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Funny flicks support serious cause



Comedy Movie Marathon brings old favourites and new favourites to the big screen

What: Comedy Movie Marathon

Where: Village 8 Cinemas

When: Sept. 18-21

Heart wrenching dramas may win the best picture awards at the Oscars, but our favourite movies are the ones that make us pee our pants laughing.

This weekend the Village 8 cinema had better break out the waterproof slipcovers. Thursday through Sunday the theatre will be hosting the Blockbuster Comedy Movie Marathon, in conjunction with the Comedy in the Sky Whistler comedy festival. Two screens have been set aside for a continual stream of classic comedy fare.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High kicks off the marathon with a 7 p.m. showing this Thursday. Following the So-Cal classic at 9 p.m. is Slap Shot , the Paul Newman flick about hilarious hockey goons fighting a losing battle in a rust belt industrial town.

The rest of the roster offers everything from golf comedies to British humour. The theatre will screen films between noon and midnight on Friday and Saturday and from approximately noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

While the movies contain some of the funniest scenes ever to grace the silver screen, there is a serious cause underlying the event. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to avalanche relief and rescue initiatives in B.C.

Tickets for single screenings cost $4, with a four-day VIP pass available for $15. Check out www.comedyinthesky.ca for more information. Call the Village 8 Cinema info line at 604-932-5833 for show times.

Look for the following flicks:

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Directed by: Amy Heckerling, 1982

Fast Times shows us the world according to teens in early 1980s Southern California as they go about their materialistic lives and deal with sex, drugs, boredom, the mall, fast food and whatever. The film is a guppy pool of future stars that are fun to spot, and features a hilarious performance by a young Sean Penn as stoner surfer-dude Jeff Spicoli.

Best Line: "I shall serve no fries before their time!" – overly enthusiastic fast food employee Brad Hamilton

Slap Shot

Directed by: George Roy Hill, 1977

Paul Newman stars as Reggie Dunlop, aging player-coach of the Charlestown Chiefs, a two-bit hack hockey team in the two-bit hack minor leagues. When the team’s owner announces his decision to sell, the Chiefs step up to become crowd-pleasing goons, spurred on by the Hanson Brothers, a trio of hulking bespectacled players with childlike intelligence who "put on the foil" before they take the ice. Hockey fights galore iced with Paul Newman’s incomparable charm – no Canadian can resist this movie.