A lot of people say that you shouldn’t have guilty pleasures, you should just like what you like and be proud of it. Fine. If you like Jessica Simpson, say it loud and proud. But who can be proud of their inability to not laugh at farts? If we should feel guilty about liking anything, it’s farts. Well, here’s my shameful confession: the times that I’ve laughed the hardest in movies were at crass humor. I appreciate and admire clever cerebral humor more than crass humor, but I laugh harder at the crass stuff, despite the fact that it makes me feel like an idiot.
I have kind of come to peace with this, though. I just tell myself that I don’t have a choice. It’s like tickle torture: you know there’s no good reason to laugh, and you wish you weren’t laughing, but you can’t stop yourself.
I don’t know what makes some crass humor funny and some just crass, but I think the majority of it isn’t very funny. I’ve never found crotch shots in movies to be very funny (crotch shots in real life are a different story) and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed at any gag involving boogers. But I have been brought to tears by stuff that’s just as base.
Here five crass movie moments that had me rolling the first time I saw them:
1) Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: In silhouette Heather Graham pulls everything but the kitchen sink out of Austin Powers’s butt.
2) The Nutty Professor: Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) brings a girl home for dinner and the family breaks into a veritable chorus of farts. Grandma (Eddie Murhpy), holding a knife: “I will toss this between the crack a’ yo’ ass.”
3) Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: Austin Powers struggles with a would-be assasin in the bathroom stall next to Tom Arnold: “Who does Number Two work for?”. Arnold cheers him on: “You show that turd who’s boss!”
4) Scooby Doo: Scooby and Shaggy have a farting contest.
5) Blazing Saddles: Cowboys eat beans and fart around the fire.