Here's the Funniest Movie Scene in All of 2012
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Here's the Funniest Movie Scene in All of 2012

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | July 20, 2012 | Comments ()


A few months ago, I watched and reviewed a movie called Wanderlust that most of you have probably already forgotten about. It starred Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as an overstressed married couple who end up living on a hippie commune. It was not a terrible movie, but it wasn't that memorable, either. Except for one scene, which I described in my review as such:

There's a scene late in Wanderlust in which Paul Rudd's character, George, is staring into a mirror and using a bizarre hillbilly accent to talk to his penis. He's attempting to psych himself up for sex that he doesn't want to have. It's the funniest scene I've seen in a film in six months. There's no way any of it was in the script -- it's just Rudd ad libbing, talking about putting his dick in a woman's "vag" -- and it goes on for a good while. It's the kind of comic brilliance you can't get from a screenwriter. You can only find that in an actor like Rudd, who is probably better off script than most A-list actors are delivering lines from a $5 million screenplay. Paul Rudd is gold, so charming, so effervescent, so likable, and so funny that any kind of structure is detrimental. If that scene had gone on for the entire 90 minutes, Wanderlust might have gone down as one of the great absurdist comedies.

Of course, comedy is subjective, and mileage may vary. For instance, upon discovering the scene, I previewed it for my wife who watched mostly stone-faced as I laughed until tears streamed down my face. Then she looked at me like I'd grown a third-nipple on my forehead: "Maybe it's a Southern thing."


Of course, now I need to know if it's funny or if it's just me. Here's a poll.

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  • Addicct

    Paul Rudd weirdly resembles Kurt Russell in this clip.

  • Aaron Schulz

    God damn i love paul rudd, and im glad other people apparently start talking to themselves in random accents

  • Abby

    I saw Wanderlust about a month ago - I love Paul Rudd but I hated this scene. I found it so incredibly unfunny that I think it made me like Paul Rudd a little less that he came up with this(I agree it wasn't scripted ) Of course humor is subjective but I am surprised people enjoyed it - I really didn't know! Thinking maybe it was a "guy thing" I just asked my husband if he remembered the scene in question - he described it as creepy and weird and actually shuddered so I guess aversion to Paul Rudd doing this "shtick " is not necessarily gender based:)

  • Green Lantern

    Especially after watching "Wanderlust" itself recently, my vote is 'Hilarious'. Any man who can say he's never EVER pronounced the word "dee-YICK" is a fucking liar.

    Though I gotta say having him totally fail in the next scene to Malin Akerman was funnier though.

  • Teerace20

    I vote hilarious. I cannot stop watching it. Thank you for bringing this into my life as I probably never would have seen the movie. It's my new happy place.

  • robin2877

    im stone cold sober and thought it was funny! im also a woman ;)

  • Yeah, sorry. Just don't see it as funny. Saw it as tedious.

  • Sofia

    Maybe it's a Southern GUY thing.

  • Stacey Bryan

    Maybe it's a guy thing???

  • Moderately amusing, but way too long with a serious lack of restraint, the way Viagra prolongs the sex act of uninteresting males. Just get it over with and fall asleep.

    I love Rudd, but I felt a bit of scripting and re-shooting would have enabled this to be hilarious. It feels indulgent and lazy.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Pep talks like those are usually the result of day drinking.

  • Maguita NYC

    I thought it was regular internal pep-talk. You know, the kind a guy does before... diving in.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    That would be weird.


  • Maguita NYC

    You would be surprised at what men actually do and the internal "pep-talk" they go through, so to not precociously disappoint!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Hey, I am a guy, and I wouldn't know about that.

  • Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • lowercase_ryan

    oh hell no, in no way is that a bad thing.

  • Today's news has me day drinking as we speak. Just ticked past Noon on the left coast. [hiccup]

  • Slash

    Eh, it's kinda funny. It's not hilarious. That's why I didn't vote. His "you know how I know you're gay" scene with Seth Rogen is way funnier.

  • ,

    Meh. I kept waiting for him to say, "Squeal like a pig for me!"

    *votes "idiot"*

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Mildly amusing.

  • L.O.V.E.

    So, Dustin, a third of your readership thinks your an idiot.

    Any thoughts about a career in politics?

  • pajiba

    I'm actually surprised and relieved that it's not 70 percent that think I'm an idiot, and I'm totally rubbing that in my wife's face.

  • BierceAmbrose

    70+ percent and you'd have a shot.

  • Soulless Merchant of Fear

    Sweet merciful jeebus, that was hilarious. I've been there. Stupid voices and all. Yes, including a semi-convincing hillbilly one. (Thanks, Dad!) Shit, that was funny. Rudd is amazing.

  • BWeaves

    OK, I live in the south and I didn't find that funny at all. I didn't even smile.

  • ellcoolj

    It started with a snicker, then a chuckle and ended with an eye-squinting snort... I did vote for Hilarious? but I also think that Dustin is an idiot, which is why we love him!

  • zeke_the_pig

    Don't see why 'Hilarious?' and 'Dustin Is An Idiot' have to be mutually exclusive.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Thank you so much for putting this up. Made me and the girlfriend almost die from literally not being able to breathe when we watched it the first time.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    "Erection selection" *kills* me.

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Okay, so I just got home from the hospital, and the gave a shot of a super strong and awesome pain killer. It could possibly be because I'm fairly high now, but when he said, I'm gonna puts my dick in, I snorted and fell off my couch. I'm pretty sure I injured myself again, buy totally worth it. Paul Rudd can have all five of my freebie spots.

  • Maguita NYC

    I just had one glass of wine, and choked on that scene as well. Drugs had nothing to do with it. Paul Rudd, polite, decent looking dude, that would never say anything remotely sexist, is just extremely funny when doing so!

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Well I just watched it again, and its still funny when I'm sober. So, that's a plus. Really I just came back to make sure i didn't say anything embarrassing. I have a low tolerance for pain killers, and my auto correct is always trying to screw me over. You're right about Rudd though, I've had a crush on that man forever. The sweet goofy ones just get me.

  • special snowflake

    Never feel embarrassed about what you find funny, or wanting to share it, Mrs. Beasley- I came apart at that exact same moment you mentioned. That guy is so incredibly and effortlessly hilarious that, like the 'joy dance', it's a treat when Dustin posts some of those exquisite moments. There's a 2-second scene in a movie w/ Michelle Pfeiffer where Rudd does a classic physical comedy bit in the most precision-perfect way humanly possible, and would give the title if Rudd and Pfeiffer were not the only two facts I recall of the film.

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Also, proof reading's important. My stupid auto correct changed freebie to greenish, which made that whole thing sound wrong and gross.

  • llp

    When I saw the still, I wondered how a young Albert Brooks was in a Paul Rudd movie. Huh.

  • BWeaves

    For a moment I thought it was that scene in Private Benjamin where Brooks dies on his wedding night while screwing Goldie Hawn. Then I remembered they were on the bathroom floor and this pic has a couple on a bed, and I thought, "They did a remake? NOOOOOOOOOO!"

  • llp


    (I might love you a little)

  • E-Money

    Hilarious. Reminded me of the Rooster. David Sedaris fans will know what's up.

    "When life gets you down you just say fuck it and eat yo self some motherfuckin candy."

  • zeke_the_pig

    Sedaris ftw.

  • annie

    I had a half-chortle halfway through when I realized he kind of had a McConaughey thing going on?

  • L.O.V.E.

    Other than Rudd looking a bit like a young Chris Cooper (when doing the face gestures) this did nothing for me.

  • Jill

    Hot damn, he does!

  • TOTALLY. It's his signature face scrunched up yelling gesture.

  • Puddin

    Erection selection. I call band name!

  • AudioSuede


    A thousand times this.

    So this.

  • AudioSuede

    Just watched it again. So much this.

    Wanderlust was the least-consistent David Wain movie to date, but it still made me laugh till there were tears on my face.

  • AudioSuede

    Last reply to my own comment: Dustin, showing this to your wife out of the context of the film probably ruined it. In the rhythm of the film (which escalates the ridiculousness bit by bit), the ridiculousness of that scene is so pitch-perfect I couldn't even believe it as I was watching it.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Totally agree. The effect is magnified, like, a thousand fold.

  • whatBENwatches

    Funny enough. Too long.

  • I was itching to press the "Idiot"* button because I think you have a complete blind spot for certain actors where you think everything they do is puppies and rainbows, but damn! That was hilarious. I was trying not to laugh, couldn't help it. Damn it.

    *But I still love you completely.

  • Matt Brown

    My Dad was born and raised in the South. I have been down there more times than I care to count. Funny? Only if alcohol is involved.

  • Maguita NYC

    I'm a girl who doesn't find the likes of Adam Sandler and Vince Vaughn funny, but this scene was hilarious!

    Thank you for reminding me how funny yet cringe and snort worthy that was. Every time I've watched that scene, I've had my hands automatically up trying to push away the imaginary threat of that douche stepping out of the screen, and telling me to my face with a gay hillbilly accent "Ahm gonnaputsmahdickinyour..."

    Love Paul!

  • TheOriginalMRod

    That was one of the most hilariously embarrassing scenes in a movie that I have ever seen. The out takes are hilarious too... "Wash your balls!"

  • periwinkled

    Maybe it IS a Southern thing, because this is not usually the kind of humor I go for, but that had me howling.

  • I voted "Hilarious?" just for the question mark. I don't know, man.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Has anyone let Pookie know there is now a box he can click saying "Dustin is an idiot"? Can I be there when they do? I'll bring cookies!

    I didn't click the "idiot" box. Not yet. No one else has voted and I don't want to draw any attention to myself. Plus I have no sense of humour. I had it surgically removed to make way for more chocolate.

    Also I'm really freaked out by those Project Runway sidebar ads with Heidi Klum threatened to cut off her nipple with sewing scissors if we don't watch her show.

  • Damn. Y'all's sidebars are better than mine.

  • BWeaves

    "Plus I have no sense of humour. I had it surgically removed to make way for more chocolate."

    Please let me steal that line. I love it.

  • Anne At Large

    I have always wondered about the ads for that show, as they seem to predominantly feature a partially nude Heidi Klum. I have watched a good 6-7 seasons and feel like they are completely missing the target audience with those ads. Or do a lot of shows on Bravo and now Lifetime catering to women and gay men (I am surmising) spend their advertising dollars on the scantily-clad-lady ads?

    And yes, they are freaky.

  • Commenter McGee

    Yes! That ad has been FREAKING me out for days now! Why is she threatening to do that, and how do I make it stop? I'm sure she has lovely nipples, please Heidi, don't do anything rash.

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