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!

Movie Quote of the Week – 9/22/17

Answer to MWL 9/20/17: John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) – Wedding Crashers

Jeremy: Okay, what’s our backstory?
John: We’re brothers from New Hampshire, we’re venture capitalists.
Jeremy: I’m sick of that! Let’s be from Vermont and let’s have an emerging maple syrup conglomerate.
John: Wait, that’s stupid. We don’t know anything about maple syrup.
Jeremy: I happen to know everything there is to know about maple syrup. I love maple syrup. I love maple syrup on pancakes. I love it on pizza. I like to take maple syrup and put a little bit in my hair when I’ve had a rough week. What do you think holds it up, slick?
John: It’s the first quarter of the big game and you want to toss up a Hail Mary! I’d like to be pimps from Oakland or cowboys from Arizona, but it’s not Halloween! Grow up, Peter Pan! Count Chocula! Look, we been to a million weddings. And guess what? We’ve rocked ’em all!

Wedding Crashers Review

Wedding Crashers movie posterSynopsis
John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are two best friends who look forward to one thing every year: wedding season.  When the pair crashes a high-profile wedding, they get more than they expected when John begins to fall for Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Clare’s sister, Gloria (Isla Fisher), falls for Jeremy.

Review
I can only vaguely recall the first time I watched Wedding Crashers but I do remember thinking that comedies like this are the reason I like the genre so much.  Comedies are seemingly one of the most difficult types of movies to make because humor is so subjective and there is such a high chance that if the jokes fail, the movie fails.  Thankfully, Wedding Crashers doesn’t have to worry about that because it is laugh-out-loud funny. A huge part comes from a memorable and witty script and great casting all around.

Sometimes a comedy duo comes along and they just click. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are an example of one such pairing. When the two of them are together, you can’t help but laugh.  Wilson’s Southern, slow and more drawn out delivery complements Vaughn’s more quick and energetic style perfectly.   It is easy to tell that they were having just as much fun playing their parts as we have watching them in the parts.  Their chemistry is simple electric.

Besides Wilson and Vaughn, the rest of the film’s cast was phenomenal as well.  Rachel McAdams has that adorable girl-next-door quality that is easy to fall in love with.  Isla Fisher is fantastic as always, playing the crazy side of her character believably.  Christopher Walken as McAdams’ and Fisher’s father works exactly as you would expect it to.  Bradley Cooper in one of his earlier roles is well cast as the douche bag boyfriend.  One of my surprise favorites was Jane Seymour as Walken’s unfaithful wife. While she doesn’t have as much screen time as the rest, she makes the best of what time she does have.

One thing Wedding Crashers does that most comedies have a hard time doing is fleshing out their characters.  Most often, a comedy relies on its jokes to hide the fact it hasn’t developed its characters deeply.  However, as this movie goes on, you learn a little bit more and more about John (Wilson) and Jeremy’s (Vaughn’s) friendship, Claire’s (McAdams) relationship wish Sack (Cooper), how Sack acts when he is away from Claire, and so much more.  It is rather uncommon for a comedy to develop its characters so much.

For me, two measurements of a great comedy, besides did it make me laugh, are how quotable is it after I finish watching it and do the jokes hold up after multiple viewings. This film easily fulfills both criteria.  At over a decade old, I still laugh at almost every joke and gag, despite knowing the punchline or what is going to happen.  Many of the greatest lines are regularly at the forefront of my mind, ready to be quoted at a moment’s notice.  You couldn’t ask for more out of a comedy.

I thought Wedding Crashers was GREAT 😀 Whenever I think of wedding movies, the first one that comes to mind is almost always this one.  There is just something about this film that I find to be very enjoyable.  Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn just click as the leading duo and the rest of the cast give fun performances as well. If I can keep laughing at a movie even after multiple viewings, then I know that it is a great comedy and I still can’t stop laughing.

Favorite Quote
Jeremy: John, I need to talk to you.
John: No, not right now.
Jeremy: What’s wrong with you? Why do you got the weird look all over your face?
John: Claire’s mom just made me grab her hooters.
Jeremy: Well, snap out of it! What? A hot, older woman made you feel her cans? Stop crying like a little girl.
John: I wasn’t crying like a little girl.
Jeremy: Why don’t you try getting jacked off under the table in front of the whole damn family and have some real problems? Jackass. What were they like, anyway? They look pretty good. Are they real? Are they built for speed or for comfort? What you do with ’em? You play the motorboat? Ppppt! Ppppt! You motorboatin’ son of a bitch. You old sailor, you! Where is she? She still in the house?

Trailer

Cast & Crew
David Dobkin – Director
Steve Faber – Writer
Bob Fisher – Writer
Rolfe Kent – Composer

Owen Wilson – John Beckwith
Vince Vaughn – Jeremy Grey
Rachel McAdams – Claire Cleary
Isla Fisher – Gloria Cleary
Christopher Walken – Secretary Bill Cleary
Jane Seymour – Kathleen Cleary
Bradley Cooper – Sack Lodge
Keir O’Donnell – Todd Cleary
Ellen Albertini Dow – Grandma Mary Cleary
Ron Canada – Randolph
Henry Gibson – Father O’Neil