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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.