A few weeks ago while writing about Futurama, I pointed out that one of my favorite parts of The Simpsons is how much humor they bury in the surroundings. The stores, the products sold in those stores, the newspaper headlines, and the marquees around town all feature bonus humor above and beyond the plot and dialogue. Never is it more evident than on the family’s various treks to the Springfield Googolplex to see a movie. There are tons of uproarious film titles that have appeared on the theatre marquee through the years. For instance…
It’s worth noting that I’m not including films starring Troy McClure. It’s not that they aren’t good enough. Far from it. They deserve their own category.
The Poke of Zorro
You may recall this film as the movie that inspired Homer to start slapping everyone with a glove. The best part was the end credits. The movie included Shawn Wayans as “Robot Zorro”; Meryl Streep as the “Stupid Nun”; Curtis ‘Booger’ Armstrong as the Scarlet Pimpernel; Posh Spice as the “Wise Nun”; Cheech Marin as King Arthur; and my personal favorite, James Earl Jones as the “Voice of Magic Taco”.
Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie
I’m just going to put this out there. If there was a real feature-length Itchy and Scratchy movie, I would pay to see it.
When I tell my friends that I’ve been watching foreign films, I’m almost certain that this is what they picture in their heads:
Love is Nice, starring Julia Roberts
The best part of this title is that it was offered up as evidence of Homer’s new-found intelligence after having a crayon removed from his brain. He absolutely ripped it to shreds. And it came on the heels of a series of roles for Julia Roberts that included Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Everyone Says I Love You. In other words, a bunch of different versions of a movie called Love is Nice.
Look Who’s Oinking
Although there wasn’t actually any clips show from the movie on The Simpsons, we can safely assume it was the general gist of Look Who’s Talking with a pig playing the part of the baby.
The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t But Then Was
Guess what happens in this movie? Bonus points for the Christmas hobgoblins, and the clearly wooden reindeer, likely an homage to the Mexican Santa Claus (1959).
Honk if You’re Horny (starring Faye Dunaway and Pauly Shore)
The timing on this title is brilliant. It originally aired in 1995. In other words, it was when Pauly Shore roamed the earth. Shore was more or less the Adam Sandler of that particular era, cranking out one Jack and Jill-esque movie after another. His leading lady was… Faye Dunaway. Dunaway compiled a brilliant resumé early in her career but it had dwindled to almost nothing by 1995. Oh, and the title is hilarious. This is my personal favorite.
My Dinner with Jar Jar
Placing Jar Jar Binks in the role of André Gregory might be the only thing you could do to My Dinner with André (1981) that would make me enjoy Gregory’s original role less.
Half Child’s Play (1988) and half Village of the Damned (1960), The Re-Deadening starred Lenny Leonard. His famous line: “Baby Button Eyes! What are you doing possessed at this hour?”