One of my favorite actors is celebrating his birthday today, and I thought it would only be proper to create a top 5 list for the great Steve Martin. The thing I love about Steve Martin is his ability to mix comedy, drama, and raw emotion into all of his films. He’s got that unique ability of being incredibly funny, without making it look hard.
Without further adieu these are my top 5 Steve Martin films.
1. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
What’s not to love about PTA? When you pair up two legends like Steve Martin and John Candy (RIP) you get comedy gold. The chemistry between these two will never be duplicated. PTA is the type of movie you can sit and watch over and over, particularly around the holidays. It makes you appreciate all the transportation options we have in this world, and the complications that come with operating them. At the end of the day, a strong bond is unbreakable no matter how different two individuals are.
[Gil sees Justin wearing nothing but a gunbelt]
Gil: That’s what you’re wearing to bed? You’ll catch a cold!
[Justin puts on a cowboy hat]
Gil: Karen, how about after the kids are asleep… (referring to Justin.) I wear this outfit?
Steve Martin plays “Gil Buckman” in a story that shows the ups and downs of parenthood. The cast around Martin is fantastic and the obstacles that they all face are extremely relateable to many parents around the world. One of Steve’s most endearing roles, the movie was nominated for two Oscars.
3. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is another classic comedy! This time Martin pairs up with another legend in his own right Michael Caine. Caine is really good in the film, but Steve Martin takes it to another level. From a spiffy ladies man to a con job involving a wheelchair, Martin does not rest until he gets the girl!
4. The Jerk
The Jerk has etched itself in cult classic history. A role that only Steve Martin could play, filled with naivety and pure stupidity, it’s worth every second.
Robert K. Bowfinger: See that FedEx truck? Every day it delivers important papers to people all over the world. And one day, it is going to stop here, and a man is going to walk up and casually toss a couple of FedExes on my desk. And at that moment, we – and by we, I mean me – will be important.
When I ask people have you ever seen Bowfinger, many just reply “what?” Bowfinger is a modern gem, that proves with a little bit of creativity, and a whole lot of imagination even you can make a movie! Well many things need to go right, and a lot of random things need to add up, but in this hilarious story they all do. Steve Martin works so well with many other comedic actors, and once again him and Eddie Murphy make it a memorable one. If you love the movie making process, you have to see how doing more with less really plays out.
Steve Martin I hope you have a great birthday, and many more to come.