People have cast their votes for best science fiction comedy, so I'm going to open up a new poll for best fantasy comedy. Fantasy doesn't just have to be elves and hobbits, but instead I am going to open things up. My definition of fantasy will be anything where there are non-real things in the film but no attempt to explain them scientifically. Back to the Future counts as sci-fi because the time travel is done by a machine. In Groundhog Day, there is no explanation for while Bill Murray is stuck, he just is.
Here are ten nominated movies. You can vote for as many as you like or if you can think of one you like better, add it in the comments.
Being John Malkovich. My blog hero Peteykins recommended this as sci-fi comedy, and it could fit there. But because there is no real attempt to explain why people can be in John Malkovich's head for short periods of time or why they get dumped to a roadside in New Jersey, I'm going to call this one fantasy instead of sci-fi.
Dogma. Any movie where God comes down at the end and fixes everything is going to count as fantasy in my book.
Ghostbusters: They allegedly fight the supernatural with science, but it's much more supernatural than scientific, so I'm going to put it in the fantasy category.
Groundhog Day. I put this in sci-fi comedy because several science fiction writers think of it as SF, but because there is no explanation, I'm going to call it fantasy comedy instead.
The Princess Bride. The shrieking eels, the R.O.U.S. and Miracle Max make this one a fantasy movie for me. It's also one of my favorites on the list.
The Purple Rose of Cairo. The first of two Woody Allen films on the list, and another strong candidate.
Shrek. Okay, this has all the fairy tale elements. Ogres, talking animals, enchantments, you name it. Definitely a fantasy comedy.
Time Bandits. See the rule invoked in the movie Dogma to see why this one is on the list.
Toy Story. Toys are alive when nobody is looking. A great fantasy theme and a very good film.
Zelig. A good film and a good metaphor. No real science, just an odd but well constructed premise.
Nominations will be open until next weekend when the list will be whittled down to five.
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