If there’s one genre that everyone enjoys, it’s comedy. There’s not a single person who doesn’t like to laugh, and despite the variety in comedic taste, you can bet there’s something out there for everyone. As much as I love my dosage of clever comedy, there’s so much idiotic humor that I can’t deny loving. Here are 5 “goofy” comedies from the past 10 years that leave me in stitches every time I see them.
1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
The peak of Will Ferrell’s hilarity, this movie will go on to be one of the most quotable movies ever for its ridiculous one-liners and crazy quips. Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy will go down as one of the greatest comedy characters of all time. The cast introduced Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, and Seth Rogen to the comedy cinema spotlight, and featured a collectively kick-ass ensemble that included Fred Willard, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Christina Applegate, Jack Black, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, and David Koechner to name a few. In the style of Ferrell’s comedic idiocy that defines the genre today, the punchlines hit hard, and don’t stop from the opening shot to the final frame. One of my favorite films of all time, anyone looking for a crazy and mindless laugh can’t go wrong with Anchorman.
2. Mean Girls (2004)
Hesitant to watch what gave off the appearance of another chick flick, this Tina Fey masterpiece is right up alongside Anchorman as a compendium of never-exhausted quotable lines, with which Tina Fey solidified her place as a comedic queen. The story of Lindsay Lohan’s dive into high school society highlights the animosity of high school while not playing out like a complete teen-melodrama. This movie is a great dissection of the madness of high-school, but doesn’t drag it’s comic roots down with what is still a prominent message of the importance of kindness.
3. Role Models (2008)
Paul Rudd’s best work to date, this often overlooked comedy is jam-packed with humor and originality. Seann William Scott (who I’ve often not found to be funny) plays a great counterpart to Rudd, and are set-up flawlessly by Bobb’e J Thompson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the child they are required to mentor as part of a community service. The real hit is Jane Lynch as the no-bullshit Big Brother program director in her breakout role, as she frequently steals the spotlight with her dry sense of wicked humor. The plot plays out smoothly and originally, and rises above their comedy counterparts for a must-watch flick.
4. Due Date (2010)
Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis work together as one of the best comedic duos of our time. Galifainakis’ characteristic goofball plays off Downey Jr.’s uptight businessman seamlessly, and create a wonderful contrast that fuels this zany buddy flick. The two end up spiraling into a series of wild antics that progressively worsen their wild road-trip. The plot is consistently clever, and flows smoothly from scenario to scenario, keeping you engaged the whole time. Even though it’s being included in the goofy comedy list, the script is often very clever, but the mere outlandish nature of the story lands this side-splitter on the list.
5. Super Troopers (2001)
This overlooked cult classic is easily one of my favorite comedies of all time, let alone the last 10 years. The hilarity flows non-stop without fail from the very first scene. The plot of this movie is a truly fun depiction of a bunch of police officers with an inclination for pranks and good times. The characters are chockfull of personality, and each is more lovable than the last.The dynamic of the police officers is great, with each playing off each other cleverly. Between the excellent timing, witty one-liners, and memorable series of hijinks, Super Troopers is one to not be missed.
Honorable Mentions include: Stepbrothers (2008), The Hangover (2009), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Wedding Crashers (2005), 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)