April Fool’s Edition: 11 Timeless & Entertaining Movie Fools.

April 1, 2015  |  2015, Feature

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It’s April Fool’s Day! The day when all anyone wants to do is find a way to dupe and delude their loved ones. Well, you won’t find any of that here, but I figured it would be neat to salute a harmless & fun tradition by quickly listing some of the most entertaining fools I’ve had the pleasure of re-watching endlessly. The landscape of cinema can evolve a dozen times over, and, like cockroaches after a nuclear disaster, these fools will live on. But first, a bit of catch-up.

The Film Grapevine has been a little M.I.A. recently, due to my busy times with some festival coverage and features on The Playlist and Way Too Indie. You’ll pardon the plug I’m sure, but those interested to stay up to date with my latest coverage, the latest stuff includes and isn’t limited to: great dog films, Kornel Mundruczo, original horror scores, fantastic new films from up-and-comers, and my latest analysis of the latest & greatest family drama on the small screen.

Today’s a good a day as any to resuscitate the blog with some harmless fun and list 11 (because round numbers are too square, amirite) timelessly entertaining fools who are immune to being mundane. Read on, and don’t trust anything anyone tells you today! (Except this article. Trust me, these fools are hella entertaining).

11. Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakis) – “The Hangover” (2009)

It’s very important to stress how much this is Alan Garner from the first ‘Hangover’ movie. While the sequel wasn’t as horrendous as the third film, none beat the original. 78%* of why “The Hangover” works so well is because of Galifianakis’ superb comic timing and delivery as Alan Garner, the most loveable and bearded fool of the century so far.

10. Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) – “Zoolander” (2001)

Ben Stiller stands in a long line of actors who have made a career (and became millionaires in the process) of playing fools. None are as entertaining, ridiculous, pitiful, and laugh-out-loud-funny as Derek Zoolander, set to return in a sequel in 2016. Not sure how I feel about that, but the sequel can be the Michael Bay of comedies and the original will still live on as the essence of life.

9. Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) – “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas” (1998)

Hard to pick Gonzo over Johnny Depp‘s Raoul Duke from the same film, as one feeds off the other in dynamite fashion, but I always thought Benicio Del Toro’s fantastic performance as overshadowed and underrated thanks to Depp’s flashy turn, so I’m giving Gonzo the spotlight. ‘Fear And Loathing’ is a drug-fuelled cult classic, and Dr. Gonzo is the kind of guy you’d love to sniff some ether with, sealing his status as the most foolish attorney in cinema history.

8. Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) – “Burn After Reading” (2008)

The Coen Brothers are masters of writing fools. Pretty much every single film of their has at least one compelling and hilarious character whose dimwitted actions raise the level of entertainment. Their criminally underrated “Burn After Reading” is a comedy of errors with endless repeat value. And if there is a spokesperson for the “league of morons,” it’s undoubtedly Pitt’s Chad, who should’ve just stuck to Pilates.

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