Admit it: you’ve spent hours with friends struggling to develop a comprehensive list of the best comedies. So, here’s an almost-statistically correct solution: the Laugh a Minute rating.
It’s from Lovefilm, a watching documentary and DVD subscription service based in London. Lovefilm members were polled to determine the five movies that made them laugh the most. The company then assembled a panel to watch the films and note how many weeks they made us giggle. Divide the total of laughs by the movie’s length in minutes to get the Laugh Minute score.
Even if the outcomes aren’t universal (the panel members have been company employees), the methods are more scientifically rigorous than sitting around with your buddies over beers at 11:30 p.m.
Here’s the full Top 5:
1. Airplane! – 3 laughs/minute
Airplane! is widely considered one of the funniest comedy movies of all time. It is a fast-paced comic parody of the viral disaster movies of the 1970s (Airport, The Poseidon Adventure) and the clever jokes are completely and utterly over the top.
2. The Hangover – 2.4 laughs/minute
“The Hangover” spawned a wildly successful trilogy that grossed 1.4 billion dollars worldwide. Its success is no surprise as it has all the makings of a great comedy film: wild debauchery, a wedding/bachelor setting, and an unexpected journey filled with surprise cameos and hijinks.
3. Superbad – 1.9 laughs/minute
Superbad is a hilarious comedy that’s heartwarming, hilarious, and shocking. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are incredible and have fantastic chemistry. Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Emma Stone are great.
4. Bridesmaids – 1.4 laughs/minute
With laugh-out-loud displays of pettiness, pride, and passive-aggression, the movie incisively examines the delicate dynamics of a female friendship group. Ten years later, Bridesmaids remains a cinematic classic and one of the best comedy movies.
5. Life of Brian – 1.2 laughs/minute
Life of Brian ranks there as one of the finest comedies ever made. The humor is intelligent, hilarious, and unforgettable.