Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are two of the best actors to come out of England, and their chemistry, along with their director friend Edgar Wright, has almost become a genre of its own. These three comedy masters came together in 2007 to make “Hot Fuzz,” one of the funniest buddy cop parodies ever to exist.
Pegg plays a way-too-honest cop who is transferred to the countryside after his bosses deem him “too sincere and correct.” What ensues in the little town he’s placed in includes a grocery shootout, a missing swan, and hilarious performances by other British screen legends like Timothy Dalton, Bill Nighy, Olivia Coleman, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, and Martin Freeman.
There’s Something About Mary
A gem by the Farrelly brothers, “There’s Something About Mary,” was a massive commercial success when it came out in 1998. The hilarious romantic comedy made over $360 million at the box office and became a cult comedy classic of the decade.
With top-notch performances by Ben Stiller, Chris Elliott, Matt Dillon, and Cameron Diaz, the film follows the beautiful Mary (played by Diaz) and the entourage of men that are hopelessly in love with her and try to get her attention with crazy hilarious antics. The chemistry of the actors is undeniable, and certain scenes are still referenced to this day.
This 1996 gem of a film directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly follows the story of an Amish bowling virtuoso and his begrudging, narrow-minded teacher as they travel across the United States for bowling championships. The Amish bowler is played by comedy genius Randy Quaid and his mentor by none other than Woody Harrelson, who is haunted by his disgustingly inappropriate landlady, played by another comedy master – Lin Shaye.
Featuring other big-screen legends like Bill Murray, Chris Elliott, and Vanessa Angel, the film was an unfairly overlooked comedy masterpiece of the 90s. Coming out at a time when top-notch comedy films seemed to be coming out like hotcakes, “Kingpin” didn’t get as much recognition as its contemporaries, such as “Jerry Maguire” or “The Nutty Professor”.
Famous food critic and actor Steve Coogan and his actor buddy Rob Brydon make “The Trip” a must-watch when it comes to comedy greats. These two hilarious personalities embark on a ‘food tasting’ road trip filled with scrumptious meals, beautiful English countryside, and hilarious conversations about their lives and careers. And, of course, we mustn’t forget the fantastic ABBA renditions and celebrity impressions that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.
Directed by acclaimed British director Michael Winterbottom, the 2010 film features some of this century’s best comedic actors. It's the best portrayal of two people who start to spend way too much time together on the road and start to get on each other’s nerves. If you’re in the mood for a good laugh, this one should definitely be on your list.
Nobody will ever tell you the script is good. But even with the writer's complete and utter lack of narrative structure, common sense, and regard for how humans interact, the film manages to achieve a brilliance that continues to draw audiences to theaters. Many believed that it was a parody, but it was actually a completely serious film made by and starring the mysterious Tommy Wiseau.
The film has gained a cult following since its abysmal release and is now one of the most popular bad films of all time. Many theaters in the United States have an annual theatrical showing of the film, and it’s always sold out with roaring and laughing fans. The 2017 film "The Disaster Artist" chronicles the bizarre behind-the-scenes shenanigans of how the film was made.