Best Comedy Movies of 2000

1.

Billy Elliot

6.3
7.7/10

Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, 11-year-old Billy Elliot stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes.

Starring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Release date: 2000-05-18
2.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

6.1
7.7/10

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's 'Odyssey'.

Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Release date: 2000-08-30
3.

The Emperor's New Groove

6.1
7.3/10

Kuzco is a self-centered emperor who summons Pacha from a village and to tell him that his home will be destroyed to make room for Kuzco's new summer home. Kuzco's advisor, Yzma, tries to poison Kuzco and accidentally turns him into a llama, who accidentally ends up in Pacha's village. Pacha offers to help Kuzco if he doesn't destroy his house, and so they form an unlikely partnership.

Starring: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick
Directed by: Mark Dindal
Release date: 2000-12-09
4.

High Fidelity

6.0
7.5/10

When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong. As Rob seeks out his former lovers to find out why they left, he keeps up his efforts to win Laura back.

Starring: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 2000-03-17
5.

The Road to El Dorado

5.8
6.9/10

After a failed swindle, two con-men end up with a map to El Dorado, the fabled "city of gold," and an unintended trip to the New World. Much to their surprise, the map does lead the pair to the mythical city, where the startled inhabitants promptly begin to worship them as gods. The only question is, do they take the worshipful natives for all they're worth, or is there a bit more to El Dorado than riches?

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos
Directed by: Bibo Bergeron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Don Paul
Release date: 2000-03-31
6.

Chocolat

5.8
7.2/10

A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies float down the river the prejudices of the Mayor leads to a crisis.

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Leslie Caron
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Release date: 2000-12-14
7.

Meet the Parents

5.7
7.0/10

Greg Focker is ready to marry his girlfriend, Pam, but before he pops the question, he must win over her formidable father, humorless former CIA agent Jack Byrnes, at the wedding of Pam's sister. As Greg bends over backward to make a good impression, his visit to the Byrnes home turns into a hilarious series of disasters, and everything that can go wrong does, all under Jack's critical, hawklike gaze.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Owen Wilson
Directed by: Jay Roach
Release date: 2000-10-06
8.

Chicken Run

5.6
7.0/10

Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Ginger the chicken along with the help of Rocky the American rooster decide to rebel and lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy and their farm of doom.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton
Directed by: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Release date: 2000-06-21
9.

For the Birds

5.6
8.0/10

One by one, a flock of small birds perches on a telephone wire. Sitting close together has problems enough, and then comes along a large dopey bird that tries to join them. The birds of a feather can't help but make fun of him - and their clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end.

Starring: Ralph Eggleston
Directed by: Ralph Eggleston
Release date: 2000-11-01
10.

What Women Want

5.4
6.4/10

Advertising executive Nick Marshall is as cocky as they come, but what happens to a chauvinistic guy when he can suddenly hear what women are thinking? Nick gets passed over for a promotion, but after an accident enables him to hear women's thoughts, he puts his newfound talent to work against Darcy, his new boss, who seems to be infatuated with him.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Lauren Holly
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Release date: 2000-12-15
11.

Me, Myself & Irene

5.4
6.6/10

Rhode Island State Trooper Charlie Baileygates has a multiple personality disorder. One personality is crazy and aggressive, while the other is more friendly and laid back. Both of these personalities fall in love with the same woman named Irene after Charlie loses his medication.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins
Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Release date: 2000-06-22
12.

Shanghai Noon

5.3
6.5/10

Chon Wang, a clumsy imperial guard trails Princess Pei Pei when she is kidnapped from the Forbidden City and transported to America. Wang follows her captors to Nevada, where he teams up with an unlikely partner, outcast outlaw Roy O'Bannon, and tries to spring the princess from her imprisonment.

Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Xander Berkeley, Roger Yuan
Directed by: Tom Dey
Release date: 2000-05-26
13.

Love & Basketball

5.3
7.2/10

A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow into adulthood, they fall in love, but they also share another all-consuming passion: basketball. They've followed the game all their lives and have no small amount of talent on the court. As Quincy and Monica struggle to make their relationship work, they follow separate career paths though high school and college basketball and, they hope, into stardom in big-league professional ball.

Starring: Chris Warren, Kyla Pratt, Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Alfre Woodard
Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Release date: 2000-04-21
14.

Pay It Forward

5.2
7.2/10

Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel
Directed by: Mimi Leder
Release date: 2000-10-20
15.

Best in Show

5.2
7.4/10

The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives -- the Mayflower Dog Show. The canine contestants and their owners are as wondrously diverse as the great country that has bred them.

Starring: Jay Brazeau, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy
Directed by: Christopher Guest
Release date: 2000-09-19
16.

Wonder Boys

5.2
7.3/10

Grady is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy author.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Katie Holmes, Rip Torn
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Release date: 2000-02-22
17.

Scary Movie

5.2
6.2/10

Following on the heels of popular teen-scream horror movies, with uproarious comedy and biting satire. Marlon and Shawn Wayans, Shannon Elizabeth and Carmen Electra pitch in to skewer some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, including Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Matrix, American Pie and The Blair Witch Project.

Starring: Anna Faris, Carmen Electra, Dave Sheridan, Jon Abrahams, Regina Hall
Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Release date: 2000-07-07
18.

Where the Heart Is

5.0
6.8/10

Novalee Nation is a 17-year-old Tennessee transient who has to grow up in a hurry when she's left pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend on a roadside in Sequoyah, Okla., and takes refuge in the friendly aisles of Wal-Mart. In short order, some eccentric, kindly strangers "adopt" Novalee and her infant daughter, helping them buck the odds and build a new life.

Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing, Joan Cusack, Sally Field
Directed by: Matt Williams
Release date: 2000-04-27
19.

My Dog Skip

4.9
7.0/10

A shy boy is unable to make friends in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. The dog, which he names Skip, becomes well known and loved throughout the community and enriches the life of the boy, Willie, as he grows into manhood. Based on the best-selling Mississippi memoir by the late Willie Morris.

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Luke Wilson, Chaon Cross
Directed by: Jay Russell
Release date: 2000-01-14
20.

The Big Kahuna

4.9
6.6/10

Three salesmen working for a firm that makes industrial lubricants are waiting in the company's "hospitality suite" at a manufacturers' convention for a "big kahuna" named Dick Fuller to show up, in hopes they can persuade him to place an order that could salvage the company's flagging sales.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Peter Facinelli, Paul Dawson, Christopher Donahue
Directed by: John Swanbeck
Release date: 2000-04-28

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