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1. The Blues Brothers (film) – The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical crime comedy film directed by John Landis. It stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues, the films screenplay was written by Aykroyd and Landis. It features musical numbers by rhythm and blues, soul, and blues singers James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, the film is set in and around Chicago, Illinois, where it was filmed. It features non-musical supporting performances by John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Charles Napier, the story is a tale of redemption for paroled convict Jake and his brother Elwood, who set out on a mission from God to save from foreclosure the Catholic orphanage in which they were raised. To do so, they must reunite their R&B band and organize a performance to earn $5,000 needed to pay the property tax bill. Along the way, they are targeted by a mystery woman, Neo-Nazis. Concerns that the film would fail limited its initial bookings to less than half those a film of its magnitude normally received, released in the United States on June 20,1980, it received mostly positive reviews. It earned just under $5 million in its opening weekend and went on to gross over $115 million in theaters worldwide before its release on home video. It has become a classic, spawning the sequel, Blues Brothers 2000,18 years later. Jake Blues is released from prison after serving three years, and is picked up by his brother Elwood in his Bluesmobile, a former police car. Elwood demonstrates its capabilities by jumping an open drawbridge, the brothers visit the Roman Catholic orphanage where they were raised, and learn from Sister Mary Stigmata that it will be closed unless $5,000 in property taxes is collected. That night, state troopers attempt to arrest Elwood for driving with a license due to 116 parking tickets and 56 moving violations. After a high-speed chase through the Dixie Square Mall, the brothers escape, Jake and Elwood begin tracking down members of the band. Five of them are playing a deserted Holiday Inn lounge, another turns them down as he is the maître d at an expensive restaurant, but the brothers refuse to leave the restaurant until he relents. On their way to meet the two band members, the brothers find the road blocked by a Nazi Party demonstration on a bridge. These last two members, who now run a soul food restaurant, rejoin the band against the advice of one wife. The reunited group obtain instruments and equipment from Rays Music Exchange, as Jake attempts to book a gig, the mystery woman blows up the phone booth he is using, once again, he is miraculously unhurt. The band stumbles into a gig at Bobs Country Bunker, a local honky-tonk and they win over the rowdy crowd, but run up a bar tab higher than their pay, and infuriate the country band that was actually booked for the gig, the Good Ol Boys
2. Blues Brothers 2000 – Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 American musical comedy film that is a sequel to the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, written and produced by John Landis and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Landis, the film stars Aykroyd and John Goodman, eighteen years after the original mission from God, Elwood Blues is getting out of prison and discovering that much has changed in the time hes been away. His brother, Joliet Jake Blues and their surrogate father-figure Curtis have died, his band is no longer together, in the midst of the mayhem, hes got to prove to the Illinois State Police that theres magic in the music. Special appearances and musical performances including B. B. King, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Jonny Lang, Blues Traveler, Kathleen Freeman, Frank Oz, Steve Lawrence and Jeff Morris appear in cameos, all reprising their roles from The Blues Brothers film. Nia Peeples portrays a state officer, Darrell Hammond a militia member. The film is dedicated to John Belushi, Cab Calloway, and John Candy, Blues Brothers 2000 made it into the Guinness Book of Records for the biggest car pile-up, a record previously held by the original film. Approximately 60 cars were used in the scene after Elwood says to the band, inevitably, everyone looks back and sees the massive pile-up. Portions of this scene were filmed in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the film was originally intended to include Brother Zee Blues. But due to an existing television deal, Belushi was unable to appear. This character was named Cabel as an homage to Cab Calloway, the bands original keyboardist, Paul Shaffer, had been committed to Gilda Radners one-woman show on Broadway and therefore unable to appear in the first film. He was replaced by actor-musician Murphy Dunne, Shaffer does appear in Blues Brothers 2000, taking a week off from Late Show with David Letterman to film his role as Queen Moussettes aide, M. C. of the battle of the bands. Shaffer shaved his head for the role, a change in appearance he chose to keep permanently, during the Funky Nassau number, Shaffer in his character as Marco asks to cut in on keyboards, which Murph allows. This marks the first on-screen time that the Blues Brothers Band plays with the original keyboardist, several cast members from the first film reprised their characters, including Frank Oz, Jeff Morris, Steve Lawrence, Kathleen Freeman, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown. Blues Brothers 2000 was screened out of competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, the film grossed a little over $14 million in box office sales in North America. The film received mixed reviews, averaging a 47% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 45 reviews, roger Ebert gave the film 2 stars, saying, The film is lame comedy surrounded by high-energy blues. A Blues Brothers 2000 video game was released for the Nintendo 64 on November 17,2000, the plot of the game involves Elwood as the main character going through different chapters and levels while trying to save the kidnapped members of the band one by one. Like the film on which it based and the game based on the first film. Blues Brothers 2000 at the Internet Movie Database Blues Brothers 2000 at the TCM Movie Database Blues Brothers 2000 at Box Office Mojo Blues Brothers 2000 at Rotten Tomatoes
3. Bob Roberts – Bob Roberts is a 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film written, directed by, and starring Tim Robbins. It tells the rise of Bob Roberts, a politician who is a candidate for an upcoming United States Senate election. Roberts is well financed, due mainly to past business dealings, and is known for his music. The film is Robbins directorial debut, and is based on a segment of the same name. Bob Roberts takes place in Pennsylvania in 1990 and it depicts a fictitious senatorial race between a conservative Republican folk singer, Bob Roberts, and the incumbent Democrat, Brickley Paiste. The film is shot through the perspective of Terry Manchester, a British documentary filmmaker who is following the Roberts campaign. Through his lens we see Roberts travel across the state, performing songs about drug users, lazy people, as the campaign continues, Paiste remains in the lead until a scandal arises involving him and a young woman who was seen emerging from a car with him. Paiste claims that she was a friend of his granddaughter whom he was driving home, throughout the campaign, reporter Bugs Raplin attempts to use the documentary being made about Roberts as a way to expose him to the public as a fraud. Raplin believes that Roberts anti-drug charity, Broken Dove, is connected to an old Central Intelligence Agency drug trafficking scheme, as the election approaches, Roberts is asked to appear on a networks sketch comedy show. When Roberts announces that he not be playing the song he had originally proposed. This new song out to be nothing more than a thinly veiled campaign endorsement. As Roberts is leaving the studio, he is shot by a would-be assassin. Following the incident, Raplin contends that Roberts was never actually shot, the campaign is boosted by public support following the assassination attempt, and Roberts wins the election with 52 percent of the vote. Although Roberts claims that his wounds have left him paralyzed from the waist down, while Terry Manchester is interviewing Roberts supporters outside the new Senators hotel, a boy runs up shouting, Hes dead, hes dead, they got him. When Manchester asks him what he is talking about, the boy shouts, the films style is drawn from a number of real and mock documentaries, and its shots are crafted to create this effect, in many cases through the use of hand-held cameras. Much of Robbins commentary is addressed at the role of the media in election campaigns, Bob Roberts currently holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 7. 5/10. American Film Institute recognition, AFIs 100 Years,100 Laughs - Nominated Bob Roberts at the Internet Movie Database Bob Roberts at Box Office Mojo Bob Roberts at Rotten Tomatoes
4. Coneheads (film) – Coneheads is a 1993 American science fiction comedy film from Paramount Pictures, produced by Lorne Michaels, directed by Steve Barron, and starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Michelle Burke. The film is based on the NBC Saturday Night Live comedy sketches about aliens stranded on Earth, Michelle Burke took over the role played by Laraine Newman on SNL. The film also features roles and cameos by actors and comedians from other television series of the time. Upon discovering a UFO in American airspace, the National Guard sends fighter jets to investigate, activating a cloaking device too late, the spaceship crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, near Manhattan. The aliens aboard, Beldar Clorhone and his life-mate Prymaat, survive and quickly adapt to our way of life. Beldar was assigned by the Highmaster to conquer earth as a Protoid Re-fueling Station under the title of Fuel Survey Underlord of the Wilderness Planet at the end of the Noctolium Solar Chain. Meanwhile, after communicating with their world and discovering that a vessel will not arrive for seven Zurls. They now need to adapt and safely blend in in order to raise their child among humans. Ambitious INS agent Gorman Seedling and his assistant Eli attempt to capture Beldar and Prymaat, months later, Beldar has become a respected taxi driver, and the couple live in his bosss basement. After the birth of their daughter Connie, they buy a home and move to suburban Paramus, New Jersey, Beldar begins a new career, this time as a driving instructor. Meanwhile, Gorman gets a promotion and decides to leave the Coneheads case to the agent replacing him and his promotion, however, is soon held-up by the cases extreme expense, forcing Gorman to continue until its closed. Now a teenager, all Connie Conehead wants to do is fit in with her peers, much to the objections of her father, especially when she begins seeing Ronnie, an auto mechanic. This caused tension between Connie and Beldar, who disapproves of Ronnie, with Beldar going so far as tearing the roof off Ronnies car. Gorman and Eli track the Coneheads down to their home and pose as Jehovahs Witnesses to gain entry to the Conehead home. During the conversation, Prymaat discovers their communication device to Remulak is beeping and this cause Beldar to promptly eject Gorman and Eli from their home. Beldar then receives word that their vessel is on its way. At a costume party that night, Connie is told that they will be rescued soon and she disobeys her parental units by returning home with Ronnie. Once there Connie consummates their relationship using her parents senso-rings, Beldar and Prymaat walk in on them, just as the INS shows up to take the Coneheads into custody
5. Gilda Live – Gilda Live is a 1980 American comedy documentary film starring Gilda Radner, directed by Mike Nichols and produced by Lorne Michaels. Radner and Michaels and all of the writers involved with the production were alumni from the television program Saturday Night Live, Gilda Live is a filmed version of the comedic one-woman show performance of Gilda Radner Live on Broadway. The Gilda Live movie was shot in Boston a few weeks before the start of Saturday Night Lives 5th season, more footage for the film was shot at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 1979. The film itself was basically a rehash of Radners most popular Saturday Night Live characters, skits were also performed by Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci. The tagline to the film was, Things like this happen in the movies. Gilda Live has been released on VHS and was remastered in 2000. Gilda Live at the Internet Movie Database
6. Harold (film) – Harold is a 2008 American comedy film co-written by Greg Fields and T. Sean Shannon, starring Spencer Breslin in the titular role, Cuba Gooding Jr. Nikki Blonsky, Ally Sheedy and Stella Maeve. The film is T. Sean Shannons first full-length feature and is adapted from his earlier short film. It was also released six years after the death of Greg Fields, Harold was filmed in August 2007 in and around Great Neck, Long Island, New York, and had a limited release on July 11,2008 in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. Harold Reynolds is a 13-year-old boy with early male pattern baldness, Harold seems to cope all right in his hometown, Douglasburg, until his mom, Maureen, announces that the family is moving to a new house in a new town. Harold panics, because he had somewhat fit in with everyone at his old school, when he arrives in his new house, Harold is met by an elderly new neighbor, Maude, who assumes Harold is older because of his baldness, and starts flirting with him. Harold starts at his new school, and because he wears a hat into class, he is seemingly accepted, especially by a girl, Evelyn. When the teacher, Ms. Vicki Norris, notices him wearing a hat, he is forced to take it off, instantly he is ostracized by the other students, including Evelyn. Harolds older sister, Shelley, has started High School in the new town as an immensely popular and she meets a boy named Patrick and they quickly start dating, which leads to Patrick assuming that Harold is Shelleys father. Patrick asks Harold to buy beer for him and his friends. Harold is bullied relentlessly by students, one of the few nice people is Cromer Styles, the school janitor. While in gym class, the bullying rears its ugly head, Cromer comes to the rescue when he announces Harold is wanted in the office. That was just a decoy – Cromer and Harold watch TV in the janitors room, Harold returns home, angry and upset, and decides to go back to his old home, where everyone liked him. He leaves late at night so that his Mom and sister wont get suspicious and he only makes it as far as a strip bar. Harold thinks that because he looks older, he may pass for legal age, but Cromer is there as well and he gives Harold words of encouragement, and then drops him off at home. The next day in gym class, Harold is asked to take his shirt off as part of the Skins and he has a big strip of hair on his back, and everyone starts laughing at him. He talks to Cromer, and they decide to pull a prank on the coach, not wanting to go back to school, Harold buys a few beers for himself, and is followed by Maude, who still thinks that he is much older. When he tells her he is 14, she thinks that means the size of his manhood, when he explains he is only 14 years old, she tells him to come back in a few years. Patrick and his buddies ask Harold for one favor, to get them some beer for a party
7. It's Pat – Its Pat is a 1994 American musical film directed by Adam Bernstein and starring Julia Sweeney, Dave Foley, Charles Rocket, and Kathy Griffin. The film was based on the Saturday Night Live character Pat, created by Sweeney, Dave Foley plays Pats partner, Chris, and Charles Rocket, another SNL alumnus, plays Pats neighbor, Kyle Jacobsen. Pat Riley is a chubby, whiny, and obnoxious job-hopper who is searching for a foundation in life. Pat encounters Chris, whose gender is also unrevealed, the two fall in love, and get engaged. Meanwhile, Pats neighbor, Kyle Jacobsen, develops an obsession with unveiling Pats gender. When Pat learns that Ween intended to only use Pat for one gig, Pat, Kyle steals the laptop containing Pats diary and tries to coerce Pat into revealing the computers password, so he can access the files. Pats only answer is that the word is in the dictionary, Kyle then begins to type in every single word in the dictionary. Meanwhile, a gang of thugs intent on discovering Pats gender begin harassing Pat, Pat goes to complain to Kathy, a friend who is a therapist and host of a radio talk show. When Pat gives acerbic reactions to call-in listeners, the station fires Kathy, Kyle ends up going through the entire dictionary until he reaches the last word, zythum, which is the password. After reading through the diary, he discovers no new information in regards to Pats gender, Kyle calls into Pats radio show, and tells Pat to meet him at the Ripleys Believe It or Not. Museum, stating that this is the chance for Pat to retrieve the laptop. Pat arrives to find Kyle dressed exactly like Pat, Kyle demands that Pat strip naked, but Pat runs off into a Ween concert. After Kyle corners Pat on a catwalk, Pat falls, and this tears off Pats pants and lowers Pat in front of the cheering audience, though Pats genitals are revealed neither to Kyle nor to the moviegoer. Kyle is subsequently taken away by security guards, Pat then runs to see Chris, just as Chris is leaving on an ocean liner. In an epilogue, Pat and Chris get married, during the end credits, Kathy is now hosting her radio show again and the first caller is none other than Kyle, whose obsession with Pat has driven him to cross-dressing. While at the Groundlings, Emerson suggested that the character Pat, at the time a character based on annoying co-workers who dont leave you alone, be made androgynous. Three months before the release, Sweeney commented on her initial reluctance to do a film based on Pat. I just didnt know how we could make it last for two hours, but 20th Century Fox was really keen, our producer was really keen
8. The Ladies Man (2000 film) – The Ladies Man is a 2000 American comedy film that stars actor, comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Meadows. It was directed by Reginald Hudlin, the movie focuses on the exploits of radio host and sex therapy expert Leon Phelps, a character Meadows developed on SNL. The film was a critical and financial flop, Leon Phelps was a Saturday Night Live character played by Tim Meadows during the 1990s. The sketch was that of a broadcast program in which Phelps, the Ladies Man openly proclaimed that he would court any woman at all including skanks, providing the woman weighs no more than 250 pounds. A night of romance would generally center around a bottle of Courvoisier. After finally going too far during a broadcast, Leon is fired, the Ladies Man was heavily panned by critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 11% based on reviews from 72 critics, the critical consensus reads, The Ladies Man joins the growing list of mediocre movies based on SNL skits. It just doesnt have material to last the length of the movie. At feature length, Leon loses his optimistic charm and slogs through a formula story that doesnt understand him. List of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches The Ladies Man at the Internet Movie Database
9. MacGruber (film) – MacGruber is a 2010 American action comedy film based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, itself a parody of action-adventure television series MacGyver. Originally scheduled for release on April 23,2010, the film was released on May 21,2010. The film has since been labeled a cult classic, in eastern Siberias Dzhugdzhur Mountains, Dieter Von Cunth and his men take control of the X-5 missile, which has a nuclear warhead. In Ecuador, Col. Jim Faith and Lt. Dixon Piper are searching for former Green Beret, Navy SEAL, the two men find him meditating in a chapel, and try to convince him to retrieve the warhead. MacGruber refuses, later that night, MacGruber explodes into a fit of rage after a flashback where Cunth killed his fiancée, Casey Fitzpatrick, at their wedding, after having a heated conversation with Faith and Piper at The Pentagon, MacGruber forms his own team to pursue Cunth. MacGruber recruits all but his long-time friend Vicki St. Elmo, MacGruber meets Faith and Piper on a tarmac, while his team is in a van with his homemade C-4 explosives. The van explodes, killing the team and MacGruber is removed from the case, MacGruber convinces Piper to form a new team, now including Vicki. The group travels to Cunths nightclub in Las Vegas, MacGruber gets on stage and announces who he is, his intentions, and where he will be the next day. The team sets up an operation with Vicki portraying MacGruber. Hoss Bender, one of Cunths henchmen, attacks the van MacGruber and Piper are in, with Vicki disguised as Bender and Piper disguised as MacGruber, the team breaks into a warehouse to stop Cunth from getting the passwords to operate the rocket. MacGruber distracts the guards and Piper kills most of the men, the team goes to a charity event Cunth is holding and Cunths guards throw MacGruber out. MacGruber returns to the Pentagon where Faith reprimands him and takes him off of the case, soldiers attack and MacGruber uses Piper as a human shield to survive, Vicki and MacGruber escape. Piper survives since he was wearing a bulletproof vest, but leaves since MacGruber used him as protection, Vicki and MacGruber return to Vickis house where the two have sex. MacGruber goes to his wifes grave in shame, but her ghost gives her blessing, MacGruber then has sex with the ghost of his wife on her tombstone. Upon returning to Vickis house, MacGruber discovers that Cunth has kidnapped her and what Cunths plan is, Cunth calls MacGruber to gloat, but MacGruber traces the call. MacGruber and Piper make their way into Cunths compound, soldiers capture MacGruber and Piper and bring them to Vicki and the missile. The group overpowers Cunth and his men and MacGruber handcuffs Cunth to a handrail, MacGruber removes the nuclear component and guidance system before his team escapes as the missile explodes. Six months later, MacGruber and Vicki are getting married, also present at the wedding as ghosts are his dead team members
10. A Mighty Wind – A Mighty Wind is a 2003 American mockumentary comedy film about a folk music reunion concert in which three folk bands reunite for a television performance for the first time in decades. The film was directed, co-written and composed by Christopher Guest, the film is widely acknowledged to reference the 2003 tribute concert to folk music producer Harold Leventhal that reunited several of the folk groups that Leventhal had managed. More broadly, the film is a parody of the American folk music revival of the early 1960s, Guest co-stars and reunites many of his company of actors from This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show for this film. They include Eugene Levy, Catherine OHara, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr. Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch and Parker Posey. Several characters in the film originated in a written by Guest for Saturday Night Live in 1984. Shearer, Guest, and McKean appeared as The Folksmen on Saturday Night Live, in the movie This is Spinal Tap, and occasionally on concert stages. J. A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow, which was composed for the film by McKean, the film is structured as mockumentary about a memorial concert for folk music producer Irving Steinbloom. Upon his death, his children organize a concert, which hope to feature his three most famous acts, The Folksmen, The New Main Street Singers, and Mitch & Mickey. The Folksmen trio — Mark Shubb, Alan Barrows, and Jerry Palter — were once the most popular of the acts but have not appeared together in decades and they had several minor hits, and their most famous song was Old Joes Place. Despite not playing or seeing each other for years, their reunion is a very positive affair as the Folksmen give each other big hugs and are happy to see one another. The New Main Street Singers are the generation of the original Main Street Singers, formed by George Menschell. Menschell sings and holds a guitar he cannot play, performers include Terry Bohner and his wife Laurie Bohner. Laurie, an adult film star, and her husband are founders of Witches in Natures Colors. Another member is Sissy Knox, a juvenile delinquent and daughter of one of the original Main Street Singers. They are managed by Mike LaFontaine, whose fifteen minutes of fame came by way of a failed 1970s sitcom, the show lasted for less than one season and has largely been forgotten, but LaFontaine is constantly quoting the titular tagline to the puzzlement of others. The group, which is entirely white, includes one Filipino American member, Mike Maryama. Mitch Cohen and Mickey Crabbe comprised Mitch & Mickey, a couple that released seven albums until their dramatic break-up years before the setting of the film. Mickey seemingly moved on and has married a medical supply salesman and their most famous song was A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow, at the end of which the pair would actually kiss on stage