Five Favorite Films

Marlon Wayans' Five Favorite Films

by | January 29, 2016 | Comments

Premiere Of Open Roads Films' "Fifty Shades Of Black" - Red Carpet
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

 

Movie audiences have always been able to rely on Marlon Wayans as one of the folks who take the Movie of the Moment and skewer it with some good, old fashioned silliness. The same applies to his latest film that he wrote and stars in, Fifty Shades of Black, that takes sex, relationships, and Florence Henderson, and gives you a night to remember. When we spoke to him, he was so passionate about five films not being enough to cover it that he added honorable mentions. He also made sure to point out that he really loves his films White Chicks, Scary Movie, and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, but he decided that adding them wasn’t fair. But just know they are among his favorites.


Groundhog Day (1993) 96%

This is one of my favorite movies ever, because of the writing. I’m a big Bill Murray fan, and I just think any comedy that can last over two hours and keep your attention, even though it was the same situation over and over, and get funnier every time — this is probably my favorite movie of all time.

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) 64%

This inspired me to want to write parodies and do parodies. I read it on the bed as a kid — I was eight years old when [his brother] Keenen [Wayans] sent me that script, and I [had] never laughed so hard. It inspired me. I knew that was what I wanted to do. It’s really my number one — I mean, I think it’s crazy if I put my brother as number one. You’d think I was being biased, of which I probably am, but I’m not, because I really love that movie and my brother. I think he’s a brilliant genius.

Meet the Parents (2000) 84%

The scene with the volleyball when he [Ben Stiller] hit her in the nose and she started bleeding, that worst case scenario was one of the funniest things in the world. And I love Ben Stiller’s performance, he was so genuine, and all he wanted to do was be in the father’s good graces but he couldn’t help but [****] it up. That movie made me laugh from the inside out.

Hollywood Shuffle (1982) 88%

An African American filmmaker [Robert Townsend] and being Keenen’s little brother inspired me to want to do movies. It really told the whole truth about African-Americans in the struggle, in a funny way, without all of us banging on the door going, “Hey Hollywood, love us.” Through laughter, it erased color lines, and is one of my all time favorites. I love when you do a movie with people doing multiple characters. That’s something I do and love to do, and I find that it’s one of the hardest things to do and still be grounded as a regular person in a movie. I’m inspired to do movies like that in my next phase.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984) 84%

Eddie Murphy was so appropriate. Comedy is the magic of learning to be appropriate. In terms of his performance, he was so damn appropriate. He knew when to play what, and he let the situation lead him into being broad. Because of the situation, he did what he had to do, he was Bugs Bunny talking his way out of situations. That for me is another movie that I would like to do, it made me say, “Damn, I wanna do that.”

Honorable Mentions, to round out the Top Eleven: The Mask, There’s Something About Mary, Airplane!, Liar Liar, Austin Powers, and The Nutty Professor.


Fifty Shades of Black opens this week.

  • For someone that makes some shitty films, he does have good taste.

  • Bret Osborne

    One of the least surprising 5 favorite films list so far. It’s a list my 13 year old son would come up with.

  • BlackAdamForPresident

    I remember a time in the mid to late 80s when having the name “Wayans” attached to a project meant it would actually be funny. “In Living Color”, “Eddie Murphy – Raw”, “Hollywood Shuffle”, “Earth Girls Are Easy”…….those days are gone, dead and buried.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    Beverly Hills Cop is a fine comedy, but this list only reinforces this hack frauds “creativity”. He is god awful. I am tired of his hateful and belligerently ignorant films.

  • ArielVronsky

    You were In Requiem For a dream,FOR the love of God and the human race,Show some dignity !!

  • Thescaredshadow

    Why do people keep giving him money?

  • Malter Watthau

    C’mon, Marlon! No Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Vampire in Brooklyn or Blankman??? Dude, pretty crappy list imo and it’s crystal clear, you don’t know nothing about quality films, man! Have some taste, bro! LOL

    Kazaaam 4 LIFE!

  • Jan Terri

    No Gangster Squad?

Tag Cloud

Western Amazon Paramount DC Comics Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 45 cinemax Nickelodeon Martial Arts CNN DirecTV political drama historical drama based on movie Marvel Lionsgate FOX Nat Geo docudrama dc Star Trek GIFs discovery CBS Certified Fresh Pirates Polls and Games Tumblr Extras Trailer Food Network what to watch Marathons Reality OWN Ellie Kemper TV Premiere Dates 007 See It Skip It medical drama CBS All Access TBS Winter TV Winners Grammys Fox News Spring TV First Look Britbox Pixar Teen Paramount Network Showtime DC Universe YA AMC Universal WGN Creative Arts Emmys adventure TLC singing competition transformers biography Comedy police drama dramedy spy thriller E3 2017 Acorn TV PaleyFest Disney Channel Musicals Esquire American Society of Cinematographers dceu SundanceTV Lucasfilm Sundance Awards Superheroes vampires romance Best and Worst comiccon Horror A&E Cosplay binge travel RT History El Rey cults Super Bowl The Arrangement boxoffice TCA 2017 Set visit History FXX Nominations 2016 PBS crime thriller sports FX Star Wars Logo Schedule Infographic Thanksgiving SDCC cops composers war 21st Century Fox Fantasy Emmys X-Men Mystery sitcom BBC America Disney Animation ITV Character Guide politics Tomatazos Watching Series Hulu Syfy MTV social media Oscars Valentine's Day Lifetime ratings Holidays GLAAD Toys Spike Cartoon Network NYCC President cats crime 24 frames Sci-Fi Dark Horse Comics LGBTQ VH1 Mindy Kaling Video Games technology Freeform NBC Calendar BBC Photos USA Network TIFF Netflix golden globes The CW Biopics serial killer supernatural TruTV CW Seed USA Sundance Now GoT Christmas 2015 IFC Films Sneak Peek talk show psycho Country Pop Election Drama TCM crime drama ESPN BET Opinion Trivia Mary Tyler Moore Summer 20th Century Fox Rock TCA Ghostbusters Crackle Sony Pictures Comedy Central Action harry potter Rocky Kids & Family Bravo APB Masterpiece Countdown Interview Podcast TV Land unscripted Year in Review aliens Rom-Com period drama Comic Book cooking HBO Warner Bros. Starz VICE Music Box Office Red Carpet IFC Reality Competition Musical diversity Adult Swim ABC ABC Family Fall TV Writers Guild of America thriller TNT DC streaming service science fiction MSNBC E! justice league CMT zombie