Would your comedy movie collection make Will Ferrell proud? This is the countdown list of the top five must-own comedy films of the decade. These are movies that fit the following criteria: laugh out loud ability, unique characters and quotable quotes. These movies make you laugh until you can’ t breathe, and their outlandish characters and pointless plots help to etch their name in your mind forever.
“This list sums up my favorite movies of all time very well,” said Joshua Jensen senior sports administration major from Blair.
“The Hangover” (2009) – “I laugh even hearing the title,” said Lisa Sorensen a junior accounting major from Kearney. The newest release on our countdown, “The Hangover,” is a story about four men traveling to Las Vegas two days before their friend Doug’s wedding. They start the night off early, only to wake the next morning unable to remember the events from the night before.
Why the success of this movie? Because it has everything: a tiger, a mystery baby they dub Carlos and a missing bachelor. They do find Doug and make it back to the wedding in time, leaving in the minds of everyone in attendance at their wedding, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” The most memorable quote from the movie according to Jensen would be, “Carlos, not at the table.”
“Super Troopers” (2001) – The plot of this movie centers on five Vermont State Troopers who tend to pull more pranks than sentence hard prison time. They are in constant heated competition with the local Spurbury Police Department creating the line, “highway cops versus the local cops.” They finally unearth a drug ring after nearly being shut down, which ends up saving their tainted credibility. The standout moment of this movie can be summed into two words: German techno.
“Anchorman” (2005) – His news is bigger than your news. This is the story of Ron Burgundy, a top-rated newsman in San Diego in the 70s. The most memorable quote according to Jensen, “Stay Classy San Diego,” sums up Burgundy’s personality to a T.
But, before Burgundy knows it, the female workforce rises up and takes a stand in the form of Veronica Corningstone. Burgundy is cordial if Veronica worked on the “female interest” stories. But once she takes a stand and steps behind the news desk, it becomes war.
“Old School” (2003) – Mitch, Frank and Beanie are dissatisfied with their personal lives when Mitch’s girlfriend cheats on him, and former partier Frank gets hitched. The boys reach a point where they want to reclaim their wild younger years; they decide to do this by creating a fraternity on a nearby college campus taking in the misfits, losers and elderly retirees.
The plot involves a member dying, the dean of the college trying to get them kicked out and an interesting initiation night. “We’re going streaking” is definitely the standout quote according to Sorensen.
“Wedding Crashers” (2005) – They are coming to your wedding, with or without invitations. John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey share a very unique friendship bonded by a common springtime hobby, wedding crashing. These men have this "unspoken field" perfected until they crash the wrong wedding and both end up learning a few lessons in life and love. This movie has inspired a cultural phenomenon of copycat crashers and the infamous tagline, “Stage five clinger.”
“These movies truly do stand out above all in this past decade, although, I think it would be easier to do the top 50 as there are so many good comedy movies from the last 10 years," Sorensen said.
Countdown Honorable Mention:
Out Cold (2001)
Joe Dirt (2001)
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Pineapple Express (2008)
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Blades of Glory (2007)
Van Wilder (2002)
Just Friends (2005)