A buddy comedy is a chemistry set. Usually centered on a pair of actors, their ability to create laughs from their off-screen and on-screen relationships has proven to be a formula for success. Throughout history, comedic black actors have brought movie audiences to tears when paired with the funniest counterparts of other ethnicities. There are occasions when the winning ingredient is two African American goof-offs. Which of those are the best of the best?SoulTrain.com is going to provide an answer with this, the Top 10 Black Buddy Comedies.
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#10 Ride a Long
This film, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, offers the Lethal Weapon formula revived for today’s movie audience. Cube and Hart are excellent together, and what makes it work is how Cube’s James feels so genuinely and hilariously annoyed with Hart’s wannabe police officer Ben.
#9 Booty Call
So-desperate-they’re-pitiful friends Bunz (Jamie Foxx) and Rashon (Tommy Davidson) try all night to score with their ladies. Each of their many failures are laugh-out-loud funny!
#8 All About the Benjamins
Mike Epps and Ice Cube work so well together, this being the best and funniest, of their pairings. Cube as a bounty hunter appears genuinely annoyed by Epps’ character’s con-artist antics!
#7 Bad Boys
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as detectives just sounds funny, right? Watching them pull it off with perfect comic timing (and total seriousness when needed), though, is way better!
Ten words: “Can I have yo cornbread?” “You can’t have my cornbread!” Two names: Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. With its outstanding supporting cast, Life’s big laughs begin and end with its leading actors.
#5 Malibu’s Most Wanted
To some this may not be a “black comedy” per se, but the hilarity of Anthony Anderson and Taye Diggs as method actors hired to portray street thugs will crinkle your face with laughter, especially after they’re exposed as fake. Their chemistry with star Jamie Kennedy is comedy gold.
#4 Let’s Do It Again
It’s hard to decide what’s funniest about this 1975 classic movie: the gangsta’s-gonna-get-you-back plot, the back and forth banter between stars Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, or their outrageous yet fly outfits.
Written by DJ Pooh and starring Cube and Chris Tucker, this is easily the funniest movie about nothing ever made. A hemp-addicted loafer gives his neighborhood homie grief for getting fired on his day off, then almost gets them both killed over his own debt? Hilarious!
#2 House Party
Teaming rap duo Kid-N-Play with Martin Lawrence in a high school party romp with surprisingly funny Full Force as their antagonists proved to be movie genius! The late, great stand-up comic Robin Harris stole the show as Kid’s angry father.
#1 Coming to America
Scene after side-splitting scene, memorable quote after memorable quote, Prince Akeems’s voyage from pampered African royalty to the common parts of Queens, NY remains unforgettable. We could name several reasons this Eddie Murphy vehicle co-starring Arsenio Hall as Semmi is such a coveted comedy classic, the most important of those being this movie is hurt-yourself-laughing funny.
—Mr. Joe Walker
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