Monday, September 2, 2013

1980s: Golden Age of the Comedic Crime Flick?

Not considering comedies about crime like A Fish Called Wanda, Fletch, Raising Arizona, Ruthless People etc., but concentrating on crime flicks that have both a serious attempt at a thriller of some sort and a substantial humor quotient, and it seems like the 1980s win for that sort of fare. I dunno, am I crazy, or was I just young and impressionable enough to find that shit great and above average compared to other decades' output? I mean, is there really some kid born in 1990 who's going to grow up thinking Rush Hour was as good as I think any of these are?
Running Scared - Peter Hyams

48 Hours - Walter Hill

Midnight Run - Martin Brest 

Stakeout - John Badham

Beverly Hills Cop - Martin Brest


Kieran Shea said...

"Married to the Mob" count?

"Drive up to the clown. It's a Burger World town...."

jedidiah ayres said...

It might. I don't think I ever saw that one tho.

jedidiah ayres said...

Prizzi's Honor?

Kieran Shea said...

Oh, Prizzi's Honor for sure. The Pope of Greenwich Village? "It's the gene's that do the running, Charlie."