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Comedy Movies 2011 – Guide

New: Top 20 Best Comedy Movies, 2011 (List) Let’s take a look at the biggest and best comedy movies of 2011. Funny this year comes in the form of The Hangover 2, Jonah Hill as a babysitter, Simon Pegg befriending a mooning alien, Cameron Diaz as the worst teacher ever, and Adam Sandler playing his own sister. That and so much more.

- JANUARY -

The Dilemma
Out: 14 January 2011
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly

Best Comedy Movies 2011
A man (Vaughn) discovers that his best friend’s wife (Ryder) is having an affair. But should he tell him? Kevin James plays the best friend, Channing Tatum is the other man. Ouch, this one looks painful. A laugh-free trailer (that also managed to upset gay rights groups) and, well, it’s just not a scenario that works for comedy. Director Ron Howard looks like he’s out of his genre. [Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes): 24%] [Public (via IMDB): 5.2] = {Ranked: 5th Worst Of The Year}

- FEBRUARY -

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Out: 18 February 2011
Director: John Whitesell
Starring: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Max Casella

Top 20 Best Comedy Movie, 2011
The trilogy is complete. Martin Lawrence returns as the FBI agent, going undercover in an all girl’s school when his 17 year old stepson (T. Jackson, who looks 26, because he is) witnesses a homicide. His stepson joins him in drag, as the pair try to find evidence incriminating the perp. Dancing on the tables, shouting “Haaay”, playing twister – the inconspicuous nature of undercover work seems to have been overlooked here. The director of Malibu’s Most Wanted, Big Momma’s House 2 and Deck The Halls (how’s that for a cv) is back. [Critics: 5%] [Public: 3.7] = {Ranked: 3rd Worst}

Hall Pass
Out: 25 February 2011
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Richard Jenkins

Best Comedy Films 2011
Two best friends (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) are restless in their long marriages so their wives decide to grant them a “hall pass,” one week of freedom to do whatever they want… no questions asked. At first it sounds like a dream come true but they soon realise their expectations of the single life are completely out of sync with reality. The movie’s directors, the Farrelly Brothers, aren’t what they used to be, but this seems like a solid premise. Can’t help feeling they could have cast a stronger pair of actors as the leads. Doubt they were the first choices and it’ll mean it’s not as big of a hit as it could have been. [Critics: 35%] [Public: 6/10] = {Ranked: 15th Best}

- MARCH -

Take Me Home Tonight
Out: 4 March 2011
Director: Michael Dowse
Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Audrina Patridge, Dan Fogler

Top Comedy Movies 2011
Dramedy about the adventures of a recent college graduate (Topher Grace), his twin sister (Anna Faris), and his best friend (Dan Fogler) as they decide what they should do with their lives. The grad also pursues his dream girl (Teresa Palmer) at a wild Labor Day party in 1988 by telling her that he works for Goldman Sachs. Topher Grace’s most prominent roles on screen have been psychos (‘Spider-Man 3′, ‘Predators’), but here he’s returning to his comic roots. He made his name on ‘That 70s Show’, which was also retro comedy. The trailer is pretty charming and fun, though the movie’s release has been delayed A LOT which rarely bodes well (shooting began in Feb 2007). [Critics: 28%] [Public: 6.4/10] = {Ranked: 16th Best}


Paul
Out: 18 March 2011
Director: Greg Mottola
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen (voice), Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig

2011 Comedy Movies List
Two British sci-fi geeks (Pegg and Frost) go on a road trip through America. On the way, they discover an escaped alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) near Area 51. As they try to reunite him with his mother ship, they find ‘Paul’ has many more opinions than your typical ET. After previous collaborations you might expect Edgar Wright to be directing this, but instead it’s Greg Mottola (‘Superbad’, ‘Adventureland’). Expect something more mainstream, with a little less visual flair. The alien visual effects look great. Nick Frost deserves to be an international megastar. [Critics: 72%] [Public: 7.1] = {Ranked: 6th Best}

- APRIL -

Your Highness
Out: 8 April 2011
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel

Latest Comedy Movies 2011
Danny McBride, James Franco and director David Gordon Green all reunite from Pineapple Express to tell this story of a lazy medieval prince (McBride) who smokes wizard’s weed (hence ‘Your Highness’) until he’s forced to complete a quest to save his father’s kingdom. There are big creature fx. Shades of ‘Princess Bride’. Strange to see Danny McBride getting higher billing than James Franco, might be because he wrote it? Looks fun. [Critics: 26%] [Public: 5.6/10] = {Ranked: 7th Worst}

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  • dnwilliams said

    Your Highness, 30 Minutes or Less and The Muppets are my top three most anticipated I guess. Hopefully one of the ones not on my radar will surprise me though.

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  • Joker said

    Most of em look funny. Hangover 2 would probably be my top pick.

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  • ASFan said

    You forgot to list Just Go With It.

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  • twaddington said

    Muppets, Hobo With A Shotgun and Paul are my top 3. The Johnny English sequel is my potential guilty pleasure.

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  • LadyBelle said

    The only ones that look funny to me are those that I enjoyed other movies in the line. Namely Paul, adore Simon Pegg, The Muppets, and Harold and Kumar. Of course they could disappoint and be nothing like past movies. Overall it seems like sad sequels and formula movies that will make 2011 ‘s comedy movies the same as every other year. Universal themes are a good thing, but beating a knackered horse just gets old.

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  • The Masked Commenter said

    Johnny English sequel, can’t wait. The first was great.

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  • maegan said

    OMG!!! i can’t wait for the hangover 2..i wanna c it soo bad(((:

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  • Streamline Putcher said

    2011 comedy movies I want to see more than anything: Muppets + Harold & Kumar 3.

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  • Tioqo said

    comedy movies aren’t all that good anymore, just full of cheesy lines fueled by profanity and nothing more than sexual promiscuity that ranges from stupid and unrealistic ideas about relationships to gross, and…well more gross. My point is if you look at past films such as Dumb and Dumber- there’s probably many others- you’ll realize that creativity isn’t what it always used to be.
    I’m not saying some comedy films aren’t funny, I’m just saying that they lack ‘originality’, that something SPECIAL that makes you laugh and wonder at how funny silliness and humor can be without resolving to FOUL MOUTH AND PLAY with…well GROSS, since every other film is like that anyway. Just my opinion, Later!

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      Every era has had its terrible comedy movies, what happens is time filters out the best and the rest ‘vanish’. So it may seem like there was a decade of high quality, with, say, Airplane and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but it’s just that all of the other terrible movies from then are no longer available.

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  • zack mia said

    A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D will rock all movies of comedy in 2011

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  • 2m said

    My top looks like this:

    * Hangover 2
    * Hall Pass
    * Your Highness
    * The Muppets
    * Cedar Rapids
    * Larry Crowne

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  • Robert King AKA Frosted Peggs said

    Hall Pass, Take Me Home Tonight, and Your Highness, but Paul is up there too. For me anyway.

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  • Joker said

    Haha all comedies up until hangover 2 have bombed. So much for 2011 being the year of comedy.

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  • tk said

    just go wit it is cool and hall pass

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  • yaazie said

    horrible bosses was my favorite comedy movie of 2011 so far. your highness and bridesmaids were also great. looking forward to 30 minutes or less and the muppets

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