Comedy roundup

Lately I’ve been overdosing on the dramas.

Granted, I love them. A lot. There is nothing else that can hold my attention than a gripping tale from the heavier side of film canon. But I’ve noticed over the years that when it comes to drama, it is possible to go overboard.


We need laughter as well as tears in cinema; I’ve been trying with episodes of “South Park,” but it’s not the same. However, hope is not lost; in drama-detox mode, I’ve been watching some killer comedies lately. It’s possible that I like them more because I just need to laugh, but here are some mini-reviews of movies to keep the laughter vibrant.

“Hot Fuzz”

What a ****ing riot; I’ve haven’t laughed that much since “Little Miss Sunshine.” Witty with intense action and gory death scenes, and always funny, it’s a movie that really has something for everyone. If you need a cinematic pick-me-up, look no further.

“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”

Imagine a Raymond Chandler noir set in the modern day with an incompetent hero, and that’s pretty much “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” an enjoyable and funny pulp fiction (the stories, not the Tarantino film) riff with Robert Downey Jr. as the aforementioned hero. He keeps stumbling upon clues and just barely getting out of scrapes. It’s not an earth-shattering film, but I don’t care. Who knew Val Kilmer, as detective Gay Perry, could be funny? Or that voice-over narration wasn’t dead. Apparently, Shane Black knew. Kudos.

“Truly Madly Deeply”

OK, so this one is a bit of a cheat; I’ve seen it before and it’s not totally a comedy, but it’s so good that I’m breaking the rules for this charmer of a film. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll be moved and even if it’s a supernatural love story, every bit of feels like real life. Think “Ghost,” but better for the mind and soul.

As always, I’m looking for any more near-perfect-to-perfect comedies. Any suggestions out there?