A wise philosopher in a fine film once said, “Man’s got to know his limitations”
I am acutely aware of mine, and if I was ever in doubt of them, I get reminded of them by many on a comfortably regular basis.
Some people can write about important matters of life, the universe and cricket. Some can entertain with their references to popular culture. Some can paint a picture with their words, and take your places with their prose. Some are brilliantly vicious, joyously critical and wonderfully poetic. Some have insightful things to say about football, know their history and can place the game of AFL within a societal and historical context. Some are emotive and brilliant.
And then there are those of us who talk crap. Current population, me (and currently accepting applications for permanent residency from any interested parties)
However, with all that in mind, I give to you a seemingly useless list that contributes little to the world, except the potential of a walk in the past when times were simpler and the opportunity for a good argument over a beer or 4.
Please find below my first XI (in release date order only) of the finest US comedies of the 1980s:
Trading Places (1983)
The Sure Thing (1985)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) (* holds dual US/UK citizenship, could play as our designated import)
12th Man: Beverly Hills Cop (1984) (possibly more action than comedy)
Unlucky to miss out: Ruthless People (1986), Midnight Run (1988)