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Instances of Actually Pretty Funny in live-action movies.

  • A meta version occurs on the DVD commentary of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter when he's talking about the comments of some critics who didn't like the film.
    Seth Graham-Smith: (chuckling) [They] say that 'it's the worst thing to happen to Abraham Lincoln in the theatre'.
  • In Amazon Women on the Moon, Bernice eventually finds herself laughing at the jokes told during the roast at her husband's funeral.
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  • In Aquaman (2018), after Vulko orders his arrest and repeats Orm's previous line about putting him "somewhere with a view", Orm can't help but smile.
  • In Back to the Future Part II, when old Biff overhears his younger self arguing with a mechanic about the damages to his car from hitting the manure truck in the first film, he laughs, saying "The manure truck... I remember that!".
  • Black Hawk Down: Specialist Pilla amuses some of the other Rangers at one point by doing a mocking impersonation of their Captain, Steele. Everybody's laughing until Steele shows up right behind Pilla... then after a short pause, Steele asks, "pretty funny, hooah?", and everybody laughs again. Steele goes on to put Pilla in a headlock anyway, but it's for undermining his authority rather than because he didn't like the joke.
    Captain Steele: Quick word, Specialist.
    Sergeant Pilla: (in headlock and flipping off soldiers behind him) Sir.
    Steele: (with Pilla in headlock) Tell me, Pilla. You understand why we have a chain of command, don't you?
    Pilla: Roger that, sir.
    Steele: Cause if I ever see you undermining me again, you'll be cleaning latrines with your tongue 'til you can't taste the difference between shit and french fries. Are we clear?
    Sergeant Pilla: Hoo-ah, Sir.
    Steele: Carry on.
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  • God (played by Morgan Freeman) remarks as such in Bruce Almighty, recounting Bruce's blasphemous statements from earlier on in the movie.
    God: [quoting Bruce] "The gloves are off, God!" "God has taken my bird and my bush!" "God is a mean kid with a magnifying glass!" "Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!" Now, I'm not much for blaspheming, but that last one made me laugh.
  • In Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale's parents get called in after the school finds out he's been impersonating a substitute teacher for a week. The parents make a show of being angry at him, but the smirk on his dad's face shows that he thinks his son is actually pretty awesome.
  • In the 2005 film of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka's Big Entrance is accompanied by an weird trying-too-hard puppet show that just leaves everyone staring at what they're seeing... except that Augustus Gloop actually enjoys it and dances a bit (before it starts malfunctioning altogether).
    • Though Wonka spends most of the tour just barely (if at all) hiding his impatience with the bratty kids, Mr. Wonka actually seems to crack a smile at this:
    Mrs. Beauregarde: But I can't have a blueberry for a daughter! How is she supposed to compete?!
    Veruca Salt: You could put her in a county fair.
  • In the Steve Martin film Cheaper by the Dozen, Steve Martin is chastising his children for soaking their eldest sister's boyfriend's underwear in meat and then siccing the dog on him.
    "You soaked his underpants in meat... That was wrong. Funny. But wrong."
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  • Citizen Kane. Leland writes a scathing review of Susan's opera performance. Despite Susan being Kane's mistress (he's forcing her to perform due to a smear campaign implying she's a prostitute) Kane reads the critique and can't help laughing. He even lets it be published in his newspaper.
  • In war movie The Colditz Story, the Gestapo liaison asks for prisoners to work for the German Reich in exchange for privileges. One French soldier volunteers saying he'd rather work for twenty Germans than one Frenchman. When asked his job, he replies "undertaker". Even the Kamp Kommandant laughs at this.
  • When Paul and Jimmy are being given crap by their rival detectives in Cop Out, our heroic pair gets off a few insults that even the rivals have to give them credit for.
    Paul: I know that Mangold's wife is very unhappy. She says he's all foreskin.
    Mangold: That's actually clever.
  • The Dark Knight: After the Joker kills one of Gambol's men with his infamous "Magic Trick" the Chechen looks like he's trying not to laugh.
  • In Deadpool (2016), the villain quips "You grow back body parts now, Wade? When I'm finished, your parts will have to grow back you." Deadpool merely says "good one!" in a semi-sarcastic tone, before turning to the camera and telling the audience that it really was a pretty good one.
  • Jay in Dogma laughs hysterically at Azrael's "Holy Bartender" joke after he's taken a few minutes to get it. He's Late to the Punchline, even though the joke involved Azrael repeatedly shooting the bartender.
  • In Donnie Darko:
    • Donnie is brought before the principal for telling a teacher "to forcibly insert the lifeline cards into [her] anus" (his teacher's words, not Donnie's), and the teacher's distressed recital of that line causes Donnie's father to start laughing and cover it up with a cough.
    • Also, during a heated argument with his sister, she tells Donnie to "Suck a fuck." He responds "How exactly does one suck a fuck?" After a pause, they both crack up.
      • And the dad starts laughing when the youngest daughter asks, "What's a fuckass?"
  • In Dr. Dolittle, Dr. Dolittle tricks his wife, Lisa, into thinking he's bought her a fancy new sports car in order to make a point about her supposedly not caring about money. After admitting that, "no, actually, the van's around the corner," he does a breathless, girlish imitation of her excited "Oh, John, you didn't, you didn't!" Lisa tells him "That's not funny," but her facial expression and barely restrained laughter clearly indicate that she knows he got her good, even if she doesn't want to admit it out loud.
  • In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Mary snickers when her son Elliot calls one of his siblings "Penis Breath", and then chastises him for his language. That was the actress's genuine reaction.
  • A variation occurs during the opening scenes of EuroTrip, wherein protagonist Scott's girlfriend leaves him for another man. This man happens to be the lead singer of the band performing at the party Scott attends that night, and the man sings a song entitled "Scotty Doesn't Know", about how he stole another man's girl and the poor sap remains oblivious. Though Scott's humiliated at first, the song starts to take off in popularity (his best friend has it as a ringtone by the end), and even he's admitting that it's a pretty catchy song.
  • Fanny and Alexander: When Alexander won't say "good night" to Edvard, he asks him why. Alexander says he doesn't want Edvard to have a good night. Edvard chastises him, but as he leaves he starts laughing.
  • In Fly Away Home, Amy and her father (and the geese) land without clearance on what turns out to be a US Air Force base after they run out of fuel. The base general initially comes off as (justifiably) furious, but a few minutes into his lecture, it becomes clear he's trying very, very hard not to laugh. When Amy sincerely promises they'll never do it again, he loses it.
    General: (lips twitching) Okay. Just as long as you promise. (Starts grinning his head off.)
  • GoldenEye, also known as "the one with the exploding pen". Testing it in Q-Lab blows a dummy to smithereens and leads to this exchange:
    Q: Now, don't say it...
    Bond: ..."The writing's on the wall?"
    Q: [cracking up] Along with the rest of him!note 
  • In The Greatest Showman, when the circus is in the court of Queen Victoria, she makes a remark towards the dwarf General Tom Thumb that he is even shorter than she imagined, to which he coarsely shoots back that she's not exactly tall either (she was 4'9 in real life). Everyone present stands mouth agape at the apparent breach of royal protocol, including the Queen herself, until she bursts into laughter.
  • In The Green Mile, Wild Bill chews up a moon pie and spits it in Edgecomb's face. Howell later tells Edgecomb "that moon pie thing was pretty original - gotta give him that."
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Hermione is talking about how bad Cho must be feeling. Ron comments that she'd explode if she actually felt that many emotions. Hermione snarks "just because you've got the emotional range of a tea spoon", prompting Harry to crack up. Within a few seconds Ron and Hermione burst out laughing too. (This was an actual moment of Corpsing that they decided to leave in; the book has the same joke without anyone laughing.)
  • In A History of Violence, in the first encounter between meek high school student Jack Stall and a Jerkass jock/bully, Jack uses some self deprecating humor in an attempt to defuse the whole thing. The entire room cracks up, including the bully's best friend who almost immediately gives the bully an abashed look as if to say "Oh right, I'm supposed to be intimidating this kid. Sorry."
  • In the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo has a conversation with Elrond where he wonders whether he should stay on the journey. Elrond notes that he's heard hobbits are resilient, but he's also heard they're fond of the comforts of home. Bilbo responds by saying that he's heard it's unwise to seek the counsel of elves, "for they will answer both yes and no." After a beat, Elrond's face seems to be very clearly trying to hold in a snicker.
  • Hot Bot: When Kassidy complains that her ex-boyfriend Rodney liked her car more than he liked her, Limus comments that it is a very nice car, which causes Kassidy to break out laughing.
  • Independence Day:
    Connie: [reading a newspaper] Whitmore sounds less like the President and more like the orphan child Oliver asking "Please sir, I'd like some more."
    Whitmore: [sounding mildly impressed] That's clever.
    Connie: Well, I'm not laughing.
  • In Into the Storm (2009), Sawyers says Josef Stalin is a "much nicer man that he thought he'd be". You'd expect Stalin to order him dead or something, instead Stalin gives a hearty, honest chuckle of amusement.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
    • Eggsy smiles when he learns that he did, in fact, have a parachute.
    • Valentine appreciates Eggsy's Pre-Mortem One-Liner, even if he was expecting it.
  • Bruce Willis' character in The Last Boy Scout had an exchange with a thug that cracked the latter up.
    Hallenbeck: Ask me how fat [your wife] is.
    Thug: Fuck you, man! (Beat) How fat is she?
    Hallenbeck: She's so fat I had to roll her in flour and look for the wet spot. Motherfucker, if you wanna fuck her you gotta slap her thigh and ride the wave in. Now I'm not saying she's fat, her high school picture was an aerial photograph.
  • The end of The Little Rascals short "Two Too Young". Buckwheat and Porky begin laughing at Alfalfa's predicament (some firecrackers went off in his back pocket, leading him to douse his rear end in a bucket of water). Spanky, initially shocked, can't help but join them.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, when Gimli and Legolas are standing guard at Helm's Deep, Gimli can't see over the ramparts.
    Gimli: What's happening out there?
    Legolas: Shall I describe it to you, or would you like me to find you a box?
    [Gimli bursts out laughing]
  • Lord of War: When Liberian dictator Andre Baptiste casually guns down one of his own men in front of Yuri, the latter instinctively reacts with outrage only to have every gun in the room pointed at him. He covers this up by claiming that the gun Baptiste shot the guy with is now a piece of "used" merchandise, and Yuri won't be able to sell it to anyone else now. Baptiste finds this Lame Excuse oddly amusing, and makes Yuri his regular arms contact. Yuri's excuse is so funny because as a black market arms dealer virtually every gun he ever sells is "used", and such an exclamation can be read as a self-deprecating joke about his own out of place 'first world' demeanor.
  • Love Actually has this in two deleted scenes. Emma Thompson's character is called into a parent-teacher conference because her son drew, for his greatest wish, a picture of a world where people's farts are clearly visible. Emma Thompson excuses herself with her son and seems about to lay into him before she announces that it was "bloody brilliant" and takes him off for ice cream. A later scene shows the teacher with her lover, commenting that it took her half an hour before she realized they weren't coming back to which her lover comments that the idea was actually pretty funny and they both start laughing.
  • The mayor's reaction to some of the antics of the sociopathic new mailman (specifically gluing an old woman's cheque to the inside of her mailbox) in The Mailman.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Thor: The Dark World: Thor and Loki are starting an argument about their dead mother that goes so far that Thor is about to punch Loki but stops himself, saying "Mother wouldn't want us to fight", whereupon Loki replies "Well, she wouldn't exactly be shocked." Thor can't help but chuckle.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy: After a whole movie of chasing Peter determined to get the orb he stole, Yondu can't help but grin when he receives what he thought was the orb holding the Stone, but turns out to just have a Troll doll inside. The movie establishes that Yondu utterly loves quirky little figurines.
    • Captain America: Civil War: Tony Stark and Rhodey find the Fed-Ex delivery guy (Stan Lee) calling Tony "Stank" hilarious.
    • Doctor Strange: Wong remains stone-faced against all of Doctor Strange's jokes, until the latter's Bond One-Liner after defeating Kaecilius ("You should have stolen the whole book because the warnings... the warnings come after the spells.") causes him to burst out laughing, earning him surprised looks from Strange and Mordo.
    • Thor: Ragnarok:
      • When Loki is sent to meet Odin in Norway, he likely expects nothing but condemnation for putting his adoptive father under a spell and ousting him. Odin only laughs instead and admits that it took him a while to break Loki's magic.note 
      • Thor can't help but chuckle when Hulk describes himself as a raging fire, and Thor as merely a smoldering one.
      • Thor openly smiles when Loki refuses his proposal to talk, dryly commenting "Open communication was never our family's forte."
  • In Mary Poppins the children read out a list of requirements for their new nanny. One of them is to "never smell of barley water" - George has a very disapproving look when he hears this. But Winifred is trying to restrain herself.
  • In Moneyball, Billy Beane and Wash go to visit Scott Hatteberg to tell him they want him to play first base. replacing all-star (and fan favorite) Jason Giambi. Scott can't believe it:
    Scott: You want me to take Giambi's spot at first base?
    Billy: Yep.
    Scott: What about the fans?
    Wash: Yeah, maybe I can teach one of them.
    Billy: The fans don't... (chuckles softly, turns to Wash) Good one.
  • Mr Jones (2019): At an orgy organized by Duranty, Gareth attempts to leaves early and encounters a (naked) Duranty, who blame him for not liking the party and being a dull person. Gareth retorts his life isn't so dull, because he is currently chatting with a naked Pulitzer Prize-winner. Duranty laughs.
  • Panic in the Streets: After one of the many times Reed and Warren butt heads, the following exchange takes place:
    Reed: You know, my mother always told me if you looked deep enough in anybody, you'd always find some good, but I don't know.
    Warren: With apologies to your mother, that's the second mistake she made.
    Reed: (chuckles) I should have seen that one coming.
  • The Pelican Brief begins with a Supreme Court Justice and a reporter (played by Denzel Washington) watching a protest outside. Note that the Justice is dying, and breathing on an oxygen tank.
    Justice Rosenberg: Any of those signs got my name on 'em?
    Gray Grantham: Quite a few.
    Justice Rosenberg: What do they say?
    Gray Grantham: The usual. "Death to Rosenberg". "Retire Rosenberg". "Cut off the oxygen".
    Justice Rosenberg: [laughing] That's my favorite.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, one of Blackbeard's zombified officers laughs at Jack's "Missionary's Position" quip. Which gives said Missionary the distraction he needs to help Syrena.
  • In The Princess Diaries Mia is humiliated when her clumsiness causes a spectacle at the state dinner. However, the rest of the guests burst out laughing. In a later scene, Clarisse assures Mia she found it funny and relates a similar incident from her first important dinner.
  • In Quigley Down Under, The Hero Matthew Quigley is a Friendly Sniper who continually refuses any offer of a handgun, declaring that he never had any use for them. In the final confrontation with Marsters, the Big Bad and a Quick Draw artist, Marsters arranges for the two to have a pistol duel, complete with The Dragon and a mook backing up Marsters with their guns already drawn. Quigley promptly draws and shoots all of them before they can react, then explains to a dying Marsters "I said I never had much use for one, I never said I didn't know how to use one." Marsters actually smiles and gives an ironic chuckle with his dying breaths.
    • After Quigley quickly gets into conflict with Marsters, and he and Cora get dragged out into the desert and left to die, Cora comments that Quigley shouldn't worry too much, since it's common for things to not go well when one is new on a job. Quigley actually chuckles.
  • Near the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, vile Nazi toad Toht and all-American hero Indiana Jones both find humor in the fact that the Ark which so many people have fought and died over appears to be filled with nothing but sand.
  • Subverted in Rush (2013). At a press conference following Niki Lauda's return to Formula One after the horrific accident that scarred and nearly killed him, Lauda chuckles with amusement when a reporter asks him whether he's concerned that his wife will still love him now that he's "ugly". Then the reporter insists, "I'm being serious" and doubles down on the insults towards Lauda's appearance, and Lauda stops laughing.note 
    Niki Lauda: And I am being serious. Fuck you.
  • In The Sound of Music Maria gets caught taking the children out in a boat on the lake. They fall in just as their father has brought Baroness Schrader home. He is furious but it's clear the Baroness finds the whole situation funny - though she hides it whenever he looks at her.
  • In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country during the trial of Kirk and Bones, Bones is asked a question about his current medical status, to which he cracks a little joke, and is met by utter silence by the Klingon court... Except for one single off-screen Klingon laughing his ass off.
  • Tombstone:
    • When Johnny Ringo shows off some admittedly impressive Gun Twirling, even his fellow Cowboys who hate the Earps and Doc Holiday can't help but laugh when Doc proceeds to mockingly copy each move with his drinking cup.
    • When the Earps prepare to leave Tombstone after the murder of Morgan Earp, Johnny Ringo comments as they ride by: "Smell that, Bill? Smells like... someone died..." Bill is clearly appalled at Ringo's callousness, but can't stop himself from laughing.
  • In Toy Soldiers the boys play a prank by taking all the furniture out of the Headmaster's office and putting it in the outside quad in exactly the same way it would be set up in the office. The Headmaster and Dean are barely able to keep straight faces taking it in, with the Headmaster admitting he'd much rather stay outside all day.
    Headmaster: Don't laugh. Just don't laugh.
    Dean: I'm trying not to.
  • In WarGames, when David first meets Dr. Falken, Falken tells him "I loved it when you nuked Las Vegas. Suitably Biblical ending to that place, don't you think?"
  • West Side Story: Jets leader Riff is visibly amused/impressed when rival gang leader Bernardo mouths off to the cop who just broke up a fight between the two groups.
    • Also, at the dance, Glad Hand, who's in charge, tells everyone to get into two circles, "boys on the outside, and girls on the inside", to which one of the Jets responds, "Hey, where are you?" Glad Hand actually laughs at this.


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