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Comedy Movies 2013 – Guide

New: Top 20 Best Comedy Movies, 2013 (List) Let’s take a look at the biggest and best comedy movies of 2013. Funny this year came in the form of Seth Rogen facing the apocalypse, the return of Ron Burgundy, Steve Carell as a magician, a third Hangover, and Gerard Butler as a foul-mouthed leprechaun. That and so much more.

Here’s the rundown of every significant theatrical release, good and bad:

– JANUARY –

A Haunted House
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer
Director: Michael Tiddes
Out: 11 January 2013 (U.S. Dates)

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When newlyweds (Wayans and Atkins) move into their dream house, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s her that is possessed with spirits – or as he calls it – “relationship baggage.” Soon he’s using the help of a psychic (Swardson), a priest (Cedric) and ghost hunters to exorcise her. R-rated parody of ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘The Devil Inside’ and other “found footage” movies. Wayans was one of the creators of ‘Scary Movie’ but this is an ultra low budget solo enterprise that isn’t in the same league. Fart gags are considered a highlight. Stay away. Unless you’re 14. [Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes): 10%] [Public (via IMDB): 5.0] – Avoid

Movie 43
Starring: Justin Long, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Richard Gere
Directors: Peter Farrelly, Griffen Dunne, Brett Ratner, James Gunn etc.
Out: 25 January 2013

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Co-produced by the Farrelly Brothers, this is a silly, raunchy anthology similar to ‘Kentucky Fried Movie’ from the ’70s. The series of 17 short films, with vague connecting story, include Gerard Butler as a perverse, foul-mouthed leprechaun kidnapped by Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott who want to steal his pot of gold. Director Griffin Dunne’s segment sees Kieran Culkin playing a grocery store clerk courting Emma Stone with an R-rated version of a love letter. In Peter Farrelly’s segment, Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman go on a date in which she’s the only person who notices he has balls under his chin. Anthology movies nearly always fail and this one is especially disjointed. Imagine a series of unrelated, unfunny sketches. It doesn’t work on any level. [Critics: 4%] [Public: 4.4] – Avoid

– FEBRUARY –

Identity Thief
Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau
Director: Seth Gordon
Out: 8 February 2013

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When a mild-mannered businessman (Bateman) learns his identity has been stolen by a shopaholic in Florida (McCarthy), he hits the road in an attempt to foil the thief. But trying to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles back to Denver will make him discover just how tough it is to get your name back. ‘Identity Thief’ is one of two leading comedy roles for Melissa McCarthy this year, after breaking out with ‘Bridesmaids’. Unfortunately this movie just doesn’t work. The director of ‘Horrible Bosses’ can’t make horrible deeds seem charming and amusing here, instead McCarthy’s thief is quite unlikeable. Jason Bateman is on autopilot. The script is poorly put together. Nowhere near as funny as it should have been. [Critics: 19%] [Public: 5.7] – Mediocre

– MARCH –

21 And Over
Starring: Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon, Sarah Wright
Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Out: 1 March 2013

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Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery. The writers of ‘The Hangover’ make their debut as writer-directors, using a variation on the friends-get-drunk idea, set in college. If you’re looking for a youthful party movie there are better times to be had elsewhere. And don’t ask why they couldn’t celebrate his birthday after his interview. [Critics: 26%] [Public: 5.8] – Mediocre

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Starring: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin
Director: Don Scardino
Out: 15 March 2013

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Old school Las Vegas magician Burt Wonderstone (Carell) attempts to reunite with his former partner Anton Lovecraft (Buscemi) to take on daring street magician Steve Gray (Carrey). From the director of TV’s ’30 Rock’, imagine a comedic version of ‘The Prestige’. It’s not terrible, the second half is quite likeable, but given the talent involved it lacks big laughs and can only be considered a disappointment. [Critics: 36%] [Public: 5.9] – Mediocre

Admission
Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Lily Tomlin
Director: Paul Weitz
Out: 22 March 2013

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A straight-laced Princeton admissions officer (Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her free-wheeling former classmate (Rudd). He has deduced that his gifted yet very unconventional student (Wolff) may be the son she secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon she finds herself bending the admission rules for the student, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted. A comic cast open with jokes then veer toward heartfelt drama. Tonally it’s going for something similar to ‘About A Boy’, which the director also made, but it misses that same spark. [Critics: 38%] [Public: 5.7] – Mediocre


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  • jay said

    What kind of people write this crap and think they know good movies?, first off putting Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa in the best so far,,are you mad????

    haunted house was better than that crap, you know what maybe you should stick to your day jobs or find new ones if this is your day job cause you are wrong on a lot of these moives

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  • Ani said

    1.”The Heat”
    2.”Anchorman 2: The Legend continues”
    3.”Identity Thief”

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  • Satman1w said

    I was sceptical about your choice of movies, so I downloaded “Movie 43” (mainly because the names appearing in the movie) but you were right 110%.

    It is probably the worst movie I have ever seen !!!

    Thank you

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  • Jayden said

    Why are so many of the “comedy” movies nowadays are so not “family” appropriate? I mean, ive been searching which is both funny and decent so my mom can enjoy a comedy, but i feel so ashamed and weird to watch most of these with older family reletives such as mom etc. I just prefer watching them myself or with friends as they are most times nasty and rude and such and i cant laugh about those things with family like that, altho we are adults it just feels weird.

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  • wutang.chick said

    the heat was bloody hilarious although sandra bullock is not a great actress the fat chick carried the movie well and i had a few laughing sessions when she had something to say.

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  • Femke said

    This was very helpful. Thank you.

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  • iman said

    EI think Hangover part 3 wasn’t the best,and other’s were medium

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  • willy said

    We’re the millers is the best movie of them all. The haunted house and scary movie 5 are extremely boring

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  • Immy said

    Their review on identity theif was so so so wrong. I’ve watched all of the other movies and the reviews on them were ok but Identity Theif was soooo good. Melissa McCarthy’s character was extremely funny and has an amazing twist on your views of her and pshh poorly written script was soo stupid. It had great great funny lines. I give their review an F and the movie an A+

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  • heather said

    “The Heat” is by far the funniest move I’ve seen in quite a while. Yes, it is a bit predictable in sine aspects, but that is how it is supposed to be… this movie was made to mirror the 1980’s ‘buddy cop’ movies (except with female leads instead of male) if you don’t like that type of movie, then of course you aren’t going to like this. But I thought it was great, I launched a lot through it, sandra and melissa were brilliant in my opinion. You should atleast give it a try.. Im not sure about some of the others on this list, but I will give them a watch!

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  • Andy Dufresne said

    Best comedy of 2013 is The Wolf of Wall Street. The movie manages to be hilarious while attacking more serious subject matter.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
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      I think you’re right. I’m seriously toying with putting it in. Plus it won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. Problem is the inevitable string of comments there would be from people complaining that they don’t think it is, that it’s a crime-drama with some laughs.

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  • Raj said

    The Hangover 3 Was Funny, Anchorman 2 was funny but i enjoyed This is the End the most.

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  • Glen Slorance said

    The Hangover was a huge let down to any of the fans of the first two (including me), the Worlds End was not as good as i expected and like the Hangover 3, was also a huge disapointment to the other two in the series (the Cornetto Trilogy) and last of all the Starving games wasn’t that bad and same with Grown ups 2 (but obviously nothing close to the first one. And i’m so excited for The Hungover Games!

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  • Tyler said

    You all need to stop crying so much. Who cares what movies you thought where great and what movies you thought sucked. The movie industry is going to keep making the same movies with different actors and actresses, but guess what? YOU CANT DO A THING. When you all become a movie producer and god help us all if any of you do, then you can make a comedy how you want to. These movies have made more money than any of you probably have in 10 year. So stop crying like a bunch of little kids and let people watch and produce what they want to. O and to the guy who let his 9 and 12 year old watch all three hangovers, your the reason kids these days are prone to violence and alcohol and drugs, ect… Turn on some cars or donald duck or scooby doo.

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  • EuropeanInGeneral said

    Cmon ‘Merica..

    This is the End – Fun but really not Cinema-stuff.
    Twas boring after 20 mins and who really wants to watch Jonah Hill for 2 hours?

    The Heat – Fun, and different from the otter movies released 2013.

    Hangover part 3 – Takes an illiderate to appreciate THAT humor.
    The only scene that got me torn up was the one with the Cocks.

    Worlds End – Really?.. Its not that funny.
    A bunch of recycled actors in an even more recycled theme.
    Not original at all.

    A Haunted House – Yet to watch.

    If these are the prime movies of 2013, cant wait for next year’s.

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