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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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Making it Better

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So my friend saw this movie 7 months ago and told me it was spectacular.  Another friend saw it 3 weeks ago and said it was good.  As some of you know, (and some don’t) Scott Pilgrim was a big fat box office FAIL this past weekend.  Made for $60 million and with an opening weekend of $10.6 million you don’t really need a calculator to see that the numbers just don’t add up.  But how could it have been better?

C'mon Scott, you've never going to get the girl playing a BASS guitar. Chicks dig AXE Men. This applies to both the body spray and the choice of string instrument!

Making it better:

1.  Too repetitive.  By about the 3rd evil ex I’m pretty tired of the whole rinse and repeat cycle.  Granted the video game stylization is awesome but is it awesome enough to keep everyone entertained for it’s 112 minutes?  I was, others weren’t.

2.  Ramona Flowers.  I think the simple fact is that she’s not that likable.  When does the audience really get to see her softer side or sympathize with why Scott’s so in love with her.  Answer:  They don’t.  Scott’s other girlfriend, Knives Chau, at least has a youthful naiveté that stirs empathy in the viewer.  Ramona maybe should have considered another movie…

After I photoshopped this I realized it should say...Ramona and...Ramona... Whoops.

3.  A little too ‘hip.’  I felt like other Micheal Cera vehicles struck a good balance of hip and cool.  Superbad, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Juno.  This movie however had parts that were so stylized and dialogue that whizzed by so fast I wasn’t quite sure what was going on.  Am I stupid?  Maybe.  But my 135 on a completely unscientific online IQ test would lead me to believe otherwise.

Yes, this is the new definition of cool and personally I'm 100% fine with that. P.s. Is that shirt made from early 90's wallpaper?

4.  Marketing.  I think that someone on the marketing team at XYZ Marketing Company really needs quick slap.  Why not play up the video game aspect of the movie more???  You probably could have stolen at least a few Mill off the gamers that shelled out cash for The Expendables.  Maybe they could have even combined the two movies…

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Expendables: This time "The Blowout" is more than just a haircut!

Despite what I just said I really did enjoy the movie and would recommend seeing it in the theaters.  It’s fun and I haven’t really seen anything quite like it.  It unfortunate that films are always hailed or panned by how they perform their opening weekend.  Hopefully Scott Pilgrim can take a lesson from it’s Sly Stallone competition, not give up and come out swinging in the second round.

Michael Cera gives the lead singer a little head between songs.

We didn't start the fire...Scott Pilgrim did.

So, now you tell me.  What would you have done differently to make this movie better than it already was?