The Watch (featuring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill) opens today, and it looks hilarious! But it also looks like it's about aliens. Can these two seemingly unrelated genres mesh cohesively? We think so, and we've got the list to prove it!
5. Attack The Block (2011)
Picture The Goonies with British juvenile delinquents instead, and throw in a dash of Independence Day, and you've basically got Attack The Block. The film follows a gang of not altogether wholesome young kids on bikes whose world is turned upside down, when a pack of hostile space aliens pick the wrong English ghetto to land in. Aside from its whip-smart humor, Attack The Block features amazing creature effects and a seriously awesome performance from Shaun of The Dead's Nick Frost. This hysterical little gem was probably the most overlooked laugh riot of 2011, and it even found its way on to many critics' top ten lists last year. Check it out. It's the scariest on our list, but it's got heart and we guarantee you'll laugh all the way through.
4. Morons From OuterSpace (1985)
The aliens have landed, and they are IDIOTS! This little known British import is a mini-masterpiece and a prime example of classic English wit. Bernard, a dumb as a brick captain of a spaceship containing his pals (who are dumber than bricks), decides to play Spaceball one evening at an intergalactic fueling station. His buddies, bored and restless, foolishly decide to play with the controls, and wind up crashing to Earth, where they become instant celebrities. Oblivious to their sudden fame, Bernard attempts to track his buddies down, if he can only hitch a ride off the fueling station. As the numbskull aliens start packing auditoriums (literally overnight), an American Army colonel becomes convinced that their stupidity has to be a sophisticated ruse, and that soon they will unleash their sinister plans to enslave the human race. While this film isn't like most on our list, a special effects showcase, it's probably, pound for pound, the funniest.
3. Spaceballs (1987)
Any diehard Star Wars geek out there who hasn't seen Mel Brooks' hilarious Spaceballs has some serious homework to do. Bill Pullman plays the Han Solo-inspired Lone Star, who along with his trusty sidekick Barf (a riff on Chewbacca played by the amazing, late John Candy), fight to rescue Princess Valium from the evil Darth Helmet. If it sounds like one long continuous Star Wars pun, then that's basically because it is, but the puns are glorious. It hits all the right notes, and with so many takeoffs on StarWars out there (from Family Guy to RobotChicken and beyond), it's essential to know this little gem that did it first, and possibly best.
2. Paul (2011)
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (we're seriously not trying to promote the Brits here, but somehow they just keep popping up!) play two comic book geeks on a cross country road trip who befriend a wise-cracking, slacker alien, voiced by none other than Seth Rogen. The script, penned by the stars themselves, is chock filled with nods to classic alien and sci-fi films of all sorts, especially those of Steven Speilberg. The cast here, though, is exceptional, with countless comedic hard hitters (from Kirsten Wig to Bill Hader), and even Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver. Unfortunately this Greg Motola directed comedy (Superbad!) wasn't a huge success at the box office, but it sure deserved to be. Like SuperFuzz and Sean of the Dead prove, you just can't go wrong with a Simon Pegg and Nick Frost flick. Check it out!
1. E.T. : The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Although it's not the most hysterical on our list, Steven Speilberg's E.T. has a few of the funniest and most heart warming scenes in all of movie history. The film, which tells the story of the friendship between the precocious young Elliot and the Reeses-Pieces loving E.T., is not just a great alien movie, but one of the most beloved films of all time. Thirty years have passed since its release, but it's scarcely aged, probably because the classics never go out of style. If you haven't seen it yet, bump it to the top of your must see list today!
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