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The 10 Most Doofily Enjoyable Films Of The Past Decade

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | October 9, 2013 | Comments ()


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There has been a lot of talk recently about the idea of "good" movies vs. "rewatchable" films. This, I suppose, is meant to explain why The Lone Ranger is on Quentin Tarantino's list of Top Ten Movies Of 2013. And that's fine. Even through the fog of my film snobbery, I can understand the need for fun, low-stakes comedies. But The Lone Ranger?!?! Oh we can do better. The following is a list from the past decade of films I love to watch. Films that haven't provided any insight into humanity or unforgettable shot compositions, but, man, if they're airing on cable on a Saturday morning? I'm in. There are other comedies of the past decade that I loved more. Bridesmaids or The 40 Year Old Virgin spring to mind. But those movies are too important. They stir up too many feelings. These movies? They're just pure fun. And there's nothing wrong with that.

The School Of Rock (2003)
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Hot Fuzz (2007)
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The Hangover (2009)
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) The first one is still good. Blow me.
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Wedding Crashers (2005)
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Shanghai Noon (2003)
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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
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Zombieland (2009)
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Tropic Thunder (2008)
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  • Sarah Weissman

    Tropic Thunder's a tad more than fun especially with RDJ's character - it's got some smart snark on what it says about Hollywood.

  • zilla

    Where's Elf?

  • Scorptilicus

    I don't know if this list can count, because those are all widely considered fairly to really good films. They're movies that, had they failed at the box office, you'd have worried about the survival of comedy on film. The Lone Ranger seems like a bad film that you might still have fun watching (I don't know yet, though, as I haven't seen it). These are flicks you'd have fun watching and they have the added business that they're good.

    And who the HELL doesn't think the FIRST PotC was good?

  • limo765

    21 Jump Street :(

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I don't have much to say about the list, as I am not interested in the movies I didn't watch and the rest are fine, except for one (see below).

    I don't understand why The Lone Ranger inspired the article. It is not a comedy. It is a surprisingly dark and violent tale dealing with revenge and insanity. It also may have a metaphysical side that is not apparent at first sight. In this, it is better than the first Pirates of the Caribbean, because that one couldn't decide if it was a comedy or a gritty action movie. (The second one is pure comedy and therefore superior.)

    That's why The Lone Ranger is in sore need of a recut to remove a lot of the goofy and over-the-top bits.

  • Gary Dolan

    Didn't see Shanghai Noon, yes to the rest

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Zoolander.

  • pumpkin

    I've rewatched it many times.

  • BiblioGlow

    I just saw Lockout the other day. Guy Pearce made me laugh until I thought there was something wrong with me. It's the definition of a stupid movie, but so so enjoyable.

  • SottoVoce

    Which movie are the Cialis tubs from?

  • Mrs.P

    Thank you for the list! There are some movies suggested I will now have to watch. The 'in the last decade part' is kicking my ass. Apparently I am old and I watch old movie fluff. Anger Management the only one I would add.

  • mclbolton

    Zoolander --- I freaking love Zoolander !!!!

  • TheAggroCraig

    Totally agree with you on Pirates, the first one is just fine. I never did get the appeal of The Hangover, though.

  • Modernlove

    I submit Hot Tub Time Machine to this because goddamn, that was one hilarious movie.

  • Beat me to it. Corddry's Mottley Lue video at the end is worth the listing all by itself; the rest is gravy.

  • Fredo

    Let's see if this works:

    "I'M A LEAD FARMER, MUTHAFUCKA!!"

    Smiling yet?

  • stella

    All these movies are great. Id add Dale and Tucker vs Evil and Cabin in the Woods. And now Im gonna go watch Zombieland for like the 50th time.

  • ed newman

    Love the list. If you made it 20 entries I'd petition for The Other Guys

  • Sassy Pikachu

    Zoolander.

  • You're tacky and I hate you. (Excellent list.)

  • Good list, though as enjoyable as Wedding Crashers is/was, Will Farrell was the worst part and he nearly derailed it.

  • Yeah, against my better judgement, I'm usually a sucker for his shouty man-child thing, but...nahhh, not there.

  • Green Lantern

    Since noone else has mentioned it yet, I'm gonna throw out "Dodgeball".

    'Cause if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball...on THE OCHO!

  • Conor

    "Will someone catch a goddamn ball? It's like watching a bunch of retards trying to fuck a doorknob out there!"

  • I still think that "You're about as useful as a cock-flavored lollypop!" is one of the greatest insults of all time.

  • grr arrgh

    Clearly I need to see the unrated version. I've only watched it on tv so the line is changed to "poopy-flavored" (if I'm remembering correctly).

  • grr arrgh

    "Nobody makes me bleed my own blood!" I will continue to watch that every damn time it comes on FX. Also, if you like Firefly, try to unsee Wash as Steve the Pirate in that movie.

  • Green Lantern

    YARRRR!

  • PDamian

    My mom and I watched it one lazy afternoon. She still doesn't believe that the fat actor on the sofa eating chicken and singing "Milkshake" during the end credits was Ben Stiller.

  • PDamian

    Thanks for the Hot Fuzz love. I'd add Paul to this list. Not quite as good as Fuzz, but still wonderfully entertaining,

  • There'll Be Pancakes

    Paul was da bomb, yo! My favourite of the whole Pegg/Frost filmography

  • Adrienne Marie

    I thought Paul was delightful. I don't get all the dislike for it.

  • Conor

    Massive, massive love for the inclusion of Harold & Kumar.

    That NPH loves his fuckin' fur-burgers!

  • Wrestling Fan

    There are more to add to the list, but none I would take off.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Goon.

  • Brian K

    Can't really argue with any of these, but I could watch Role Models all day every day.

  • Sassy Pikachu

    One of my all time favorite movie to re-watch. Also Blazing Saddles.

  • Green Lantern

    Now y'know what I want for breakfast?

    Cocaine!

  • goddammitmrnoodle

    Yes! I was just about to post Role Models but figured someone got there first. "Never gets old." "Well, obviously we're not supposed to buttf*ck these kids.")

  • psemophile

    Didn't Shaun of the Dead come out last decade?

  • Thor

    This post is called "past decade" so I'm really confused about your post.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I thought the header pic was from Maverick at first. Which, btw, is an example of how a hoary old property CAN be made into a fun movie, and would deserve to be on this list if not for the time constraint.

    I'm seeing that the ladies need to do some catching up in the doofy movie genre.

  • Zirza

    I like this list a lot, but I'd probably find room for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Still - This list, I like it.

  • Look up a definition of the term 'spot on' and you know what you'll find?

  • greg

    the def of spot on which this comment is

  • BiblioGlow

    I just so wish I could upvote you more than once for the double whammy of KKBB quote and grammar.

  • MissAmynae

    Just about perfect, Joanna. Snaps up!

  • lurker_erin

    21 Jump Street?

  • Ben

    I had absolutley no interest in seeing the movie untill I heard lots of praise for it, ended up seeing it recently and holy fuck is that movie fun.

  • Michelle

    Yesss. I have seen that movie at least four times and it's still amusing as hell.

  • Green Lantern

    I'm with that. Didn't watch the series, LOVED the movie.

    Now I'mma go get The Gigs.

  • Laura

    This is the movie that made my husband actually admit to "kind of liking" Charming Potato.

  • Arran

    I'd never especially felt favourable toward Channing. (More indifference than actual hatred.) Then he said "FUCK YOU, SCIENCE" and I fell in love.

  • IngridToday

    Principal: It's time to pay the piper
    Charming Potato: who am I paying now?

    He's amazing at playing joyfully confident yet oblivious characters.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    No question mark needed. 21 Jump Street was some quality fluff.

  • Xander

    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
    Easy A
    Pacific Rim
    Friends With Benefits
    Resident Evil 2

    These are at the top of my head but there are so many more

  • Arran

    Oh jeez, I liked Seeking a Friend a lot but it's not one I could watch over and over. It's too sad.

  • linnyloo

    I was ugly-crying in the theater.

  • Ruthie O

    Agreed. I just sobbed for HOURS after it ended, holding on my husband for dear life.

  • Arran

    My wife and I were both teary by the end credits. For what's a fairly typical Manic Pixie Dream Girl/Middle-Aged White Guy Shaken Out of Torpor movie on the surface, it's…strangely heavy. I have seldom pondered mortality more than right after watching it.

    Now I can't listen to The Air That I Breathe without contemplating how we're all going to die.

  • Sarah Weissman

    Yea, they do resemble the tropes at first glance, but I feel like they're deeper, more real people who look like tropes.

  • Ruthie O

    Yes. Exactly. Immediately after the movie, all I could think about was how, even without an impending apocalypse, the life that I'm living and the love that I'm feeling are temporary. Oh so temporary. A sobering thought indeed.

    Loved the movie, but just thinking about it makes me want to curl up in a blanket and consider my morality. To remedy this, I now need to catch up on some cat videos, stat.

  • jaimejoshi

    Yes on Easy A. Emma Stone is just charming and her performance of Knock on Wood? Perfect. I would buy an album of her performing sassy jazz songs.

  • Xander

    Did you saw that clip of her when she was young and competing in some singing competition? She is pretty good

  • Allijo

    I have no arguments with this list. Is that a Pajiba first?

  • Guest

    Yeah, this was spot on. There are many more, but I can't really think of them because I really want to watch Tropic Thunder again.

  • Green Lantern

    I'll third that (glass case of) emotion.

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