Canadian comedies, the good, the bad and the awful

by Alberto-7 | created - 23 Feb 2013 | updated - 06 Nov 2018 | Public

A list of some Canadian made comedies from good to bad

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1. Duct Tape Forever (2002)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

The residents of Possum Lodge head on a road trip to the States, hoping to win a contest and thus pay a fine.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Steve Smith, Patrick McKenna, Bob Bainborough, Wayne Robson

Votes: 769

A perfect complement to the long running TV series. I like this film because it (rightly) puts the focus on Harold. Plus it has goofy performances from all the characters including Ranger Gord. Steve Smith is great as always as Red Green. Great cameos by Dave Broadfoot and the Royal Canadian Air Farce. Keep your stick on the ice...

2. Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime

38 Metascore

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles come up with a scheme to steal large amounts of untraceable coins.

Director: Mike Clattenburg | Stars: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, Lucy Decoutere

Votes: 11,654

Our lovable losers make the jump to the big screen. Silly but a lot of fun.

3. Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

The boys return from jail to find the park has deteriorated, with a brand new park being created beside it. They attempt a series of get rich quick schemes and robberies, while a freshly drunk Lahey threatens to derail their plans.

Director: Mike Clattenburg | Stars: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth

Votes: 6,667

Very, very weak sequel to the first TPB movie. They should have stopped at one film. Uggh

4. Men with Brooms (2002)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four men take time from their personal problems to reunite as a curling team and compete in a bonspiel that will restore their honour.

Director: Paul Gross | Stars: Paul Gross, Leslie Nielsen, James B. Douglas, Molly Parker

Votes: 4,113 | Gross: $4.24M

Any movie with Paul Gross and Leslie Nielsen can't be that bad. The script is very cliched but the film squeaks by. Molly Parker is easily the best part of this.

5. Welcome to Mooseport (2004)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

33 Metascore

A US president who has retired after two terms in office returns to his hometown of Mooseport, Maine and decides to run for Mayor against another local candidate.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ray Romano, Maura Tierney, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 11,845 | Gross: $14.47M

Canadian film pretending to be American. Ray Romano is funny but this film tries too hard. Great(Canadian) supporting cast including Wayne Robson in a small role. Not bad overall.

6. Waydowntown (2000)

R | 87 min | Comedy

63 Metascore

A group of young employees bet a month's salary, winner takes all, on who can last the longest without going outside.

Director: Gary Burns | Stars: Fab Filippo, Don McKellar, Marya Delver, Gordon Currie

Votes: 1,767 | Gross: $0.02M

Very, very quirky film shot in Calgary. The best scene has two co-workers trying to have sex in a very small bathroom stall.

7. Dog Park (1998)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

Sex comedy takes a look at contemporary dating mores and hypothesizes that the new dating location may be the dog walk in the park. A mild-mannered man loses his present girlfriend to ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce McCulloch | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Luke Wilson, Kathleen Robertson, Janeane Garofalo

Votes: 2,091 | Gross: $0.24M

Light comedy with the always beautiful Natasha Henstridge and a funny performance by Luke Wilson. A couple of the Kids in The Hall appear.

8. Canadian Bacon (1995)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

The U.S. President, low in the opinion polls, gets talked into raising his popularity by trying to start a cold war against Canada.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: John Candy, Alan Alda, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 15,401 | Gross: $0.18M

Alan Alda is ok but John Candy is wasted. Nothing special.

9. Strange Brew (1983)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Canada's most famous hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it.

Directors: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas | Stars: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley

Votes: 14,992

Those hosers, the McKenzie Brothers make the leap to the big screen. Very, very silly film with a lot of crazy moments, but what is Max Von Sidow doing in this movie? Voice cameo by Mel Blanc as the father.

10. Going Berserk (1983)

R | 85 min | Comedy

A drummer/chauffeur engaged to a congressman's daughter encounters a sleazy film director, the leader of an aerobics cult, and other crazed characters during the days leading up to his wedding.

Director: David Steinberg | Stars: John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Alley Mills

Votes: 1,502 | Gross: $0.23M

John Candy, Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty from SCTV, do what they can with the stupid script. Some very funny moments and some duds. Levy is great and Candy gets a chance to go crazy.

11. Gas (1981)

R | 94 min | Comedy

Susan Anspach stars in this comedy as a news reporter who investigates a story about stolen milk causing milk and gas prices to rise. During the course of her investigation, other people ... See full summary »

Director: Les Rose | Stars: Susan Anspach, Howie Mandel, Sterling Hayden, Helen Shaver

Votes: 302

Putrid so-called comedy. Enough said.

12. Hog Wild (1980)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

A boy (Tim Warner), expelled from military school, returns home to his fathers disappiontment. He discovers that a motorcycle gang has been terrorizing his high school, and falls in love ... See full summary »

Director: Les Rose | Stars: Patti D'Arbanville, Michael Biehn, Tony Rosato, Angelo Rizacos

Votes: 178

Silly teen comedy with a funny performance by Tony Rosato.

13. Love at First Sight (1977)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

A young woman named Shirley befriends a lonely blind man named Roy. Together, they find love - even though Shirley's father opposes the relationship.

Director: Rex Bromfield | Stars: Mary Ann McDonald, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Mallett, George Murray

Votes: 118

Early Dan Aykroyd film is ok but the lack of budget hurts it. I saw this 25 years ago and laughed a few times.

14. Meatballs (1979)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

60 Metascore

Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham

Votes: 17,870 | Gross: $43.05M

Bill Murray is funny, the rest is ok.

15. Why Rock the Boat? (1974)

113 min | Comedy, Romance

A young naive reporter romances a female reporter who is quietly organizing a journalist union and joins her cause.

Director: John Howe | Stars: Stuart Gillard, Tiiu Leek, Ken James, Budd Knapp

Votes: 18

Funny, sweet coming-of-age film set in the 1940s with terrific performances by Stuart Gillard and Ken James.

16. I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer, and idolizes Gabrielle for her artistic ability. When Gabrielle ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Richard Monette

Votes: 1,345 | Gross: $1.41M

Sheila MacCarthy is great but this film is too artsy-fartsy for my liking.

17. Gunless (2010)

89 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A hardened American gunslinger is repeatedly thwarted in his attempts to mount a showdown in a friendly town in Canada where no one seems to understand or appreciate the brutal code of the American Wild West.

Director: William Phillips | Stars: Paul Gross, Sienna Guillory, Dustin Milligan, Melody B. Choi

Votes: 3,427

Silly, silly comedy western. Paul Gross hits just the right tone and avoids caricature. Perfect film to watch on a rainy day.

18. Hit by Lightning (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

31 Metascore

Disappointed that all his friends are married and happy, Ricky goes on the dating site and soon starts dating Danita, who seems to be way out of his league. However, everything comes at a price, he soon realizes.

Director: Ricky Blitt | Stars: Alexis Maitland, Richard Roy Sutton, Jon Cryer, Will Sasso

Votes: 1,315

Will Sasso steals the show here and Stephanie Szostak is charming throughout. Jon Cryer does his usual nerdy character. The story does not go where you expect it to so overall this is a nice change of pace.

19. Corner Gas: The Movie (2014)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

As the town of Dog River goes bankrupt the residents of the town must pack up and move out. However our favourite citizens make one last-ditch effort to save Dog River.

Director: David Storey | Stars: Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Fred Ewanuick, Eric Peterson

Votes: 1,803

If you love the TV show, you will love the movie. It drags a bit 3/4 of the way through but that is to be expected. It is very hard to stretch out a half-hour show into a feature film. A few cameos sprinkled throughout makes this fun to watch.

20. Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Recently out of jail and completely broke, Julian has a plan to get outrageously rich. However, he first has to deliver his product to Montreal where his rival Cyrus is waiting to close the... See full summary »

Director: Mike Clattenburg | Stars: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth

Votes: 4,201

While this is a definite improvement over the second film, it is still pretty poor as a film. The cast have aged badly and it is strange to see Trinity all grown up. Julian has put on a ton of weight and the subplot with Randy and Lahey is simply unwatchable. It is time to put this series out to pasture.

21. I Put a Hit on You (2014)

78 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

A brokenhearted woman teams up with her ex-boyfriend to try and stop the hitman she accidentally hired to kill him.

Directors: Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart | Stars: Aaron Ashmore, Sara Canning, Danny Smith, Heather Sande

Votes: 119

Very, very quirky little film with a crazy premise. The two leads are amazing in this with special praise for Sara Canning's nuanced performance. Definitely a film to seek out.

22. Big News from Grand Rock (2014)

87 min | Comedy

Small-town journalist Leonard Crane starts making up stories to save his job, but gets in trouble when one of his fabricated news pieces turns out to be true.

Director: Daniel Perlmutter | Stars: Aaron Ashmore, Ennis Esmer, Art Hindle, Kristin Booth

Votes: 91

Very cute, gentle little film with some funny performances. If this was an American comedy, you would see a ton of action and violence. Instead, we get a fun little story that takes it time and unfurls quietly but surely. Meredith MacNeill deserves to be singled out for her humorous performance. A lot of fun.

23. Going the Distance (2004)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

In order to prevent a recent high school graduate from getting engaged, two friends intervene by taking him on a cross-country road trip.

Director: Mark Griffiths | Stars: Christopher Jacot, Joanne Kelly, Shawn Roberts, Mayko Nguyen

Votes: 3,430

Really stupid film with only Ryan Belleville's performance worth noting. This is what happens when Muchmusic produces a film. Ugh!

24. What If (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

59 Metascore

Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver

Votes: 66,313 | Gross: $3.45M

Very predictable romantic comedy. Cute but nothing special.

25. YPF (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

On a Tuesday night, five couples have separate sexual adventures.

Director: Martin Gero | Stars: Aaron Abrams, Carly Pope, Kristin Booth, Josh Dean

Votes: 18,748

Very cliched comedy with very little to recommend. Of the 5 stories presented here, only 2 are actually interesting (the exes story is so boring; the first date one is pointless). The best part of the film for me is the song When I'm With You by Sheriff appearing as an audio joke. Skip this one

26. 90 Days (1985)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

90 Days is a tongue-in-cheek look at the misadventures of two modern men in search of romantic bliss: macho Alex, who receives the offer of a lifetime from a mysterious woman, and sincere ... See full summary »

Director: Giles Walker | Stars: Stefan Wodoslawsky, Christine Pak, Sam Grana, Fernanda Tavares

Votes: 61 | Gross: $0.01M

Funny, quirky, 1980s comedy about the (mis)adventures of two men. One a fussy and difficult bachelor who orders a bride form Korea, the other a married man who receives an offer of a lifetime. Low budget film that has some very truthful moments and does not get bogged down in shmaltz. The second film in a trilogy that includes The Maculine Mystique and the Last Straw.

Awful, dreadful sequel to 90 Days(and Masculine Mystique) is as putrid as you can expect. All the charm of the previous film is lost. What a waste of time.

28. The Masculine Mystique (1984)

87 min | Documentary, Drama

Four men discuss their troubled relationships with women.

Directors: John N. Smith, Giles Walker | Stars: Stefan Wodoslawsky, Char Davies, Macklusky, Sam Grana

Votes: 14

Documentary and fiction mixed together showing what it was like being a man in 1984 in the midst of the feminist revolution. The film is just a little too rough around the edges, includes too many stories and does not mix fiction and documentary that well. The first of 3 films: The immediate sequel 90 Days was great. The 3rd film The Last Straw is simply terrible.

29. Picture Day (2012)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

A rebellious teenager forced to repeat her last year of high school is caught between adolescence and adulthood - and between two very different male admirers.

Director: Kate Melville | Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Spencer Van Wyck, Steven McCarthy, Susan Coyne

Votes: 1,048

Another odd little Canadian comedy with a terrific performance by Tatiana Maslany. This will not blow you away but will put a smile on your face.

30. Year of the Carnivore (2009)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

A romantic comedy about a girl with an unrequited crush on a boy who thinks she's bad in bed, so she goes out to get more "experience".

Director: Sook-Yin Lee | Stars: Cristin Milioti, Mark Rendall, Ali Liebert, Kevin McDonald

Votes: 555

Very quirky little film with an equally quirk performance by Cristin Milioti. I did not know what to expect with this film but let myself go with the flow. There are some hilarious moments in it including a, how shall I say, very unusual three-way between the main character and a married couple. The cast is quite good and Will Sasso has an interesting few minutes on screen. Very off beat but very ggod.

31. Wilby Wonderful (2004)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A day-in-the-life dark comedy concerning a group of islanders, their respective secrets, and one man's plan to kill himself quietly.

Director: Daniel MacIvor | Stars: James Allodi, Callum Keith Rennie, Ellen Page, Rebecca Jenkins

Votes: 1,458

Lovely, understated dark comedy has some fine, nuanced performances from Paul Gross and others. A real treat if you are looking for something offbeat.

32. My Internship in Canada (2015)

108 min | Comedy

An idealistic young Haitian travels to rural Quebec to intern for an independent Member of Parliament when a national debate erupts that finds the MP holding the tie-breaking vote.

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Irdens Exantus, Caroline Trudel, Patrick Huard, Clémence Dufresne-Deslières

Votes: 741

This had its moments but a little too close to home to make it funny. Ok, but nothing to write home about.

33. No Clue (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

In a case of mistaken identity, a salesman is hired as a private detective by a woman to find her missing brother, and complications ensue.

Director: Carl Bessai | Stars: Brent Butt, Amy Smart, David Koechner, David Cubitt

Votes: 846

Very silly murder-mystery is watchable only because of Brent Butt who has written himself some very funny lines. The rest is ok but this is very, very lightweight stuff.

34. Roadkill (1989)

80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A music promoter sends a young woman on a road trip in search of a band who hasn't been showing up for their gigs.

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Valerie Buhagiar, Gerry Quigley, Larry Hudson, Bruce McDonald

Votes: 559

Intensely dark comedy with a winning performance by Valerie Buhagiar. This film is so out there it is a little hard to sit through and the ending is just too weird for me but it is still worth seeing.

35. Highway 61 (1991)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Music

A small-town barber goes on a road trip from Thunder Bay to New Orleans with an unpredictable woman and a coffin.

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Don McKellar, Valerie Buhagiar, Earl Pastko, Peter Breck

Votes: 1,285 | Gross: $0.29M

Another odd Bruce McDonald dark comedy. Don McKellar is good in this as is Valerie Buhagiar. This is less "out there" than Roadkill but still pretty odd.

36. Moving Malcolm (2003)

83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Over a year after bit actress Liz Woodward leaves him at the altar, comedy writer Gene Maxwell is still having trouble dealing with the situation and his life. Writing "Fear Knot", a novel ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Ratner | Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Benjamin Ratner, John Neville, Jay Brazeau

Votes: 170

Cute film.

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