Spoof disaster film Airplane is the funniest movie ever generating three laughs a minute on average.
LOVEFiLM – Europe’s largest subscription service instantly streaming films and TV series over the internet and sending DVDs and games by post – asked a panel of its members to watch the top 10 comedies chosen by LOVEFiLM members and calculate their ‘Laugh A Minute’ rating.
The panel recorded the total number of times each film generated a laugh, before dividing it by the films’ total length in minutes to calculate the precise ‘Laugh A Minute’ rating for each movie.
With a ‘Laugh A Minute’ score of 3, the eighties side-splitter Airplane beat nine rival comedies to the top of the list, which has been created to mark The Hangover becoming available to stream instantly on LOVEFiLM Instant.
The Las Vegas man-movie featuring the bachelor party to end all bachelor parties marked its arrival onto the LOVEFiLM Instant service by scoring a ‘Laugh A Minute’ rating of 2.4. The Hangover, which also features tigers, babies and Mike Tyson, is guaranteed to get viewers giggling.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! flew into third place with a ‘Laugh A Minute’ score of 2.3. Incompetent cop Frank Drebin’s efforts to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II make for brilliant viewing.
Modern classic Anchorman reported in at sixth place. This battle of the sexes in a newsroom has spawned a whole range of one liners and manages to make audiences laugh 1.6 times per minute on average.
In seventh place was American Pie. Charting the embarrassing and very amusing journey through adolescence, this must-see was given a rating of 1.5.
Bridesmaids bustled its way into eighth place. A romp filled with outlandish bridal showers, alcohol-fuelled aggression and horrendous bodily functions; the girls show the boys how it’s done. ‘Laugh A Minute’ rating: 1.4.
The ninth and tenth spots were taken by Life of Brian (1.3) and Shaun of the Dead (1.2). Neither spoof-crucifixion nor comedy zombies could compete with the huge number of opportunities to laugh within the other eight movies.
The ten films with the highest ‘Laugh A Minute’ scores are:
1. Airplane – 3 Laughs A Minute
2. The Hangover – 2.4 Laughs A Minute
3. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad ! – 2.3 Laughs A Minute
4. Superbad – 1.9 Laughs A Minute
5. Borat – 1.7 Laughs A Minute
6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – 1.6 Laughs A Minute
7. American Pie – 1.5 Laughs A Minute
8. Bridesmaids – 1.4 Laughs A Minute
9. Shaun of the Dead – 1.3 Laughs A Minute
10. Life of Brian – 1.2 Laughs A Minute
Helen Cowley, Editor of LOVEFiLM commented:
“After many heated debates about whether The Hangover really is the funniest movie ever, we asked our members to vote for the ten movies that make them laugh the most, and then conducted our own research into how many times those included in this list made us giggle.
“Interestingly while LOVEFiLM members voted Life of Brian as the funniest film, our research shows that for Laughs A Minute the hilarious aircraft-based satire of Airplane beats the Monty Python epic hands-down.”