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Comedy Movies 2011 – Guide

Arthur
Out: 8 April 2011
Director: Jason Winer
Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig

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A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn’t like. Remake of the ’81 Dudley Moore getting-drunk comedy. Oddly Helen Mirren will be playing the John Gielgud role, as Arthur’s ‘butler’. The director’s best known for TV series ‘American Family’, the screenwriter wrote ‘Borat’/'Bruno’/'Alan Partridge’. Not sure Hollywood can do a comedy about a drunk any more, it’s too un-PC, hopefully it won’t spend half the movie apologising for it. [Critics: 26%] [Public: 5.7/10] = {Ranked: 8th Worst}

- MAY -

Hobo With A Shotgun
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith
Director: Jason Eisener
Release Date: 6th May 2011

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A homeless man (Rutger Hauer) arrived in a crime-ridden city and turns vigilante, blowing away crooked cops, pedo’ Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. Based on the winning fake trailer in the international contest to promote Grindhouse in 2007. Today, the actual trailer isn’t nearly as funny as the fake one, however this is sure to make for cult viewing. Can’t believe they actually made this movie. [Critics: 66%] [Public: 6.3/10] = {Ranked: 10th Best}

Bridesmaids
Out: 13 May 2011
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy
Director: Paul Feig

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Two feuding bridesmaids (Kristen Wiig & Rose Byrne) battle over how to plan their friend’s wedding. Unlike ‘Bride Wars’, this isn’t sappy or girly girly. Reviews are enthusiastic, comparing it to a female The Hangover. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Paul Feig, who last worked together on ‘Freaks And Geeks’. Kristin Wiig is one of the best comedy actresses around, she co-wrote this, and it’s her highest profile movie role to date – which is a good thing. [Critics: 90%] [Public: 7.0] = {Ranked: 2nd Best}

The Hangover Part II
Out: 26 May 2011
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong

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The gang are heading to Thailand for dentist Stu’s wedding. It’s rumoured that the plot somehow involves his accidental involvement with a Thai ladyboy. The first movie deserved its success, working as both a laugh out loud comedy and fun, unpredictable mystery. In order to keep the original characters in this one (including the Korean gangster), and have the scenario repeat itself, expect unlikely coincidence to be pushed well beyond where it was in the first movie. [Critics: 35%] [Public: 6.6/10] = {Ranked: 13th Best}


- JUNE -

Submarine
Starring: Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine
Director: Richard Ayoade (TV’s The IT Crowd)
Release Date: 3rd June 2011

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[Critics: 87%] [Public: 7.3/10] = {Ranked: 5th Best}

Bad Teacher
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch
Director: Jake Kasdan
Release Date: 17th June 2011

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Follows a hilarious foul-mouthed, money hungry teacher (Diaz) who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague (Timberlake) – a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher (Punch). Jason Segal plays Diaz’s roommate. Director Jake Kasdan has a pretty good track record of amusing, slightly subversive films – Zero Effect, Orange County, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. The problem will likely be Diaz who has to play an off the wall badgirl and carry a comedy movie, can you remember the last time she made you laugh out loud?
[Critics: 44%] [Public: 5.7/10] = {Ranked: 14th Best}

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  • chad said

    you know im kind of depressed so i like wathcing comedy. comedies now is mix with drama. im missing the real comedy like dumb and dumber you know like pure laugh from beginning to end. by the way my pick is hangover2

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  • elf said

    I liked Crazy Stupid Love, Bridesmades and Hall Pass. As the 4th best I would say Paul and Horrible Bosses.
    I didn´t really liked Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, it was not much, Bad Teacher was a so-so.

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  • For Us said

    love it all movie on list :D

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  • Jeffrey G. Delfin said

    I think both Hangover 1 and 2 are funny and hilarious :-)

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  • Iva_K said

    1. The Other Guys
    2. Dinner for Schmucks
    3. Your Highness

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      The Other Guys and Dinner For Schmucks were 2010. We’re going by U.S. release dates.

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  • Anarchist said

    I see a lot of the these are in the worst of list at the end. I was losing faith in humanity for a while there.

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  • wang said

    horrible booses is my favourite

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  • amy said

    The Change up was HILARIOUS!! I cant believe it was on the worst list. LOVE this movie.

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      The best and worst list comes from combining the critics and public’s average grades. Unfortunately neither liked it much. But comedy movies are more subjective than any other genre, there are several I find hilarious (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Orgazmo, etc.) that are supposed to be pretty bad.

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  • selena said

    I think alvin and the chipmuncks should be no.1 it’s soo funny they are singing bad romance (lady gaga) and at last born this way (lady gaga) LOOOOL everyone should watch tat movie is really funny!

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  • Hot girl said

    Guyz seriously the best comedy of the year is Bridesmaids. ;) :* xxxx
    Love ya all!xx :*

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  • Geo said

    How do you put some of the movies in the best category when they aren’t even really all that great like Attack the Block? Plus as I recall Zookeep, Your Highness,The Change-Up, and a few others are some of the best comedies out there, yet you stuck them in the worst category. Are you blind, stupid, or just have no sense of freaking comedy. If it’s all of the above. Then you shouldn’t call yourself a critique or a fan of comedy. You gotta be open to all comedy. Some dumber then others as I will admit, but hell that’s what makes them funny.

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      All I’ve done is combined the critics’ votes (through Rotten Tomatoes) with the public’s votes (through IMDB). The ranking is based on that, not my own opinion. Unfortunately both critics and audiences, on average, did not like Your Highness, nor Zookeeper. While the public generally thought The Change-Up was o-k-, critics really disliked it a lot which meant it (narrowly) slipped onto the worst list. Attack The Block has had a very broad range of reaction but the majority is positive.

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  • Daniel said

    I was hesitant to watch Bridesmaid, at first. I have to admit that it was very funny. I see a lot of people are talking about Hangover 2. It was good. Not great. The first one was a lot better…and in my humble opinion, Bridesmaid is better than Hangover 2. :)

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  • Sammy said

    Hangover part 2 is basically the same as part one… instead of a baby theres a monkey… the same guy goes missing… and it just seems like a bad version of the first one to me. If you want a kick ass movie pick JUST GO WITH IT!!!

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  • Mykale said

    1. Change Up 2. Horrible bosses 3.Crazy Stupid Love Are the top 3

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  • Cb said

    No idea why arthur’s in the worst of section, I loved Brand’s acting and I thought the remake was actually really good. That and Paul would have to be my two tops.

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      The rankings are decided purely by combining the critics’ and users’ grades from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. I’m afraid Arthur didn’t do too well with either.

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