It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the decade. Let’s look back at the twenty greatest comedies this decade had to offer (so far).
20. Cedar Rapids(2011)
This was Ed Helms first outing as a leading man in a widely unseen indie comedy. The Office alum stars as a naive insurance salesman who is sent to represent his company at the annual insurance convention. Although that doesn’t sound like a hilarious plot, the cast that includes John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Sigourney Weaver will prove otherwise.
19. Ruby Sparks (2012)
One of the most innovative romantic comedies in recent memory, Ruby Sparks follows a young successful author (Paul Dano) who’s struggling with a followup novel, but when he begins to write about a woman that appears in his dreams, she then appears in real life (played by Zoe Kazan). From the director team behind Little Miss Sunshine, this film is thought-provoking, magical, and lovely.
18. The Skeleton Twins (2014)
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are a perfect match in this dark comedy. They star as an estranged set of twins who reunite after an attempted suicide. What normally would have been a family drama, Wiig and Hader’s chemistry and charm stir some big laughs.
17. Win Win (2011)
Paul Giamatti is certainly one of Hollywood’s most under-appreciated actors of our time. He gives one of the best performances of his career in this indie film about a struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach who gets himself in hot water when the grandson of an elderly client he deceived for financial gain enters his life. The winning cast includes Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavalle, Jeffrey Tambor, and Melanie Lynskey.
16. Pitch Perfect (2012)
Pitch Perfect surprised audiences and took America by storm. A career catapult for Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect follows The Bellas, an all-girls singing group, and their rise back to the top at the upcoming national acapella championship. With good music, good laughs, and good talent, there’s no way you can go wrong.
15. The World’s End (2013)
The third entry in what became known as the Cornetto Trilogy, director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite once again in a comedy about five childhood friends who reunite to finish a pub crawl that was never completely, but little do they know that their hometown is being run by apocalyptic robots. Yes, the plot sounds silly (understandably so, it’s from the guys behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), but it’s one of the wittiest comedies in years. The cast includes Martin Freeman, Pierce Brosnan, and a future Oscar-nominee Rosamund Pike.
14. Neighbors (2014)
Definitely the funniest comedy of 2014, Neighbors stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, a young couple whose lives are disrupted by a fraternity that moves in next door. On top of the endless amount of (immature) laughs, there are actually great performances from Rose Byrne, who steals every scene she appears in, and Zac Efron, who plays the insane passionate fraternity president.
13. It’s a Disaster (2013)
Probably the most unseen comedy on this list, It’s a Disaster is a grounded yet outstanding film about a couples lunch that goes oh-so wrong. An ensemble comedy that resembles the classic 80s film Clue, the hilarious non-A-list cast includes David Cross, Julia Stiles, Erinn Hayes, Blaise Miller, and America Ferrera. You can find this film on Netflix.
12. Pride (2014)
Pride is such an emotional film, it teeters on the boarder of drama. This historical comedy follows the unlikely alliance of group of coal miners in northern England and a LGBT community in London in a defiant protest against the government. It’s very moving, almost tear-inducing. On top of the compelling true story, the film also includes a terrific cast and a great soundtrack.
11. Bridesmaids (2011)
Whether you liked it or not, Bridesmaids was a milestone for women in comedy. Never has it been proven that a group of women can be funny, raunchy, and bring in the big bucks (well, maybe the Sex and the City movies). This film solidified the career of Kristen Wiig post-SNL and put Melissa McCarthy on the map.
10. The Intouchables (2012)
You may not have heard of this one, but it was a global hit. The Intouchables is a French film inspired by the real-life relationship of a quadriplegic millionaire and young man from the projects he hires as his caregiver after suffering from a paragliding accident. With uplifting, heartwarming, and powerful performances, this film will make you laugh as much as you read those subtitles.
9. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of the most well-written romantic comedies of the 21st century. This ensemble film follows several romances that somehow intertwine. Every plot twist will keep you on the edge of your seat. The fantastic cast includes Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon.
8. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Many Wes Anderson fans believe his earlier work is the best. I beg the differ. Moonrise Kingdom is a sweet, quirky, coming-of-age flick with excellent debut performances from young actors Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Leave it to Wes to recruit a cast with the talents of Bill Murray, Francis McDormand, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, and Bruce Willis.
7. This Is The End (2013)
This Is The End is a comedy like no other. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride all star as themselves as they experience the apocalypse. Joined by some of their famous friends, This Is The End is truly unpredictable and absolutely hysterical.
6. Young Adult (2011)
Certainly one of the most underrated comedies of the 21st century, Young Adult is about people we know exist. The film follows an unsatisfied novelist who returns home and attempts to win over her already-married high school sweetheart. The Juno team of director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody reunite for a film that I personally think exceeds their predecessor. Plus, Charlize Theron gives her best performance since 2003’s Monster and Patton Oswalt gives his best performance since ever!
While Nebraska wouldn’t exactly appeal to millennials, it truly hits home. This Alexander Payne film is about a man who drives his estranged drunken father to claim a supposed sweepstakes prize. There are a handful of great performances from Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, and the outrageously hilarious June Squibb. It may be shot in black and white, but this is a timeless comedy full of color.
4. 21 Jump Street (2012)
Remember when we thought that a movie reboot of a classic 80s TV show would fail miserably? How stupid were we?!? 21 Jump Street is a seemingly rare exception to Hollywood’s endless trend of remakes. Whether it’s the self-awareness, the humorously elaborate action sequences, or the winning combination of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, no film has been this funny in years!
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
No comedy is such a work of art like The Grand Budapest Hotel. The production value is spectacular. The fun crime caper plot, the stunning art direction, and a cast of colorful characters come together in Wes Anderson’s crowning achievement full of elegant yet edgy humor, mostly due to Ralph Fienne’s incredibly zany performance.
2. Midnight in Paris (2011)
Whoever said that Woody Allen’s best days are behind him was so wrong. Owen Wilson fills in Woody-style as a struggling American writer in Paris who mysteriously wanders back into the 1920s and finds inspiration. The wonderful cast includes Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Corey Stoll, a pre-famous Tom Hiddleston, and Kathy Bates. Beautifully shot and extremely well-written, Midnight in Paris is smart, humorous, and above all magical.
1. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Not only is Silver Linings Playbook a great comedy, it’s an overall great film. There’s drama, romance, and even music. Jennifer Lawrence shines in her Oscar-winning role while Bradley Cooper shows his true potential as a leading man, and that’s on top of the tremendous supporting cast of Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker. Writer/Director David O. Russell finds the humor in the lives of such broken people, which is easier said than done. Silver Linings Playbook is about love, determination, and ultimately finding happiness. Now what comedy can top that?
Honorable Mention:Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), Bernie (2011), Don Jon (2013), Escape From Tomorrow (2013), The Kings of Summer (2013), Obvious Child (2014), The One I Love (2014), Ted (2012), The Way Way Back (2013)
What do you think of the list? Are there any major omissions? What comedy do you think is the best of the decade (so far)?
The History of Nintendo: All Three of the Glorious "D's"
Welcome back to our series on Nintendo’s history! We’re getting very close to the present day, so let’s take a look at a few developments from just the past few years. Today, we’re looking at Nintendo’s most recent line of handhelds, the 3DS.