Tolerable Comedies circa 1995-2011 -unfinished :)

by aeriexane | created - 03 Jul 2011 | updated - 04 Jul 2011 | Public

I can't stand most movies that are supposed to be "comedic". The humor is usually dry, and unrealistic which makes it unrelatable, and not very funny to me. I find entertainment, and enjoyment, in the most random tiny parts in movies. But these are a list of some I actually enjoyed, and probably could watch again.

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1. Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

42 Metascore

Four years after graduation, an awkward high school genius uses his sister's boyfriend's Labor Day party as the perfect opportunity to make his move on his high school crush.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 46,834 | Gross: $6.92M

I loved this. I actually watched the movie almost to the end before I realized that the blond girl wasn't Kristen Stewart. My boyfriend and I were actually commenting on the fact that she was prettier than usual, and wasn't doing her annoying 'sigh' before she talks thing.

2. Adventureland (2009)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kelsey Ledgin

Votes: 141,731 | Gross: $16.03M

A lot of people didn't like this, and I understand why. Even though Jesse's voice really annoys me, I think I have a soft spot for 80's themed at least half 'witty' comedies.

3. Sex Drive (2008)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

A high school senior drives cross-country with his best friends to hook up with a babe he met online.

Director: Sean Anders | Stars: Josh Zuckerman, Clark Duke, Amanda Crew, James Marsden

Votes: 77,283 | Gross: $8.40M

This movie was so completely random, the main guy kind of annoyed me a bit but I loved the parts with Seth and Clark.

4. Role Models (2008)

R | 99 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Votes: 205,358 | Gross: $67.29M

5. Knocked Up (2007)

R | 129 min | Comedy, Romance

85 Metascore

For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann

Votes: 319,783 | Gross: $148.73M

I loved Judd Apatow's wife in this. Her and Paul Rudd interacted perfectly.

6. The Virginity Hit (2010)

R | 86 min | Comedy

40 Metascore

Four guys, one camera, and their experience chronicling the exhilarating and terrifying rite of passage: losing your virginity. As these guys help their buddy get laid, they'll have to ... See full summary »

Directors: Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland | Stars: Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, Krysta Rodriguez, Jacob Davich

Votes: 3,628 | Gross: $0.54M

I love mockumentaries, and I went into this with low expectations when I saw it on netflix. But it honestly didn't disappoint.

7. The Joneses (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama

55 Metascore

A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors.

Director: Derrick Borte | Stars: Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Amber Heard, Benjamin Hollingsworth

Votes: 35,742 | Gross: $1.47M

I think I'm alone on this one, but I really loved the idea based around this movie. I think it went too fast though, I wouldn't have minded if it was a little longer.

8. Easy A (2010)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Dan Byrd

Votes: 311,296 | Gross: $58.40M

The only line I didn't like in this movie was the "Tom Cruise" joke. I did love the parents though, they were probably honestly my favorites in the whole movie. I wish they had shown them more.

9. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

73 Metascore

Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco

Votes: 343,084 | Gross: $109.45M

This movie had the most random hilarious parts in it, I could seriously watch this numerous times in a month and not be tired of it.

10. Fubar (2002)

R | 76 min | Comedy, Music

Headbangers Terry and Dean explore the depths of friendship, and the art and science of drinking beer like a man.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Paul Spence, David Lawrence, Gordon Skilling, Andrew Sparacino

Votes: 3,696

hahahahahahahaha

11. Fubar: Balls to the Wall (2010)

R | 85 min | Comedy

Terry and Dean head north to make sweet cash in the oil patch.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: David Lawrence, Jamil Jabril, Paul Spence, Rose Martin

Votes: 1,396

Almost as good as the original.

12. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 449,225 | Gross: $143.50M

Although I wouldn't want to watch this again anytime soon - The first time I watched it I really liked it. It got a little old after hearing about from everyone, and them constantly playing it on TV. But I thought it deserved to be on the list.

13. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 391,197 | Gross: $59.89M

Great cast = Great movie.

14. Garden State (2004)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm

Votes: 196,898 | Gross: $26.78M

This used to be one of my favorites, but I have watched it so much I could probably recite line by line. At the time it came out, it had the best soundtrack I have ever heard in a movie. I loved pretty much every single song. & Even though those songs are mostly played out by now, I could still enjoy them while I watch the movie.

15. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 276,617 | Gross: $22.86M

If you haven't seen it I would really recommend it. My boyfriend showed it to me awhile back, and didn't tell me much about the movie. So I wasn't expecting what happened, but I was pleasantly surprised and I really enjoyed it.

16. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

62 Metascore

A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.

Director: Goran Dukic | Stars: Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits, Shannyn Sossamon

Votes: 49,610 | Gross: $0.32M

Interesting idea, good portrayal on most parts.

17. The Science of Sleep (2006)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

70 Metascore

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, Alain Chabat

Votes: 64,454 | Gross: $4.66M

Fantastically weird movie, worth the watch if you like fantasy / comedy / oddities.

18. SLC Punk! (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

50 Metascore

In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.

Director: James Merendino | Stars: Matthew Lillard, Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 23,690 | Gross: $0.30M

I really don't think I need an explanation for this one. ;)

19. Happiness (1998)

Unrated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker

Votes: 59,913 | Gross: $2.81M

This is a really disturbing, and disgusting movie, I know this. But it's still one of my favorites.

20. Margot at the Wedding (2007)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Flora Cross, Zane Pais

Votes: 17,725 | Gross: $1.96M

I really enjoyed Nicole Kidman in this. She was raw, and realistic, and not afraid to bring flaws into her character.

21. Go (1999)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Sarah Polley, Jay Mohr, Scott Wolf, Taye Diggs

Votes: 62,335 | Gross: $16.84M

I really like when movies start a certain point, and than go back in time, and show things from the different characters point of view. This movie also has parts in it, that both guys and girls can enjoy.

22. Bottle Shock (2008)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as "Judgment of Paris".

Director: Randall Miller | Stars: Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Hal B. Klein

Votes: 13,308 | Gross: $4.04M

23. Super (I) (2010)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 67,490 | Gross: $0.32M

I didn't read much about this before going to see it at The Pickford (our local, awesome, independent movie theater) and it was not the kind of "superhero" movie I was expecting, which made it even better.

24. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Heather Matarazzo, Christina Brucato, Victoria Davis, Christina Vidal

Votes: 28,729 | Gross: $4.77M

This movie is perfect, and ahead of it's time with the Comedy. Also this is the only movie I have been able to stand Heather Matarazzo in.

25. Palindromes (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Matthew Faber

Votes: 11,297 | Gross: $0.55M

This is actually a kind of unrelated sequel to "Welcome to the dollhouse". It's written and directed by Todd Solondz, who did "Welcome to the Dollhouse" so it's not a knock of by any sorts, He also did "Happiness" and "Storytelling" a couple other faves of mine.

26. A Serious Man (2009)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed

Votes: 114,200 | Gross: $9.19M

I really liked the into scene. Among others, but thats what sticks out the most.

27. Cyrus (I) (2010)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

John and Molly, a divorced middle aged man and a single mother meet at a friends party and start up a small relationship, all John has to do now is meet Molly's son... Cyrus

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass | Stars: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener

Votes: 31,708 | Gross: $7.46M

28. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

Votes: 79,765 | Gross: $14.88M

29. Ghost World (2001)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro

Votes: 103,539 | Gross: $6.22M

30. Pieces of April (2003)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

Director: Peter Hedges | Stars: Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt, Patricia Clarkson, Derek Luke

Votes: 18,799 | Gross: $2.53M

31. Paper Man (2009)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

37 Metascore

A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island.

Directors: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow

Votes: 16,765 | Gross: $0.02M

32. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille

Votes: 22,013 | Gross: $2.21M

33. Smiley Face (2007)

R | 85 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

After a young actress unknowingly eats her roommate's marijuana cupcakes, her day becomes a series of misadventures.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Anna Faris, John Krasinski, Adam Brody, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 14,912 | Gross: $0.01M