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The '90s were a much simpler decade when social media wasn't yet born, the Internet was still dialing up and Hollywood could still get away with a B comedy that wouldn't sink into oblivion in an overloaded pool on Netflix.
While movies like Happy Gilmore, There's Something About Mary, Tommy Boy, Office Space and others are often referred to as the funniest films of the decade, there are a handful of underappreciated flicks that deserve our respect.
Whether you've never seen these before or just haven't watched them in awhile, here are the underrated '90s comedies that you need to watch right this second.
Dirty Work (1998)
Back when the movie "Dirty Work" came out, it featured some potential talent that could have been the dirty boys of comedy, as the film starred Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. And while the film might not have done as well as studios may have hoped, we dare you to re-watch it and not laugh your balls off.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
It might be a tale as old as time, but the story of Robin Hood and his ragtag group of characters got a humorous facelift in Mel Brooks' 1993 remake. Back in the day, you may not have understood some of the references or jokes, but watch it now and you'll find it to be one of the better comedies you've seen—we guarantee it.
The entire premise of the movie "Orgazmo" is absolutely insane—as it deals with a guy becoming a superhero porn star. But seeing as how the actor in that role is one of the creators or SouthPark, Trey Parker, the film is funnier than you probably would imagine with a name like "Orgazmo". Parker and his writing partner, Matt Stone, are always on their game.
What happens when you put two goofballs, Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin, into a movie together? Just about the best sophomoric humor you'll ever find, as they both make asses of themselves for the love of laughing. If you're a serious person who needs drama and a believable storyline, "Bio-Dome" isn't for you. However, if you're just looking to crack up and forget all the bullshit of the world, pop this movie on and do just that.
It's actually sad that the movie "Airheads" isn't better appreciated for its comedic value. With big-time actors Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi and Brendan Fraser forming the idiotic musical trio, The Lone Rangers, the entire flick carries such a typical rise from nothing story that the three make this thing pure gold. The subtleties of their humor is what makes this so classic.
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
When in need of a good laugh, who better than the Wayans brothers to rely on to do the trick? Produced by Keenan Ivory Wayans and starring brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, 1996's "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" is a perfect parody of some of the classic, coming-of-age African American films of the same era like "Friday" and "Dead Presidents," which makes the Wayans' rendition that much more amusing—because it just doesn't give a damn.
Born on the TV show Saturday Night Live, the movie "Coneheads" came to life as a full-fledged movie in 1993 and, generally speaking, fell on deaf ears. That doesn't mean that it wasn't funny, though, as former SNL stars Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin deliver some classic one-liners that people still say over 20 years later. Don't take this thing too seriously, guys, because it's supposed to be an odd adaptation of people with cones as heads.
This is Ben Stiller and Judd Apatow before many mainstream comedy fans knew who the two were, as they teamed up to make a hilarious spoof about every kids summer nightmare—a children's fat camp. Stiller—who plays the intense villain, Tony Perkis—went no holds barred as the man trying to force the campers into losing weight. It's awkward, it's relatable and it'll make you wish you discovered it 20 years ago.
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