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22 March, 2011

Randomly Funny Scenes Part 1

by Tom McConville

The film might be so-so. Maybe even a bomb at the box office. But it makes no difference. There are those scenes that for some reason or another stick out.

Take for instance, this one from "Joe Versus the Volcano". I guess you'd call this a Tom Hanks stinker. It was pretty much panned by critics, and definitely ignored at the box office. Still, it did have Hanks, a normal looking Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Nathan Lane and one Abe Vigoda. In short, no shortage of star power.  But the guy who stole the show was a character simply known as "luggage salesman". When Tom Hanks character decides to go to an island and throw himself into a volcano, he encounters the salesman as he prepares to go to a remote island. However bad this movie may have been, this actor's strange devotion to luggage remains one of the more bizarrely funny moments in film.

This one's a guilty pleasure. "Rat Race" was a remake of the 1960's "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World", and featured John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg and Seth Green. But it was Jon Lovitz that blew the doors off the rest of them. I wasn't a huge fan of his before that. But this scene, from start to finish, changed my view of him completely. Please be advised - if an urgent need to use the bathroom, evil Germans, stolen cars and all girl biker gangs make you uncomfortable, prepare to squirm. Otherwise, enjoy.

This one is a toss up. While this movie was way more miss than hit, this scenes with Mike Meyers as a Scottish Father and the one at Alcatraz with the late Phil Hartmann make "So I Married an Axe Murderer" rewatchable again and again. And here's my theory - Anthony Lapaglia isn't acting when he's laughing.

How about you? Any clips that always make you laugh, no matter how many times you've seen it. Tell us what they are we'll post them up.

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