My Fave Five 2000s Comedy Films

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One of my favorite film genres is comedy. If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you probably already knew that. They say laughter is the best medicine and I enjoy a good laugh. When getting this post together, I was thinking about doing my fave five comedy films of all time. However, seeing as how we are in the middle of the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon, I decided to instead focus specifically on that decade. It is difficult compiling a list of my top all time favorite comedy films but it was a little harder of a challenge to come up with my top comedies of the 2000s. After some toiling, here are my five favorite 2000s comedy films.

Step Brothers movie poster5) Step Brothers

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were a powerhouse comedy duo of the 2000s. Step Brothers was the second film they lead together, the first being Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and the most recent was 2018’s Holmes and Watson. While I laugh during Talladega Nights, I laugh hysterically during Step Brothers. Ferrell and director Adam McKay took what made Talladega Nights a hit and refined it, creating more memorable scenes, laugh-out-loud moments, and instantly quotable lines. Say what you will about Ferrell and Reilly, but they have some of the best comedic chemistry of our time. Add in Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott, and Kathryn Hahn and you have a cast any comedy film will be jealous of.

Superbad movie poster4) Superbad

Towards the end of the first decade of the 2000s, Michael Cera was moving from television onto the big screen. That transition was a gift from the movie gods. Cera’s deadpan delivery and comedic timing are gifts to cinema. He plays the awkward teen like no other actor I have seen, making him the perfect fit to play Evan, a kid who wants to throw the perfect party for the girl of his dreams. Next to him is Jonah Hill playing Seth, who is more confident but just as awkward as Evan. Christopher Mintz-Plasse makes one of the best acting debuts as Fogell, aka McLovin. Written by Seth Rogen, whom Hill’s character is named after, Superbad is one of the funniest yet most accurate depictions of what it’s like to be a high schooler.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story movie poster3) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Everybody loves a good underdog story. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story takes the well-known sports movie cliches and parodies them; taking a team of misfits and showing them work their way from unlikely team to dodgeball champions. Lead by Peter Le Fleur (Vince Vaughn), the Average Joe’s Gym is fighting to keep their gym getting bought by Globo Gym, lead by White Goodman (Ben Stiller). For me, Stiller is what makes this film so funny. Yes, Vaughn is great, but Stiller has some of the best lines in the film and adds such a flare to his delivery that makes his delivery all the better. The comedy is such a product of its time but Dodgeball proved what that decade-defining humor could be at its best.

Wedding Crashers movie poster2) Wedding Crashers

Every movie on this list so far are outstanding because the lead duos play off each other so well. Wedding Crashers is no exception, and probably the best example on this list of how a pair with fantastic chemistry can elevate a movie. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, Vaughn’s second appearance on this list, play two best friends who crash weddings to get laid. There is a set of “Crasher Rules” that Jeremy (Wilson) and John (Vaughn) are always throwing back and forth at each other, which I’ve always thought was entertaining. The beautiful ladies Amy McAdams and Isla Fisher prove that they have just as much comedic talent as the boys. If I ever need a film for a quick pick-me-up, this is high on my list.

The Hangover movie poster1) The Hangover

Almost anyone who has had a night of partying and drinking has had to deal with a hangover the next morning. Like any great comedy, The Hangover takes something as common as dealing with drinking too much and cranks the craziness to max. They say “two is a party, three is a crowd” but that does not apply to this film. Zack Galifianakis gets my vote as the actor with the best lines in the film but really, Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms all have their own stand-out moments. Plus, there are plenty of cameos in this road trip-esque film that each scene is unique and funny on its own. Not only is The Hangover my favorite comedy of the decade, it is one of my favorite comedies of all time.


Honorable mentions include Bruce Almighty, School of Rock, The 40 Year Old Virgin, EuroTrip, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

If you want to check out any of the entries for the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon, you can see a list of all of them here.

What are some of your favorite comedies from the 2000s?

Until next time, cheers!

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Review (250th Review)

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Before I get into the review, I want to make a special announcement: this is my 250th film review! I have been blogging for about six and a half years, posting my first reviews in July of 2013. If you ignore my six month hiatus in 2018, that averages about one review a week! I know that I’m not always consistent in posting reviews according to a schedule but I’m pretty excited that I have been able to maintain that average, considering I aim for a review at least every other week.

Thank you everyone for your support over the last 250 reviews! It has meant a lot that you have kept coming back and reading my reviews and other posts. You make me truly enjoy blogging. πŸ˜€

To be honest, in preparing for this milestone, I actually watched another film to fill this momentous review slot. However, I decided that review would be better suited for the upcoming Ultimate 2000s Blogathon I am co-hosting. In still wanting to keep with the 00 decade theme, I chose to review another of my favorite comedies from the era. And with that, I give you my review ofΒ Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Enjoy!


Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story movie posterSynopsis
Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) and his team of misfits from Average Joe’s Gym enter a dodgeball tournament to prevent the gym from being bought by Globo Gym and Globo Gym’s owner and operator, White Goodman (Ben Stiller).

Review
At its core, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is your basic sports film. A team of oddballs enter a sportsball tournament to combat a team of bullies. It’s basically Rocky or The Replacements but with dodgeball. This kind of story has been done dozens of times over since the invention of cinema. In order to stand out, writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber puts his own spin on the tale.

This came out during an era of comedy films when movies like Zoolander, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Napoleon Dynamite were popular. As such, that is the type of humor you should expect from this film. It’s slapstick to the extreme, a type of comedy that I refer to as ‘stupid funny.’ This type of humor isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I personally find it enjoyable. That might be because I essentially grew up on this type of humor since many of the comedy movies that were released around that time approached comedy the same way.

The signature of this brand of humor are its characters. One or more are ridiculously over-the-top and exaggerated. Ben Stiller’s White Goodman is just our average workout junkie and evil corporate CEO wrapped into one. Except this is a satire of sports movies so he is the over-the-top one. Opposite him is his Peter La Fleur, the underdog of the tale, played by Vince Vaughn. Rounding out Peter’s ragtag posse trying to save their gym from hostile takeover are Kate Veatch (Christine Taylor), a lawyer who has caught the eye of both White and Peter, Justin (Justin Long) a high school outcast, Gordon (Stephen Root), a connoisseur of obscure sports, Owen (Joel David Moore) and Dwight (Chris Williams), two ex-airport employees, and Steve the Pirate (Alan Tudyk).

Vince is the straight man to Stiller’s funny man. When the two of them are on screen together, they play off each other so well it’s magic. Sometimes a comedy duo works when the pair are friends, like Wedding Crashers, but here, Vaughn and Stiller play enemies and it works splendidly. Vaughn’s timing and deadpan delivery complement Stiller’s crazy antics and exaggerated delivery. If you’ve seen any movie starring Vaughn, you should know exactly what to expect from him. However, Stiller never seems to have a signature style. He is like a chameleon who can adjust to what the films needs. While White may not be as iconic as some of his other roles, Stiller is a perfect fit for the part.

The supporting cast is just as entertaining and hilarious as the two leads. It’s hard to pick a favorite from the group. Justin Long’s body language when he delivers his lines always has me laughing. He makes the most of this when he continuously gets hits by dodgeballs. If you’ve watched Office Space, you know how funny Stephen Root can be. His β€œL for ‘love’” line is one of my favorites in the whole movie and one that I use myself to this day. Joel David Moore, Chris Williams, and Christine Taylor all also have their own moments to shine and don’t disappoint. And of course I have to bring up the talented Alan Tudyk. His pirate impression makes me wish he’d speak like a pirate all the time! Simply put, everyone does fantastic.

I thought Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story was GREAT πŸ˜€ The stand-out cast is the highlight of this film and what makes the humor work. Everyone gives fantastic performances and all have several great and memorable moments. Endlessly quotable, this sports spoof never fails to make me laugh, even after at least a dozen viewings later.

Favorite Quote
White: Nobody makes me bleed my own blood. Nobody!

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Cast & Crew
Rawson Marshall Thurber – Director / Writer
Theodore Shapiro – Composer

Vince Vaughn – Peter La Fleur
Ben Stiller – White Goodman
Christine Taylor – Kate Veatch
Justin Long – Justin
Stephen Root – Gordon
Joel David Moore – Owen
Chris Williams – Dwight
Alan Tudyk – Steve the Pirate
Rip Torn – Patches O’Houlihan
Jamal Duff – Me’Shell Jones
Missi Pyle – Fran
Gary Cole – Cotton McKnight
Jason Bateman – Pepper Brooks
Hank Azaria – Young Patches O’Houlihan
William Shatner – Dodgeball Chancellor
Julie Gonzalo – Amber
Trevor O’Brien – Derek
Rusty Joiner – Blade
Kevin Porter – Lazer
Brandon Molale – Blazer
Suzy Nakamura – Gordon’s Wife

Movie Quote of the Week – 6/10/16

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Answer to MWL 6/8/16: Pepper Brooks (Jason Bateman) – Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Cotton McKnight: Well, I – I don’t know what to tell you, but – yes – no – I’m being told that Average Joe’s does not have enough players and will be forfeiting the championship match.
Pepper Brooks: It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.

Thanks for everyone’s submission and one big, red rubber ball to the following people for answering correctly:

Kim (By Hook or By Book)
Thoughts All Sorts (Thoughts All Sorts)
Cindy (Cindy Bruchman)
Tom (Digital Shortbread)