Top 5 Comedy Movies of the 2000’s

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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.

If ya liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it... Now I know where Beyonce got her moves!

Glamour shots, by Deb Tip #42: To achieve a look of quiet contemplation suggest to the subject that they're swimming in a sea of tiiiiiiiny sea horses...wait for it...annnnnd...click. The PERFECT photo.

Last but not least made sure to stock up on boondoggle keychains, they're a must have for THIS season's fashion.

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.

Suits so fine, they make Sinatra look like a hobo.

Click the picture to actual buy this. Yes ladies and gentlemen this REALLY exists.

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.

I'm naming my next car this. It will be epic especially when I swing through the drive-through and order a liter of cola and a large Farva.

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.

"You said you wanted the naked tenders!?!? What was I supposed to think?!?!"

Yep. He must use Herbal Essences.

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.

Kinda looks like they all have to poop a little. Like, Chris looks like it's immediately imminent. Jonah looks like he's displeased that it's happened upon him during a photo shoot but he plans to take care of it, and Michael looks like he's shocked like it snuck up on him.

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Despicable Me: Making it Better

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This movie is quite simply, Despicable.

No, it's not a Pixar movie.

My above statement may have been a little harsh.  I did in fact see this movie immediately prior to The Last Airbender which made it seem comparably better.  I did make a fatal mistake however that I hadn’t made since the Ninja Turtles animated TMNT came out a few years back.  I saw it at an hour before kid’s bedtimes.  BIG MISTAKE.  And I’ll tell you why.

These guys

Paul contemplated the cylindrical mooing can skeptically. "There's not a REAL cow in there is there?"

I’ll talk about the crux of the movie in a minute but let me get this out of the way.  Young children CANNOT resist these Jellybean looking “Minions” who talk in a high pitch warble.  Every time they did anything I was treated to the ‘magic” of shrill childish laughter.  Ahhh, must be music to a mother’s ears.

I’d also like to congratulate whoever invented “The Minions.”  They managed to captivate the hearts and minds of children everywhere while simultaneously putting ZERO effort into their design process.  I’ve broken their creation process down to (4) steps.

Step 1:  Take Yellow Jellybeans

Step 2:  Add Mr. Potatohead Arms and legs

"I was better the first time around in "Toy Story"

Step 3:  Add douche goggles

Kenny from Can't Hardly Wait was quite the trendsetter in 1998 with his Despicable Me DGs!

Step 4:  Cheap Slapstick Humor

Here come the laughs parents!

Ok, so now that we’ve established that the animators really brought their D game to the table let’s talk about the movie.

Despicable Me details the story of Gru, a middle aged evil bachelor who, looking to one up the greatest heist in history (the stealing of the great pyramid) decides to steal THE MOON!!!  The only problem is that his much younger rival “Vector” has stolen the shrink ray he needs to get said moon.  That’s where three cute little girls come in.

Despite the fact that in real life single, creepy old men aren't allowed to adopt three cute little girls simultaneously, we'll just let that one slide and chalk it up to "willing suspension of disbelief."

Gru uses the little girls as a distraction to get his robot chocolate-chip cookies into Vector’s lair and steal the shrink ray.  In the weeks leading up to the moon heist, whadda-ya-know, he grows a heart.

How could this movie have been better?  I really would have liked there to be more of a villain in the movie.  Vector is bad but for most of the movie he treats Gru as a gnat not even worth his time.  As such there’s not really any timeclocks making Gru’s mission more important.  It’s more of an inner struggle through most of the second act and only when Vector steals the girls towards the end are the stakes really raised.

Vector set down his keyboard and gazed admiringly at all the naked women he would never have. "Ahhhh," he thought to himself, "the wonders of the internet."

Later, on Chat Roulette, Vector decided to have some fun with some unsuspecting video chatters!

Long story short is that this movie gets a B.  It was above average but not really “classic” material or anything like that.  I’d probably see the sequel which I’m sure they’ll make, however this time from the comfort of my living room, protected from the high frequency drone of children under 5 laughter.

Bachelor with a heart + single, middle aged women = Love at first sight

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