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Best Comedy Movies of 2011

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Bridesmaids

Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) is a failed business owner and her savings are dwindling. Oh, and she was just broken up with. Her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married, and so Annie is thrown from her depressive state into a wedding party and a hot pink dress. As Annie clashes and occasionally bonds with her fellow bridesmaids, her personal relationships and emotions are tested. Though this is a movie about growth and sisterhood, the all-star female comedian cast makes it one of the funniest of the year.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrel...need I say more? Such a power duo steals the show of this anthology-style romantic comedy, even though they aren’t romantically involved. From the perspective of three different couplings, love is seen is various forms and age-groups for a deeper analysis of the word. Each story is in some way connected to one another, whether it be personal or thematically.


Friends with Kids

Friends With Kids is not only a comedy, but also a very truthful telling of growing older, as well as the varying experiences that come with having kids. Jilted best-friends Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfedlt) watch helplessly as their small group of wild and free partygoers becomes responsibly complicated parents over a four-year period. Realizing it is a now-or-never situation, the pair decide to have a child together. Of course, this is a horrible idea, which is why it is so funny.

Rango

Rango is the story of a household chameleon that is let loose into the hectic and cut-throat world of the desert. By using his drifter alter-ego as a means of fitting in with the rugged locals of the town "Dirt," he ends up biting off more than he can chew. He finds himself in the midst of a drought-related mystery as a protector of the peace. Not surprisingly, Johnny Depp makes an excellent jumpy reptile.

30 Minutes or Less

The forever-awkward Jessie Eisenberg stars as Nick in this classic stoner comedy. His 30-minutes-or-less pizza delivery skills warrant two idiot gangsters to “recruit” him into doing their dirty work. By strapping a bomb to his chest and giving him only nine hours, Nick and his pal Chet (Aziz Ansari) must rob a bank...or else. The action and hilarity that ensue are worth looking into, regardless of your recreational hobbies.


Jeff, Who Lives at Home

If you couldn’t tell from the title, Jeff (Jason Segel) lives at home. This family dramedy follows Jeff and his brother Pat (Ed Helms) during what should be a completely normal errand run. Banished from the basement by his mother, the thirty-year-old goes to buy wood glue and in the process runs into his brother. Through a random series of events, the pair finds themselves tracking down Pat’s wife under the suspicion that she is committing adultery. The humor is very dark and dry, but done in a way that will have you laughing and contemplating your own destiny at the same time.


Dark Horse

Abe (Jordan Gelber) is also thirty and lives at home...but at least he’s employed (by his father.) But in this dark comedy, Abe is after romance. After meeting suicidal Miranda (Selma Blair), something begins to stir inside his globular and hairy chest. A serious toy collector and a failed businesswoman/divorcee may not seem like the best match, but they find solace and awkward laughs in each other regardless.

Turn Me On, Dammit!

This Norwegian romantic comedy explores the sexual awakening of a fifteen-year-old girl, Alma (Helene Bergsholm). She fantasizes about her schoolmate crush, Artur (Matias Myren), as well as just about every other boy she sees. With nowhere to project her overwhelming new desires; she explores phone sex, teenaged rebellion and ultimately, peer exclusion. But don't worry, she comes out on top at the end. (No pun intended.)

The Fairy

This French comedy is riddled with awkward romance, amazing one-liners and of course, magic. After a fairy grants two of his wishes before promptly disappearing, a listless hotel clerk named Dom (Dominique Abel) embarks on a fantastical quest to find her again. French films often find a way to weave the surreal with the ordinary, and this film does exactly that, with some laughs in between.


Arthur

Even if you’re not hopelessly attracted to Russell Brand, Greta Gerwig is the perfect other-half of this lovey-dovey comedy. Arthur, played by Brand, is a snobby play-boy that is coerced into marrying a woman he does not love for the sake of his inheritance. It is only by mere coincidence that he meets Naomi, played by Gerwig, a carefree New York City tour guide that opens his mind to the possibilities of the world. Together, they work their way through the city and their differences; finding something rare and unique in the process.


Midnight in Paris

So any movie with Owen Wilson is already destined to have you gripping your sides, but Midnight in Paris is also an absolute gem of excellently orchestrated cinema. Wilsons Character, Gil Pender, finds his life lacking despite a successful Hollywood career and beautiful fiancée, Inez. During their vacation in Paris with the prudish in-laws, he can’t help it but wander the streets at night, brooding. The odd happenings begin one night at 12 a.m., when suddenly Gil is transported to the 1920’s. As he explores his sudden time-traveling abilities, his personal relationships begin to strain, but maybe it's just what he needs to snap out of this funk?

Life, Happens

Life happens, as does unexpected pregnancy. Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Kim (Krysten Ritter) are two single gals living together, and living it up in every way possible. Due to a mishap involving two sexual encounters and only one condom, Deena ends up pregnant. Suddenly hurtled into the world of adulthood, she must navigate her way through uncharted waters with a baby in tow. After meeting a dreamy guy, she lies about her mothering obligations, thus creating a string of fibs and romantic hilarity.