Autumn is in the air (at least in most places in America) and that can only mean that laughter is in the air in my house. I live where there are two seasons: summer and hot-summer. When autumn arrives I am laughing because that means hot-summer is about to end and just plain summer is around the corner. If you are like me and fall gives you reason to laugh, you don't need these comedies. If fall makes you think that winter and ice and shoveling snow, then check out these comedies to get you in the mood for laughing at the arrival of autumn.
Hannah and Her Sisters
"Hannah and Her Sisters" is Woody Allen providing a glorious vision of autumn in New York. You can set aside Thanksgiving as the day of fall on which to enjoy this movie that makes Thanksgiving a vital part of its overall narrative, but don't let that stop you from sitting down and getting away from the scares of Halloween for enjoyment of fall. "Hannah and Her Sisters" shows New York in the grip of holiday colors and the arrival of fall as a genuine season. You may take that granted where you live, but keep in mind there are some areas of this country where the colors of fall vary little from the colors of summer or winter.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
On the other hand, if laughing at autumn means laughing at the scarifying folk who show up on your front door on Halloween, then you cannot do better than "Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein." Of course, it needs to be restated once again for noobs, that Bud and Lou meet Dracula and the Wolfman in addition to the Frankenstein creature. If fall to you means monster movies, trick or treating and general Halloween fun, then "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" is the autumn comedy for you.
For some, fall means nothing more than the smell of the pigskin arriving into your arms courtesy of a perfect spiral pass cutting through the crisp air courtesy of your slightly crazy uncle who nevertheless has the arm of a suburban Dan Marino. "Paper Lion" is the forgotten football comedy that you need to track down. Based on the true story of writer George Plimpton trying to become a legend of the fall by trying out for a spot with the Detroit Lions back when Alex Karras was actually off the team due to some unwise gambling, "Paper Lion" puts Alan Alada up against Alex Karras as himself. Authenticity is sacrificed for the same of comedy and the result is laughter in autumn.
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