Top Five Favorite Comedies
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Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy 2004, PG-13)
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)
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)
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.
Annie Hall 1977, PG)