Very few things in life are more subjective than humor—men’s tastes in women, perhaps. You know, dudes like that friend of yours who targets the hogs and heifers every Friday night at the local bar. In similar fashion, the types of movies that people like can either garner common interest amongst friends or cause your tightest pals to clown you for days; comedy, specifically, is the ultimate divider. It’s impossible not to ridicule that one friend who still thinks Frasier is funny, or the guy who can’t get enough of Gerard Butler’s rom-coms. Yes, such men do exist.
Not that we strictly adhere to the recommendations of esteemed, film historians or uptight critics, either. In fact, most of our preferred funny movies are flicks that received critical beatdowns upon their initial theatrical releases. For your approval, we submit 1996’s vilest comedy, Kingpin, directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb And Dumber, There’s Something About Mary). Amidst a flurry of negative reviews, the foul-mouthed, R-rated flick—starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, and Bill Murray as bowling competitors—performed modestly at the box office, only earning $25 million total.
Like that sexy-ass dame Helen Mirren, though, Kingpin has aged quite well, at least for our comedic predilections. Today (July 26, 2011) marks the Farrelly brothers’ neglected flick’s 15-year anniversary, so we thought it’d be as good of a time as any to give other movies of its decade their long-deserved, proper due. Check out Complex’s countdown of The 25 Most Underrated ’90s Comedies to see if your leanings match ours.