Top 10: Funny Comedy Movies of 2011

TT10 November 23, 2011 33

There have been some pretty funny movies in 2011.  While there might be some funny movies about to hit in the holiday season, these are the funniest movies that have been released in 2011 so far.

1. Bridesmaids

Finally, a female-based comedy that doesn’t apologize for the fact that it is full of females.  With flops like The Sweetest Thing and Spring Breakdown (have you even heard of either of those?) it is refreshing that this comedy is funny for everyone.  It may have something to do with the “dude-ness” that producer Judd Apatow imparts, but it’s likely because of the writing genius of Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and the stellar performances of the entire cast.


2. Paul

Will we ever not love a collaboration between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost?  They were great in both Edgar Wright-directed films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and they jumped a tad into the mainstream in the Greg Mottola-directed sci-fi comedy Paul.  Add the comedic vocal talents of Seth Rogen as the beer-swilling, opinionated alien, and you’ve got a fun, smart movie.  Just an added bonus?  Kristen Wiig.  She’s hilarious.


3. Arthur

The thought of a remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore classic had some scratching their heads.  Would it be any good?  How could it not be good with Helen Mirren in the mix?  Plus, as much as you try to hate Russell Brand, he makes you laugh.  While the subject matter of the film isn’t as acceptable today as it was in 1981, the gags keep rolling, and as long as you don’t think about it too much, the film is pretty watchable.


4. The Hangover Part II

While it did not compare to the first movie, this movie pushed the envelope so far that as long as you’re not overly sensitive to, well, anything, it is still funny.  It is over the top.  It is over the over the top.  Somehow, the combination of Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms works.  Let’s just hope a third one isn’t in the works.  The magic only lasts for so long.

Hangover 2
5. Tower Heist

There is something eminently comforting about an action comedy, especially one that pulls out all the stops and puts, oh, everybody in it.  Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, and  Michael Pena play victims of a Ponzi scheme, and they are out for some payback.  With supporting roles from Alan Alda, Judd Hirsch, Tea Leoni, and Gabourney Sidibe, the star-studded cast makes for a fun movie.

Tower Heist

6. A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3-D

If you enjoyed the first two of these bizarre stoner movies, you’ll enjoy them even more in 3D.  At least, that’s what you’re supposed to think.  Frankly, a lot of people only like these films for the inevitable Neil Patrick Harris appearances, but with a new writer and a new director, at least the jokes weren’t AS stale.


7. Jack and Jill

Some say it had to be done.  Adam Sandler had to do drag eventually.  Charlie Chaplin, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Dustin Hoffman, and Tyler Perry have done it (among many, many others), so why not Sandler?  Maybe the addition of Al Pacino as himself helps?  Nah.  But, if you like Adam Sandler, you’ll probably like this movie.  At least more than you liked Grown Ups.


8. Attack the Block

Another alien movie featuring Nick Frost, this witty comedy is about a group of South London kids who are trying to defend their neighborhood from attacking aliens.  The cinematography might leave a little to be desired, but the writing is spot-on, as is Frost’s performance.

Attack the Block

9. Terri

A quiet and moving coming-of-age film about an overweight teen and his friendship with a well-intentioned but tiresome vice-principal, Terri is produced by the same team that produced two dramatic Ryan Gosling films – Half Nelson and Blue Valentine, but luckily has more laughs than those two dramas.  Plus, it was a hit at Sundance.


10. Crazy, Stupid Love

Some may consider it a rom com, but Steve Carrell can handle the sentimental comedy and still maintain the comedic integrity it takes to pull off a successful comedy film.  Add the cool, slightly greasy charm of Ryan Gosling‘s character, and the film works.  By the directors of I Love You Phillip Morris, and also starring Juilanne Moore, the increasingly popular Emma Stone, and with a short appearance by Beth Littleford (remember her?) it is an entertaining film.

Crazy Stupid Love


  1. Dan November 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm -

    -number 4 proves you’re all so stupid that you’ll pay for the same movie twice…
    -“and as long as you don’t think about it too much, the film is pretty watchable.” if that quote isn’t self explainable why the writer is a complete idiot than i don’t know what will
    -Jack and Jill? really? I mean come on! you’re making it waaaaay too easy

    • lizaio November 26, 2011 at 7:02 am -

      Dan – clearly I am stupid. Thanks for clearing that up.

      • cj November 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm -

        this whole list is retarded. at best, 2 or 3 of these movies MIGHT have been in the top 10, but i doubt it. jack and jill? arthur? tower heist? jesus christ those look awful. and dan, the hangover two was trying to be the hangover round 2. hence the name. the whole point of the movie was to be as much like the first one as possible. surely someone as intelligent as yourself should have realized that, but i guess not

        • dax November 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm -

          agreed this is probably the worst top ten Ive ever seen. Bridesmaids is on the list…nevermind at #1 above the movie it was trying to emulate. No movie that feminists rally to get people to watch should be a top anything. arthur and tower heist were boring as shit i liked the actors in it so I gave it a shot it was terrible. Also I maintain that jack and jill is Adam sandler fucking with everyone or he lost a bet. Remember the trailer for it where his one friend i think Dante is just laughing…im guessing its him laughing at the fact that this movie was made and that people would go see it. Awful just awful. Terri was a good movie but nowhere near a top 10 funny list. It was mostly depressing.If your going to edit this you will have to get a lobotomy and start all over brain dead you cant possibly have made worse choices. I usually don’t rant about peoples lists because everyone has different tastes but its stupid people like you that are the reason these terrible movies keep getting made.

  2. Tom November 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm -

    Wow. If Jack and Jill made this list (and not even at the bottom of it), 2011 had to be a *HORRIBLE* year for comedies. The presence of the Arthur remake just seals it.

    • lizaio November 26, 2011 at 7:01 am -

      Tom – agreed. Slim pickings. If you have suggestions to replace the movies you didn’t find amusing, PLEASE let me know. I’m happy to edit the darn thing.

      • cj November 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm -

        slim pickings? please. it wasn’t the best year for comedies and a lot of the ones i have listed below are nothing special eeithr, but i think that just about all of them deserve to be on this list before jack and jill, tower heist, and arthur, and a few of them were funnier than a majority of this list. a

        movies you chose to omit: rango, cars 2, no strings attached, take me home tonight, hall pass, your highness, just go with it, the dilemma, gnomeo and juliet, bad teacher, friends with benefits, horrible bosses, thee change up, super, 30 minutes or less, cedar rapids, and our idiot brother.

  3. Chris Klein November 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm -

    Wow. This is literally the worst top anything list I have ever encountered, and for attaining such an achievement, I congratulate the author of this crapwich. None of these movies are funny, at least two aren’t comedies, and the acting/writing in nearly all of them is shittier than the stuff I use toilet paper to wipe up: tears. Cold, sour tears brought about by the fact that someone, somewhere, in this world, has published this forsakable opinion to the world.

    • BigOak November 26, 2011 at 7:00 am -

      Thanks for your feedback. Really, really nice. Maybe you have suggestions as to 2011 movies that actually WERE funny?

    • lizaio November 26, 2011 at 7:00 am -

      Nice, Dude. Thanks.

  4. Matt November 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm -

    I don’t know if you’ve seen The Muppets yet, but you could definitely knock off Jack & Jill and put Kermit and Piggy on there instead. Great writing, great music, and hilarious throughout! They had Brett from Flight of the Conchords write some of the songs if that is any indication.

  5. Jayce November 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm -

    Thanks, lizaio, I think I’ve found a good source for movies to never bother watching.

  6. Mitch November 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm -

    i questioned this article’s credibility when the Hangover 2 made the list. All credibility was lost when I saw Jack and Jill.

  7. Mark K November 29, 2011 at 3:28 am -

    Arthur??? .. are you being real … after watching it I wasn’t at all sure it was meant to be a comedy.

  8. sam November 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm -


  9. Sara Deems November 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm -

    Whoever wrote this list is a retard.

  10. NAZQAR November 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm -

    Cedar Rapids was definitely deserving of top ten honors. As were Horrible Bosses and 30 Minutes or Less. I enjoyed Paul and Bridesmaids, so keep them. There are 5 for the top ten. Lose Jack and Jill, and while I laughed at Hangover Two it really was just the original with a different location. Tower Heist was meh at best.

    1. Cedar Rapids
    2. Paul
    3. Bridesmaids
    4. 30 Minutes or Less
    5. Everything Must Go
    6. Horrible Bosses
    7. The Muppets
    8. A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3-D
    9. Attack The Block
    10. Submarine.

  11. Movie Goer November 30, 2011 at 6:44 am -

    Most of these movies listed are awful… What kind of horrible top 10 is this?

    • Movie Goer November 30, 2011 at 6:48 am -

      Just read the comments, seems everybody else in the universe realized this, too. Won’t be visiting this website any time again on purpose, what an awful waste of data space. Take this sucker down!

  12. Half Baked Potatoes November 30, 2011 at 8:23 am -

    Hmmm I can’t agree with them all but comedies are fairly subjective I suppose. Glad to see attack the block up there. I felt it got a bad run.

    Best quote, and keep in mind that this is a 9 year old talking to his mate who wants to be called mayhem. ‘No one is going to ever call you Mayhem if you keep acting like such a pussy’

    click my name for a funny site

  13. comedylover November 30, 2011 at 10:55 am -

    how is horrible bosses not on this list? I agree with bridesmaids and that’s about it… very depressing.

  14. JQ November 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm -

    oh c’mon! whats with the hate, everybody’s got their own opinion to what tickles their fanny and this isn’t a freaking oscar nomination list of comedy. If we’re all stupid and unwitty for agreeing with some of the movies in the list then considering yourself boring and a prude. Hangover 2 was an unmoral bash at the senses and me and the rest of the ‘stupid’ people enjoyed the heck out of it, a good movie NOT to be watched with kids and sensitive pricks like some of you. too bad you couldn’t enjoy it, its not our lost. and tower heist, although not great, but the plot and the whole progression of it was pretty good. you don’t like this list, then make one yourselves :) i personally do not like some of the movies in this list but i ain’t gonna bash her sense of humor in, like everything you watch makes other people laugh?? if you said yes, cut the crap and drop the ego.

    • BigOak December 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm -

      Thank you JQ!

  15. ronnie November 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm -

    kinda would have liked to see 30 minuttes or less on here

  16. sean November 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm -

    i saw only one movie that actually looks funny and that was herold and kumar everything else is a bust

  17. justin December 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm -

    I take it the author did not see 50/50. That should be at the top of most lists.

  18. Bunty Bubly January 18, 2012 at 4:41 am -

    All movies are best comedy movies of 2011.

  19. Thislistsucks. February 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm -

    Well this list sucks. Like Arthur was an absolute twatfucked shitsandwich. If you’re gonna put up funniest movies of 2011 it couldn’t hurt to add Horrible Bosses. No offense to you as a person, but this list sucks at life.

  20. meh March 11, 2012 at 10:55 am -

    shittiest list, ok a couple of movies are ok, but seriously, jack and jill!? should be shit and piss

  21. Brimshack March 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm -

    Okay, “Attack the Block” was pretty cool. The rest …yawn!

  22. Jason May 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm -

    Awful choices generally but what makes it worse is that the good films are all placed last (terri, crazy stupid and attack the block?)

  23. habitus December 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm -

    Wow, the comments are mind-blowing, who are these people who get so angry with a top-ten list? Seriously, it is a subjective list. I mean if the list-maker has an ability to force people to watch movies that they don’t enjoy, or makes millions of dollars by mass manipulation, it’s a different ballgame, but if s/he does not, where does all this hate come from?
    About the list, I don’t think number 1 deserves to be there, and jack & jill should not be on the list, however, I think tower heist was a good movie, the commentary here was spot on, it could be even higher (over arthur), crazy, stupid love could be higher as well, Terri was not really a comedy, yet funny at times and was a good movie.
    Note: The first person who commented on the list is embarrassing by the way, I mean I am an English as a third language guy, but wow that guy can not write, I hope English is not his mother tongue. Sad.

    • habitus December 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm -

      Also I forgot: Arthur and jack and Jill should have been completely dropped in favor of horrible bosses and cedar rapid. I seriously could not watch Arthur or Jack and Jill until the end. So they would be out of my list completely.
      Still thanks for the list anyway.

Live Cams Ten Sex Avenue Theme