Over the years, certain films have become sort of security blankets for me. They’re films I watch time and again and I never tire of them. I call them my “Comfort Movies,” and because I am always looking to something to keep depression and anxiety at bay, the are, indeed, very comforting to me. I’ll be giving a shout out to all these movies in future entries, but I’m starting with one of the funniest comedies ever made: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
I love this movie because it is at once clever and unapologetically silly. One of the first scenes in the film perfectly demonstrates this masterful silliness. You remember when the Chief of Police/Con Artist pushes Fanny–Lady Fanny (of Omaha!)–Eubanks up against the palm trees twice, then Lawrence Jameson does it once more? It’s one of those throwaway moments of physical comedy that make Dirty Rotten Scoundrels so incredibly funny.
Steve Martin is a comedy god, so it’s not surprising he’s great in this, but after watching it, like, a bajillion times, I’ve really come to appreciate what a stellar straight man Michael Caine is. The movie wouldn’t have been as awesome as it was without him.
So…do you, dear readers, have any “comfort movies?”