Is Groundhog Day the Most Meaningful Comedy Ever? Or The Truman Show?

Is Groundhog Day the Most Meaningful Comedy Ever? Or The Truman Show? February 28, 2014

On Monday, I’m going to share a special two-part post on comedy. That’s because the great Steven Greydanus of The National Catholic Register is stirring up conversation about great comedies with his introduction to the newly published Arts and Faith Top 25 Divine Comedies

Read his reflections on the list and what it means, and then check out the list itself.

Have you been following the Arts and Faith lists? They have led me to some of my favorite films, and it’s been a pleasure to participate in the voting and in writing about them.

First, Image hosted the voting on the Arts and Faith Top 100 Movies list.

Then, they hosted voting on

I participated in the voting for the comedy list as well, but due to time constraints, I only managed to offer one of the brief descriptions — a summary of my favorite Terry Gilliam film, The Fisher King.

But this list is not meant to be definitive, of course. It’s meant to stir up a conversation. What comedies do you love enough that you would have campaigned for their inclusion? What are the comedies that remain both funny and meaningful to you, time after time?

Are you happy to see Groundhog Day at the top of the list?


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9 responses to “Is Groundhog Day the Most Meaningful Comedy Ever? Or The Truman Show?”

  1. My favorite movie from the list is Punch-Drunk Love, though my favorite comedy movie in general is Liar Liar.

  2. I know I have already voted for one (Little Miss Sunshine), but could I add another? I love, love, love “In and Out” and have probably watched it a dozen times.

  3. I guess my all-time favorite is Little Miss Sunshine. I’ve been begging my husband to see it for years. One day . . .

  4. Some favorite comedies I would have voted for, which have a meaningful element that could spark good conversations afterwards: Harold and Maude, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu).

  5. I don’t know that the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright comedies are among the most meaningful I’ve ever seen, but they sure are funny. I think I liked The World’s End even more than Hot Fuzz.

  6. Haven’t seen Groundhog Day in forever – need to revisit it.

    If I had to mention a comedy, I’d say Waking Ned Devine, a delightful little movie that’s very well-written/acted/shot/scored (and it’s in Ireland, people)…but it hasn’t to offer much in a metaphysical sense. (After all, it’s a heist film.)

  7. My favorite comedy would probably have to be Ghostbusters, for its characters, amazing imagery & special effects, and absolutely ridiculous premise, peppered with plenty of spiritual conversations and satirical end-times stuff. And I also love Christopher Guest’s trilogy of mock-umentaries (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show & A Mighty Wind) for their endearing characters and truthiness.

  8. My favorite comedy, and most quoted movie in my household, is “Hot Fuzz”. Maybe it’s because I am English and can resonate with so much in the film, it is the comfort film that I go to whenever I want a guaranteed laugh.

  9. Yes! Just saw this movie for the first time a few nights ago. It immediately became one of my favorite films. A triumph.