This has been a brilliant year for movies. Hollywood saw many big movies this year. With many records been broken of the box-office. We’ve gathered a list of 11 best comedy movies of the year 2008 (till now of course there are many more to come) which made this year full of laughter and amazement, even though few movies like The Love Guru didn’t do that well as expected.
WALL-E (promoted with an interpunct as WALL·E) is a 2008 computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film was directed by Andrew Stanton. It follows the story of a robot named WALL-E who is designed to clean up a polluted Earth. He eventually falls in love with another robot named EVE, and follows her into outer space on an adventure.
After directing Finding Nemo, Stanton felt that Pixar achieved believable water physics and was willing to direct a film set in space. Most of the characters do not have actual human voices, but instead communicate with body language and robotic sounds, designed by Ben Burtt, that resemble voices. In addition, it is the first animated feature by Pixar to have segments featuring live action characters.
Walt Disney Pictures released it in the United States and Canada on June 27, 2008. The film grossed $23.1 million on its opening day, and $63 million during its opening weekend in 3,992 theaters, ranking #1 at the box office. This ranks the third highest-grossing opening weekend for a Pixar film as of July 2008. Following Pixar tradition, WALL-E was paired with a short film titled Presto for its theatrical release. It has achieved an overall approval rating of 97% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
IMDb User Ratings: 8.7/10
IMDb Gross: 214.12M
2. Tropic Thunder
Tropic Thunder is a 2008 action comedy film directed by Ben Stiller and written by Stiller, Justin Theroux, and Etan Cohen. The film stars Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. as a group of prima donna actors making a Vietnam War film when their fed-up writer and director decide to abandon them in the middle of the jungle, forcing them to fight their way out.
Stiller initially had the idea for the film while playing a small part in Empire of the Sun, and later brought on Theroux and Cohen to help him complete the script. After the film was greenlit in 2006, filming took place in 2007 on the Hawaiian island of Kauai over 13 weeks, and was deemed the largest film production in the island’s history. The film had a large marketing promotion, including showing numerous screenings, selling the fictional energy drink advertised in the film, and posting faux websites for the characters, films, and products shown in Tropic Thunder.
The film met controversy among the disability advocacy community prior to its release on August 13, 2008. It received generally positive reviews with 83% and 71% ratings according the review aggregator websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, respectively. It earned $26 million in its opening weekend.
IMDb User Ratings: 7.9/10
IMDb Gross: $65.8M
3. Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express is a 2008 action comedy stoner film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and stars Seth Rogen and James Franco. Producer Judd Apatow, who previously worked with Rogen and Goldberg on Knocked Up and Superbad, assisted in developing the story, which was partially inspired by the buddy comedy subgenre.
The film was originally set for release August 8, 2008, but was changed to August 6, 2008, in order not to conflict with the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The movie is rated R in the United States for strong language and mild drug content, MA 15+ in Australia for Strong drug use and violence, sexual references and coarse language, and 18A in Canada.
IMDb User Ratings: 7.9/10
IMDb Gross: 76.8M
4. Get Smart
Get Smart is a 2008 film adaptation of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry’s 1960s spy parody television series, Get Smart. The film stars Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99. Alan Arkin plays the Chief. Dwayne Johnson, Terence Stamp, Terry Crews, David Koechner, Masi Oka, Ken Davitian, Larry Miller, Patrick Warburton and Dalip “The Great Khali” Singh also star.
Bernie Kopell, who played Siegfried in the original series, makes a cameo appearance. Bill Murray also appears as Agent 13 hidden in an empty tree trunk.
IMDb User Ratings: 7.3/10
IMDb Gross: 128.2M
5. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is the 2008 comedy film sequel to the 2004 film, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. John Cho and Kal Penn reprise their roles as the eponymous stoner duo, along with Paula Garcés as Harold’s love interest, Maria. Neil Patrick Harris also returns as a satirical version of himself. New additions to the cast are comedian Jon Reep and former Daily Show correspondents Rob Corddry and Ed Helms. Other cast members include David Krumholtz, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jack Conley, Roger Bart, Danneel Harris, Eric Winter, Adam Herschman, and Richard Christy.
The film was released on April 25, 2008 by Warner Bros.; this film was the first New Line Cinema title to be distributed by Warner Bros. since New Line Cinema became a division of Warner Bros. The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc on July 29, 2008.
IMDb User Ratings: 7.0/10
IMDB Gross: 38.1M
6. Step Brothers
Step Brothers is a 2008 comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow and starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who last teamed up in Talladega Nights (2006). The film was released on July 25, 2008.
The screenplay was written by Ferrell and McKay, from a story written by Ferrell, McKay and Reilly. Jimmy Miller and Judd Apatow are the two producers of the film.
IMDb User Ratings: 7.0/10
IMDB Gross: 95.8M
7. Be Kind, Rewind
Be Kind Rewind is a 2008 American comedy film from New Line Cinema, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover and Mia Farrow. The film first appeared on January 20, 2008 at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It was later shown at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film opened on February 22, 2008 in the United Kingdom and in North America.
A man whose brain becomes magnetized unintentionally destroys every tape in his friend’s video store. In order to satisfy the store’s most loyal renter, an aging woman with signs of dementia, the two men set out to remake the lost films.
IMDb User Ratings: 6.8/10
IMDb Gross: 11.1M
8. Drillbit Taylor
Drillbit Taylor (aka Drillbit Taylor: Budget Bodyguard) is a 2008 comedy film starring Owen Wilson as the title character and based on an original idea by John Hughes. Paramount Pictures released the film on March 21, 2008.
The movie surrounds three kids who hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully. The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Based on 100 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating of 24 percent. By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of 41.
IMDb User Ratings: 6.0/10
IMDb Gross: 32.8M
9. Semi Pro
Semi-Pro is a 2008 comedy film from New Line Cinema. The film was directed by Kent Alterman and stars Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin, Maura Tierney, Will Arnett, and David Koechner.
The movie was shot in Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium (in the gym of the Los Angeles City Fire Department Training Center), in Detroit and in Flint, Michigan. It was released in theaters on February 29, 2008, and was released on DVD and Blu-Ray June 3rd, 2008.
IMDb User Ratings: 5.8/10
IMDb Gross: 33.4M
10. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan is a 2008 comedy film about Zohan Dvir (Hebrew : זוהאן דביר), Israel’s hero and their greatest counter-terrorism army commando who, after growing tired of his Israeli post-draft’s standing service, fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream: becoming a hairstylist in New York.
The story was written by Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow and Robert Smigel, and was directed by Dennis Dugan. Sandler’s production company Happy Madison produced the film, while it was distributed by Columbia Pictures. It was released on June 6, 2008. UK release date is August 15, 2008.
IMDb User Ratings: 5.7/10
IMDb Gross: 99.6M
11. The Love Guru
The Love Guru is a 2008 American comedy film, directed by Marco Schnabel and starring Mike Myers and Jessica Alba along with Romany Malco and Justin Timberlake. In addition to starring in the film, Myers wrote The Love Guru with Graham Gordy which was based on real life love guru Matt Etzel, and produced it with Gary Barber.
The film was released by Paramount Pictures on June 20, 2008 and was rated PG-13. The film was released on August 1 in the United Kingdom, and has been rated 12A.
IMDb User Ratings: 3.6/10
IMDb Gross: 32.1M