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Comedies of the Decade

Movies, Year-End, Reader Lists | November 18, 2009

Top 13 Comedies of the Decade

Check out our list to see how it compares with our readers' list.

We asked you all to submit your own lists of the Top 13 Comedies of the Decade, and you did not disappoint. There was significant overlap between our list and your collective choices, but there are four new films on this list. Gone are Walk Hard, Idiocracy, Team America, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; replacing them are your favorites Superbad, Napoleon Dynamite, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Hot Fuzz. Once again, Anchorman reigned supreme. To that, we say: You stay classy, readers.

We already told you why we like most of the movies on this list, so we'll let the reviewers elaborate. But for your new picks, we'll let you know why we think you made good choices.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

1

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

2004

Denver Post Anchorman meticulously builds America's dimmest news team. And we root for them. Detroit News Ferrell has an absolutely magical way of making complete morons lovable. Washington Post You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.

Borat

2

Borat

2006

Globe and Mail When Borat is good, it's very, very good, and when it's bad, it's box-office gold. Boston Globe It is Jackass with a brain and Mark Twain with full frontal male nudity. New York Times The brilliance of Borat is that its comedy is as pitiless as its social satire, and as brainy.

Superbad

3

Superbad

2007

Superbad barely missed the cut for The Top 13's list, but was a runaway favorite in the reader poll. This coming-of-age story is propelled by great performances from Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, and Bill Hader, but shines brightest when then-newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse's unforgettable McLovin is onscreen. Through all of the dick jokes and horny teenager antics, this movie still manages to be a poignant ode to friendship and growing up.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

4

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

2005

New Yorker It's truly dirty and truly romantic at the same time, a combination that's very hard to pull off. San Francisco Chronicle Despite a very lowbrow premise, the profanity-packed script is hilarious, and it also has a good heart. Washington Post Filthy, funny and sweet in equal measure.

Old School

5

Old School

2003

Washington Post An extremely funny and, of course, socially unredeemable comedy. Arizona Republic As funny as it is dumb, and that's saying something. Entertainment Weekly Under Reitman's deanship, Ferrell lets his freak flag fly and Vaughn unlooses a notably funny, light-on-his-feet lunkheadedness.

Super Troopers

6

Super Troopers

2001

New York Post [A] smarter and much funnier version of the old Police Academy flicks. San Francisco Chronicle The dirty jokes provide the funniest moments in this oddly sweet comedy about jokester highway patrolmen. Dallas Morning News It's a scattershot affair, but when it hits its mark it's brilliant.

Zoolander

7

Zoolander

2001

Village Voice A freakishly potent farce. New York Times Often unspeakably funny. Los Angeles Times Though basically an extended skit, Zoolander never runs out of amusing satiric thrusts.

The Hangover

8

The Hangover

2009

Chicago Sun-Times Now this is what I'm talkin' about. The Hangover is a funny movie, flat out, all the way through. Its setup is funny. Every situation is funny. Los Angeles Times There is a sort of perverse brilliance or brilliant perverseness to be found in this story of a bachelor party gone terribly wrong.

Shaun of the Dead

9

Shaun of the Dead

2004

San Francisco Chronicle Transforms the unintentional camp of the zombie subgenre into full-on, hilarious comedy. Boston Globe A British zombie flick that works not because of the crowds of undead, but because the guy trying to exterminate them was himself running out of reasons to live. New York Times By treating the genre as a joke, this satire . . . yields ironic dramatic dividends.

Napoleon Dynamite

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Napoleon Dynamite

2004

The only movie on this list that could be remotely described as wholesome (it is the lone PG-rated film), Napoleon Dynamite is a study in deadpan humor and the comedic power of awkwardness. Even though the characters and setting are decidedly weird (quirky is an understatement), this film still feels more true-to-life than most other teen comedies. Napoleon Dynamite would crash and burn in almost anyone's hands, but Jon Heder somehow manages to sell this strange, strange world.

Knocked Up

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Knocked Up

2007

CNN.com A refreshingly frank, funny odd-couple comedy with engaging leads and too many belly laughs to count. San Francisco Chronicle Apatow shows how a comedy should and can be more like life, without sacrificing a laugh. Chicago Reader Funny, honest, and generous, this is mainstream American comedy at its best.

The Royal Tenenbaums

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The Royal Tenenbaums

2001

The Royal Tenenbaums is certainly the best film on this list, though not the funniest. It combines comedy and drama in equal measure, stylized with Wes Anderson's trademark preciousness. Featuring an incredible cast with standout performances up and down the roster, this is a profoundly sad and funny film.

Hot Fuzz

13

Hot Fuzz

2007

Much like Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's Hot Fuzz is a spoof that still ends up being a pretty convincing imitation of the genre it studies - in this case, buddy cop movies. Many of the jokes here might fly under the radar for some, but every unnecessary sound effect and fast cut in Hot Fuzz is a winking ode to the Lethal Weapons and Point Breaks that it lovingly lampoons.

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Comments Leave a comment

tloveisready ★★

Meh, still think Death at a Funeral and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang should be on this list.

5:44 AM   Nov 18, 2009

Caseydog 

Napolean Dynamite is not a funny movie. It's sad.

7:44 AM   Nov 18, 2009

zircona1 

Boy, you all are going to get a lot of love/hate reactions about Napoleon Dynamite...

I remember thinking Anchorman was pretty funny, but it kinda fell apart at the end. Maybe I need to watch it again. Every movie on the list made me laugh at least a couple of times, so it's pretty solid.

8:52 AM   Nov 18, 2009

holmessss 

I hated Hot Fuzz! I don't know why. Loved Shaun of the Dead, love action movies, but I just found Hot Fuzz tedious.

10:25 AM   Nov 18, 2009

ajay ★★

Crazy how similar the two lists are. I support the new additions, other than Napoleon. LOVE Hot Fuzz!
But I'm surprised Wet Hot American Summer didn't show up.

10:34 AM   Nov 18, 2009

KungFuJay ★★

Still think Zoolander is awful.

12:48 PM   Nov 18, 2009

blix 

Still think not including Just Friends is insanity.

9:05 PM   Nov 18, 2009

LeSkrootch 

Pinaple Express, jesus christ

3:27 PM   Feb 24, 2010

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