Everyone loves a good laugh, which is why moviegoers will spring for theater prices for all the latest comedies. Unfortunately, not every comedy is a good one: some aren’t funny at all, and others are funny only because of how bad they are. The year 2013 has seen plenty of films grace the silver screen, but only a few can be remembered as the best. Below is a list of the year’s top five side-splitting, laugh-out-loud comedies-the ones viewers are most likely to see in the theater, buy on DVD, and keep laughing along with time after time.
“This Is the End”
The country’s national love affair with the comedy team of Seth Rogen and his merry band of overgrown pranksters hasn’t faded at all. In “This Is the End,” Rogen makes his directorial debut with an absurdist comedy that’s full of name dropping and is genuinely funny. The movie begins at a star-studded party at James Franco’s house, where Rihanna, Emma Watson, and an extensive list of additional celebrities are partying away when the apocalypse happens. Silly as it sounds, the concept works flawlessly, and the movie is entertaining and easy to watch again and again. Check out appearances from Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, and just about every other funny person under forty-five you can think of.
“The Kings of Summer”
Fed up with their parents and desperate to experience real independence, three teenage boys run off to build a house in the woods and live off the land for the summer. What follows is a comical, sentimental romp that’s sure to appeal to both teenagers and adults, making it a great comedy that’s sure to stand the test of time. It’s been likened to ’80s classic “Stand by Me” as a similar coming-of-age tale, but the sheer humor of it helps it stand on its own.
“The World’s End”
If the world learned anything from “The Hangover” franchise, it’s that the consequences of drinking too much are nothing short of hilarious. In Simon Pegg’s latest hit, five old friends reunite twenty years after a legendary twelve-bar pub crawl to recreate the event. Their goal is The World’s End, the pub at the end of the line. As the hilarious film progresses, the characters realize their crawl is not about booze or reaching the finish line. Rather, they are all coming to terms, finally, with moving on to a new stage in their lives.
“We’re the Millers”
It’s always fun to see Jennifer Aniston let her comedic side shine, and she does so to great effect in “We’re the Millers.” The movie’s silly plot sounds like a recipe for disaster, but a talented cast and sharp writing save the day. Ultimately, the story about a stripper (Aniston) and a marijuana dealer (the hilarious Jason Sudeikis), their fake marriage, their two fake kids, and their fake holiday across the Mexican border is the stuff of true laughs.
“The Heat” is that rare action-crime movie that’s legitimately funny instead of strictly serious. Sandra Bullock plays an ambitious, uptight FBI agent who’s desperate for a promotion but is finding her path thwarted at every turn. As she heads to Boston to track down an elusive drug kingpin, she’s pitted against a local cop, odd-couple style, and hilarity ensues.
Yet to Come
Of course, the year isn’t over yet, and the year’s end often brings some of the best flicks. This year looks to be no different, and a few movies on deck may have what it takes to bump others off this list and hold their own places in cinema history. By all accounts, these two films are worth waiting for and may ultimately bring home the “best comedy” crown.
“Anchorman: The Legend Continues”
Audiences have been waiting for this flick since 2004’s “Anchorman,” and the sequel promises not to disappoint. Will Ferrell and Steve Carell return, and Kristen Wiig joins the cast as Carell’s new love interest. With Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate and hysterically funny director Adam McKay, this should be a movie well worth waiting nearly ten years for.
This Vince Vaughn vehicle could go either way. Early word is that it’s both funny and touching, like most of Vaughn’s more memorable work. Director Ken Scott brings to life this story about an overgrown slacker who’s fathered hundreds of children via donated sperm-and the journey he and his girlfriend (Cobie Smulders, “How I Met Your Mother”), must take in deciding whether to have children of their own