The year of 2011 produced a lot of great films, and especially a lot of good comedy films. In fact, there were 28 sequels produced in the year which is the most sequels produced in a single year, and in fact one of the sequels is on this list. The two highest grossing comedies, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (not actually a comedy but in inadvertently falls in to the genre) do not make it on to the list but get honourable mentions for trying.
Without further ado, here are the funniest films of 2011.
The Big Year
Steve Martin’s roles can be criticised simply as dry parodies of upper-middle class America, and his role in this film is no exception. However, when you combine him with Jack Black and Owen Wilson we have enough to carry Steve over the line where his character is actually funny. The film is about competitive bird-watching and the nerdiness surrounding the ‘sport’. The film follows the slow and inevitable demise of the three competing birders as they sacrifice everything to see the most different birds in one year. In the typical style of a Martin-based project, the laughs are light but the subtle and constant humour keeps a steady chuckle going.
This film was very surprising in how funny Justin Timberlake’s character actually is. Cameron Diaz was excellent of course and acted in her cynical role perfectly. Most of the best jokes relied on the numerous child stars who worked with Diaz, Timberlake and the other adult starts superbly. Diaz plays a Chicago-area golddigger who is dumped by her wealthy fiancé and forced to teach middle school, despite her desires to take drugs and drink rather than work productively. Overall, the film is very funny and has a number of great characters that help satirize the American schooling system.
Our Idiot Brother
Our Idiot Brother is an interesting tale of a hippy called Ned, who works as an organic farmer selling produce to locals. After ending up in trouble with the law, he is dumped by his girlfriend and drifts into the lives of his three sisters, who are much more down to earth than Ned, running busy careers. The film’s jokes are based around the painful naivety of Ned and the situations this puts him into. An excellent movie.
A black comedy that centres around three middle class men who are unhappy with their terrible bosses and the humiliation they go through daily by working for them. Realising they are stuck in their jobs, they come up with a ‘better idea’ than simply looking for a new job. The film has a hilarious cameo from Jamie Foxx which is worth the cost of the film in itself. A must see comedy of 2011.
The Hangover Part II
This is undoubtedly the best of the films of 2011. Normally sequels can be considerably worse than the originals (see: The Fockers Trilogy) but this film is much better than the first. The film follows the same formula as the first film, as the guys trudge around (in this case) the steamy streets of Bangkok trying to recover details of what happened last night, and save a marriage. The Hangover II is a clever and fast paced comedy that is literally a laugh a minute.
This article is written by Tim White, a blogger and movie buff working for an Australian firm providing people with a way to get a new shower, bath or full bathroom renovation.