Top Five Favorite Comedies

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Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy 2004,  PG-13)
Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
There is no doubt in my mind that this is the funniest movie I have ever seen. The characters are hilarious, with perfect casting. The script has so many amazing lines, such as, "put the crossbow down and let the marching band go, we can play it off as a prank." Nearly every line in the movie is quotable, and it's hard not to quote the movie in your day-to-day life. Whoever finds this movie unfunny genuinely has no soul.
Submarine 2011,  R)
An honest, hilarious, and ultimately touching look at adolescence, Submarine is a wonderfully endearing movie by English actor and first-time director Richard Ayoade that is now one of my favorite coming-of-age movies. The movie has a distinct style to it, with self-aware narration from lead actor Craig Roberts and a number of subtle visual details, like each of the characters having a specific color that they always wear. It's always funny and there are so many great lines that are delivered in such a deadpan way that you could easily miss one if you aren't paying close enough attention. Behind all the laughs though, Submarine shows young love in all its painfully confusing glory, and as a whole it's very sweet and has a whole lot of heart. I could go on about the movie forever, but I'd just be wasting your time. Submarine is genuinely wonderful though, and just about as near perfect as any coming-of-age comedy I've ever seen.
Being John Malkovich 1999,  R)
Being John Malkovich
Out of all the Charlie Kaufman movies I love, Being John Malkovich has to be my favorite. It's not only hilarious, but it's also wonderfully offbeat and clever. The concept of paying to literally see through someone else's eyes is just so unique and exciting. The fantastic script, talented cast, and thoroughly interesting plot all work together to form a one-of-a-kind movie. This is about as fun and original as a comedy can get.
This Is the End 2013,  R)
This Is the End
Seth Rogen has nearly made a living entirely off of clever but raunchy R-rated comedies. From Knocked Up to Superbad, the Canadian actor has created a niche for himself within the movie business and has proven himself to be a very talented comedian over the years. Now with the apocalypse-themed comedy This Is the End, Seth Rogen's directorial debut with his frequent writing collaborator Evan Goldberg, he has not only shown that he is a comic force to be reckoned with as an actor and writer, but he has also demonstrated that he has a flair for directing comedy. This Is the End is not only funny, but it's continuously funny in a very witty and self-aware way. It's vulgar, politically incorrect, and absolutely fantastic in more ways than one.
The movie begins with Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel (All the actors play themselves) attending a wild drug-fueled party with countless other celebrities at James Franco's Los Angeles home when suddenly all Hell literally breaks loose and the apocalypse begins. Once all of the moral and honorable people have ascended to heaven, the celebrities at James Franco's party are left on earth because they're selfish and vain beyond all reason. After countless celebrities die fiery deaths in a particularly action-packed scene, six very immature and narcissistic actors are left to survive within the confines of Franco's home.
All of the actors in the movie have their moments, but Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Michael Cera are definitely among the best. Robinson plays a good-natured but easily frightened version of himself, and his soulful rendition of a rather lewd original song is one of the movie's highlights. McBride meanwhile plays a selfish, immature slob who cares little about the welfare of others, a character that has become a specialty of his since his starring role in the 2006 comedy The Foot Fist Way. Although Robinson and McBride are two of the stars of the movie, Michael Cera is only in a few early scenes, but every second he spends on screen is amazing. His incredibly obnoxious character embodies everything that is the opposite of the sweet, gawky teenager he is known for playing in movies like Juno and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He basically plays the anti-Michael Cera.
Despite all of the great performances and well-timed jokes, the plot does become a little too chaotic at times. Nearly every line in the movie is played for laughter, which doesn't leave much space for a well thought out plot. The concept for the movie stems from the short film "Seth and Jay vs. The Apocalypse," and the story feels like that of a short film that was stretched to make it feature length. Clocking in at nearly two hours, it's without a doubt longer than many other comedies, and some clever editing could have easily cut at least twenty minutes from the movie. Luckily the movie is entertaining enough even in its slower stretches, so the excessive running time is a forgivable misstep.
This Is the End is crazy in all the best ways. The humor is incredibly sophomoric and the story is stretched thinly over the two hour running time, yet it still manages to be funny enough to be a strong contender for the best comedy of 2013, thanks in no small part to a spectacular ensemble cast. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have crafted what is arguably their most crude movie yet with This Is the End, and the end of days has never been more enjoyable.
Annie Hall 1977,  PG)

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