On this page, we highlight some of our favorite comedic films to come out in recent years.
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
Released in 2012, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is an American comedy film written and directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. You may remember them as the creators of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The film stars Heidecker and Wareheim with a supporting cast which includes Jeff Goldblum, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Zach Galifianakis, Erica Durance, and Will Forte. The main characters, Tim and Eric, are two filmmakers who are given a record-setting $1 billion budget to make a movie. They blow the money on a 3 minute film. Fearing for their lives they leave Los Angeles. Tim and Eric decided to renovate the S’Wallow Valley Mall, which is in extreme arrears in the hopes that they will make back their billion dollar debt. There is one hilarious scene involving a wholesale toilet paper store. The actual scene was called Reggie’s Used Toilet Paper. It shows hundreds of rolls of used toilet paper stacked up in pyramids and on shelves. There are also 4-5 sheet lengths of used toilet paper hanging from clothes lines that criss cross the store space. The scene is hilarious. All sorts of toilet paper was used from 1 ply thin scratchy toilet paper to 3 ply soft quilted toilet paper. Spoiler alert: At the end, the Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie it is revealed to have been a film-within-a-film the two were showing to Steven Spielberg, who pronounces it the greatest movie ever made.
What do you get when you merge elements of SUPERBAD, KILL BILL and SOUTH PARK? A kick ass film like KICK-ASS, which features such memorable characters as a foul-mouthed 11 year-old girl who kills her enemies with wildly reckless abandon. That’s right, the show stealer isn’t actually the lead of KICK-ASS, it’s a purple-wigged vigilante by the name of Hit Girl, a pre-pubescent weapons expert, and steely killer. What she brings to the film is unexpected: blood and gore-soaked sudden death, and a few C-bombs. One of the funniest films to come down the pike in a while, KICK-ASS is a comedy with a message: a message finding your passion and the importance of family – whether it’s a natural family or of the make-your-own variety. The film stars Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and is directed by verve and styled by Matthew Vaughn.
Interestingly, the film script and the comic book story lines were written at the same time in an unusual collaborative, organic process after Mark Miller who eventually wrote the KICK-ASS comic book version pitched his idea to screenwriter, Matthew Vaughn. It turns out there are several notable differences between the film and its comic inspiration. The billboard posters that promoted the film prominently displayed Matthew Vaughn’s wife, the well known model, Claudia Schiffer. I loved those posters, while my girlfriend loved the sterling silver jewelry Claudia wore. In fact, she found the exact earrings and necklace with matching bracelet on a wholesale sterling silver jewelry site. I’m sure Claudia didn’t buy her jewelry there! Well that was a slight diversion. Let me get back on track to listing our favorite comedic films.
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
One of the first films I’ve ever seen that showcased a penis getting caught in a zipper in all of its glory. A pioneer in the realm of gross-out humor films, There’s Something About Mary is one of the oldest and best in its genre. Starring Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon, the film was directed by the Farrelly Brothers.
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
Can’t quite believe that one of my favorite comedies stars Ben Stiller again, but well, there you have it. Aside from Stiller, you’ll find Patricia Arquette, Tea Leoni, Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda, Josh Brolin, and Richard Jenkins rounding out the cast. And as an honorable mention, a truly fantastic Lily Tomlin – one of my favorite scenes involves her trying to calm a panicking shroom-ingesting Richard Jenkins down…
This film, directed by David O’ Russell, follows Stiller’s character, when he decides to try to find his natural parents. The message found in the film’s title: be careful what you wish for!