - the Monty Python film, which is often voted as the funniest movie ever - came 10th.

Helen Cowley, editor of Lovefilm, said: "After many heated debates about whether The Hangover really is the funniest movie ever, we asked our members to vote for the 10 movies that make them laugh the most, and then conducted our own research into how many times those included in this list made us giggle.

"Interestingly, while Lovefilm members voted Life of Brian as the funniest film, our research shows that for laughs a minute the hilarious aircraft-based satire of Airplane! beats the Monty Python epic hands-down."

Top 10 Films With The Highest 'Laugh A Minute' Scores:
1. Airplane! - 3 Laughs A Minute
2. The Hangover - 2.4 Laughs A Minute
3. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! - 2.3 Laughs A Minute
4. Superbad - 1.9 Laughs A Minute
5. Borat - 1.7 Laughs A Minute
6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - 1.6 Laughs A Minute
7. American Pie - 1.5 Laughs A Minute
8. Bridesmaids - 1.4 Laughs A Minute
9. Shaun of the Dead - 1.3 Laughs A Minute
10. Life of Brian - 1.2 Laughs A Minute

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  • chaze.damonze - 2012-09-10 19:37

    You damn right it is!!!

  • ab.normal.961 - 2012-09-10 20:09

    These below are not necessary laugh a minute movies but some of the best funny ones. 1. Start the Revolution Without Me 2. Revenge of the Pink Panther 3. Ace Ventura Pet Detective 4. Arthur (Original) 5. History of the World - Part 1 6. The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin) 7. Weekend at Bernies 8. Silent Movie 9. Young Frankenstein 10. Throw Mama from the Train

      nicola.killops - 2012-09-10 20:26

      Weekend at Bernie's for sure! And Ace Ventura ( re-he-he-eally?) but I have to add A Fish Called Wanda!

  • jacque.wagner.9 - 2012-09-11 05:53

    What about Dumb Dumber, that was a really funnt movie aswell.

  • lauren.hess.1272 - 2012-09-11 09:28

    Zoolander's way funnier that The Hangover. And Trading Places is pretty good too. And Life of Brian. and Superbad. And Shaun of the Dead. And Anchorman. And Dodgeball. Though I guess it's all relative.

  • robert.cerff - 2012-09-11 09:33

    While it's difficult to pick funniest ever lists, "Bridesmaids"? Really? It was little more than a watered down, adolescent attempt at recreating "The Hangover". Have to agree with many of ab.normal.961's selections.

  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-11 10:07

    Ali G in the house

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