So I was thinking back on the last decade and some of the movies that really made me smile. Well, not just smile but rather laugh my ass off. In no particular order is my list of Top Five Films of the 2000′s: Napoleon Dynamite, Anchorman, Super Troopers, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Great, great flicks.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004) – Jared Hess’s feature-length directorial debut will stand out for me as an absolute CLASSIC of comedy. It’s different it’s quirky and should stand out to EVERY aspiring filmmaker as a beacon of hope proving that you don’t need a massive budget to achieve cinema excellence. FACT: This movie is one of the most profitable movies of ALL TIME. Cost/Gross ratio.
Anchorman (2004) – THE top dog of the Will Ferrell comedy reign. It doesn’t get ANY better than this and I mean that 100%. This is one of the most quotable movies I’ve ever seen in my entire life. If you need a quick refresher here’s a few gems.
Super Troopers (2001) – Unfortunately Broken Lizard (the comedy team behind ST) hasn’t topped this film since. Fortunately they are making a sequel. Will it be as good at the original? No. But it will damn sure still beat Club Dread. This movie is a classic for the most recent generation as Airplane or Animal House is to those decades. I’ll still enjoy this movie in 20 years and am guessing you will too.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) – For some strange reason I have an aversion to movies that have titles that are verbs. I.e. Waiting for Guffman, Chasing Amy, Raising Arizona, Pushing Tin, etc. I believe the grammatical term for this is a gerund. Anywho, I HATE them with this film being one of the few exceptions. I feel like it really launched the career of Jason Segal as well as Russell Brand and even made for a spin off based on his Aldous Snow character with 2010′s Get Him to the Greek. Great flick with a steady replay value.
Superbad (2007) – Super good. The big film breakthrough for not one, not two, but THREE of todays biggest comedy stars. Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse have good ole Judd Apatow to thank for their bags of money. This movie makes the high school experience feel real in a way that a movie like Can’t Hardly Wait (while also a fav because of Jennifer Love-Hewitt) fails. It’s real language and real situations. Parents, you better believe your kids are acting EXACTLY like this today.
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