2013 was another banner year for the comedy genre, with a multitude of silver screen releases bringing humour to us all. Moviegoers were kept giggling throughout the year by a veritable cornucopia of big-budget comedies that proved to really define the phrase “laugh riot”. Indeed, we were truly spoilt for choice in terms of big laughs in 2013, and narrowing it down to a top ten was no easy feat. However, I’m sure you’ll all agree that the choices are all certainly worthy of praise for a number of different reasons.
So without further ado, here is the list of the top 10 comedy movies to grace the theatres this year.
10. The Heat
The pairing of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as two very different law enforcement officers brought big laughs in this female-fronted buddy cop movie. Their contrasting attitudes create a barrel of laughs as they team up to bring down a gritty drug lord in the Summer’s biggest and boldest police comedy outing that drew near-universal praise for its refreshing take on the classic “odd couple” formula as its two female leads deliver strong performances. Definitely one to watch if you’re a fan of the genre, and even if you’re not – it’s good-natured humour that delivers on its promises.
9. The Internship
You might remember them from Wedding Crashers or one of their plethora of critically-acclaimed comedy outings: big-hitting pair Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were back with a bang this Summer as two down on their luck businessman left feeling isolated by the onset of the digital age. Transplanting them into an internship at Google where they contrasted madly with the younger generation brought a lot of laughter as the two “dinosaurs” strive desperately to fit in with their much more tech-savvy counterparts in a bid to avoid the nightmare scenario: unemployment. Wilson and Vaughn are at their usual standard in a picture that everyone can enjoy.
8. The Hangover Part III
Everyone’s favourite drunken trio returned for the third and final instalment of the trilogy, building very much on the considerable success of the previous two. Hoping to finally settle their beef with the seemingly permanently angry Mr Chow, Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms set out on one last brilliant escapade in this must-see adventure. The series closer is certainly one to remember (even if our alcohol-loving protagonists won’t!) as both cast and crew go all out to keep you chuckling from start to finish.
7. Pain & Gain
Proving once again that he does have what it takes to be a ‘proper’ actor, former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returned to the big screen alongside Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie in this rib tickling romp about three bodybuilders that get caught up in the world of underground criminal activity. As the trio bumble their way through unfortunate coincidence after unfortunate coincidence, you’ll find it harder and harder to contain your laughter as you wonder just which colossally unlucky jape they’re going to fall into next. Plenty of giggles and a whole lot of rippling physiques make this a must see.
6. Warm Bodies
Nicholas Hoult (perhaps best known as Tony Stonem on Channel 4’s Skins) lit up the silver screen in the Spring of 2013 alongside Teresa Palmer in a raucously funny outing that shook up both the romantic comedy genre and the zombie genre; truly a romcom with a twist, you’d be remiss if you missed out on Warm Bodies as it’s definitely something different. Despite being a comedy on its surface, this surprisingly touchy tale of a lovelorn zombie’s infatuation with the human girl whose life he saves breathes new life into the somewhat stilted teen love affair genre, with two likeable leads making the unique story very watchable.
5. Enough Said
In what was sadly one of his final on-screen appearances, the late, great James Gandolfini starred alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus in this touchingly funny tale that approaches the cliched love triangle in a uniquely funny way. Drawing big laughs whilst also touching on more serious emotional issues, this exploration of one lonely woman’s dilemma between the man she has so much in common with and her new best friend is sure to leave you feeling both moved and amused. A must see for fans of both comedy and sentimentality, you won’t know whether to laugh or cry as its two extremely talented leads throw out some truly magnificent (and award-winning) performances.
4. The World’s End
Acclaimed film-making trio Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg returned to the big screen this Summer with this critically lauded outing, their first blockbuster foray since Hot Fuzz. All they really wanted was to get a few beers in in their good old home town, but the onset of a cyber apocalypse turned this normally routine trip into a fight for life as a brave and intrepid group of long-time friends find themselves having to battle through the forces of evil just to enjoy a pint at The World’s End… Or else face the literal end of the world. Action comedies don’t come much finer than this, and once you watch it you’ll see just what all the fuss was about.
3. This is the End
Another end-of-the-world flick to score highly with critics and fans alike this Summer was the latest offering from the Judd Apatow set, as James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Jay Baruchel find themselves catapulted from a happening Hollywood get-together into a grim post-apocalyptic wasteland where it’s every man for themselves. With top-notch writing, ridiculous scenarios, and excellent cameos galore from a plethora of well-known faces (and also including one “top secret” guest appearance that still hasn’t been confirmed as spotted) and gut-aching laughs from beginning to end, this is certainly not one to miss.
2. We’re the Millers
The traditional nuclear family in appearance only, this rag-tag group of would-be drug smugglers captured the hearts and imagination of audiences worldwide as the Summer drew to a close. Our star-studded protagonists are tasked with the transportation what seems like a relatively minor amount of marijuana across the US-Mexican border, only to encounter certain… Complications. Featuring magnificent cameos from Nick Offerman and Ed Helms, and of course, that scene from Jennifer Aniston, We’re The Millers is an excellent subversion on the classic road trip movie. Miss it at your peril.
1. The Way Way Back
From the writer/director team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash comes the unlikely candidate that swept in to steal the top spot on this list. A deeply touching and heartwarming exploration of the pitfalls of adolescence with a lot of laughs and even more moments that just make you say “aww”, The Way Way Back is just about as far removed from the typical Summer blockbuster comedy as you can get, and is all the better for it. Steve Carell is brilliant in a role that definitely subverts his more typical characterisations, and the fantastic writing will leave you feeling all fuzzy inside by the time it reaches its conclusion. A worthy number one on any list.
So there you have it, folks. The list of the top ten comedies to hit the big screens in 2013. Whilst it does capture ten of the laugh-out-loud funniest pictures that graced the silver screen this year, it is by no means conclusive – there were a number of very worthy flicks that unfortunately didn’t make the cut. If you haven’t seen all of the movies on the list above, then what are you waiting for? Get out and watch them! You won’t regret it.