The 20 movies on my PopGap list for the month of August 2015 added up to 35-and-a-half hours of comedy, during which I laughed 448 times, making my Time-Laugh-Content count a decent .21, which is enough to make me legally drunk in just about any country. Yes, I counted my laughs during August, because I was curious to see how my rankings would differ at the end of the month if I sorted the movies by my overall appreciation versus the raw number of successful jokes.
While my three least favorite movies of the month were among the ones in which I laughed the least, The Last Detail was both my fourth favorite overall and my fourth least funny, as it wasn't really a comedy. Spaceballs, on the other hand, had a high laugh count, but a poor good:bad joke ratio, and I didn't appreciate it very much aside from the good jokes.
It turned out that my three favorite movies of the month varied greatly in laugh counts, but they were all made in the 1970s and two of them were predominately in French, so maybe I need to watch more French comedies from that era.
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Day for Night (1973)
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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
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Breaking Away (1979)
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The Last Detail (1973)
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The Station Agent (2003)
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Austin Powers (1997)
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Back to the Future Part III (1990)
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The Tenant (1976)
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Withnail & I (1987)
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Slap Shot (1977)
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The Sandlot (1993)
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Men in Black (1997)
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Big Fish (2003)
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