And the funniest movie of all-time is ...

And the funniest movie of all-time is ...

When it comes to honoring comedic classics — from "Airplane" to "Animal House" — Oscar has been a real grouch.

So today, we pay homage to the forgotten genre by asking movie buffs: What's the one flick that still makes you crack up, no matter how many times you've seen it?


Principal, Jefferson Middle School

Her pick: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

"The movie takes place in Chicago, which makes the parade scene and Bears reference especially fun. There are tons of great quotes from the movie, many of which aren't really appropriate for the paper. One of the best is at the beginning, when Ferris successfully fools his parents into thinking he is deathly ill and needs to stay home from school. Ferris says to himself: 'Incredible! One of the worst performances of my career and they never doubted it for a second.' And everyone knows the quote "Bueller ... Bueller ... Bueller," which I still use from time to time at work.

"The movie is great because it confirms that kids truly are smarter than adults."


Danville resident and Chief Justice, Illinois Supreme Court

Her pick: "Christmas Vacation"

"Every year I try to watch it, and it never fails to make me laugh. I see a little — or a lot — of Clark Griswold in all of us."


Parkland College President

His pick: "The Jerk"

"One the funniest and most clever movies ever produced. The message is simple and timeless: the buffoon as saint. To quote Steve Martin's Navin R. Johnson: 'I know we've only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days and the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight days and the fifth day you went to see your mother and that seemed just like a day and then you came back and later on the sixth day, in then evening, when we saw each other, that started seeming like two days, so in the evening it seemed like two days spilling over into the next day and that started seeming like four days, so at the end of the sixth day on into the seventh day, it seemed like a total of five days. And the sixth day seemed like a week and a half. I have it written down, but I can show it to you tomorrow if you want to see it.'"


Pride of Uni High; won Scientific and Engineering Academy Award in 2010

His pick: "Swingers"

"It came out right before I moved to L.A. and I was about the same age as Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau were in the film. When Favreau's character successfully gets a woman's phone number in a bar, the first question his friends ask is '818?' '310,' he responds, to favorable approval from everyone. Growing up where everyone was 217, it was hilarious an area code could indicate the desirability of a phone number."


Urbana-born voice actor best known for his "We'll leave the light on" Motel 6 commercials

His pick: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"

"I still crack up over the scene on the cliff, where the posse is in hot pursuit and they have the choice to fight and die, or take their chances jumping off the cliff into the rocky river below — waaay below. Sundance, with some difficulty, confesses to Butch that he can't swim and he's afraid he'll drown. Butch just laughs at him and says: 'Drown? The fall will probably kill you!' Then, of course, they jump. Still one of the best lines ever."


Champaign comedian

His pick: "American Graffiti"

"The only movie I ever paid to watch three times in the theater, all three at the old Co-Ed in Campustown. From one of the movie's best scenes: 'Let me have a Three Musketeers, and a ball point pen, and one of those combs there, a pint of Old Harper, a couple of flash light batteries and some beef jerky.' Anyone who knows that movie, knows that line."


Filmmaker and UI program specialist

Her pick: "The Wedding Singer"

"From the very first neon credit to Billy Idol's classic cameo, it captures everything quirky and wonderful that I remember about growing up in the '80s. Adam Sandler's Robbie Hart singing 'Love Stinks' at a wedding reception has to go down as one of my alltime favorite comedic movie moments."


Pastor, Holy Cross Church

His pick: "As Good as It Gets"

"Jack Nicholson's character, Melvin Udall, has great line after great line. One stands out — when Simon tells Melvin 'I love you,' Melvin says: 'If that did it for me, I'd be the luckiest man in the world.'"


UI swim captain turned NASA astronaut who flew on four space shuttle missions

His pick: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

"The movie is funny but, of course, pretty dumb. What really causes me to chuckle when I watch it, however, is knowing that one of my sons can quote nearly every line in the movie. I try to keep up with him but he's way ahead of me. I think of him whenever I think of a line in the movie and that makes me happy."


WCIA anchor

Her pick: "When Harry Met Sally"

"I can't change the channel if it's on. I can recite the movie almost start to finish. 'He's never going to leave her.' 'Pecan piiie.' 'I'm going to be 40. In eight years.' Funny and romantic — plus Harry's music — it gets me every time."


Former Illinois governor

His pick: "Vacation"

"It reminds everyone in our family of our family trips."


Reigning women's champ, Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Her pick: "Office Space"

"I could never ever get sick of this movie. It's nostalgic to me because I first saw it in college with a bunch of my friends in the dorm. We were a bit inebriated, taking drinks every time they said a key word. It's funny as is, but after a few drinks it's outright hilarious."


Centennial grad and 2012 Summer Olympian

Her pick: "Christmas Vacation"

"The part where they bring Clark's boss to his house leaves me in tears every time I watch it. Funniest. Movie. Ever."


Magician and owner of Champaign's Dallas & Co.

His pick: "Press Start"

"It is an independent film produced by Dark Maze Studios. It's a satire on video games. I am from an older generation and I have no idea what makes this movie funny — except I am in it."


Director, Roger Ebert's Film Festival

His pick: A tie between "Gates of Heaven" and "Somebodies"

"Both films were shown at Ebertfest and both use LOL comedy to illuminate basic human goodness."


Owners of Prairie Fruits Farm, Champaign

Their pick: "Bananas"

"We were debating over many scenes; Woody Allen's films won out," Wes says. "Then what? We're going with the scene from Bananas — in particular where he gets off the plane and is greeted by by the Dictator. The 'translator' merely transforms Woody's English into really highly accented English to talk to the official. Another scene from that movie is the Dictator using a puppet he'd drawn on his hand with Magic Marker to speak for him. Reminds me of dictators — and many lesser politicians — from anywhere, hiding behind their dummies."

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Sid Saltfork wrote on March 02, 2014 at 4:03 pm

For those old enough to remember it; "It's a Mad, Mad World" with Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, Phil Silvers, Mickey Rooney, Sid Ceasar, Imogene Coco, and a list of other great comedians is a great movie to watch if you have the blues.  It is pure slap stick with a good plot.