The main focus of comedy movies is on humor. These movies are made to entertain the audience. Besides, they also convey a particular message to people. Comedy films gained popularity in early 1900s. Sneeze is considered to be the very first comedy movie, which was directed by Fred Ott. Since early movies were silent, the whole humor was shown through visuals only. The slapstick style made popular by Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton was very famous in early comedies. Slowly, this genre of films gained more popularity, and comedies took their humor in new directions. They became yet more entertaining with the advent of high-resolution visuals and the rise of sound in the movies.
Dumb and Dumber, American Pie, Van Wilder Party Liaison, Clerks, Shaun of the Dead, Office Space, Old School and Carnage are the examples some best comedies of all time. All these movies have been successful in entertaining the audience, and also earned good money at the box office. Brief explanation of some comedy movies:
Dumb & Dumber:
Directed By: Peter Farrell
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Charles Rocket
Released On: December 16, 1994
Story: It is a story of two stupid friends Harry and Lloyd who find a briefcase full of money. They decide to return the bag to its rightful owner, who is a beautiful lady named May Swanson. However, both of them don’t know the conspiracy behind this bag. Some criminals start following them, and steal the money from bag. Both friends fall in love with Marry, and try to win her heart by returning the bag to her.
Directed By: Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz
Starring: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Natasha Lyonne
Released On: July 9, 1999
Story: The story is based on five friends Jim, Kevin, Oz, Finch, and Stifler. All of them make a deal to lose their virginity before they complete their graduation. Each of them tries different ways to achieve the goal before the prom night.
Van Wilder Party Liaison:
Directed By: Walt Beker
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Kal Penn, Tim Matheson
Released On: April 5, 2002
Story: It is a story of a guy named Van Wilder, who has been in college for seven years. Now, his father decides not to give him money any more. So, he along with his friends begins earning by planning and organizing parties. A college magazine journalist, Gwen wants to write a feature on his life, but could not get the right information. However, Van starts flirting with her. Finally, Gwen makes Van realize that he has wasted a lot of time of his life in the college.
Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me:
Directed By: Jay Roach
Starring: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Seth Green, Robert Wagner, Rob Lowe, Will Ferrell
Released On: June 11, 1999
Story: It is an action and science fiction comedy movie. During honeymoon, Austin Powers, a British spy comes to learn that his wife is a female robot sent by Dr. Evil to kill him. With his time machine, Dr. Evil sends Powers back to 1969 and makes him impotent.
The Hangover Part II:
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor, Jeffrey Tambor, Paul Giamatti
Released On: May 26, 2011
Story: It is a fictional comedy movie that revolves around five people namely Stu, Doug, Phil, Teddy and Alan. Before the marriage of Stu, all of them sat on a beach with beer and toasting marshmallows. The next morning Stu, Phil and Alan find themselves in a seedy apartment at Bangkok. There is a little monkey in the same apartment, and the finger of Teddy is lying in a glass. Doug is back at the resort and teddy is still missing. None of them can remember what happened with them last night. Three of them start finding Teddy, and somehow they manage to reach for the wedding.
Directed By: Kevin Smith
Starring: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonhauer, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Released On: October 19, 1994
Story: The movie revolves around the hectic life and schedule of Dante Hicks, who works as a clerk at a local convenience store. His best friend Randall also works as a clerk at a video store next door. Dante’s new girlfriend forces him to leave the job and take admission in the college. He is still in love with his ex-girlfriend who is going to marry someone else. His boss calls him to the office even on the days off. The whole day, he has to deal with annoying customers at the store.
Directed By: Greg Mottola
Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader
Released On: August 17, 2007
Story: It is a story of three teenagers namely Evan, Seth and Fogell. The trio love to drink and have sex. Three of them have a desire to go to the college with a full experience. In a party, they try to convince girls. Evan’s girlfriend seduces him, but he can’t do anything because she is drunk and vomiting. Seth’s girlfriend refuses to do anything with him, because he is drunk. However, Fogell manages to have sex with his girlfriend. Three of them get caught in the traps of police, but somehow manage to escape.
Directed By: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly
Released On: December 16, 2011
Story: The movie starts with the fight of two kids namely Zachary Cowan and Ethan Longstreet. In this fight, eleven years old Ethan loses his two teeth. His parents call Cowan’s parents at their apartment to discuss about the incident. The degenerated behavior of Nancy, the mother of Cowan at the civilized meeting makes the situation worse.