When you sit down to watch one of your favorite comedies, chances are you're not in the mindset to dissect hidden meanings the way you would with, say, a sci-fi film. The point of comedy is usually to make us forget our troubles, after all. Some of the best comedy films help us turn our brain off or at the very give us a good chuckle or two. But if you look closely, there are just as many believable fan theories about comedy movies as there are in any other genre. This doesn't necessarily make any of these movies less funny, but it does add another interesting layer to them.
Comedy fan theories run the gamut, ranging from outright silly theories on some of your favorite '80s comedies to some rather unnerving thoughts on how beloved '90s characters are actually villains from modern horror films. These believable comedy theories will have you rewatching some of your favorites through a new lens.
Brick From 'Anchorman' Is A Time-TravelerPhoto: Anchorman / Dreamworks
Most of the evidence for this theory from Redditor/u/scottlikesfire one comes from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, yet the very first time we meet Brick in the original film, he's already telling us that a doctor will explain his IQ to him years from now. In the second film, Brick mysteriously acquires a ray gun, implying that he got it from the future. When the guys are telling nostalgic stories at the beginning of the movie, he talks about "that time ten years from now." Later, he quotes Ghostbusters, even though that film wouldn't come out for another four years. This would also explain how he's able to rustle up a grenade and a trident out of nowhere in the first movie, not to mention his general confusion at his surroundings throughout the series.Think this is feasible?
- Photo: Ferris Bueller's Day Off / Paramount Pictures
We all know this one. Is it really possible that Ferris, the charismatic hero of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, really doesn't exist? Let's examine the facts. Ferris is ridiculously cool for a high school student, almost implausibly so. He gets away with everything he tries to pull off, scot-free.
Cameron, meanwhile, always faces the consequences of his actions, right down to the very last minute of the film when he decides to accept responsibility for wrecking his dad's car. And why does he do this? Because he has to. Ferris is the carefree persona Cameron has invented to escape his reality, and he uses this persona until he can't run from that reality anymore. And after all, since so many of us relate to Cameron more than Ferris anyway, isn't there a part of you that wants this to be true?Think this is feasible?
- Photo: Hot Fuzz / Universal Pictures
There are so many fan theories about Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy, they actually merit a separate list. But for this one, let's just focus on Hot Fuzz. As Redditor/u/emofraggle points out, we're told at the beginning of the film that Sgt. Nicholas Angel is basically the ultimate cop. Yet in five years on the force, he only used his gun the first three. He describes the one time he shot someone as an experience he would never forget. The lingering effects of this incident haunt him, which is why he became more and more obsessed with his job, determined to never make the same mistake again. From the way Nicholas talks about it, it seems clear that he killed a man while in the line of duty, sending him down a path which would eventually take him to Sandford, setting in motion the events of the movie.Think this is feasible?
- Photo: Home Alone / 20th Century Fox
Macaulay Culkin reacted to this dark theory on The Tonight Show on March 3, 2018, helping to give the theory some legs. Although the ages don't exactly match up, it honestly makes a lot of sense. Kevin doesn't just vanquish home invaders Harry and Marv in the Home Alone movies - he demolishes them. He sets up brutal traps which bruise, beat, and basically torture his adversaries. Sound a little like anyone else? That's right, that sweet kid from Home Alone grows up to be the murdering psychopath Jigsaw from the Saw franchise, and we're witnessing the birth of his pathology in John Hughes's classic family comedy.Think this is feasible?