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.

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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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Get Him to the Greek: Making it Better

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Keep in mind, if you haven’t seen this movie, I’m about to spoil it.

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What a hilarious trailer moment! Let's make sure NOT to include it in the movie!!!

The latest in the string of Apatow produced films, Get Him to the Greek continues the story of Aldous Snow the sex crazed, drug addled frontman for Infant Sorrow.   In case you don’t remember him from Forgetting Sarah Marshall here’s a little reminder in the form of a magical music video…

Ok, so I actually liked this movie and got into a debate with my best friend over whether or not it was a good movie.  He says no.  I say yes however…can we make it better?  YES.

  1. Aaron (Jonah Hill)’s Arc.  Well he doesn’t have much of one.  He starts as a MID-LEVEL grunt @ Diddy’s music empire.  MAKE NO MISTAKE CASUAL VIEWER.  He is mid level, NOT intern level.  So his arc about him overcoming the odds?  Not really.  Is it about him standing up for himself?  Not really because Aldous kind of pressures him into all these situations and he just goes with the flow.  Rather Aaron doesn’t really have an arc.  He still follows his girlfriend to Seattle and his “Empowerment” moment at the end of the film is false because Aldous and Aaron have already agreed that he’s going to go onstage despite breaking his arm falling into the pool.  Rather Aaron is a catalyst for Aldous to find himself and get his life back on track while undergoing very little change himself in the process.  How about this.  You make Aaron start out as like a lowly intern and then he proves himself.  It would be something of a fool triumphant.  He overcomes all the odds and no one expects him to succeed but he ends up pulling it off DESPITE what everyone thinks he will do. F it up.
  2. Jackie-Q vs. Aldous Father.  Which one is more important to Aldous’s change?  It’s difficult to really wrap your head around this and I think the father thing was just inserted as an excuse to go to Vegas and have a party scene.  It seems to me like his getting over Jackie-Q and discovering his son is not in fact his are the demons he must face, not alternate demons of daddy issues.  Ditch Aldous’s dad and have them just stop in Vegas for Drugs and sex.  It’s easier, makes more sense and doesn’t con-volute the plot.
  3. Leaving Las Vegas…When the party comes to a close WHY DO AARON AND ALDOUS FLEE SERGIO (DIDDY)?  THIS MAKES NO SENSE!  It’s like they are terrified of him and while they’ve all been smoking Jeffrey (Drug cocktail, smoked like a joint) they suddenly decide they need to run away from him when at this point in the story their goal is still to go meet him and put on the concert @ the Greek.  I don’t know about all of you but this felt extremely weird to me and just didn’t mesh with the rest of the story.  The time stakes have already been put in place, we don’t need Sergio to chase them to make it more real.
  4. Need’s more music!  While I really enjoyed the performance of “The Clap” as well as “African Child” I think the inclusion of Jackie-Q’s “Ring around the Rosey” was hilarious.    Can we see more.  This is a rock star right?  These types of music videos, etc. are of the type that go viral and really draw grassroots attention to a film.  This stuff is priceless and I WANT MORE!!!
  5. Aaron trying to stop Aldous twice THRICE from performing.  I briefly mentioned this earlier however I feel a need to elaborate here.  When Aldous falls into the pool, Aaron tells him he shouldn’t go on.  Then they come to an agreement that it’s for the best.  Then they drive to the Greek, Aaron see’s the bone sticking out of his arm and says “oh Aldous, don’t go on!!!” which leads to them coming to an agreement that wait for it…he’s going on.  Then they get backstage and Sergio is super happy to see them.  Aaron’s all “oh Sergio he shouldn’t go on, we shouldn’t give him painkillers, wah wah wah wah…”  Then he quits, and Aldous (LIKE THE PREVIOUS TWO TIMES) say’s he’s still going on.  Why is it so hard for Aaron to get this?!?!?  Gah!!!!  How about as a way to stand up to Sergio, Sergio physically tries to give him coke before he goes on to pump him up, this leads to Aaron bitch slapping Sergio and then Mind-F&#king him into submission.  How about that for Aaron standing up for himself.  This lets Aldous still go on w/o the drugs and shows that Aaron cares about him enough to stand down Sergio and become worthy of being his manager.

(In British Accent) "Wow, I made it, No thanks to Aaron though!!!"

Anyway, you’ve come a long, long way Jonah Hill and we’re are super proud of you.  As such I want to give a little tribute to some of your earlier work so people can see how much better you did here.  Hugs!!! XOXOXO!!!

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