Comedy has been an existing genre in film for many, many decades. This genre has the power to make us relax and let go of the real world for a short while through the power of laughter. As the 2000s approached, we saw a shift in the comedic genres as more classic methods were replaced with more vulgarity and crude humor. However, that doesn't mean they aren't still hilarious.
With this list, we will focus on the 8 best R-rated comedies of the 2000s spanning from 2000 to present day. If you don't see your favorite comedy on the list, feel free to leave a comment! Just keep it respectful and remember we are all here to laugh.
8. 'Scary Movie' (2000)
Forget about the unnecessary sequels and the abundance of Marlon Wayans spoofs we have received in the years since the Scary Movie franchise ended. The first Scary Movie brought by the Wayans brothers is truly hilarious. Serving as a spoof of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, the story shows us how ridiculous those '90s teen horror films actually were and is a satire that really influenced the direction of 2000s gross-out comedy.
7. 'Shaun of the Dead' (2004)
Shaun of the Dead is truly in a class of its own. Directed by British filmmaker Edgar Wright, the story of a young man living a boring, ordinary life rising to the occasion to kill a bunch of zombies is funny, smart, and impressive. Often mistaken for being a zombie spoof movie, it actually holds a decent story of its own mixed with subtly dry British humor. It's often ranked to be one of the best modern day zombie movies and is also regarded as one of the best comedies of the millennium.
6. 'Super Troopers' (2001)
Super Troopers is the earliest comedy on this list to hit audiences, but it still manages to carry its humor to this day. The story following a bunch of misfit, horribly sub-par Vermont State Troopers was one of the first to introduce gross-out comedy and is another to have jokes carry through the decade. You can either accept the facts or call shenanigans.
5. 'Zombieland' (2009)
Zombieland stands out for multiple reasons. Not only is it extremely funny, but it serves as a great comedy-horror crossover. When the zombie apocalypse hits we are introduced to a small number of survivors who try and keep their heads up to survive. The cast is hilarious and the struggle for humanity gives the film more of a lighthearted feel. It's not your typical zombie movie with its list of survival rules and overly cautious approach. Especially when Bill Murray crashes the party.
4. 'Superbad' (2007)
Superbad brought us more than just a good laugh. The high school party movie starring Michael Cera and Jonah Hill was funny in a different kind of way as it was a mixture of crude humor and some real emotions. We all have a memory of what it's like to graduate and split ways with your best friend. We also know what it's like to overcome it and learn how to handle the hilariously awkward situations that come your way. We all love our best friends and this was a lighthearted way to let us know it's alright to make that known.
3. 'The Hangover' (2009)
The Hangover is probably one of the funniest comedies ever made, but easily one of the best released in the 2000s. Centered around a bachelor party in Las Vegas, the events in this movie were both hilarious and quite unexpected. I saw this movie in theaters and I still remember laughing so hard that my stomach hurt at one point. It definitely wasn't like anything we'd seen before. The sequels weren't anything special, but it's a worthy comedic trilogy.
2. 'Team America: World Police' (2004)
From the creative minds that brought us South Park, this puppet filled satire of terrorism is a style on its own. The humor is consistent with South Park style humor that is crude but you can't help but laugh. And yes, we are all still a bit scarred from the puppet sex scene. You're not alone.
1. 'Bridesmaids' (2011)
Considered to be one of the most successful female comedies in recent years, Bridesmaids tells the hilarious story of two best friends as they endure one's engagement. Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are funny enough, but adding in a comedic powerhouse like Melissa McCarthy amplified this movie to heights that can't be beaten for many years to come. It also tells us what to not do when your best friend gets engaged. Well, unless you want a lot of headaches and embarrassing moments.
Knocked Up (2007), 21 Jump Street (2012), The 40-Year Old Virgin (2005), Role Models (2008), Road Trip (2000), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Eurotrip (2004)