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Top 10 Comedy Movies of 2013

More Jokes Missed Than Hit Their Targets in 2013

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Putting together my Comedy Movie Preview at the beginning of the year I predicted that by the time December rolled around I'd have a difficult time finding 10 films worthy of making my Top 10 Comedy Movies of 2013 list. I was sort of right as I did come up with 10 comedies that worked, but it's definitely a good thing this isn't a Top 11 list or I would have been out of luck.

As far as ranking this year's best comedies, the top four movies - This Is The End, Warm Bodies, The World's End, and American Hustle - each could have nabbed the #1 spot, and in fact I moved them around a bit before ultimately settling on this order.  Five through 10 were much easier to rank.

1. 'This Is The End'

'This Is The End' New York Premiere
Cindy Ord / Stringer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Buddies Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-wrote and co-directed This Is The End, an apocalyptic comedy featuring their Hollywood friends playing themselves on the night the world ends. Absolutely nothing and no one is off-limits in this R-rated comedy featuring Rogen and Goldberg's famous friends including James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jay Baruchel.  The jokes are wicked, flowing fast and furiously, and there's even a surprise twist at the end of This Is The End. A must-see, especially for those into making fun of spoiled actors.

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2. 'Warm Bodies'

'Warm Bodies'
© Summit Entertainment

As a huge fan of Isaac Marion's book, I was worried about how faithful writer/director Jonathan Levine would be to the source material.  Fortunately, Levine's film perfectly captures the tone and twisted humor of Marion's Warm Bodies, a story which made a member of the walking dead into a sweet and sexy love interest. With Nicholas Hoult as 'R' - a zombie who ultimately leads a revolution - and Teresa Palmer as Julie - the girl who falls in love with him - this unique take on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet is one of the top zom-rom-coms of all time.

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3. 'The World's End'

'The World's End'
© Focus Features

The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy comes to an end with a pub crawl for the ages.  A 40-year-old man who doesn't want to grow up leads his former high school buddies on a quest to complete the pub crawl they started but never completed 20 years prior (12 pubs, 1 pint each = The Golden Mile). Revisiting their old stomping grounds, the men laugh, fight, and ultimately end up facing killer robots. Who would have thought that the hilarity that began with the zombie apocalypse in Shaun of the Dead, continued with an homage to Hollywood's action movies in Hot Fuzz, would end in an epic battle to save humanity from body-snatching robots?

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4. 'American Hustle'

'American Hustle'
©2013 Annapurna Productions LLC

David O. Russell's American Hustle has a definite Scorsese vibe to it and could easily fit in as part of a Goodfellas and Casino box set. American Hustle combines Russell's Silver Linings Playbook stars with his The Fighter cast (minus Mark Wahlberg) and throws in Jeremy Renner for good measure, creating a superb blend of talent who each embrace the material - and the horrible '70s hairstyles and clothing.

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5. 'We're the Millers'

'We're the Millers'
© Warner Bros Pictures

Jason Sudeikis is forced to recruit a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a homeless teenager (Emma Roberts) and his geeky teenage neighbor (Will Poulter) in order to create a cover for transporting drugs from Mexico in We're the Millers.  Will you want to go out and buy an RV after seeing this R-rated comedy? No, but it's a fun road trip while it lasts.

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6. 'About Time'

About Time
© Universal Pictures
Richard Curtis - screenwriter of Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Bridget Jones's Diary, and writer/director of Love Actually - delivers yet another engaging romantic comedy featuring a stellar cast and a story that hasn't been done to death in other rom-coms with About Time. Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson have terrific chemistry and Bill Nighy is, as always, a scene-stealer in this time-travel love story that unfortunately just didn't catch on at the box office.

 

7. 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'
© 20th Century Fox

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty's a real passion project for Ben Stiller who directed, produced and stars in this sweet and life-affirming fantasy tale based on the James Thurber short story.  Stiller stars as Walter, a man who loves his job and has a supportive mom and sister, but who is allowing life to pass him by.  Kristen Wiig co-stars as a co-worker he has a crush on, while Sean Penn puts in a cameo as a world-famous photographer who forces Walter Mitty to stop getting lost in his daydreams and actually get involved in his own life.

Walter Mitty also features some of the most spectacular scenery of any 2013 release.

8. 'The Way Way Back'

'The Way Way Back'
© Fox Searchlight

The Oscar-winning screenwriting team of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Descendants) make their feature film directorial debuts with The Way Way Back, a touching and often hilarious coming of age story.  Sam Rockwell delivers a stand-out supporting performance while Toni Collette and Steve Carell provide dramatic support. Also pulling out all the stops is Allison Janney as a boozy next door neighbor who has absolutely no filter.

9. 'Don Jon'

'Don Jon'
© Relativity Media
Joseph Gordon-Levitt made his directorial debut with Don Jon, but it's Scarlett Johansson's performance that makes this comedy/drama a must-see. Johansson garnered awards buzz for voicing a character in Her, however it's Don Jon that allows Johansson to strut her stuff (see the film and you'll understand why that's such a fitting description of her performance). Don Jon's not a perfect film but it's a decent first directorial effort from JGL and it shows that he's definitely got the talent to work behind the camera as well as in front of it.

 

10. 'The Croods'

'The Croods'
© DreamWorks Animation
An unusual choice for one of the best comedies, The Croods is a gorgeous animated comedy with some of the best one-liners of 2013.  Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman, and Catherine Keener lead the voice cast for this entertaining animated comedy that works well for all age levels.

 

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