Funniest Movies Of 2000s

Monday, July 25 by Tom Gordon

The funniest movies of 2000s featured a newly minted band of comic stars, such as Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, as well as comic legend Jim Carrey, and those obnoxious and infection masochists from MTV, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and the rest of the "Jackass" crew. The laughs are plenty in all these, some of the funniest movies of the 2000s.

  1. "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" After primarily playing supporting roles in movies like "Bruce Almighty" and "Anchorman," Steve Carell emerged as a hilarious leading man in this 2005 riot. Playing Andy Stitzer, a man who's never gone all the way, Carell shows both heart and a great capacity for physical comedy. His courage in playing a scene where he gets his chest hair removed should have earned him some kind of award. The movie follows the efforts of Andy's pals, played by the like Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen, to get him laid. But it all gets complicated when Andy meets a single mother, played by the wonderful Catherine Keener.
  2. "Jackass: The Movie" After getting lots of laughs on MTV, "Jackass" made it to the big screen in 2002, where the language, blood and guts could go unedited. Star Johnny Knoxville and his gang of amateur stuntmen and knuckleheads go nuts on a golf course blasting air horns while unsuspecting players are trying to tee off, and include live alligators in their stunts, and just do stupid stuff like smashing up a rental car and returning it, while not offering to pay for the damage. It sounds dumb and it is, but there are so many laugh-out-loud moments in this movie, especially for guys raised on "The Three Stooges" and the like.
  3. "Shaun of the Dead" This 2004 dark comedy, starring Simon Pegg as Shaun, is comic send-up of zombie movies, with plenty of British-style comedy and some scary moments, too. However, most of the violence or gore is played for laughs and is tolerable for teens and older. The story is simple: Shaun tries to get his ex-girlfriend back, patch things up with his mum, and survive attacks by zombies trying to eat the remaining living people in their village. The writing is hilarious, such as an early scene when Shaun and his buddy are throwing records at a slow-moving zombie in their flat, arguing about which ones are okay to use as weapons.
  4. "Knocked Up." The movie that made Seth Rogen a major comedy film star was also the funniest movie of 2007 (with apologies to "Superbad," which Rogen wrote and also had a featured role). In "Knocked Up," Rogen plays hard-partying Ben Stone, who has a one-night stand with Alison Scott (the luscious Katherine Heigl). She winds up pregnant and they reluctantly try to have the baby together as a family. Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd and a collection of other comedy character actors bolster a hilarious script by director Judd Apatow, who also directed "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
  5. "Bruce Almighty." Jim Carrey manages to be both riotously funny and sympathetic as Buffalo TV news reporter Bruce Nolan, whose self-centered existence is thrown into chaos when God (played perfectly by Morgan Freeman) gives Bruce His powers. Naturally, Bruce at first uses his God-like powers to get a better car, exact revenge on some street thugs, have a night of crazy sex with his girlfriend (perpetually cute Jennifer Aniston), and eventually steal the main news anchor job away from a rival (Steve Carell, who almost steals the movie in a scene where his on-air debut is jinxed by Bruce's shenanigans). But all the selfishness catches up with Bruce, who eventually learns that if you want a miracle, you have to start by being the miracle. It is very funny, touching and thought-provoking. And the scene by Niagara Falls, where Bruce finds out he didn't get the main anchor job, is truly one of the funniest scenes of Carrey's career.

- James Roland

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