In a time of hardship, economic recession and pandemic outbreak, comedy movies can be a great escape from reality. So, if you’ve lost your job, you’re coming down with Captain Trips or just got a case of the Mondays – take our advise, trust our judgment and check out these top ten best comedy movies of 2009.
With the state of affairs around the world today, it’s no wonder that people have turned to Hollywood for a little comic relief. Luckily, 2009 has been a great year for comedy films and some of the most unique plot lines in recent history. If you’re looking for an alternative to the 24-hour news channels and want to lighten up, check out this list of the 10 Funniest Movies of 2009.
Trying to explain comedy is rarely a good idea. Precious few are born with the skill of reciting good comedy and even fewer know what to do with it. That is why I shall constrain myself to this simple listing: Top ten best comedy movies of 2009, Spring and Summer releases.
Last time I wrote an article on, according to me, the best comedy movies of a certain time period, it got over forty comments (and counting…); most of them disagreeing with my listing. So, for the top ten best comedy movies of 2009, Spring and Summer releases, that I am about to publish, I expect not your consent nor approval. If you disagree, you know what to do, if you don’t you have a great sense of humor. Enjoy!
1. I Love You, Man
Film maker John Hamburg holds an impressive track record in the comedy genre. Acting, writing, producing and directing, Hamburg is the man behind such movies as Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, Undeclared (tv-series 3 episodes), Along Came Polly, and Zoolander.
For his 2009 contribution to the genre he, together with writer Larry Devin (Dr Dolittle 2, Seinfeld 3 episodes) directed I Love You, Man – a comedy film about real estate agent Peter Klaven who, shortly after proposing to his girlfriend, realizes that he has no friends. Several man-dates later he finally meets his broulmate (bro soulmate;-) and together they. ends up in all kinds of mayhem.
Paul Rudd, as Peter Klaven, and Jason Segel, as new B.F.F Sidney Fife, make an hilarious duo that will leave you gasping for air.
Director: John Hamburg
Writer: Larry Levin
Trivia: Paul Rudd got his break in the hit comedy Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone, is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, and is a huge fan on the tv-series Lost. Jason Segel is terrified of heights. source: tv.com
Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, J.K Simmons, Jaime Pressly (not Elvis’s offspring, Matt Zaller!)
2. The Hangover
The Hangover is a hilarious caper that takes place in the aftermath of a Las Vegas bachelor party. Three groomsmen awaken (hung over, of course) to find the groom missing; as well as a tiger and a six-month-old baby in their Caesar’s Palace suite.
In their fuzzy haze, they must attempt to retrace their steps and find their friend in order to get him to the altar on time.
Director: Todd Phillips
Writer: Jon Lucas, Scott More
Cast: Bradley Cooper (He’s Just Not That Into You), Ed Helms (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), Zach Galifianakis (Upcoming: Dinner for Schmucks, Bored To Death (Tv-serie), Due Date, It’s Kind of A Funny Story), Justin Bartha (National Treasure)
Trivia: “Justin Bartha worked as a production aid on set of the 1999 Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro movie Analyze This.”, Zach Galifianakis once had a pet cat named Mr. Stevenson after the British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. source: tv.com
The Invention of Lying has an innovative plot and a combination some of the biggest talent on film this year. The story takes place in an alternative reality where lying—even the concept of lying– does not exist.
In this setting, an average guy (played by the brilliant Ricky Gervais) discovers lying and finds himself amassing fame and fortune with his new “talent.”
He ends up facing moral dilemmas and the realization that even his lies can’t win him the heart of the woman he loves (Garner).
Director: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Writer: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey
Trivia: “Ricky was in a music group in the early 80′s called ‘Seona Dancing’. They released two singles – Bitter Heart and More To Lose.” source: tv.com
Mike Judge’s latest film captures his satirical style as it chronicles the nonsense that takes place in a flower extract factory.
Jason Bateman stars as the plant owner who is experiencing a multitude of personal and professional issues, including his marriage; and who wants to sell his business.
Like Judge’s other great film Office Space, Extract is a funny, sometimes poignant commentary on the modern workplace combined with sheer lunacy.
Director: Mike Judge (Office Space)
Writer: Mike Judge
Cast: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig
Trivia: Jason Bateman appeared in the 1974 tv series production Little House of the Praire, 21 episodes as James Cooper Ingalls.
5. Year One
Black and Cera team up as a couple of witless hunter/gatherers expelled from their 2nd century community.$$
They wander the countryside meeting up with legendary biblical characters like Cain and Abel; get sold into slavery; and become targeted by a hairy high priest in the city of Sodom.
Director: Harold Ramis
Writer: Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky
Cast: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, Vinnie Jones
Trivia: 3 movies you might not remember Jack Black from: Dead Man Walking (1995) , Demolition Man (1993), The Cable Guy (1996)
6. Land of The Lost
Land of the Lost is a fantastic romp through an alternative universe. Dr. Rick Marshall (Ferrell) is a quantum paleontologist who has invented a time machine.
Along with his assistant Holly (Friel) and a redneck fireworks salesman (McBride) the three of them set out to test the machine and end up getting sucked back in time where they promptly lose the machine and find themselves stranded along with dinosaurs and other perilous creatures.
Part comedy, part action film; Land of the Lost is based on the popular 1970’s television show by the same name.
Director: Brad Silberling
Writer: Chris Henchy, Dennis McNicholas
Cast: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone (Cha-Ka)
Trivia: Jorma Taccone is most famous for his and Andy Samberg’s Digital Shorts production on Saturday Night Live (Jizzed in my pants, Lazy Sunday, Dick in A Box).
7. Funny People
Adam Sandler plays George Simmons, a famous comedian who finds out that he is suffering from a fatal illness.
This discovery causes him to revisit his standup career where he meets an up-and-coming comedian (Rogen) who he takes under his wing and makes his personal assistant/mentee. Simmons’ life of fame, fortune and groupies is slowly revealed as lonely and unfulfilling.
Director: Judd Apatow
Writer: Judd Apatow
Cast: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill
Trivia: “Adam has 2 dogs. Their names are Matzoball and Meatball.” source: tv.com
The latest ‘mockumentary’ by Sacha Baron Cohen (of Borat fame) is Bruno, a ridiculous romp, flamboyantly gay fashion-obsessed Austrian as he journeys around the world on a quest to become famous.
As with all of Cohen’s work, the point is not just yuks—it’s social commentary. Cohen places Bruno in all kinds of situations where he provokes reactions from entertainers, politicians, and the dreadfully clueless. Bruno is raucous and not at all suitable for those with delicate sensibilities.
Still, it is a fascinating look at modern society’s politically incorrect views on some of the most sensitive subjects.
Director: Larry Charles
Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines
Letterman interview with real S.B Cohen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk2oee2kjT8&
Cast: Sasha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Banagale
Trivia: A woman sued Sacha Baron Cohen, claiming that the movie Bruno had ruined her sex life. During the MTV Movie Awards 2009 a stunt was performed by Bruno where he was gliding above the audience, landing on a surprised Eminem. The stunt was later revealed to be staged.
9. The Informant
The Informant is a humorous look at the true story of a whistleblower named Mark Whitacre who exposed price fixing by the agricultural industry in the 1990’s.
Matt Damon brings an energetic (and somewhat creepy) element to the lead character who, in addition to being otherwise completely unqualified to do espionage, also suffers from bi-polar disorder.
His mental illness causes him to jeopardize the federal investigation and ultimately leads to his own meltdown.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Scott Z. Burns, Kurt Eichenwald
Cast: Matt Damon, Eddie Jameson, Rusty Schwimmer
Trivia: Matt Damon’s comment on gaining weight for the movie: “I just stopped working out and basically just ate whatever I wanted. I ate a lot of In-N-Out, a lot of burgers, drank a lot of beer and basically had a great time.”
10. The Proposal
Bullock delivers yet another summer romantic comedy—a role she’s got down to a science. This time she plays a high-powered book editor who has emigrated to the U.S. from Canada.
When she faces deportation, she announces that she is engaged to her unsuspecting assistant—with whom she has a contentious relationship.
He agrees to help her out by going along with the ruse, and the two head to Alaska to meet with her family and along the way endure an obstacle course of zany situations.
Director: Anne Fletcher
Writer: Pete Chiarelli
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock
Trivia: Due to a skydiver accident when the parachute did not open properly, Reynolds is now scared of flying.