Best Comedy Movies of 2001

1.

Monsters, Inc.

6.8
8.1/10

James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, James and Mike suddenly find that kids are not to be afraid of and they uncover a conspiracy that could threaten all children across the world.

Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly
Directed by: Pete Docter
Release date: 2001-11-01
2.

Shrek

6.5
7.9/10

It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a wisecracking donkey.

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Release date: 2001-05-16
3.

The Royal Tenenbaums

6.2
7.6/10

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. "The Royal Tenenbaums" is the story of the family's sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2001-10-12
4.

Bridget Jones's Diary

5.6
6.7/10

A chaotic Bridget Jones meets a snobbish lawyer, and he soon enters her world of imperfections.

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent
Directed by: Sharon Maguire
Release date: 2001-04-13
5.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

5.5
7.8/10

Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig undergoes a personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an “internationally ignored” but divinely talented rock diva, inhabiting a “beautiful gender of one.”

Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Alberta Watson, Gene Pyrz, Ben Mayer-Goodman, Maurice Dean Wint
Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell
Release date: 2001-07-20
6.

Rush Hour 2

5.5
6.6/10

It's vacation time for Carter as he finds himself alongside Lee in Hong Kong wishing for more excitement. While Carter wants to party and meet the ladies, Lee is out to track down a Triad gang lord who may be responsible for killing two men at the American Embassy. Things get complicated as the pair stumble onto a counterfeiting plot. The boys are soon up to their necks in fist fights and life-threatening situations. A trip back to the U.S. may provide the answers about the bombing, the counterfeiting, and the true allegiance of sexy customs agent Isabella.

Starring: Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi, Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr.
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 2001-08-03
7.

The Princess Diaries

5.3
6.3/10

A socially awkward but very bright 15-year-old girl being raised by a single mom discovers that she is the princess of a small European country because of the recent death of her long-absent father, who, unknown to her, was the crown prince of Genovia. She must make a choice between continuing the life of a San Francisco teen or stepping up to the throne.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Release date: 2001-08-03
8.

Ghost World

5.2
7.4/10

Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' friendship.

Starring: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro, Illeana Douglas
Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
Release date: 2001-07-20
9.

American Pie 2

5.2
6.4/10

The whole gang are back and as close as ever. They decide to get even closer by spending the summer together at a beach house. They decide to hold the biggest party ever to be seen, even if the preparation doesn't always go to plan. Especially when Stifler, Finch and Jim become more close to each other than they ever want to be and when Jim mistakes super glue for lubricant...

Starring: Jason Biggs, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas
Directed by: J.B. Rogers
Release date: 2001-08-10
10.

The Majestic

5.1
6.9/10

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Laurie Holden, David Ogden Stiers, Hal Holbrook
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Release date: 2001-12-21
11.

Super Troopers

5.1
7.1/10

Five bored, occasionally high and always ineffective Vermont state troopers must prove their worth to the governor or lose their jobs. After stumbling on a drug ring, they plan to make a bust, but a rival police force is out to steal the glory.

Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan, Paul Soter, Brian Cox
Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar
Release date: 2001-01-18
12.

Serendipity

5.0
6.9/10

Although strangers Sara and Jonathan are both already in relationships, they realize they have genuine chemistry after a chance encounter – but part company soon after. Years later, they each yearn to reunite, despite being destined for the altar. But to give true love a chance, they have to find one another again.

Starring: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Bridget Moynahan, Eugene Levy
Directed by: Peter Chelsom
Release date: 2001-10-05
13.

Evolution

5.0
6.1/10

A comedy that follows the chaos that ensues when a meteor hits the Earth carrying alien life forms that give new meaning to the term "survival of the fittest." David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, and Julianne Moore are the only people standing between the aliens and world domination... which could be bad news for the Earth.

Starring: David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Release date: 2001-06-08
14.

Shallow Hal

4.9
5.9/10

A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her "inner beauty".

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli, Rene Kirby
Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Release date: 2001-11-01
15.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

4.9
6.9/10

When Jay and Silent Bob learn that their comic-book alter egos, Bluntman and Chronic, have been sold to Hollywood as part of a big-screen movie that leaves them out of any royalties, the pair travels to Tinseltown to sabotage the production.

Starring: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Ben Affleck, Jeff Anderson, Brian O'Halloran
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Release date: 2001-08-22
16.

Wet Hot American Summer

4.8
6.7/10

The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day.

Starring: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau, Paul Rudd
Directed by: David Wain
Release date: 2001-07-27
17.

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

4.8
6.8/10

CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don't like each other - or at least that's what they think. During a night out with the rest of the office employees, they go to watch Voltan, a magician who secretly hypnotizes both of them.

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt, Woody Allen, Charlize Theron, David Ogden Stiers
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 2001-08-05
18.

Bandits

4.8
6.5/10

Two bank robbers fall in love with the girl they've kidnapped.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, William Converse-Roberts
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Release date: 2001-10-12
19.

Riding in Cars with Boys

4.8
6.5/10

A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia, Brittany Murphy, Logan Lerman
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Release date: 2001-10-19
20.

Buffalo Soldiers

4.7
6.8/10

Set just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Sgt. Ray Elwood is an American soldier stationed at a German army camp. A soldier because a judge gave him a choice between the army and jail, Ray spends much of his free time cooking cocaine for the MPs. When a soldier dies and a toxicology screen shows an alarming level of illegal narcotics, someone is sent in to investigate.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Anna Paquin, Elizabeth McGovern
Directed by: Gregor Jordan
Release date: 2001-09-08

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