Best foreign comedies of the 90s

According to many viewers, the American comedies of the 90s gave the cinema a lot of real hits that modern projects have not yet been able to surpass.

Each decade is rich in its masterpieces, but the 90s were really marked by an abundance of paintings that received cult status. Of course, all of them cannot be included in this list, but we suggest recalling some of the brightest representatives of the genre.

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Mask (1994)

The list of the best foreign comedies of the 90s is hard to imagine without a film with Jim Carrey. Stanley Ipkiss is an unremarkable employee of an American bank. According to the plot, he is very delicate and modest, but at the same time deeply unhappy. No one takes Stanley’s opinion into account, and he is forced to receive slaps from fate over and over again.

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Everything changes when he accidentally discovers a wooden mask in a pile of rubbish. Putting it on, the hero immediately changed, turning into a green-headed cartoon with deadly charisma and amazing superpower. The next morning, it seems to Ipkiss that the night’s frenzy was a dream, but the traces of destruction indicate otherwise.

Original title:
The Mask

Cast:
Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Rigert

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
12+

Death Becomes Her (1992)

This story starts in the 70s. Successful actress Madeline fights off her fiancé from fellow writer Helen. More than ten years pass, and the once in demand plastic surgeon Ernest begins to drink too much. Meanwhile, his beloved Madeline is only concerned about the withering of her beauty. The actress decides to take extreme measures: she produces a special elixir that restores attractiveness.

As Madeline adjusts to her stunning transformation, her husband is once again seduced by a transformed Helen. Intoxicated by the instructions of his former mistress, Ernest pushes his wife down the stairs, not knowing that people who have taken the magic elixir are not afraid of death.

Original title:
Death Becomes Her

Starring :
Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
16+

Groundhog Day (1993)

A separate position in the list of foreign comedies of the 90s was earned by an American film that has become a film classic. Meteorologist Phil Connors travels to Punxsutawney for the fourth year in a row to celebrate Groundhog Day. This time the eccentric presenter is accompanied by colleague Rita Hanson.

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After the report, Phil returns to the hotel, but in the morning he realizes that something incredible has happened: the locals celebrate Groundhog Day again. Yesterday’s events are repeated almost exactly. The next day, nothing changes either. No matter how hard Phil tries to break the time loop, he still wakes up every morning in the Punxsutawney hotel, seeing the same date on the calendar.

Original title:
Groundhog Day

Cast:
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
12+

Men in Black (1997)

Aliens have been living on Earth for a long time, and in order not to sow panic among people, the bureau for cooperation with aliens hides the presence of unusual visitors in every possible way. A veteran of the organization, Kay, hires a new partner – a young and brash police officer Jay.

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Soon, the heroes have to take on their first joint business: an alien from the race of “beetles” illegally made his way to the planet. His first victim was an ordinary farmer, in whose body he moved. The villain is hunting for a certain artifact, and if his mission is completed successfully, this could threaten earthlings with death.

Original title:
Men in Black

Starring :
Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
12+

Home Alone (1990)

It is impossible to find a movie buff who has not heard about the amazing story of Kevin, and therefore the film deservedly settled in the list of the best American comedies of the 90s. On the eve of Christmas, the protagonist quarreled with his parents and numerous relatives who had gathered in their house. Angry, Kevin falls asleep with the hope of never seeing his family again, and the next morning his wish is granted.

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In a hurry, the McCallisters leave for the airport. When the plane is already in the sky, Kevin’s mother is horrified to realize that her son has stayed at home. The boy himself is sure that the relatives simply disappeared. As he prepares to celebrate Christmas on his own, thieves plan to sneak into the luxurious McCallister mansion, unaware of the rebuff they can expect.

Original title:
Home Alone

Cast:
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
12+

Taxi (1998)

The next film from the list of the best foreign comedies of the 90s was filmed in France, or rather in Marseille. Arab Daniel gets behind the wheel of his improved taxi, capable of developing tremendous speed. After a couple of days, he becomes the star of the city. At the same time, a police officer, Emilien, can’t pass his driving license.

One day he finds himself in Daniel’s car, and he shows him his crazy turns. After recovering from a mind-blowing street race , Emilien tells a new acquaintance that he is a policeman, but promises not to take any action if the taxi driver helps him find a gang of robbers.

Original title:
Taxi

Cast:
Sami Naceri, Frederic Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Emma Sjoberg, Bernard Farsi

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+

No Feelings (1998)

Another representative of the list of foreign comedies of the 90s was one of the most famous youth films of its time. Darryl Witherspoon comes from a large family, studying at Stanford. He works several jobs, but still can’t pay his bills in full.

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The guy dreams of getting into a budget place in a large American corporation, but in order to achieve this, you must have a membership in a university club and sports achievements. With difficulty getting to the goal and at the same time looking for additional places to earn money, Darryl agrees to become a test subject in a dubious scientific experiment.

Original title:
Senseless

Cast:
Marlon Wayans, David Spade, Matthew Lillard

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
16+

Babysitters (1994)

Dangerous mobster Stromm threatens to kill big businessman Hillhurst if he stops working with him. The entrepreneur fears for the life of his nephews, because some time ago the villain dealt with their parents.

Realizing that the boys need not only nannies, but also guards, the hero hires the twin brothers Falcone, who are engaged in bodybuilding. On the very first day of work, Peter and David realize that they are in for a difficult job: the boys are extremely capricious and hooligan.

Original title:
Twin Sitters

Cast:
Peter Paul, David Paul, Christian Cousins, Joseph Cousins

​​Country :
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
12+

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Los Angeles, 1991 The life of the key character, a slob nicknamed the Dude, proceeds very monotonously, but it is only a joy to him. All his hobbies come down to bowling and drinking.

Surely, this would have continued further if gangsters had not raided his house , looking for the namesake Dude – a billionaire, from whom they hope to receive a ransom for Mrs. Lebowski. From these minutes, the life of the protagonist dramatically changes its usual course.

Original title:
The Big Lebowski

Cast:
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
18+

Doctor Dolittle (1998)

The film closes the list of the best foreign comedies, the main role in which went to the American movie star of the 90s – Eddie Murphy. Dr. John Doolittle is quite content with life: he has a wonderful family and is doing what he loves.

One day, an incredible event occurs: Dolittle notices that recently he understands what animals are “talking” about, and can even answer them. Soon, the “smaller brothers” also guess about this wonderful fact, and since then they have not given John a pass, because at last someone has appeared who can hear their complaints.

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Original title:
Doctor Dolittle

Cast:
Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age limit:
12+

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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