Laugh out loud: Our top picks for Vegas comedy movies

Yep, it was that kind of a night. “The Hangover,” photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Last, but certainly not least, we bring you Las Vegas comedy movies. Honestly, filming a laugh-out-loud movie in Vegas is the best idea since all-you-can-eat buffets. Sure, bad decisions ensue after a wild night in Vegas. But along with that comes knee-slapping moments that’ll make you laugh ’til it hurts. Plus, after reading about our Vegas drama and sci-fi action lists, we need a break from all that intensity. Sit back and enjoy our comedy picks, in chronological order:

Viva Las Vegas, 1964
Most might not consider this a comedy (it’s technically a musical), but it has that same light-hearted vibes of a feel-good comedy, anyway. Plus, could you think of a better way than kicking off our list with “Viva Las Vegas?” And whether you’re into musicals or not, a handsome young Elvis Presley and gorgeous Ann-Margret is total eye candy and we’re satisfied with that.

Honeymoon in Vegas, 1992
You can’t beat flying Elvi. You really can’t. And Nicholas Cage proves he can be just as funny as well as serious. This movie is kind of like a toned down, less intense version of “Indecent Proposal,” but funny. We’re curious if we can invite a group of flying Elvi to an actual Vegas wedding. Anything is possible, right?


Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, 1994
Oh yes, you better believe we took it there. This made-for-TV movie was based on the hit show, “Saved by the Bell” and we finally get to see Zack Morris marry his high school sweetheart (and every teenage boy’s fantasy girl), Kelly Kapowski. We couldn’t snag any decent footage of the movie, so we thought we’d spoil you with these beloved Zack and Kelly moments. You’ll want to binge watch your favorite ’90s show soon after (you’re welcome).

Swingers, 1996
We love Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. We wish they did more projects together. In the meantime, we’ll keep watching “Swingers.” So many folks plan Vegas trips around cheering up a buddy, specifically after a breakup. In this dark comedy, three simple words changed Mike’s (Favreau’s character) forever: “Vegas Baby, Vegas.” So, the next time your friend needs a little  convincing for an unforgettable Sin City trip, you already know what to say.

Fools Rush In, 1997
It’s your classic shotgun Vegas wedding: Boy meets girl, boy knocks up girl, boy and girl get married. Anybody with a pulse would fall for the insatiable Salma Hayek. So when Matthew Perry has a wild Vegas night that ends with him marrying the beautiful Isabelle, we can’t really blame him. Nor can we blame Elvis for planting a kiss on the blushing bride as he walked her down the aisle. You see so much of Vegas in this movie, not just the Strip. From the houses in the neighborhoods all looking the same (which is true), to making a wish on the Hoover Dam and eating Gray’s Papaya hotdogs overlooking the desert, this is a classic Vegas rom-com that shouldn’t be missed.

Vegas Vacation, 1997
What’s not to love about “Vegas Vacation?” From Mr. Papagiorgio being plucked out of the pool to Wayne Newton lovingly gifting Ellen Griswold a lock of his hair and feeding her fettuccini, this National Lampoon’s classic gives you insight to all the highs and lows that come with vacationing in Sin City. One of the best scenes is Clark trying to win his money back at the imaginary casino with table games like “Rock Paper Scissors” and “Pick a Number.” The blue slop at the buffet is hilarious.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 1997
Mike Myers is a comedic genius portraying the goofy detective, Austin Powers. This scene of him and Vanessa Kensington (played by Elizabeth Hurley) at the blackjack table is pure gold. When the dealer presents him a super low number (five to be exact), Powers says in a menacing tone, “I’ll stay.” We’re tempting to watch this scene over and over again. It’s that good. It’s safe to say we’d never let him bet with our dough. This spy, action-comedy was the first of three in the Austin Powers series. It’s also worth watching Myers play the good guy as well as the bad, the one and only Dr. Evil (insert “one mill-ion dollars” here).

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998
Hey, you really don’t have to be on anything to watch this cult classic — the art direction a major trip on its own.  There are too many scenes we love in this movie, but this hotel check-in scene takes the cake. Planning on partying in Vegas anytime soon? Take it from Hunter S. Thompson himself: “Good people drink good beer.”

Go, 1999
Pull out your wide-legged JNCO jeans and raver beads (you know you still have them). We’re going to take you down memory lane with this one. This sleeper hit the theaters when underground raves were all the rage. In this movie, you’ll go on a fast-paced ride of three intertwining stories portrayed in a period of 24 hours. “Go” has an all-star cast which included Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr. There’s everything from illegal drug deals, horrifying accidents, scenes from Crazy Horse Gentleman’s Club and even a tiny love story. Not to mention, “Go” also had a killer soundtrack with No Doubt’s “New” and Len’s “Steal My Sunshine.” Haven’t checked it out yet? We’re giving you the green light.

Rush Hour 2, 2001
We love our action comedy flicks, especially when it involves exact opposites like Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Our  favorite scene is when the partners jumped from the fictional Red Dragon hotel (the former Desert Inn in real life) window and zoomed alongside the Chinese lanterns. These two made a heck of a pair. Now we can’t get Michael Jackson’s “Rock My World” out of our heads, which was a big hit from the movie’s soundtrack.

Knocked Up, 2007
It’s like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” all over again in this particular Vegas scene. Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd’s characters take a quick trip to Vegas to escape their current relationship problems. The duo party a bit too rough, which lead to their bad trips during Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère show. We thought the giant baby was creepy enough, but the close-up shots will surely give us nightmares for days.

What Happens in Vegas, 2008
Can you imagine the horror of waking up with a stranger… but wait! Married to that stranger? How horrifying. Take it up a  few notches and try fighting over a cool $3 million. Starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, this movie shows the aftermath when a wild night in Vegas takes a turn for the worst… or wait — maybe for the better? After all, winning (or even splitting) that much dinero and eventually finding love doesn’t sound too shabby to us.

The Hangover, 2009
Mike, tigers and beers, oh my! See, doesn’t that “Wizard of Oz” catch phrase sound better with a Vegas twist? The first of three in this wildly hilarious series, “The Hangover” was a surprise hit in the theaters and became a staple in pop culture. After its release, every Vegas kiosk or gift shop had souvenir memorabilia from the movie. This opening scene will always be our favorite. If you think you’ve had wild “morning afters” in Vegas, nothing tops going to the bathroom and soon discovering you’re right next to a wild tiger. Moral of the story, kids? Drink responsibly. (But we also double-dog dare you to ask the front desk, “This isn’t the real Caesar’s Palace is it? Did Caesar live here?”)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 2013
Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton (played by Steve Carrell and Steve Buscemi, respectively), make one heck of a pair in this quirky comedy about Vegas magicians. Throw in street magician Steve Gray (played by Jim Carrey) as their competition and you’ll be drowning in your own tears of laughter. (It’ll also give you flashbacks of when Carrey and Carrell’s were against each other in the beloved “Bruce Almighty.”) Wonderstone has to step up his game to level up to Gray’s success if he wants to stay in business. This film definitely makes us miss the hey-day when Siegfried & Roy ruled the Strip.

Last Vegas, 2013
Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas all prove they can party hearty in this lovable comedy. The crew did everything: judged a sexy bikini contest, partied VIP style in a nightclub, stayed in a gorgeous penthouse and even had a taste of downtown Las Vegas, befriending a lounge singer. This scene is downright adorable: After the bouncer tells them that VIP table service is “18,” the look on his face after they scrounge up 18 single bills is classic.

Think Like A Man Too, 2014
Next time when one of your pals plans to get hitched (or if you decide to), why not take your bachelor, bachelorette and wedding festivities to Vegas? You’ll have stories to share that’ll get passed to your great-great grandkids… or stories you’ll take to the grave. This romantic comedy gives us a treat with views of a spectacular Caesars Palace villa (one that Kevin Hart’s character pays a mere $40,000 a night for!), as well as stunning views of the hotel’s Garden of the Gods pool oasis. But this scene of the gals making their own video of Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” is our downright favorite. Miss her, kiss her, love her, that girl is poison…

We hope you enjoyed our Vegas comedy round up, as well as our sci-fi and drama picks. All of these movies are great, but your own Sin City adventure could be stellar. Plan your trip and we’ll be waiting to hear about your tales… or maybe even see it on the big screen.

(Additional editorial contribution by Ashley Oñoz Wright.)

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