R2D2's Ultimate Top 10 Countdown Of The 2000s #1 - Comedies.

We're officially in the last 10 days of the year (and decade), and every other movie blogger is doing their Top 10 lists of the the year and/or decade. So I knew I had to follow the popular crowd... but I didn't just want to do one Top 10 list. No, I want to do 10 Top 10 lists. You heard me.

For the next 10 days, I'm going to post one Top 10 list a day, counting down some of my favorite movies. And this is how it will work: The next 10 days will consist of my Top 10 favorite films of different genres from the past decade. And then, on January 1, I will be posting my Top 10 of the decade. I will actually post 2 Top 10s for this post (OK, that's technically 12 Top 10 lists, but whatever). The first will use, in a new order, my #1 choices from the previous 10 lists to have a fair-and-balanced (but not in the Fox News kinda way) list. But then I'll be making another Top 10 of my overall favorites of the year (for instance, what if I liked my #2 horror spot more than my #1 musical spot?).

Note: These lists will not be "the best," but they will be my favorites. If those coincide, then great. But otherwise, these lists will just be what I consider to be my favorite films of the last 10 years.

The "genres" I'll be taking a look at are the following (in no particular order): Comedies, Dramas, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Musicals, Animated (including anime), Action/Thriller, Oscar Bait, Decade Specials (Superhero, Remakes, etc.), and Foreign (outside America, live-action, subtitled only... I know these can fall under numerous other genres, but I wanted to keep foreign films together. The only ones I won't put in here are anime, seeing I'm putting those under Animated).

So for our first list, I'll be taking a look at Comedies.

Top 10 Comedies of the 2000s

Comedy is a very wide genre. There are tons of subgenres that go with it: action/comedy, horror/comedy, British comedy, dark comedy, dramedy, slapstick, gross-out, sex/teen, etc. I'll be spanning the full spectrum of comedy for this list. How I've decided whether to include certain movies in other genres if they're cross-genre (such as horror/comedy) depends on the level of each genre they have. For instance, if they're more horror than comedy, they'll be in horror, and vice versa. All this being said, let's get into the list.

10. 11:14 (2003)

A dark comedy, 11:14 is funny, thrilling, and stylish. It has a great cast, a great concept, and a great twist ending. It's also incredibly underrated and mostly unknown. The film stars Henry Thomas, Hilary Swank, Shawn Hatosy, Colin Hanks, Ben Foster, Patrick Swayze, Rachel Leigh Cook, and Jason Segel. Its concept is similar to those of Go and Vantage Point, where the same story is told numerous times, but through different perspectives until you get the full story. But I particularly love how this movie pulls it off (with every perspective centering around events that occur at 11:14 PM), due to a major twist that is revealed through the final perspective.

I put it in my number 10 spot because, while it is an excellent movie, it's not the funniest on the list (it gets a bit dark and dramatic at times). But it's still great enough to make it.

9. Superbad (2007)

If the 2000s were anything in comedy, especially the latter half, they belonged to one Judd Apatow. I wanted at least one Apatow flick on this list, and I almost gave it to the one that started it all--40-Year-Old Virgin. But in the end, it came down to laughs, and I felt Superbad just held more. It's also the film that skyrocketed Michael Cera's career (and arguably Jonah Hill's, if you don't count Knocked Up). It also gave us the gorgeous Emma Stone. In fact, there are a few people in this film that appear in some of my other films higher up on the list. And that probably wouldn't have happened without this movie.

8. Death at a Funeral (2007)

I saw this movie earlier this year, and as soon as I did, I immediately had to go out and buy it. This movie is downright hilarious. From a stoned Alan Tudyk to a gay dwarf affair/blackmail scandal, this movie pulls all the right punches and delivers on the laughs.

7. Role Models (2008)

One of my favorite movies of last year, Role Models was an Apatow picture without Apatow being involved. It involved McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, as well as Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Ken Jeong, and Jo Lo Truglio, all from previous Apatow-produced (and/or directed) films. And, of course, Seann William Scott and newcomer Bobb'e J. Thompson as loudmouthed, sex-obsessed characters. Of course, the heart of the film is in the relationship between Mintz-Plasse and Rudd, with Rudd's slow acceptance of people a little different from the norm. Every character in this film was brilliantly written (except maybe straight-girl Elizabeth Banks), but it's like every character was written to be memborable.

My favorite scenes, however, involved all the nerdy LARPing. A bit of an RPG nerd myself, I really took into the fantasy nerd humor. Without these scenes, the movie wouldn't have been even as remotely good as it was.

6. EuroTrip (2004)

This is probably one of the main movies on my list that probably won't be making too many others. I'd call it a guilty pleasure, but I honestly think the movie is too funny to be a 'bad' enough movie for a guilty pleasure. Outside of maybe one or two people, nobody in this movie went on to do anything greater. It's over-the-top and silly, but it's loads of fun. Not to mention Matt Damon's cameo is one of my all-time favorites. And the "Scotty Doesn't Know" song is a classic in my mind.

5. Gamers: Dorkness Rising (2008)

Another movie that I'd put money on won't be making any lists, but not for the same reasons as the previous film. The reason this movie won't be making lists is that almost nobody has ever heard of it. It's an incredibly low-budget film that you can only buy online. But I swear, if you're a gamer of any kind, this is one of the funniest movies you will have ever seen. But what's so special about this movie is that, even if you've never played a game, D&D or otherwise, it's still accessible enough to be good fun (in a similar way that Role Models was funny to those who have never LARPed). The best thing, though? It doesn't make fun of gamers. It embraces and celebrates the hobby. And I dare you to watch this movie and not want to do any gaming afterward.

4. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

Who doesn't love Robert Downey Jr.? His fast-talking and forgetful narration quickly made this movie one of my favorites. And Val Kilmer's Gay Perry is great, too. This movie moves very fast, and the ending is hard to grasp the first time you watch it. But the great thing about this movie? It lends itself to rewatchability. Similar to this year's The Hangover, it's a cross-over genre you don't usually see too often: the comedy/mystery. But whereas The Hangover focuses more on the comedy than the mystery, this film blends both in equal amounts, making for a good laugh-out-loud time while keeping you intrigued by the detective story. Oh, and did I mention Robert Downey Jr.?

3. Zombieland (2009)

One of this year's best, Zombieland is a horror/comedy of the ages, right up there with another that doesn't need to be named. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone, Zombieland was an unexpected hit (well, to a lot of people other than me). It's stylish and fun, and Eisenberg and Harrelson worked amazingly well off each other. Not to mention it has one of the best cameo appearances ever.

2. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

This is a movie that should be on a lot of people's lists. If somebody discussed comedies of the 2000s and didn't reference this film, they shouldn't be discussing comedy. A dry comedy if there ever was one, Napoleon Dynamite escalated far past cult status and into the history books as a low-budget film that, even if you've never seen it, you probably still know the whole film from beginning to end. Why? Because you probably know at least one person who walked around quoting it. Has there ever been another movie where basically every single line is quotable comic gold? I don't think so. Idiot!

1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

If you didn't know this was going to be my number one comedy choice, then you probably don't read my blog on a regular basis. As one of my all-time favorite movies, of course Shaun of the Dead was gonna hit my #1 comedy spot. It's got everything. Simon Pegg. Brilliant writing. Zombies. Romance. Thrills. Laughs. Quotability. A lot of people might put Hot Fuzz on their list over this, but I honestly like Shaun so much more. I love Fuzz, but I think the writing in Shaun is tighter and funnier. Not to mention the "everything happens at least twice" aspect is stronger and more well-done in Shaun, which is one of my favorite things about the film. Oh, and it has zombies.

End Notes: So that's my Top 10 Comedies of the 2000s. I know I'll probably get lambasted for not including more popular films such as The Hangover or Knocked Up, or more "sophisticated" comedies, such as The Royal Tenenbaums, but remember, this is a list of my favorite comedies. And "favorite" is subjective.


  1. I can understand you putting Shaun over Hot Fuzz, but a little surprised to see Fuzz miss the list completely. Pretty sure it would make mine.

    I haven't seen all of these and don't agree with all of them (Death at a Funeral just wasn't all that great for me; interesting, though, that they got Dinklage for the remake), but I get what you were going for and your top three are strong.

    In case you couldn't tell, my biggest omission would be Idiocracy, probably followed by Fuzz.

  2. Fletch: I dunno... I loved Fuzz, but not as much as everybody else out there, I guess. If anything, it's probably #11 on the list. It just barely missed the list.

    You didn't like Death at a Funeral? Huh... I love that movie (obviously). Though the remake is one of the few remakes I actually strongly disagree with. Not only is it remaking a recent film, but it's remaking an English-language film. There's absolutely no point. And Chris Rock's behind it, so it's gonna completely change the type of humor. Though I do like that they got Peter Dinklage again.

    Again... I've still not seen Idiocracy, so I couldn't really put that on my list.

  3. Nice to see Eurotrip get some love. Definitely in mt top 5 comedies of the decade. "Scotty doesnt know" is my ringtone.

  4. I think I would rank Fuzz just above Shaun, but both would definitely make my top 10. And as for best Apatow movie that didn't involve Apatow (or did it, I can't remember), it would for me be Forgetting Sarah Marshall

  5. Tom: Forgetting Sarah Marshall was totally the Apatow gang :P .

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