Today’s dodgy travel article is about my Top 5 Travel Movie Funnies.
Travel Movies don’t have to be about courageous tales of conquering one’s comfort zones and seeing how the world works. Often, a Travel Movie can be a funny road trip that goes horribly wrong, or just a complete piss take of life today.
Ironically, if you’re laughing at something, chances are that’s way too close to the truth!
Anyway, I’ve compiled a list of my Top 5 Funny Travel Movies that are ‘Piss In Your Pants’ Funny!
Here they are!
Funny Travel Movie Number One – Team America World Police
The entire movie is hilarious from start to finish. Basically, the movie is a parody about the War on Terror – and no one is spared. I think the main reason this movie is hilarious is that puppets are used as the main characters, rather than real life actors.
There’s lots of laugh out load jokes, that one sometimes misses the subtle ones.
For example, the opening shot has the camera panning across a model version of Paris. The very first shot goes past a Parisian coffee shop, titled ‘La Cafe Merde’, which literally translates into ‘The Shit Cafe’ in English.
I also love how all of the travel cliches, such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph and Lourve are systematically destroyed in the cause of saving the world from terror. The same also happens for all of the travel cliches in Egypt.
The Team America World Police soundtrack is full of original, funny songs which are worth listening to their own. My favourite song is the theme, titled ‘America, F**k Yeah!’.
Favourite Quote/Scene – The sex scene between two awkardly moving puppets. So wrong, but yet so funny.
Funny Travel Movie Number Two – Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
This movie combines the ‘stoner’ theme and the ‘road trip’ theme together. Harold and Kumar smoke some dope which causes a severe case of the munchies.
They have a craving for the burgers at White Castle, and spend the entire night getting into trouble trying to find the nearest store. This movie is definitely about the adventure, not the destination!
Favourite Quote/Scene – When Harold is in prison with a another guy. The other guy says ‘Look at me. I’m fat, black, can’t dance, and I have two gay fathers. People have been messing with me my whole life. I learned a long time ago there’s no sense getting all riled up every time a bunch of idiots give you a hard time. In the end, the universe tends to unfold as it should. Plus I have a really large penis. That keeps me happy.’
Funny Travel Movie Number Three – Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Borat is a reporter from Kazakhstan who goes abroad to the ‘U S and A’ to learn about how Americans can help Kazakh culture. People actually believe he is a reporter, and you do see some true (and often) scary parts of the American landscape that are fished out by Borat’s socially inept (and usually unacceptable) behaviour.
Borat’s butchered English and bushy mustache adds to his crazy character, who is often involved in some cringe worthy moments.
I’m surprised Cohen wasn’t killed during the making of this movie. Even the out takes on the DVD version could have made the movie itself.
If you’re really keen, you can also buy Borat’s infamous Lime Green Mankini. Actually, there is also an offshoot book titled BORAT: Touristic Guidings to Minor Nation of U.S. and A. and Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan which is quite funny as well.
Favourite Quote/Scene –the naked wrestling scene between Borat and his hairy obese mate, Azamat, which spills into a hotel elevator and finally, a real life conference. I couldn’t sleep for days after watching this.
Funny Travel Movie Number Four – Flying High (also known as Airplane!)
An oldie, but a goodie. Flying High hit the big time and was one of the funniest spoof movies of all time. Anything that could possibly go wrong with a plane did in this movie.
I think every single line was a joke. Leslie Nielson was spectacular as the dry witted, stony faced lead that made a literal joke out of everything.
For example, ‘Surely you can’t be serious’.
‘I am serious, but don’t call me Shirley…’
Favourite Quote/Scene – ‘The shit is really going to hit the fan.’ The next scene shows a literal interpretation of that very quote.
Funny Travel Movie Number Five – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
Three drag queens buy a bus, name it Priscilla, and travel around the socially conservative Australian Outback in all sorts of glamourous frocks, performing their cabaret shows, and meeting all sorts of strange characters.
This movie is a great example of the quirky Australian humour that is injected into many of the movies that come out of the Land Down Under.
That’s all you need to know!
Favourite Quote/Scene: The Ping Pong Ball scene. Not recommended for young children.
There you go, there are my Top 5 Travel Movie Funnies.
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