Do you ever find yourself laughing during a film when you shouldn't be? When does this happen and why?

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  • Comment number 186. Posted by Jack Dempsey

    on 26 Jun 2013 00:11

    There have been more than a few. Most recently was Cesar first act of defiance, bellowing the word "No" in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. It was a combination of fear and joy. The intelligence of Cesar has been marked upon throughout the film but to see a chimpanzee cross the threshold and become sentient prompted a nervous laugh. At the same time I was glad to see him take charge indulging a bloodlust at his forthcoming retribution which is bound up with revolution, prompting excited laughter.

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  • Comment number 185. Posted by paintdrop

    on 3 Apr 2013 21:54

    During the 80's my Uncle ran a video store, and at the height of the video nasties era he was fearful that he might be raided and videos confiscated, destroyed or worst - he would be closed down. So he approached my Father with a large box of videos (all of which were on the legendary list) and asked him to take them, he refused to take them all but nevertheless pulled out five films.

    One of these films was The Exorcist. My father gave me my passion film and was strict in the films he 'allowed' me to see. I wasn't allowed to see the Exorcist until I was 17 (1996) and it truly terrified me. I found the film no laughing matter. In 1998 the film was re-released in UK cinemas and I took along my girlfriend of the time (I never saw her again after that night). The film was packed out with teenagers and that screening harmed my appreciation of that film for many years - as the film generated laughter, and at all the moments I found horrific in my initial viewing, most notably the self stabbing of the crucifix. Being an impressionable teenager, I initially thought I'd misread the film, or that the years of not being allowed to watch it had affected how I first viewed it. It wasn't until I read your book (which coincidentally my Wife got you to sign at Tate St Ives last year :-) - so thank you) that I regained an understanding of my fear and that my initial reaction of the film was, of course, what the film intended. It also made me realise, that some films are time specific in that during their first release they weren't meant to be funny, so perhaps the French girl had a point - perhaps La Belle et la Bête wasn't meant to be funny in 1946, it's only with time that we find these things amusing.

    Anyway, apart from that, the only films I've laughed at - when I don't think I'm supposed to - is anything that's got Jerry Bruickheimer's name attached.

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  • Comment number 184. Posted by Matthew

    on 30 Mar 2013 15:33

    Most recently G.I Joe when the missile operators say "Target locked. Location: London" but the cursor on the map is closer to the Midlands.
    The iPad app that is used instead of a Geiger counter in the new Die Hard. Is that actually a thing and I'm not keeping up to date with science? It still cracked me up though.

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  • Comment number 183. Posted by JtoTheP

    on 28 Mar 2013 22:37

    During the terrific and harrowing opening scene of Saving Private Ryan, there is a moment when the US soldiers make it up the beach to the dunes and find a moment of respite from the hail of bullets and death. One soldier removed his helmet to scratch his scalp and is promptly shot in the head. I was so surprised, shocked at this moment of bitter irony I let out a yelp of mirth.

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  • Comment number 182. Posted by Trott

    on 25 Mar 2013 18:02

    I laughed when the fox spoke in 'Antichrist' . I just thought of Basil Brush for some reason.

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  • Comment number 181. Posted by MarkyZnO

    on 25 Mar 2013 12:19

    The Shining never fails to crack me up. Of course, Its not a funny film but the outlandishness of Jack Nicholson is just hilarious....

    I certainly didnt laugh when I first saw the film many years ago but now over the course of 20 years or so the film has taken on a new meaning to me.

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  • Comment number 180. Posted by F1pegs

    on 20 Mar 2013 10:52

    In Forest Gump after Forest has saved most of his platoon while looking for Bubba.
    He then finds Bubba and is cradeling him in his arms. In his last moments Bubba asks..."Why Forest, why"?
    To which Forest replies "because you got shot"
    A single Massive guffaw from me in a packed cinema.
    I watched this movie on Film Four the other evening and I still cringe at this part...

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  • Comment number 179. Posted by FlashHarry

    on 19 Mar 2013 14:09

    When the Chef hits the propeller as he falls off the back of the Titanic (in Titanic) always raises a titter.

    I really struggled with Shutter Island from start to finish. The “atmospheric” fog horn music kept me thinking there was one inmate with a tuba following Leo around. The matches that were longer and shorter in every shot and could illuminate whole rooms had me giggling and Ben Kingsley’s “Why are you all wet, Baby?” had be laughing.

    I think giggling out of place comes from a lack of immersion in a film. Shutter Island’s plot bored me so I became hyperaware of its cinematic faults instead of following its emotional story. Inception had a very similar “atmospheric” fog horn but because I was gripped by the plot I didn’t keep an eye peeled for Tom Hardy’s shadow trumpeter.

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  • Comment number 178. Posted by Frank Fforde

    on 19 Mar 2013 13:13

    Many years ago I went to a screening of 'Vera Drake' with my girlfriend at the time. She, and she alone, seemed to find Sally Hawkins' character absolutely hilarious. She obviously felt Hawkins' twittery performance was supposed to be in some way comedic.

    I couldn't contain my guffaws watching 'Black Swan'. Vincent Cassel's attempts to lech on Natalie Portman had me in stitches.

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  • Comment number 177. Posted by bux500

    on 19 Mar 2013 01:21

    I find that i laugh in films quite often sometimes not because its funny but sometimes because it makes you cringe and the shock factor is so intense that laughing is the only thing to do. My experience of films that have made me 'laugh' are Park Chan-wook's I'm A Cyborg But Thats OK!, scenes of patients in a psychiatric hospital doing silly things and me asking myself why am i laughing at people with mental problems, but then that its Park wants. Also Lee Chang-dong's Oasis is a very shocking but delicate film dealing with a woman with cerebral palsy who falls in love with an abled bodied man and the sex scenes are rather off putting but Lee adds a kind of humour to it as the able bodied man is abit childish in behavior. On the other hand Takashi Miike's Visitor Q is a very disturbing film but he adds humour to it because its so crazy and over the top laughing is the only way that one can watch it.

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