Best Comedy Movies of 2002

1.

Ice Age

6.3
7.5/10

With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the unlikely allies become friends but, when enemies attack, their quest takes on far nobler aims.

Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black
Directed by: Chris Wedge
Release date: 2002-03-10
2.

Adaptation.

6.2
7.7/10

A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Release date: 2002-12-06
3.

Chicago

5.9
7.2/10

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere, Christine Baranski
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Release date: 2002-12-26
4.

About a Boy

5.6
7.1/10

Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, confident in his ability to leave them behind when they start to ask for a commitment. But Will's hope of a continued bachelorhood is interrupted when he meets 12-year old Marcus, in many ways his complete opposite.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Sharon Small
Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Release date: 2002-04-26
5.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

5.4
6.6/10

A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin
Directed by: Joel Zwick
Release date: 2002-02-22
6.

Men in Black II

5.3
6.1/10

Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIB's untarnished mission statement – protecting Earth from the scum of the universe. It's been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an intergalactic disaster of epic proportions. Now it's a race against the clock as Jay must convince Kay – who not only has absolutely no memory of his time spent with the MIB, but is also the only living person left with the expertise to save the galaxy – to reunite with the MIB before the earth submits to ultimate destruction.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release date: 2002-07-03
7.

Punch-Drunk Love

5.2
7.3/10

A beleaguered small-business owner gets a harmonium and embarks on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Release date: 2002-10-25
8.

About Schmidt

5.1
7.2/10

66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys him, and he disapproves of the man his daughter is about to marry. When his wife suddenly dies, he sets out to postpone the imminent marriage of his daughter to a man he doesn't like, while coping with discoveries about his late wife and himself in the process.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, June Squibb
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Release date: 2002-05-22
9.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

5.1
7.1/10

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Rutger Hauer, Brad Pitt
Directed by: George Clooney
Release date: 2002-12-30
10.

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

5.1
6.4/10

Van Wilder has been attending college for far too many years and is scared to graduate, but Van’s father eventually realizes what is going on. When he stops paying his son's tuition fees, Van must come up with the money if he wants to stay in college, so he and his friends come up with a great fund-raising idea – throwing parties. However, when the college magazine finds out and reporter, Gwen is sent to do a story on Van Wilder, things get a little complicated.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson, Kal Penn, Simon Helberg
Directed by: Walt Becker
Release date: 2002-03-29
11.

Secretary

5.0
7.0/10

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren, Stephen McHattie
Directed by: Steven Shainberg
Release date: 2002-01-11
12.

Bubba Ho-tep

5.0
7.1/10

Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death," then missed his chance to switch back. He must team up with JFK and fight an ancient Egyptian mummy for the souls of their fellow residents.

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce, Heidi Marnhout, Bob Ivy
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Release date: 2002-06-09
13.

The Importance of Being Earnest

4.9
6.8/10

Two young gentlemen living in 1890s England use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities...

Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Oliver Parker
Release date: 2002-05-17
14.

Spun

4.8
6.8/10

Over the course of three days Ross, a college dropout addicted to crystal-meth, encounters a variety of oddball folks - including a stripper named Nikki and her boyfriend, the local meth producer, The Cook - but all he really wants to do is hook up with his old girlfriend, Amy.

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Chloe Hunter
Directed by: Jonas Ã…kerlund
Release date: 2002-06-01
15.

Mr. Deeds

4.8
5.8/10

When Longfellow Deeds, a small-town pizzeria owner and poet, inherits $40 billion from his deceased uncle, he quickly begins rolling in a different kind of dough. Moving to the big city, Deeds finds himself besieged by opportunists all gunning for their piece of the pie. Babe, a television tabloid reporter, poses as an innocent small-town girl to do an exposé on Deeds.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Allen Covert, Peter Gallagher
Directed by: Steven Brill
Release date: 2002-06-28
16.

The Rules of Attraction

4.7
6.7/10

The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.

Starring: James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth
Directed by: Roger Avary
Release date: 2002-10-11
17.

Hollywood Ending

4.7
6.6/10

Woody Allen stars as Val Waxman, a two-time Oscar winner turned washed-up, neurotic director in desperate need of a comeback. When it comes, Waxman finds himself backed into a corner: Work for his ex-wife Ellie or forfeit his last shot. Is Val blinded by love when he opts for the reconnect? Is love blind when it comes to Ellie's staunch support? Literally and figuratively, the proof is the picture.

Starring: Woody Allen, George Hamilton, Téa Leoni, Debra Messing, Mark Rydell
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 2002-05-03
18.

Sweet Home Alabama

4.7
6.2/10

New York fashion designer, Melanie Carmichael suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. But her past holds many secrets—including Jake, the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen, Rhona Mitra
Directed by: Andy Tennant
Release date: 2002-09-26
19.

Big Trouble

4.7
6.5/10

The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry's best-selling first novel, "Big Trouble."

Starring: Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Patrick Warburton, Ben Foster, Zooey Deschanel
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release date: 2002-04-05
20.

Stuart Little 2

4.6
5.5/10

Stuart, an adorable white mouse, still lives happily with his adoptive family, the Littles, on the east side of Manhattan's Central Park. More crazy mouse adventures are in store as Stuart, his human brother, George, and their mischievous cat, Snowbell, set out to rescue a friend.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Anna Hoelck
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Release date: 2002-07-19

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