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Our Idiot Brother *** Welcome back to comedy Paul Rudd

08/28/2011 Leave a comment

Our Idiot Brother is Paul Rudd’s glorious return to comedy after his last failed attempts with Dinner For Schmucks and How Do You Know not to mention his ridiculous cameo in Year One. Paul Rudd is great as the loveable stoner Ned who foolishly sells a bag of marijuana to an uniformed cop and lands himself in prison. Upon his release from serving as most cooperative inmate, his former life has been destroyed by his ex-girlfriend and he has nowhere else to go but impose on his three sisters with amusing results.

Now understand when I tell you that Our Idiot Brother is not a hilariously raunchy movie filled with dirty limericks and does not contain endless one liners as some of his previous films. What it does have is a lead character that is all heart with good intentions and you can’t help but love this guy even though he has an IQ comparable to Homer Simpson. Everybody knows someone like Ned and can relate to this guy.

The crew at Movie Monkey Shoot actually had a former roommate that was a spitting image of Ned and we couldn’t help but point out the similarities. Even though he has the intelligence of a mentally challenged platypus, he still has a good heart and won’t screw you over regardless if he has the money to pay for rent or not. You got to love this guy. Go see this movie today.

Our Idiot Brother *** (2011)

90 Minutes

Comedy

Directed by Jesse Peretz

Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones

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Top 10 Hilarious Will Ferrell Comedies.

08/05/2011 4 comments

Top 10 Hilarious Will Ferrell Comedies.

With Will Ferrell’s character Deangelo Vickers slipping into a coma on The Office on his hilarious guest appearance as Micheal Scott’s replacement, and his 2010 smash hits The Other Guys and Megamind, The Movie Monkey has compiled a list of Will Ferrell’s best comedy films. Along with a few comedic disasters like Land of the Lost and Bewitched, Ferrell has proven that he can be hilarious if placed in the right situation with the right supporting cast and a good script.

#10 Wedding Crashers (2005) as Chazz Reinhold

Although Will only shows up in a brief cameo at the end, his character of Chazz Reinhold was truly memorable. He taught the title characters everything they know about Wedding crashing and has now moved on to crashing funerals to even greater success.

#9 Megamind (2010) as Megamind

Ferrell plays the title villain of Megamind, a nefarious villain who has battled his arch nemesis Metro Man (Brad Pitt) since they were both infants and has always lost. Ferrell’s latest smash hit is already in development on a sequel. Megamind 2.

#8 Blades of Glory (2007) as Chazz Michael Michaels

In Blades of Glory, Ferrell plays Chazz Michael Michaels a highly talented figure skater and raunchy sex addict that gets barred from Olympic competition for fighting is and forced to partner with his rival Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) using a loophole in the system eventually winning gold and redeeming themselves.

#7 The Other Guys (2010) as Allen Gamble

The Other Guys is Ferrell’s comeback after the Land of the Lost disaster. Reuniting with his good friend and director Adam McKay, Ferrel stars as Alan Gamble a pencil pushing detective and former pimp who is extremely proud of his desk job and refuses to take any serious assignments. Co-starring Mark Walhberg as his hotheaded disgraced partner Terry Hoitz this was Ferrell’s fourth collaboration with McKay.

#6 Talladega Nights (2006) as Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights has Will Ferrell playing cocky and dimwitted Nascar driver Ricky Bobby who has serious daddy issues and a burning desire to be number 1. A hilarious supporting cast helped this film become one of Ferrell’s funniest performances including John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen.

#5 Elf (2003) as Buddy

Elf is a light-hearted Christmas story where Ferrell plays Buddy a man-child raised by Pap Elf (Bob Newhart) at the North Pole. Directed by Jon Favreau and co-starring Ed Asner as Santa Claus and James Caan as Buddy’s biological father who gave him up for adoption.

#4 Zoolander (2001) as Jacobim Mugatu

A long forgotten but hilarious performance by Ferrell as Jacobim Mugatu, a corrupt Fashion designer who secretly works for an international organization that plots to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia. His only hope is the dimwitted male model who has recently been disgraced.

#3 Old School (2003) as Frank “The Tank” Ricard

Frank the Tank was a party monster during his early years but has now become yet another neutered married man living a boring life until his middle-aged buddies decide to start a Fraternity on campus as a way to relive their glory years. Directed by Todd Philips (The Hangover) and co-starring Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson.

#2 Anchorman (2004) as Ron Burgundy

Based on real 1970’s news footage where men dominated the airwaves and the local reporter was considered a God among mere mortals. Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy, the number 1 News anchor in San Diego until Veronica Corningstone a fellow anchor and feminist vows to take over his job.

#1 Step Brothers (2008) as Brennan Huff

The most hilarious Ferrell character yet. Brennan Huff is a 40-year-old unemployed loser who is misunderstood by his parents. Still living at home he is now forced to face his new step brother Dale Doback. An equally misunderstood and unemployed loser who also still lives with his dad. At first the two behave like childish enemies but develop a bond and become best friends and form an entertainment company “Prestige Worldwide” and create a hilarious music video to entice potential investors called “Boats N Hoes.”

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly make another outstanding comedy duo in their funniest collaboration yet. Step Brothers was also directed by Adam McKay and features hilarious supporting performances by Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins as their frustrated parents. Ferrell’s funniest performance to date.

Office Space (1999):The Most Underrated Comedy of all Time.

08/05/2011 Leave a comment

Office Space (1999) Mike Judge ****

Mike Judge’s 1999 comedy masterpiece Office Space is without doubt the most underrated comedy film ever made. Virtually ignored upon release and definitely not a box office hit, Office Space has found a cult following years later as one of the funniest films to depict the average office worker.

Set in a suburban Texas corporate office park, the film tells the story of Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), a highly unmotivated office drone that spends his thankless work days staring at his computer screen and getting chewed out by 8 different bosses. His life during his mid 20’s has become shallow and predictable and the only positive  people in his life are his dimwitted neighbor and the sexy waitress at the local restaurant who he has yet to ask out on a date. (Jennifer Aniston).

Peter’s co-workers and best friends Michael Bolton (David Herman) and Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu) spend their days wrestling with a malfunctioning printer and getting constant smarmy remarks about their names by other employees. Another co-worker Milton Waddams (Stephen Root) spends his days mumbling to himself and obsessing over his red swigline stapler and making very subtle threats of burning down the building. All four are constantly harassed and bothered by their eight useless bosses.

Having enough of his soul crushing job, Peter decides to seek the help of an Occupational Hypnotherapist who induces him into a deep hypnosis which makes him completely relaxed and nonchalant towards his responsibilities. Awakening the next morning to incessant phone calls from his egotistical boss Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) and his cheating girlfriend, Peter now has a new outlook on life. His longtime dream if doing absolutely nothing is about to come true.

Little does Peter know that his new attitude on life is about to get him promoted while his two buddies are on the verge of getting fired. Their only solution to this grave injustice is to program a virus into the company software that will discreetly rip the company off due to an accounting glitch. Unfortunately the plan backfires and they end up stealing much more than anticipated and now the very real fear of “Federal Pound me in the Ass Prison” has begun and they must find a way to return the money to clear their guilty conscience.

Office Space is one of those films that was extremely hard to market to a wide audience since it is not filled with ridiculous toilet humor and endless scenes of slapstick. The humor is very subtle and understood best by people who have actually worked in the brain-dead office cubicle environment. Directed by Mike Judge the creator of Beavis & Butthead who also has a cameo as Jennifer Aniston’s snarky boss. Office Space was released in 1999 and was nearly forgotten until a few years later when it premiered on Comedy Central and instantly became a cultural phenomenon.

Filled with memorable characters and well written dialogue, a sequel has been rumored for years but has yet to be given the go ahead. Definitely one of the best comedy films and highly underrated. Buy the Blu Ray special edition available now.

Top 10 Phenomenal Comedy Films of the 2000’s

07/31/2011 Leave a comment

These films are the cream of the crop when it comes to 21st Century Comedy Films. All of them are truly hilarious and do not dumb it down for mass audiences which is always a sign of a good comedy.

 

#10 The Hangover (2009) Todd Phillips ****

The greatest comedy about a Bachelor party in Vegas gone terribly wrong. Actually I think this may be the only movie about a Bachelor Party in Vegas gone terribly wrong. Alan, Stu, Phil and Doug are in for the weekend of their lives. After drinking Jager shots and unwittingly taking ecstasy, Alan, Stu and Phil wake up in a trashed penthouse with Doug the groom nowhere to be found. Hilarious comedy adventure which was sadly remade almost immediately with the carbon copy  inferior 2011 sequel set in Bangkok, Thailand instead of Las Vegas. A third in the series is almost guaranteed.

 

#9 Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Steve Pink ****

The best time travel comedy since Back to the Future. 3 buddies and along with one of their nephews, all experiencing a mid-life crisis over failed lives decide to take a trip to their favorite ski resort from their happier teenage years. They discover that the ski resort is now a dilapidated rat’s nest and decide to party in their room in the hot tub with plenty of booze and Russian energy drinks only to wake up in 1986 and getting a chance to relive their younger years. The guys set out to not disrupt the time flow continuum (one of the many 80’s references) to not alter their future lives but later decide that instead of reliving their failed lives they set out to make things right. Several references to 80’s movie including Chevy Chase as father time, William Zabka from the Karate Kid and several Back to the Future references. This was without doubt the best comedy of 2010.

 

#8 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Adam McKay ****

Anchorman is probably the most quotable movie on this list. This film proves my Will Ferrell mathematical theory that Will Ferrell (x) times a Great Supporting Cast (y) times a Good Director Adam McKay (z) = A hilarious comedy, i.e. Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys. 

Unfortunately Ferrell by himself without the help of an outstanding supporting cast and his buddy McKay, is utter garbage, i.e. Land of the Lost, Bewitched, Semi-Pro and Blades of Glory.

This has the best supporting cast of any other film on the list and makes for an exceptional spoof on 70’s mysoginistic journalists.

 

#7 Shaun of the Dead (2004) Edgar Wright ****

Now Shaun of the Dead is not only a hilarious comedy but it also has some of the most gruesome zombies ever seen rivaling the Romero zombie classics. This is the film that put then unknown British comedy team Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright into the upper echelon of American comedy. The zombie make up is outstanding and they used the much scarier version of zombies that are slow and methodical with real make up as opposed to the recent slew of Hollywood zombies that can do the 40 yard dash in 2 seconds and are entirely CGI unrealistic cartoons.

 

#6 Tropic Thunder (2008) Ben Stiller ****

Tropic Thunder should have been renamed the Robert Downey Jr. show. With the exception of a few hilarious Jack Black lines and Brandon T. Jackson as Alpa Chino the repressed gay rapper, this is all Robert Downey Jr. Downey is absolutely hilarious as the insecure Australian method actor pretending to be an African-American soul brother soldier with an attitude. Two things about this movie that always irritate the hell out of me are Tom Cruise as Les Grossman and the unbearable Matthew McConaughey in the two worst roles in the movie that they could have cast ANY other actor in Hollywood and they could have made the part hilarious.

#5 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) Jake Kasdan ****

This highly underrated comedy shows the true comedic genius of John C. Reilly in a music biopic “inspired” by every other music biopic ever made. Walk Hard follows Dewey Cox (Reilly) a hard living, drug addicted and eccentric musician through a lifetime of  living the rock star life. The film was inspired mostly by Johnny Cash and the biopic Walk the Line among numerous other musicians lives. Hilarious supporting cast and clever jokes throughout.

 

#4 Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Jared Hess ****

Everybody has known someone like Napoleon Dynamite at one point in their life. The coolest nerd you’ll ever meet who has got the skills to kick your ass with “numchuks” and dance better than you can. This offbeat comedy was a surprise hit from unknown director Jared Hess now becoming a cult classic. Napoleon’s brother Kip Dynamite is probably one of the funniest characters you have ever seen spending the entire day chatting with babes on the internet and training to be a cage fighter. Classic comedy with absolutely no foul language or drug use which is something rarely seen in comedies anymore and makes it that much more outlandish and hilarious.

#3 Superbad (2007)Greg Mottola ****

As opposed to Napoleon Dynamite’s hilariously clean Mormon humor, Superbad is the complete antithesis as a raunchy and vulgar teen comedy in the vein of Animal House for high school teenagers. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera work great together along with Mclovin, the biggest dork you will ever see that rivals Napoleon Dynamite. Written by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen who also costars as incompetent Police Officer Michaels. Hill and Cera play teenage versions of Rogen and Goldberg. Two dependent high school seniors who are facing the upcoming dilemma of being separated when they both leave for college and who find themselves involved with the girls of their dreams during a crazy night of partying. Hilarious film and quite possibly the only film where Michael Cera’s awkward teenaged shtick is actually very funny.

#2 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)Nicholas Stoller ****

The funniest break up comedy of all time. Peter Bretter (Jason Segal) plays the hopeless loser who gets dumped by his girlfriend Sarah Marshall of 5 years and has an emotional breakdown and loses all hope. His brother-in-law suggests he take a vacation to Hawaii which proves to be disastrous as well as a way to finally find closure with Sarah who also winds up at the same hotel with her hilarious new boyfriend Aldous Snow (Russel Brand). Peter meets the sexy Rachel (Mila Kunis) and finds a new outlet on life.

#1 Wedding Crashers (2005) David Dobkin *****

The film that started a whole new trend of lowlifes crashing weddings and hooking up with unsuspecting woman while love is in the air. Classic premise! Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play Jeremy and John whose hobby is as the title suggests, is crashing weddings. They finally crashed the wrong wedding when they barge in on the life of the hilarious Christopher Walkin as US Secretary Cleary and the wedding of his daughter. John and Jeremy hook up with Cleary’s two other daughters and all hell breaks loose. The funniest film of the last decade.