25 Favorite Films with Broken Lizard!

RT catches up with the comedy troupe as they take their latest film to Slamdance.

Erik Stolhanske


[The other Broken Lizards chime in with Stolhanske's "favorite films": "Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, Fried Green Tomatoes, Rachel Getting Married, Tea with Mussolini..."]


The Wild Bunch (1969, 97% Tomatometer)
The Wild BunchI'm going to start with The Wild Bunch. Peckinpah. I kind of like the anti-hero movies. I don't like heroes, I like anti-heroes.

Five Easy Pieces (1970, 82% Tomatometer)
Five Easy PiecesWhy Five Easy Pieces? Also an anti-hero movie. Jack Nicholson is not necessarily a likeable character, but you can't help wanting to root for the guy. Especially at the end when he goes to the bathroom and hops in a truck and just takes off. For some reason you still like this guy who leaves his girl sitting at a gas station.

Lemme: And that scene in the diner, "stick the chicken between your knees."

Stolhanske:"Stick the chicken between your knees." Nicholson giving Sally Struthers the business.

Lemme: Sally Struthers naked!

Stolhanske: Wild sex, too. Bouncing off the walls.

Chandrasekhar: We stayed in Sally Struthers' house when we came out to L.A. We were struggling actors and she let us stay in her house, for like a week.


Husbands (1970, 57% Tomatometer)
HusbandsOne summer, they were doing a '70s movie revival at the Film Forum in New York, and Soter and I would go see double features; you pay for one, you see two. All '70s movies. It was great, so we'd go there all the time. One of my favorites was John Cassavetes' Husbands. That was a great, funny movie; first of all, it was cool because a lot of it was improvised. There's Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, John Cassavetes...one of their buddies dies, so they basically decide life's too short and they're going to go get drunk one night and reflect on life. So it's one night of these guys going out and drinking, but then they end up going to London.

Soter: What's cool is that was our introduction to Cassavetes and the idea of movies like that, that are so cool and funny, but maybe warm and all over the place. That was the point when we realized that he made those really cool, guy movies.

Stolhanske: Yeah. I mean, it really seemed like they were actually sitting around a table and drinking and improvising these scenes. It felt incredibly naturalistic.


Being There (1979, 97% Tomatometer)
Being ThereI love Being There -- Peter Sellers' Being There. Big Peter Sellers fan, love Hal Ashby.


The Empire Strikes BackI think my last favorite film would be The Empire Strikes Back. Tough, between Star Wars or Empire Strikes Back, I love them both.

Lemme: Empire had more dangers. It had some cliffhangers, too. Han Solo going down -- I didn't sleep after that one. How do you end a movie like that? What a revolutionary ending for a movie.




Next: Broken Lizard vet, first-time director and erstwhile Farva, Kevin Heffernan

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