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Legitimately Touching Moments In Otherwise Silly Comedies

July 16, 2020 885 votes 165 voters 10.6k views16 items

List RulesVote up the comedic film moments that are surprisingly poignant.

As much as audiences enjoy watching comedies in order to laugh, stupid comedies with heartwarming moments can be even more enjoyable. Laughing is great, but laughing while actually feeling something deeper can be even better. There are many lighthearted movies with dark moments, but some movies take feelings a step further to tug at viewers' heartstrings. While this can involve tragedy, it's often just a touching moment between two characters or a reveal that causes audiences to feel a deeper connection, thus turning a silly comedy into something bigger.

Touching moments in comedies don't even have to play a major role in the film's plot. While they may happen at any point in a movie's runtime, heartwarming scenes often propel the characters forward, whether they're making new discoveries that force them to take action or realizing new information about others that deepens their relationships. Touching moments sometimes appear at the end of a film, sending audiences out of the theater with a smile on their faces. Comedies hold special places in many hearts, regardless of how silly they may be. These particular films, however, added something heartwarming to all the silliness and created some legitimately touching moments.

  • While a large majority of comedies make light of romantic relationships, strange families, or absurd situations, Zombieland creates laughs by transforming millions of people into zombies due to mad cow disease and then testing the surviving characters' ability to cope. Wimpy survivor Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) teams up with aggressive Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), whose only goals are to find Twinkies and avenge the loss of his pup, Buck.

    The film's lighthearted exploration of a zombie apocalypse comes to a screeching halt, however, when during a pleasant evening at Bill Murray's house, Tallahassee tearfully reveals Buck was his young son, not a dog. He shares pictures in his duct-taped wallet, and suddenly the reality of the characters' situation feels hundreds of pounds heavier. Despite the intense feels of the scene, the film snaps back into comedy mode almost immediately as Tallahassee wipes his eyes with money and says, "I haven't cried like that since Titanic."

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  • The Simpsons has always been known for its balance of humor and sentimentality, but in order to expand the famous family's empire to the big screen, The Simpsons Movie had to go bigger. After Homer (Dan Castellaneta) adopts a pig, improperly disposes of its waste, and gets the entire city quarantined for being too toxic, Springfielders force the family to flee the city. Although Marge (Julie Kavner) is angry at Homer, she loves and trusts him enough to follow his lead in taking the family to Alaska to start a new life.

    When she learns Springfield is in danger of being wiped out because of Homer's selfishness, she wants to return to save everyone, but Homer refuses. All the silliness and zany adventure of the film remains lighthearted until this point; even the government trapping citizens within a giant glass dome for being an ecological embarrassment seems more hilarious than horrifying. When Marge takes the kids and leaves Homer, however, the tone grows suddenly more serious. She records a final message for him by taping over their wedding video, showing just how serious she is about her choice to leave. It's a touching reminder of the importance of relationships and family, even in the middle of a silly movie filled with full-frontal skateboarding and Green Day sinking on a barge.

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  • Although Mrs. Doubtfire became a popular comedy, its themes of family and its loss through divorce inject the film with some pretty heavy feelings to grapple with. After Miranda (Sally Field) files for divorce from her unreliable, childish husband Daniel (Robin Williams), the court grants custody of the children to Miranda until Daniel can prove himself responsible. When Daniel learns Miranda plans to hire a housekeeper, he poses as an old British lady to claim the position for himself.

    Thanks to Daniel's wild attempts to keep his family together, he deepens his relationship with his children, learns how to manage a household, and eventually even lands his own television show. Daniel's secret eventually emerges and he is forced to make a heartfelt plea in court in order to be allowed to continue seeing his children - an outcome made more difficult by the extreme lengths he went through to get around the court's previous order. His time spent playing an old woman brings plenty of laughs, but once Daniel removes his costume and reveals what's in his heart, the movie turns from a straightforward comedy into something more touching and sweet.

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  • As one of Adam Sandler's most beloved movies, Big Daddy contains the obligatory amount of comedy but also a heartwarming story. Despite holding a law degree, Sonny (Sandler) lives like a slacker and annoys his girlfriend so much that she breaks up with him. When he awakes to find Julian, the alleged young son of his roommate, abandoned in the apartment, everything changes. Since Sonny's roommate is out of town, Sonny begins caring for Julian, thinking it will impress his ex.

    The two bond like father and son, and Sonny grows in the process. Unfortunately, a social worker soon discovers Sonny is not Julian's real father and comes to take him away. Now facing what's probably the most adult situation of his life thus far, Sonny must make the decision to give Julian up; he packs Julian's belongings and struggles to explain why he can't stay with him anymore, finally growing up in the process.

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