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Top Ten Comedies Since 2000

This started in another thread, but let’s give it some room to breathe.

Jesse, who suggested the idea, offered this list:

1. The Royal Tenenbaums
2. Superbad
3. Anchorman
4. Wet Hot American Summer
5. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
6. Napoleon Dynamite
7. The Life Aquatic
8. Step Brothers
9. Funny People
10. maybe Mean Girls for sheer rewatchability

Geoff countered with:

Wonder Boys
High Fidelity
Anchorman
40 Year Old Virgin
Role Models
Exit Through the Giftshop (suck it, Banksy killed in that movie!)
Dodgeball
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Superbad
Knocked Up

Your turn….

102 Responses to “Top Ten Comedies Since 2000”

  1. JKill says:

    Despite my reluctance to do lists because I can never commit to my picks, here are my entries:

    1. The Royal Tenenbaums
    2. The 40 Year Old Virgin
    3. O Brother Where Art Thou
    4. Anchorman
    5. I Heart Huckabees
    6. The Squid and the Whale (This could be a stretch to classify as comedy but I’m going to go with it…)
    7. Zoolander
    8. Wet Hot American Summer
    9. Superbad
    10. World’s Greatest Dad/Observe and Report (Ultra black-comedy TIE)

    I also need to throw out my vote for the most underrated comedy of the aughts…

    THE BREAK-UP, a hilarious, heart felt anti-romantic comedy that cuts surprsingly deep and is actually honest and bittersweet, with some of the best comedic and dramatic work Vaughn and Aniston have ever done.

  2. Sean Stangland says:

    1. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    2. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    3. In Bruges
    4. Anchorman
    5. I Heart Huckabees
    6. Juno
    7. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    8. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    9. Easy A
    10. Zoolander

    ZOOLANDER will probably be on a lot of these lists, and that’s really surprising. It landed with a bit of a thud when it first came out, but it has gradually become one of those movies you can’t stop watching whenever it’s on cable.

    Remember when everyone thought MEET THE PARENTS was hilarious? Ah, simpler times.

  3. Tim DeGroot says:

    1. Bad Santa (Director’s Cut)
    2. Kung Fu Hustle
    3. Crank: High Voltage
    4. Jackass Number 2
    5. The Ten
    6. Talladega Nights
    7. The 40 Year Old Virgin
    8. Drag Me To Hell
    9. The Simpsons Movie
    10. Napoleon Dynamite

    I’ll also say that the scenes with the girl in the wheelchair in Freddy Got Fingered made me laugh as hard as anything of the last decade.

  4. LexG says:

    1. My Best Friend’s Girl
    2. Freddy Got Fingered (The Backwards Man, the Backwards Man… IT’S JEWELS, BETTY! JEWELS!)
    3. The Hangover
    4. Slackers (Cool Ethan Power)
    5. Postal (if ONLY for the part where the black cop shoots the old Asian lady with a shotgun for no reason)
    6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    7. Observe and Report
    8. Jennifer’s Body
    9. Crank: High Voltage
    10. Little Nicky

    Honorable mention: Good Luck Chuck, Superbad, and The Love Guru. Not because ANYTHING in Love Guru is really funny, because it’s such a brutally painfully exercise in douche chills, it’s like brilliantly unfunny to the point of funny.

  5. A. Campbell says:

    With apologies to: all the films I haven’t seen… Pixar, whose films are consistently funnier than almost all of what bills itself as “comedy”… genre-sticklers who classify some of these under “drama”…

    In ascending order:

    BORAT

    SUPERBAD

    STATE AND MAIN

    BAD SANTA

    O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU

    ADAPTATION

    IN BRUGES

    SIDEWAYS

    THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

    THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

  6. Hopscotch says:

    1. Best in Show
    2. Sideways
    3. 40 Year old Virgin
    4. Borat
    5. High Fidelity
    6. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    7. King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters
    8. Anchorman
    9. Old School
    10. Hot Fuzz
    10a. Shrek (diminished by the inferior sequels, but that first one has some amazing gags)

    I’d say Wedding Crashers and The Hangover are the two biggest of the “So Funny!” when they came out, but on subsequent viewings don’t hold up.

    Undercover Brother is almost up there for me, not every joke works but there are some howlers in that movie.

    The Royal Tennenbaums and The Departed I consider dramas that happen to have some extremely funny moments. “What, you one of those fitness freaks. Go Fuck yourself.”

  7. Krillian says:

    Not THE ten, but a quick glance…
    chronologically

    O Brother Where Art Thou
    The Royal Tenenbaums
    Freaky Friday
    Dodgeball
    Wedding Crashers
    Juno
    Pineapple Express
    500 Days of Summer
    Zombieland
    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

  8. Elyse says:

    In no particular order:
    Borat
    Sideways
    Wonderboys
    Squid and the Whale
    Ghost World
    The Royal Tenenbaums
    Anchorman
    40-Year-Old Virgin
    American Splendor
    About a Boy

  9. Keil Shults says:

    Is this for great films that happen to be comedies, or are we looking for funniest films?

  10. Keil Shults says:

    Yes, I have to be “that guy.”

  11. LexG says:

    That’s what I’m saying, too… Sideways, Juno, Ghost World, About Schmidt, Up in the Air, Funny People, most of the Woody Allen canon, Wonder Boys are GREAT MOVIES, but I don’t really think of them as “comedies,” per se. Comedy I think of like balls-out hilarity and shtick and dudes getting hit in the balls and like black guys ogling a hot chick and going “Daaaaaaaayum!”, not some mournful meditation on aging or loss or outsider-dom that happens to have funny moments.

  12. AdamL says:

    Unranked, except Goodbye Lenin! would be #1.

    Goodbye Lenin!
    Superbad
    Zombieland
    Wonderboys
    Amelie
    Sideways
    In the Loop
    One Night at McCool’s
    Scott Pilgrim vs the World
    Kenny

  13. This is more about ‘made me laugh hardest’ than ‘great movies that happen to be comedies’. The first 9 are in ABC order.

    10. Emperor’s New Groove
    9. I Love You Man
    8. Juno
    7. Mean Girls
    6. Observe and Report
    5. Role Models
    4. Shanghai Knights
    3. Wet Hot American Summer
    2. Zombieland

    And my favorite comedy of the just-finished decade:
    1. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (and yes, a genuinely great film about race relations, cultural identity, etc)

  14. Keil Shults says:

    Maybe these are mine…

    Bad Santa
    Borat
    40-Year-Old Virgin, The
    Ghost World
    Hot Fuzz
    I Heart Huckabee’s
    Royal Tenenbaums, The
    Sideways
    Superbad
    Wet Hot American Summer

    great films i’m not sure i’d classify as comedies:

    Almost Famous
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    In Bruges (this one’s a very close call)
    Punch-Drunk Love
    Wonder Boys

    i’m sure i’ll remember many more the second i get home

  15. chris says:

    Best in Show
    Borat
    Chicken Run
    Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
    The Incredibles
    The Last Shot
    OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Shaun of the Dead
    Superbad

  16. Don Malvasi says:

    In The Loop, Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant, Borat, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Juno, 40 Year-Old Virgin, Sideways, Bad Santa, Bridesmaids

  17. Joe Leydon says:

    To be honest, I am more than a little surprised by all the love for Hot Wet American summer. I loathed it. And, mind you, I’m a fan of Janeane Garofolo.

  18. LexG says:

    The three funniest things about Wet Hot American Summer are 1) the theme song, 2) the credit font, 3) that chase montage where the dude’s running and there’s some mildly inconvenient bale of hale in the road.

  19. Hopscotch says:

    I like Wet Hot American Summer, but its a very front-loaded comedy. All the funniest bits are in the first 45 mins, the second half isn’t as good.

    Chris Meloni saves that movie. If his scenes were cut out it’d be 70% less funny.

    “I can suck my own dick. And I do it, a lot.”

  20. Hopscotch says:

    I see a lot of Mean Girls, which I always thought was ok. I think Baby Mama, while very, very sitcom-y and not “great” has four or five hilarious moments and very re-watchable.

    “I thought of it when I was running barefoot through the Toronto Airport.”

  21. NickF says:

    Dodgeball. A simple concept executed perfectly.

  22. Anghus says:

    Anchorman
    School of Rock
    I Love You Man
    Walk Hard
    Old School
    Sideways
    Bridesmaids
    Team America: World Police
    40 Year Old Virgin
    Royal Tennenbaums

  23. Gus says:

    My 10:

    Anchorman
    Superbad
    Talladega Nights
    High Fidelity
    The Hangover
    MacGruber
    Borat
    The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    Wedding Crashers
    Old School

  24. BillyCigar says:

    Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
    Hot Rod
    In Bruges
    Bad Santa
    Borat
    Punch-Drunk Love (definitely a comedy)
    Tropic Thunder
    Moulin Rouge!
    Death to Smoochy
    Little Miss Sunshine

  25. Chris says:

    (unranked, and subject to change at a moment’s notice)

    Black Dynamite
    Anchorman
    O Brother Where Are Thou
    Hot Fuzz
    Kung Fu Hustle
    Scott Pilgrim v The World
    The Simpsons Movie (i find myself rewatching this often)
    Superbad
    The Foot Fist Way
    I Heart Huckabees (i remember many, including our own DP, absolutely trashing this thing when it came out. I continue to love it)

    and I don’t consider Wonder Boys a comedy but want to echo all the love it is getting here. LOVE that movie.

    and it wouldn’t make my top ten, but i dig LexG’s Slackers pick. That movie is pretty great. the dude from Pete & Pete slays.

  26. JKill says:

    I struggled with the whole Great Movies that Happen to be Funny vs. The FUNNIEST movies period.

    These are my, off the top of the dome, THE FUNNIEST movies for me of the 2000s…

    1. The Forty Year Old Virgin
    2. Anchorman
    3. Zoolander
    4. Wet Hot American Summer
    5. Superbad
    6. The Hangover
    7. Old School
    8. Observe and Report
    9. Borat
    10. The Aristocrats

    Good calls everyone on FREDDY GOT FINGERED, TEAM AMERICA and HOT ROD, which I’m also a fan of…

    One of the most genius moments of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, that no one has brought up yet, is where the kids get to leave the camp and end up robbing/beating an old woman and shooting heroin in a dingy hallway…

  27. Anghus says:

    Black Dynamite. Good call.

  28. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Lex I love that you called out the chase scene in WET HOT. Single biggest laugh in the decade along with them freaking out at the apparent heroics on the river (never actually seen) WET HOT has to be the most consistent innovative comedy of the decade. Along with HOT ROD its one of the most underrated comedies in these lists. It’s so subjective though, I mean I like much of WORLDS GREATEST DAD but can see why its a total turnoff for some. What is surprising is how high some of these really mediocre comedies rank for some.

    Kudos to JKILL for THE BREAKUP which I also think is a terrific film that was much better than most expected from it.

    WET HOT
    GREENBERG
    PUNCHDRUNK LOVE
    WEATHERMAN
    BAD SANTA
    CHOPPER
    THE BREAKUP

  29. Lisa says:

    In no particular order:

    40-year-old virgin
    Amelie
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Yeah. I said it)
    Anchorman
    Little Miss Sunshine
    Mean Girls
    Best in Show
    Shrek/Finding Nemo (it’s a toss-up, really.)

  30. sdp says:

    Bad Santa
    The 40 Year Old Virgin
    Borat
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    The Foot Fist Way
    Death at a Funeral (UK)
    Hot Fuzz
    Burn After Reading
    Scott Pilgrim
    Hot Tub Time Machine

  31. Peter says:

    My turn, for me this list is only movies that makes me laugh hard and often, not just smile and have a good time or be profound (nothing wrong with those, but they are not what I would consider ‘comedy’)

    1) Borat
    2) Bad Santa
    3) Knocked Up
    4) Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans (it’s a comedy, I am very sure of that)
    5) Zack and Miri make a Porno
    6) Old School
    7) Bruno
    8) Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    9) Wedding Crashers
    10) Zombieland

    Honorable Mentions: Best In Show, The Hangover, 40 Year old Virgin, Tropic Thunder, In The Loop, American Wedding, Y Tu Mama Tambien

  32. Clean Steve says:

    Sort of in order:

    Team America
    Dodgeball
    Shaun of the Dead
    Idiocracy
    Talladega Nights
    Zoolander
    Observe and Report
    Tropic Thunder
    Monsters Inc.
    Borat

    Ben Stiller can be is lazy, rotten shit but when the guys lands a punch, it’s good one. White Goodman is classic. Idiocracy is probably under-realized, but I find it so brilliant in so many spots that it overpowers the missed targets. “Extra big ass fries.”

  33. Peter says:

    Just a question, and I don’t mean to be rude. I just want someone to explain how Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind list as a top comedy by some people here? Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie, it’s my favorite film the past decade. But it’s not a comedy…

    Just curious how some people here define comedy…

  34. yancyskancy says:

    With the usual caveats, and not much fretting about order:

    Ghost World
    Kung Fu Hustle
    Knocked Up
    Bad Santa
    Hot Fuzz
    The Dish
    The Break-Up
    The 40 Year Old Virgin
    Superbad
    Stuck on You

    Funny People and Sarah Marshall should be there, but I wanted to give some non-Apatow productions a chance. I Love You Man made me laugh as much as anything in the last ten years, and kudos to the brave souls who included Freddy Got Fingered (which might well make my top 20). And a shout-out to the compromised but original Idiocracy.

  35. yancyskancy says:

    Some of the funniest people on the planet are in the cast of DODGEBALL, but it only gave me a couple of chuckles, a few smiles and exactly zero belly laughs. Funny how these things work.

  36. Anghus says:

    Fuck me, I forgot Idiocracy. I love that movie. I use Upgradde references all the time and just saying the word “Beef Supreme” makes me laugh.

  37. jesse says:

    Joe, I wonder if it’s a generational thing about Wet Hot American Summer; I remember Ebert seemed to hate it and dismiss it simultaneously, which to me is mind-boggling. The tone of it has a mix of sincere genre parody and utterly insincere almost everything else that I feel like some people don’t really cotton to (Ebert, my favorite critic working, obviously doesn’t share my sense of humor; he hated Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, too, and while he didn’t mention that movie in his Wet Hot review, I imagine his reaction was similar).

    Nothing any of those State guys have done since, worthy as some of it’s been, can touch it.

    I dig the is-it-a-comedy classification debates that some of these movies cause. For the record, I’d say Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind isn’t a comedy (though it is a masterpiece and sometimes very funny — “I’M BUILDING A BIRDHOUSE”). And though the Pixar movies are often hilarious, I wouldn’t consider many of them outright comedies (especially not The Incredibles, even though I love it). Strangely, I think the funniest Pixar of the past decade or so is probably UP, though I think Toy Story 2 has the most laughs of any of them.

    Juno and Ghost World, love ‘em both, and both are funny, but for whatever reason I don’t think of them as comedies. Yet Wes Anderson’s movies do mostly strike me that way. I find Tenenbaums moving, but also laugh-out-loud funny. God the dialogue in that movie is incredible.

    But I would say Observe and Report is a comedy… Punch-Drunk Love kinda-sorta is, although I was ambivalent enough to keep it off my list despite it being one of my favorites… and I’d say Margot at the Wedding kinda is, too, even though I left all of Baumbach’s off for being a bit more on the serious side, and also few other people I know find that movie (Margot) funny at all. But it is! Kind of. Just also kind of unpleasant. Like Step Brothers!

    Lots of Best in Show love. Interesting. I’ve always respected Guest’s movies but if I’m honest I’ve liked each one a bit less than the last. I guess that still puts Best in Show highest up for the past eleven years, but I find it more amusing than hilarious.

  38. Corey says:

    If I’m picking a David Wain comedy based on laughs, I’m picking ROLE MODELS, but WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER is excellent too.

  39. Joe Leydon says:

    Jesse:

    Well, this is what I had to say about it back in the day.

    http://www.movingpictureshow.com/archives/mpsWetHotSummer.htm

  40. leahnz says:

    nitpickle, but it was anghus – not jesse as credited by DP with the idea – who suggested, “How about TEN BEST COMEDIES FROM 2000-2011?” in the other thread

  41. Clean Steve says:

    I find Monsters Inc to be a straight-up workplace comedy, and it remains my favorite (and most quoted) Pixar film. You can make the argument that it’s fantasy, but I think it’s the closet to just being a pure comedy that they have made. But I kept Scott Pilgrim off my list because while i find it very funny I see it as more of a 50/50 action comedy. It depends on how you personally weight some of these films.

    I also want to say that I nominated John C Reilly as comedy MVP of the decade. He takes Talladega Nights from ok to outstanding, for my money. Same thing in Step Brothers, and he is insanely good in Walk Hard. Those 2 could very easily be on my list. Hell, he was great in The Promotion, too.

  42. JS Partisan says:

    Yeah I have no idea how anyone can see Wonder Boys as a comedy. It’s a dramedy. I don’t even remember there being that many laughs in it, so could someone who finds it to be a comedy point out what’s so funny there? Yeah that’s a loaded question but not as perplexing as WONDER BOYS as a comedy!

    My top ten would be:

    Tropic Thunder
    MacGruber
    Anchorman
    In The Loop
    Intolerable Cruelty
    I Heart Huckabees
    The Jackass Trilogy
    Zoolander

    ETA: Jesus, I forgot Walk Hard. Damn, I love that movie for no other reason than the Brian Wilson freak out scene.

  43. leahnz says:

    narrowing it down to 10 is brutal, i can’t do it.

    in no particular order:

    kiss kiss, bang bang
    bad santa
    in bruges
    in the loop
    shaun of the dead
    school of rock
    bubba ho tep
    ice age
    sideways
    lovely and amazing
    royal tenenbaums
    the whole nine yards
    napoleon dynamite
    little miss sunshine
    pineapple express
    team america world police
    boy

  44. Raj Himself says:

    1. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
    2. ANCHORMAN
    3. BORAT
    4. PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
    5. IN BRUGES
    6. TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE
    7. OBSERVE AND REPORT
    8. SUPERBAD
    9. JUNO
    10. ZOOLANDER

  45. leahnz says:

    haven’t seen bridesmaids yet, itching for it to come out here

  46. Joe Leydon says:

    On the other hand: I am pleased to see so much love for Observe and Report. I remember feeling quite alone when I praised that one.

  47. anghus says:

    i hated observe and report when i first saw it. i watched it a couple of times on hbo and it grew on me, but i still think it’s one of those movies where the lead character is so infinitely unlikable that i don’t care about anything that happens to anyone in the film.

    I kept asking myself ‘who am i supposed to be rooting for?’.

    When the answer is ‘no one’, you end up in a weird place.

    i don’t hate it anymore. i find it kind of an interesting dark piece. strange. unsettling.

  48. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Wut, no Mighty Winds or Best in Shows?

    THESE LISTS ARE DEAD TO ME.

  49. anghus says:

    Christopher Guest movies are amusing, quirky, fun but i wouldnt put any of them on a best of list.

    And i’ll probably catch hell for saying it, but they’re all kind of the same to me. The gang gets together for their show. They put on different hats, try a different story, and you get the same charming little movie that never really gets to a laugh out loud state of funny.

  50. Joe Leydon says:

    Abghus: That is one of several subversive things about Observe and Protect — rationally, you shouldn’t be rooting for anybody. Remember: It’s not the the job of a filmmaker to make things easy for you. Yeah, I know: That sounds pretty pretentious when talking about a silly comedy. But that’s the point: I don’t think this movie — or MacGruber, come to think of it — was quite as silly as it was advertised to be.

  51. All these lists only continue to prove how desperately poor the state of film comedy is these days. There’s very few things in there that really stand up against time. I myself can’t get no further then these:

    Borat
    Superbad
    Funny People
    Sideways
    Juno
    In The Loop
    Little Miss Sunshine

    errr…that’s about it.

  52. nikki whisperer says:

    1. ANCHORMAN/TALLADEGA NIGHTS

    2. BAD SANTA/GHOST WORLD

    3. IN BRUGES

    4. 40 YR OLD VIRGIN

    5. JACKASS TRILOGY

    6. BORAT/BRUNO

    7. IDIOCRACY

    8. FOOT FIST WAY/OBSERVE AND REPORT

    9. NACHO LIBRE/GENTLEMEN BRONCOS

    10. SHAUN OF THE DEAD/HOT FUZZ

    Honorable mention to the top 10 TV comedies which are probably biggest influence on current state of contemporary comedy:

    CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
    THE OFFICE (UK)
    PEEP SHOW
    EASTBOUND AND DOWN
    THE IT CROWD
    CHAPELLE’S SHOW
    PARKS AND RECREATION
    PARTY DOWN
    ARCHER
    LOUIE

  53. Hallick says:

    Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
    Undercover Brother (2002)
    Old School (2003)
    Bad Santa (2003)
    Dodgeball (2004)
    Superbad (2007)
    The Hammer (2008)
    Observe and Report (2009)
    Kick Ass (2010)
    Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

    Honorable mentions to Kikujiro, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, The Closet, Zombieland…

  54. JS Partisan says:

    Hobbyist, the problem I have with this sort of thing, is basic categorization. While the Royal Tennenbaums has some really funny moments in it. I find it to be a dramedy and to me, dramedies should not be a on a list with comedies. Which could be the whole problem with comedies these days, is that few people make a straight comedy, and when they do make a straight comedy. Well it sucks.

  55. leahnz says:

    io, i certainly see your point, but it’s impossible (and unnecessary) for me to separate what are technically dramedies from comedies, because the element of drama doesn’t negate comedy, it only serves to make it deeper and more comedically satisfying for me at the end of the day.

    what’s the most-listed flick so far? seems to be lots of ‘bad santas’

    what about an award for great unexpected unheralded heartbreakingly awkward painfully funny out-of-the-blue comedic gems that should’ve been shouted from the rooftops (but instead went seemingly unnoticed)?

    while colin ferrell deservedly got beaucoup props for his outstanding turn in ‘in bruges’, pierce brosnan as ‘julian noble’ in ‘the matador’ seemed to get bupkis (unless somehow i just missed the hoopla, entirely possible) and he fucking KILLED in that movie, so i nominate brosnan for the above award. his turn as julian noble should be the stuff of legend.

  56. Geoff says:

    Wow, Dave – I just put on that list earlier impulsively while on a cross-trainer. Thanks for the shout-out!

    I knew it as soon as I hit “Submit” on my list several hours ago – Knocked Up was funny and touching, but sorry, it was no About a Boy. Hugh Grant was never better than he was in that movie and I would easily put it among the top ten comedies in the first decade of this century – easy call and you now have two Nick Hornby adaptations in my top ten. How has no one named About a Boy, as of yet?

    And yeah, I get there is a fine line here with some of these movies between funniest and best comedy – the criteria for me is that the movie should be an all-around comedy AND it must have several big laughs. I get that Wonder Boys is not the same type of movie as Anchorman, but I would put it in the category just the same – how are people not seeing that as a comedy? The movie is a light and breezy 1:45 with at least a dozen big laughs: Tobey Maguire spitting out the pill, Alan Tudyk asking Douglas about Errol Flynn’s dick, Maguire smoking up in Douglas’ ex-wife’s childhood house, Downey asking about the whole “Chinatown” deal…..the movie is fucking funny. Same with High Fidelity – several scenes between Todd Louiso and Jack Black that kill, just off the top of my head.

    Now, there are some others that I see mentioned which I would not put as “comedies” – sorry, it was clever, but NO way In Bruges is a comedy. The movie gets jet-black dark and grim for about half of the screentime. Same with Eternal Sunshine….probably the best film of the past decade, but just not a comedy. I get that it’s subjective…..

  57. RedTeaBurns says:

    Wow, there are actually people on this planet that found Scott Pilgrim vs. the World watchable, yet alone funny.I am truly shock.

  58. Popcorn slayer says:

    I think BAD SANTA is not only the best comedy of the aughts, but one of the best comedies to come out of Hollywood ever. After that, in no particular order…

    1. BAD SANTA
    2. BURN AFTER READING
    3. MONSTERS INC.
    4. HOT FUZZ
    5. GHOST WORLD
    6. SUPERBAD
    7. OBSERVE AND REPORT
    8. SCHOOL OF ROCK
    9. O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU
    10. TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE

  59. JS Partisan says:

    Geoff, Wonder Boys is just a painful movie for me to watch. How any finds any joy and comedy out of it, again, is perplexing for me.

  60. LexG says:

    I agree with that. I love Wonder Boys, but find it to be a total downer, really melancholy and mournful and with a pinprick-perfect mood about it. It has some amusing chuckles, but it’s a 70s style character piece, no more a “comedy” than Last Detail or Carnal Knowledge.

    Then again, as I sort of stated somewhere upthread, I consider character-based dramedy to be its own animal. If pressed, I don’t even consider “The Graduate” to be a comedy. Or, really, “Risky Business.” Comedy to me is like Landis and Ramis and Reitman and Sandler, Mel Brooks not Albert Brooks.

    But others are free to disagree.

  61. leahnz says:

    crap, i forgot ‘burn after reading’, my sense of humour and the coen’s are apparently simpatico (brad pitt alone is worth it and i kinda can’t stand pitt 87% of the time)

    superbad might be giving ‘bad santa’ a run for its money in the ‘most listed’ stakes

    (and i’d have to retort re: ‘in bruges’ as most certainly being a comedy, geoff; black, acerbic comedy but comedy nonetheless, it cracks me up no end. perhaps it’s cultural and anecdotal, but in my experience brits/colonists consider ‘in bruges’ a comedy, certainly as much so as ‘wonderboys’, which is a deeply melancholic movie. ‘bruges’ is also dramatic and weirdly touching and ambiguous, but comedy and drama aren’t mutually exclusive, one could argue that many of the greatest comedies of ALL TIME have bountifully-realised dramatic elements, and that true comedy can not exist without the dramatic elements of conflict/resolution)

  62. JS Partisan says:

    In Bruges is a really good dark comedy. Sure it has it’s dark moments but that seems to be the point of it’s existence… dark and twisted comedy.

  63. leahnz says:

    what is ‘JS partisan’, is that a thing? what a mouthful. it’s a bit like ‘J F sebastian’, at least i can remember that

    also, a surprising # of people dig ‘school of rock’, strangely comforting, i stupidly giggle thru that movie never fail, jack black’s unfiltered magnum opus of id (along with ‘high fidelity’, in which he is also priceless)

    what the heck happened there, some weird double-up

  64. JS Partisan says:

    Leah, it’s a thing.

  65. jesse says:

    That’s true, Leah, original parameters for this list were all anghus, not me! And it’s turned into a really fun thread.

    Geoff, About a Boy doesn’t seem like a big omission to me because while I liked it, I don’t find it all that funny. I mean, amusing, sure, but I feel like the book is both funnier and more touching, and the movie never felt like more than a pretty good adaptation (as opposed to High Fidelity which has some of its own charm in addition to Hornby’s).

    Also, Nikki Whisperer, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anyone express (or imply, I guess) such admiration for Jared Hess’s post-Napoleon Dynamite movies! I didn’t hate Nacho Libre or even Broncos as much as some, but they did diminish my faith in ND being more than a fluke (a fluke which I still adore, even though its “moment” has passed and I’m sure lots of people have backlashed or dismissed it).

  66. nikki whisperer says:

    Jesse: Ironically, I was never really much of a Napoleon fan. I find it kind of forced and overly cloying, but I think Nacho and Broncos are pretty close to masterpieces, with an insanely controlled and pitch-perfect tone all their own, and they get absolutely funnier and funnier upon repeated viewings. To this day, the savage critical response and studio dumping of Broncos totally eludes me.

  67. Geoff says:

    Ok, obviously comedy is subjective….but I do NOT get how people found Wonder Boys so sad of a movie.

    It’s a meandering comedy in the vein of Swingers or Flirting with Disaster – some pathos and sadness in there, for sure – but it never get heightened and the stakes are really never high enough to make it truly “melancholy.” The movie ends on an uplifting note and pretty much every major character ends up in a better place than where they started – remember the scene where they’re applauding James Leer??? Just not a sad movie, I found it pretty smile-inducing.

    And I’ll say again, there’s some really funny shit in there – Maguire has a about a 15 minute sequence where he’s just off his ass on pot, eating donuts, drinking OJ, bouncing around….he absolutely kills. And Downey, too: “I guess I just didn’t meet their corporate profile….competence.” That’s just a great line, paraphrasing. Funny stuff – hell, you can watch Spiderman and Iron Man and absolutely see how these roles planted the seeds for how they each gave their own spins on superhero roles. It the movie non-stop gags like Anchorman? Not at all, but I found it funny and not sad at all.

    And have any of you watched About a Boy lately? That movie kills, Hugh Grant has never been a better comedian than in that role. His voice-over narration completely makes the movie – tons of funny lines. And even the climax of the movie (Killing Me Softly) is basically a comic climax.

    Shit, I forget about Burn After Reading – very underrated and probably the best pure Coen Brothers comedy after Big Lebowski. Now given the criteria some of you folks are discussing, I would say that A Serious Man was ALMOST a full-blown comedy, but no way with that ending.

    That said, I would probably bump out Dodgeball for Burn After Reading – as an avid bicyclist, it has the best movie line in recent memory relating to bikes: “You thought that was a SCHWINN!”

  68. Triple Option says:

    There’s quite a few on these lists that I haven’t seen that I feel I should to be well qualified. I tried, I TRIED, to go with just the ones I laughed at the most but it was hard to not include some that were all around so enjoyable, like Fantastic Mr Fox. I probably laughed more at Idiocracy but I dug Mr Fox more. Same with The Simpsons movie, which isn’t on my list but maybe should be. When they people run from the church/bar, that was genius. It maybe should be on there over Easy A but the nod to Can’t Buy Me Love made that movie too cute.

    In no order, except I will say that I definitely laughed the most at In The Loop. I feel like I’m missing something totally obvious…

    In The Loop
    Fantastic Mr Fox
    Balls of Fury
    Old School
    Hot Fuzz
    Talladega Nights
    Harold & Kumar
    Hangover
    Baby Mama
    Easy A

  69. Tim DeGroot says:

    Tally of top vote-getters thus far:

    The 40 Year Old Virgin – 17 votes
    Borat and Superbad – 15 votes
    Anchorman – 14 votes
    Bad Santa – 13 votes

  70. Eldrick says:

    Tallageda Nights
    UnderCover Brother
    Anchorman
    Superbad
    Tropic Thinder
    Wonder Boys
    The Hangover
    The Royal Tenebbaums
    Baby Mama
    Bridesmaids

  71. Eldrick says:

    PS, Borat doesnt hold up for me.

  72. The Big Snake says:

    I think re-watchability is my standard. When someone mentions the title and I immediately smile and can’t wait to go home and put the DVD in and see it again.

    So, it’s great to see all the love here for BAD SANTA, TEAM AMERICA and KUNG FU HUSTLE.

    Full-on satire seems to have a tougher go of it, but I really like THANK YOU FOR SMOKING and AMERICAN DREAMZ.

  73. frankbooth says:

    I’m not much of a list guy, but this moment ranks up there for me as one of the biggest single laughs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lngY_OFIoSI

    That’s fucking ACTING.

  74. Kit Fisk says:

    My top-ten would look like a mix of the above, but I would add:

    Super Troopers
    24 Hour Party People

  75. JS Partisan says:

    About A Boy is just as depressing as Wonder Boys, Geoff!

  76. SamLowry says:

    About all I can come up with is

    Zoolander
    Shaun of the Dead
    Dodgeball
    Your Highness

    I would have chosen The Emperor’s New Groove but that came out in 2000 and the header says “Since 2000″, which I take to mean “after”.

    I have not seen a single Apatow comedy because they all seem to be described as “comedies without jokes”. I actually like my comedies to have jokes and be funny, not squeamish or uncomfortable. Lines I can repeat over and over are absolutely necessary (I consider Monty Python the pinnacle of civilization), and for merely giving us “The Fuckening” I have put Your Highness on my list.

  77. Joe Straatmann says:

    I know this movie will be debated as a comedy, but I sured as hell laughed enough at Adaptation for it to fit into such. Anyway, the list, in no particular order…..

    Adaptation
    High Fidelity
    The Royal Tenenbaums
    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    The Hangover
    Black Dynamite (If nothing else, the last ten minutes alone)
    Ghost World (Even if it fits into the Wonder Boys realm where, yeah, there are a lot of laughs, but it doesn’t make me feel like I’ve seen a comedy)
    Amelie

    I’m struggling to find two more, but I’m just finding a lot of movies that I “like” but I’m not sure I’d put on a list. Team America is at the top of that, so it’d be a solid #9, but I think it’s one my friends kind of wore out. Not really the fault of the movie, though.

  78. leahnz says:

    frankbooth: that clip is amusing. i feel bad that rudd isn’t in any of the movies on my stupid list because i think he’s the cat’s meow.

    i’ll add ‘role models’ just for that reason (plus, ‘role models’ does crack me up, and jane lynch is a hoot)

    i’d think ‘adaptation’ certainly qualifies as a comedy, and i’ll go one further and add to my list of 20+ now because i think it’s unique and wonderful (complete with cool pre-tree of life ‘evolution of life’ montage), weird third act veer into the swamp and all.

  79. JS Partisan says:

    Damn I forgot about Role Models. Shit. I do dig the hell out of that film and it’s nothing but comedy. It also features one of my fave Jane Lynch performances ever.

  80. leahnz says:

    yeah, lynch is certifiably brain fried in ‘role models’, classic. sweeny with her hot dog.

  81. yancyskancy says:

    Sam: Yeah, I like my comedies to be funny, too, which is why there are so many Apatow movies on my list or bubbling under it. :) Of course, whether or not a movie makes you squeamish or uncomfortable is a matter of taste, but I certainly don’t consider such to be the overriding tone of Apatow’s stuff (even the occasional random penis or crowning vagina just makes me laugh).

    I guess I never really think of comedy dialogue as “jokes;” just semantics, maybe, but I think of jokes as something that comedians tell. Movies may have gags, one-liners, set-pieces, routines, riffs, etc., and maybe even characters who tell jokes. But I can’t recall ever coming out of a movie saying, “Wow, one great joke after another.”

    leah, JS: Count me in for finding ROLE MODELS to be quite hilarious.

  82. SamLowry says:

    Yancy, one review of Hangover II put it in the Apatow category as a comedy that doesn’t have a single memorable line in it. The closest the reviewer could come up with was something like “I know why you’re gay,” which isn’t really something you could put on a T-shirt or signature line.

    Oh, by the way, do you have to be drunk and/or high to “appreciate” these “comedies”? That would be another strike against them for me.

    EDIT: “Visioneers” looked like it might be interesting until I read one thing: “George Washington Winsterhammerman”. Giving a character a “funny” name is a sure sign of mental lethargy.

  83. For what it’s worth, I didn’t laugh all that much at Idiocracy, but I do find it one of the scariest and most depressing films released in recent memory. Actually included it in a list of recent horror classics last Halloween.

  84. SamLowry says:

    “It’s got what plants crave!”

    There you go. And yes, definitely depressing; I believe Judge even said it wasn’t meant to be a prediction but a comment on today. Stupidity and obnoxious behavior is becoming the norm, and MTV is telling teenage girls they might make ‘em a star with their own show if they’ll just get knocked up first.

    One depressed comic said reality isn’t like Seinfeld, where a guy who coughs on a salad bar will look embarrassed and say “I’m glad that sneeze shield was there.” No, he’ll just glare at all the people staring at him in shock and say “I didn’t do nuthin.”

    EDIT: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4056644458485033927#

    That about sums it up, for the movie and for humanity. These people are taking over, and we are all doomed.

    And no, it’s not funny.

  85. anghus says:

    i like Role Models, but i had to go with I Love You Man for the Rudd slot.

    You know what’s funny. We’re talking the best comedies of the 2000′s. Is there an Adam Sandler mention in 99% of the comments besides a few people who brought up Funny People or Punch Drunk Love?

    The biggest comedy star in the world makes terrible, unmemorable comedies.

  86. yancyskancy says:

    Sam wrote: “Oh, by the way, do you have to be drunk and/or high to ‘appreciate’ these ‘comedies’? That would be another strike against them for me.”

    Sam, I don’t drink or do drugs, so either they aren’t necessary to appreciate these comedies (no quotation marks required), or I’m the exception to the rule.

    Sam wrote: “Giving a character a ‘funny’ name is a sure sign of mental lethargy.”

    Boy, I wish W.C Fields, Groucho Marx and Preston Sturges were around to respond to that one. :)

    anghus: Re Sandler, actually I forgot about YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN, which might well have made my list (must be the Apatow connection). I’ve only seen a couple other of Sandler’s Happy Madison produced films of the aughts: CLICK and BEDTIME STORIES, which are middling with interesting bits, and 50 FIRST DATES, which compromises a seemingly decent basic script with stuff like a vomiting walrus.

  87. rb says:

    1. Wet Hot American Summer
    2. Ghost World
    3. The Royal Tenenbaums
    4. Wonder Boys
    5. High Fidelity
    6. Superbad
    7. In The Loop
    8. Bad Santa
    9. In Bruges
    10. American Splendor
    Honorable Mention: I Heart Huckabees

    oh and There Will Be Blood is the most I’ve laughed during a film since the second Blair Witch movie.

  88. anghus says:

    I love American Splendor. For some reason in my head i don’t classify it as a comedy.

  89. SamLowry says:

    I was wondering why Ghost World kept showing up on the list until I was struck by an idea: “If you think it’s a comedy, then how old are you?”

    Perhaps because I was closer to Seymour’s age than Enid’s I saw the movie from his POV, and to me it’s depressing as heck. Perhaps if you identify with Enid the movie becomes funnier?

    And yet I’m unable to explain the humor some see in High Fidelity. Grosse Pointe Blank I see as a comedy but not this one. Midlife crisis? Dreams crushed and snuffed out? Umm…not funny, to me at least.

  90. stacy says:

    1. Anything with Jim Carrey!
    2. Office Space
    3. Idiocracy
    4. Elf
    5. Freddy Got Fingered
    6. Trailer Park Boys
    7. Scary Movie Series
    8. The Hangover
    9. Due Date
    10. Napoleon Dynamite

    These aren’t in order except for the first 3. I can’t believe nobody else has put any Jim Carrey movies or Office Space on their lists.

  91. Nick says:

    First I’d like to suggest that any top 10 comedy list which doesn’t have Super Troopers on it SOMEWHERE is clearly an uninformed opinion (@Kit Fisk, from what I see you’re the only other human on this thread). Conversely, any list which contains Napoleon Dynamite is disillusioned as well.

    1. Super Troopers
    2. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    3. Grandma’s Boy
    4. 40 year old Virgin
    5. Stepbrothers
    6. Anchorman
    7. Dodgeball
    8. Your Highness
    9. Superbad
    10. The Hangover

    I realize these movies are mostly from newer slapstick / stupid comedies but I think that’s what’s so enjoyable about them, the quotes!

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  93. Glamourboy says:

    Yes, for me it’s also about watch-ability…some films that I loved in a theater didn’t hold up at all on a second viewing (Superbad).

    1. I Heart Huckabees (a great screwball comedy in the classic sb mode)
    2. Bad Santa
    3. Adaptation
    4. The Baxter
    5. Whatever Works
    6. About Schmidt

    7.Scott Pilgram vs. The World
    8. Crazy, Stupid, Love
    9. Beerfest
    10. 40 Year Old Virgin

    and…the movie I laughed at the most, for all the wrong reasons..but my friends and I were in tears of confused, wtf laughter…Jack And Jill

    Worst comedy…easy, the remake of The Heartbreak Kid..which is not only terrible in its own right, but completely fucks up a serious classic

  94. redheadedpirate says:

    Exit Through the Gift Shop is a documentary. The only funny part about it is that “Mr. Brainwash” sucks and everybody knows it. Except the morons who paid thousands of dollars for his unoriginal work. Of course, that’s just my opinion…

  95. Sarah says:

    My top 10 favourite comedies:
    1. Role Models
    2. The Change-Up
    3. White Chicks
    4. Dude, Where’s My Car
    5. Little Man
    6. Scary Movie
    7. Ace Ventura
    8. Vampires Suck
    9. Dodgeball
    10. Scooby Doo the movie
    Don’t judge, Scooby Doo is a classic!

  96. Robert K. says:

    I’ve seen nearly every on of the 100 or so different movies everyone above has listed, and they are all funny. Anyone who says movies the last decade have lost their humor is clearly misinformed. And the folks who say the depressing subject matter of a film (Wonder Boys, About a Boy–all that dreams crushed rot) automatically makes it unfunny is wrong–the last images in Dr. Strangelove of a man plummeting to his death followed by nuclear holocaust are still funny. Anyway, the movies I laughed out loud the most at 2000-2010:

    1. O Brother Where Art Thou?
    2. The 40 Year Old Virgin
    3. Superbad
    4. High Fidelity
    5. Wonderboys
    6. Knocked Up
    7. The Hangover
    8. Wedding Crashers
    9. Best In Show

    Best Black Comedy: In Bruges
    Best “Serious” Comedy: Sideways (I don’t consider Wonderboys serious)
    Best Christmas Comedy: Elf (sorry Bad Santa)
    Best Animated comedy: Team America (If only for the death kitty)

  97. tad says:

    up in smoke (cheech and chong)
    fast times at ridgemount high
    hot wet american summer
    take me home tonight
    puff puff pass
    role models
    easy a
    house bunny
    all american pies (includng wedding and reunion
    jack and jill

  98. Son of a Preacher Man says:

    Okay so be prepared to see a slight theme but these are the top 10 films since 2000, I understand if you disagree with the order, but I don’t think you can deny that most if not all should be in there!

    1. Old School
    2. Wedding Crashers
    3. Super Troopers
    4. The Other Guys
    5. Step Brothers
    6. Role Models
    7. The Big Lebowski
    8. The Hangover
    9. Anchorman
    10. Zoolander

  99. Too PsyNtific says:

    I know its a matter of opinion, but some movies listed above are stretches…Heres my quickly devised list, in no particular order:

    -40 Year Old Virgin
    -Wedding Crashers
    -Superbad
    -The Hangover
    -Eulogy
    -Life
    -Knocked Up
    -Super Troopers
    -Grown Ups
    -???

    Im leaving the 10th slot available cause theres a few movies I wouldnt mind throwing in there:
    -Bridesmaids
    -Baby Mama
    -The Changeup
    -Role Models
    -Bowfinger
    -Carnage
    -Eagle vs Shark

  100. Mikkel says:

    1: The Hangover (classic)
    2: I hope they serve beer in hell
    3: how high
    4: step brothers
    5: Grown ups
    6: 21 & over
    7: Beerfest
    8: Meet The Parents/Meet the fockers/Little Fockers
    9: Happy Gilmore
    10: Anger Management

  101. Ivan says:

    10: Harold and kumar goes to white castle
    9: Hangover
    8: me, myself and Irene
    7: Horrible bosses
    6: The dilemma
    5: Grown ups
    4: Thats my boy
    3: LiarLiar
    2: American pie 1&2, the wedding and reunion
    1:dumb and dumber

  102. Andrew says:

    Superbad
    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    Get him to the Greek
    Knocked up
    This is the end
    Dewy cox: walk hard
    Team America world
    Scott pilgrim vs the world
    The 40 year old virgin
    Anchorman

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