Best of 2008: Comedy Movies

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2008 was a strange year for the comedy genre. After 2007's "Juno" and "Lars and the Real Girl", two off-beat and clever, rather than big belly laugh comedies, it was always going to be a tough act to follow. Some of the best comedies of 2008 include Tropic Thunder, Step Brothers, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Pineapple Express, Role Models, and Burn After Reading.

Maybe my love for anything related to William Sharkespeare's writing clouded my mind, because "Hamlet 2" is my favorite movie of 2008. Frankly, the little school comedy isn't for everybody. Some may think it's just a silly little movie that reminds one of the cornball old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney scripts that begin with, "Hey, gang, let's put on a show!". Maybe that's another reason why I like it, because I come from the era in the 1930s and 1940s when enthusiastic high school kids did that kind of thing.

"Hamlet 2" stars Steve Coogan as a would-be actor who failed in his chosen profession, then became a high school teacher, where he also faces imminent failure. The school setting is in a mostly Hispanic area of Tuscon, Arizona, just 40 miles north of the Mexican border, where most students prefer to drop out than study. Actually, the movie was filmed in New Mexico, where just as many Latino and Latina teens were available as extras.

There were quite a few pretenders to the throne, but the King of Comedy was a small after thought of film called Role Models. It was written by Paul Rudd (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman; The Ron Burgundy Story) and David Wain. It was directed by Wain. The movie starred Rudd and American Pie's Stifler, Seann William Scott. It also featured Superbad's McLovin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as an introverted Middle Earth role playing fanatic. Jane Lynch (an easily recognizable character actress and Christopher Guest film regular) as the head of Big Brother type organization called Sturdy Wings.

Burn After Reading stars Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, and Tilda Swinton, and is directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen. The Cohen brothers have also directed such comedic masterpieces as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, and Raising Arizona. The main premise behind Burn After Reading is that two gym employees, Chad Feldheimer played by Brad Pitt and Linda Litzke played by Frances McDormand, come into possession of a disk that contains the memoirs of a CIA agent, played by John Malkovich, and attempt to sell it.

If you are looking for lots of fun and laughter, super movie stars, beautiful scenery, and toe-tapping music, then make sure you see the best musical comedy of 2008,Mamma Mia, the clever script which interjects music exclusively by ABBA into the story. I love movies, espcially the funny kind. There have been many good romantic comedies this year, but none of them lifted my spirits and my toes as Mamma Mia has.

So there we have it. 2008 was a pretty good year for the comedic folk and hopefully 2009 will keep us laughing and crying in our seats.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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