Fans have been treated to some of the best comedic films ever made over the last two decades, and for a long time it appeared that they were getting raunchier.
R-rated comedies have graced the silver screen for decades, but they didn’t become mainstream until the early 2000s. Although Caddyshack and Animal House created the groundwork for adult comedy, it wasn’t until after the turn of the century that they would begin generating a fortune and receiving critical acclaim. When it comes to classic comedies, there’s no denying that the last twenty years have brought us some of the best of all time.
However, it’s important for viewers to understand that these movies are for laughs and don’t need to be masterpieces. This is not to say that all of these comedies are bad; the greatest of the best have a strong story and some of the top actors in the world today. There have been a number of successful R-rated comedies during the past two decades, but there are those that provide the chuckles more frequently.
1. The Change-Up (2011) Was A Fun Freaky Friday-like Movie For Adults
When Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds star in a movie together, it’s almost always guaranteed to be funny. Even when they swap bodies and have to behave out of character, the stars of Horrible Bosses and Deadpool work so well together. Additionally, the supporting cast includes Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann, and Alan Arkin, who plays Mitch Reynold’s father.
As Dave, a husband and father who aspires to join his firm as a partner, Jason Bateman provides the voice of the character. In Reynold’s Mitch, Dave’s best friend, Mitch is a free spirit who adores ladies and enjoys smoking pot. Drinking with friends, the two wish for each other’s life in front of a miraculous monument. When Dave and Mitch swap bodies, chaos erupts as the two attempt to maintain equilibrium in their own worlds.
2. 21 Jump Street (2012) Was A Hilariously & Unique Reboot Of The TV Show
21 Jump Street, a popular television sitcom that aired from 1987 to 1991, launched Johnny Depp into prominence and made the entire ensemble household names. Many fans were concerned that a 21 Jump Street movie revival would fall short of the show’s standards when it was first revealed. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, two of the most talented actors in the business, were the driving force behind the film’s success.
As high school rivals, the two rapidly become friends in boot camp and become police officers together. HFS has been found in a high school by a group of undercover officers known as Jump Street, who infiltrate high schools and search for the substance. Schmidt, played by Jonah Hill, becomes the center of attention while Jenko, played by Channing Tatum, hangs out with a less well-known group of twenty-somethings.
3. Step Brothers (2008) Featured Amazing Improv From Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly
Step Brothers, a 2008 film starring John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell, was their best work together. This is a story about two 40-year-old guys who are compelled to live together after their parents marry. When Ferrell’s Brennan and Reilly’s Dale first meet, they don’t like each other, but their hate of Brennan’s real brother and their shared interest in unusual hobbies soon bring them together as friends and lovers. Adam Scott, who plays Brennan’s multitalented brother Derek, shows up and starts making fun of Dale and Brennan at the same time.
The Step Brothers become closer and begin practicing karate in the garage when Dale accidentally punches him. When it comes to the parents, Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins do an excellent job, while everyone else in the cast keeps up with Ferrell and Reilly. The musical climax at The F’n Catalina Wine Mixer is the funniest sequence in the entire film.
4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Had A Beautiful Setting & Nice Love Story
How I Met Your Mother, Freaks and Geeks, and Knocked Up were just a few of the films in which Jason Segel had appeared prior to his breakout in 2008. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the best of Segel was on display, with some of the best comedy, including a few memorable moments.
When his ex-girlfriend breaks up with him, he decides to take a vacation in Hawaii to get his mind off of it. His ex Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) is staying at the same hotel as her new rockstar beau, which is bad news for Peter (Segel). Sarah and her rock star boyfriend begin to fall apart, but Rachel (Mila Kunis) comes to his rescue. In addition to Russell Brand’s rock star Aldis Snow and his most ardent supporter, Matthew, the supporting ensemble is a joy to see (Jonah Hill).
5. Tropic Thunder (2008) Featured An Amazing Cast & Was A Movie Inside Of A Movie… Inside Of A Movie
Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr.’s performances in Tropic Thunder make it one among the best comedies of all time. Stiller and Downey are joined by a stellar cast that includes Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Nick Nolte. Kirk Lazarus, played by Robert Downey Jr., and Les Grossman, played by Tom Cruise, both earned accolades for their performances.
As a movie within a movie, Tropic Thunder depicted the inner workings of what it’s like to shoot an expensive film and how egocentric performers and directors can be. If you don’t want to miss out on this action-packed and hilarious tale, don’t miss out on these “movie” previews.
6. Superbad (2007) Was Jonah Hill’s & Michael Cera’s Breakout Performances
When Superbad debuted in theaters in 2007, it drew in a certain demographic of moviegoers who were already familiar with the genre of high school comedies. A bunch of high school seniors attempting to acquire booze for a party is the focus of Superbad, a film that reminds audiences of both the absurdity and difficulty of the transition to adulthood.
Evan and Seth’s argument about ladies or McLovin’s friendship with two police officers are only some of the hilarious moments in the film. During a wild night on the town, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader play the two cops who form a friendship with McLovin. Toward the end of the film, Evan and Seth understand that their lifetime friendship will be forever altered when they attend different colleges.
7. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) Was A Risque2 But Fun Take On One’s Love Life
After the release of 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carell went from supporting actor to superstar. While playing Andy, a man who has had no luck in love, Carell’s coworkers do everything they can to help him get over it.
Trish, Andy’s girlfriend in the later parts of the film, was played by Catherine Keener in the supporting cast alongside Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco. Awkward circumstances Andy finds himself in are humorously uncomfortable, reminding the spectator how difficult it can be to get intimate with someone of the other sex.” When Andy gets his hair waxed by Steve Carell, it’s the funniest gag in the movie since Carell actually did it himself to make it feel more authentic.
8. Knocked Up (2007) Was Seth Rogen’s Coming Out Party As A Comedy Megastar
Seth Rogen shot to stardom with the success of Knocked Up, following small but amusing performances in Freaks and Geeks, Anchorman, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Heigl’s Alison, played by Rogen, discovers she’s pregnant after they meet at a bar one night, and the tale revolves around their relationship as two twenty-somethings. Ben, played by Seth Rogen, is a pothead who operates a website and lives with a gang of his friends.
The cast includes Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Leslie Mann, and so many others, making this film a must-see for all fans of the series. There are times when things happen for a purpose, and this story serves as a reminder of this. Being a parent can be done with the love and support of family and friends, sometimes in different ways.
9. The Hangover (2009) Was An Adult Buddy Comedy With A Mystery Element
Because of their excessive drinking, a bachelorette party in Las Vegas culminates with the group losing the groom, whose memory they must piece together. “The Hangover” was a smashing success, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifinacus and a stellar cast of supporting characters. To further their investigation, the three men did everything they could and went everywhere they could to find out what happened to Doug.
Everything about this film is a nonstop laugh riot, from their encounters with Mr. Chow to their heist of Iron Mike Tyson’s tiger to everything else. In addition, it serves as a reminder to everyone who drinks to do so in moderation. Looking at you, Alan.
10. Wedding Crashers (2005) Reminded Viewers Why Weddings Are So Fun & Why Friends Are So Important
It’s hard to forget the 2005 global blockbuster Wedding Crashers, in which Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star and co-star due to their fantastic on-screen chemistry. John Beckwith (Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vaughn) are longtime friends who work as lawyers during the day and wedding crashers at night.
At each wedding they crash, the two pals are charming and charismatic, and it appears that attractive women are drawn to them. After crashing the wedding of Secretary Cleary’s daughter, the two of them finally meet the love of their lives. The film is a roller coaster of a roller coaster of a roller coaster of a roller coaster of a roller coaster.