My Fave Five 2000s Comedy Films

Hello, friends!

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!

My Fave Five Films Set In High School

It’s mid-September, which means school is in full swing, whether it’s high school, college, or university.  High school is as awkward as it is fun.  A time when we develop crushes, learn to drive, develop new friendships, while going through puberty, dealing with embarrassing parents, and simply trying to fit in.  Films have tried to channel all these different aspects of being a teenager in school to varying success.  So for everyone in high school, here are my five favorite films set in high school.

21 Jump Street movie poster5) 21 Jump Street

I may be cheating a little bit here because the main characters aren’t in high school but that’s why I phrased the article’s title the way I did.  I don’t think anyone expected 21 Jump Street to be as awesome as it is.  A film that parodies the vast amount of reboots we have been dealing with over the last several years has to hit all the right notes exactly perfect, and this does with flying colors.  If it wasn’t for the chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, the movie may not have worked out as well as it did.  They play well of each other and Tatum proved that he can do more than the rom-coms he had been mainly known for prior.

4) Ferris Bueller’s Day OffFerris Bueller's Day Off movie poster

Everyone wanted to be Ferris after watching this movie.  Ferris manages to skip class without getting caught and have the most exciting day ever in Chicago with his girlfriend, Sloan, and best friend, Cameron.  Meanwhile, his sister, Jeanie, tries to expose him to their parents and his principal, Principal Rooney, tries to prove he skipped class.  The back and forth between Ferris and Rooney and Ferris and Jeanie are some of the best moments of the film.  I wouldn’t have minded being Ferris during high school, if only for a day.

Easy A movie poster3) Easy A

Easy A is the film that placed Emma Stone on the map.  She has had many roles over the last couple years but for me, this will be one of her most iconic.  She absolutely nails it as Olive and it is hard to believe anyone as good looking would go by unnoticed for four years but hey, whatever.  The movie has a great message about how quickly information can be passed along and skewed in today’s digital age.  Easy A has some of the best support characters in a movie with Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as Olive’s parents.  They are hysterical and may be the definition of “relationship goals.”

2) SuperbadSuperbad movie poster

This was almost my number one selection until I saw my number one playing on TV and thought “How could I forget about that?!”  This may be one of the most accurate representations of what it feels like to be a high schooler on film, albeit a bit exaggerated.  Which makes sense given Seth Rogan wrote it while he was in high school.  This has everything high school seniors deal with: trying to get the girl, wanting to be accepted as “cool,” being embarrassed by parents, and even moving away from your best friend when you both go off to college.  Seth and Evan are very relatable which makes the adventure they go on with their third buddy, Fogell, all the more enjoyable.

Back to the Future movie poster1) Back to the Future

Back to the Future is one of those films that if you come across it playing on TV, you have to watch it for a little bit.  It is a classic that I don’t think I will ever get tired of watching.  Marty McFly accidentally goes back in time to when his parents met and interrupts their first meeting.  This causes one of the most hilarious situations in a movie ever: Marty’s mother begins to to fall in love with him.  Now Marty has to get his parents to fall in love before he vanishes from history.  It sounds like the bad spin off “How I Met My Mother.”  It’s hard to believe that this classic almost stared Eric Stoltz instead of Michael J. Fox, even though I have a hard time picturing anyone else other than Fox as Marty.  Of course, I can’t forget to mention the fantastic score by Alan Silvestri, one of my favorite film composers.  Simply put, everything comes together perfectly.

Honorable mentions include American Pie, Grease, Risky BusinessThe Karate Kid (1984), and The Breakfast Club.  What are some of your favorite films set in high school?