Best Comedy Movies of 2003

1.

School of Rock

5.8
7.1/10

Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fifth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' roll. The school's hard-nosed principal is rightly suspicious of Finn's activities. But Finn's roommate remains in the dark about what he's doing.

Starring: Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Miranda Cosgrove
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release date: 2003-10-03
2.

Bruce Almighty

5.7
6.7/10

Bruce Nolan toils as a 'human interest' television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y., but despite his high ratings and the love of his beautiful girlfriend, Bruce remains unfulfilled. At the end of the worst day in his life, he angrily ridicules God—and the Almighty responds, endowing Bruce with all of His divine powers.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Baker Hall, Catherine Bell
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Release date: 2003-05-23
3.

Bad Santa

5.6
7.1/10

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Bernie Mac, John Ritter
Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
Release date: 2003-11-26
4.

The Station Agent

5.5
7.7/10

When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Starring: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Michelle Williams, Raven Goodwin
Directed by: Tom McCarthy
Release date: 2003-01-26
5.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

5.4
6.4/10

An advice columnist, Andie Anderson, tries pushing the boundaries of what she can write about in her new piece about how to get a man to leave you in 10 days. Her editor, Lana, loves it, and Andie goes off to find a man she can use for the experiment. Enter executive Ben Berry, who is so confident in his romantic prowess that he thinks he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. When Andie and Ben meet, their plans backfire.

Starring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Parisse, Adam Goldberg
Directed by: Donald Petrie
Release date: 2003-02-07
6.

American Splendor

5.4
7.5/10

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, Judah Friedlander, James Urbaniak, Harvey Pekar
Directed by: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Release date: 2003-08-15
7.

Matchstick Men

5.3
7.3/10

A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2003-09-01
8.

Secondhand Lions

5.3
7.6/10

"Secondhand Lions" follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy's spirit and re-ignite the men's lives.

Starring: Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Josh Lucas, Kyra Sedgwick
Directed by: Tim McCanlies
Release date: 2003-09-19
9.

American Wedding

5.2
6.3/10

With high school a distant memory, Jim and Michelle are getting married -- and in a hurry, since Jim's grandmother is sick and wants to see him walk down the aisle -- prompting Stifler to throw the ultimate bachelor party. And Jim's dad is reliable as ever, doling out advice no one wants to hear.

Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas
Directed by: Jesse Dylan
Release date: 2003-08-01
10.

A Mighty Wind

5.2
7.3/10

In "A Mighty Wind", director Christopher Guest reunites the team from "Best In Show" and "Waiting for Guffman" to tell tell the story of 60's-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York City's Town Hall.

Starring: Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch
Directed by: Christopher Guest
Release date: 2003-04-16
11.

Coffee and Cigarettes

5.2
7.1/10

Coffee And Cigarettes is a collection of eleven films from cult director Jim Jarmusch. Each film hosts star studded cast of extremely unique individuals who all share the common activities of conversing while drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

Starring: Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Joie Lee, Cinqué Lee, Steve Buscemi
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 2003-09-05
12.

Anger Management

5.2
6.2/10

After a small misunderstanding aboard an airplane escalates out of control, timid businessman Dave Buznik is ordered by the court to undergo anger management therapy at the hands of specialist Dr. Buddy Rydell. But when Buddy steps up his aggressive treatment by moving in, Dave goes from mild to wild as the unorthodox treatment wreaks havoc with his life.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Luis Guzmán, Marisa Tomei, January Jones
Directed by: Peter Segal
Release date: 2003-04-11
13.

Shanghai Knights

5.1
6.2/10

The dynamic duo of Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon return for another crazy adventure. This time, they're in London to avenge the murder of Chon's father, but end up on an even bigger case. Chon's sister is there to do the same, but instead unearths a plot to kill the royal family. No one believes her, though, and it's up to Chon and Roy (who has romance on his mind) to prove her right.

Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Aidan Gillen
Directed by: David Dobkin
Release date: 2003-02-06
14.

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

5.0
6.7/10

The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert
Directed by: Tim Johnson, Patrick Gilmore
Release date: 2003-07-02
15.

Old School

5.0
7.1/10

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Starring: Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Ellen Pompeo, Leah Remini
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Release date: 2003-02-21
16.

Calendar Girls

4.9
6.9/10

Members of a Yorkshire branch of the Women's Institute cause controversy when they pose nude for a charity calendar.

Starring: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, John Alderton, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie
Directed by: Nigel Cole
Release date: 2003-09-02
17.

Holes

4.9
7.0/10

Stanley's family is cursed with bad luck. Unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake, he and his campmates are forced by the warden to dig holes in order to build character. What they don't know is that they are digging holes in order to search for a lost treasure hidden somewhere in the camp.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette
Directed by: Andrew Davis
Release date: 2003-04-18
18.

Under the Tuscan Sun

4.9
6.8/10

After a rough divorce, Frances, a 35 year old book editor from San Francisco takes a tour of Tuscany at the urgings of her friends. On a whim she buys Bramasole, a run down villa in the Tuscan countryside and begins to piece her life together starting with the villa and finds that life sometimes has unexpected ways of giving her everything she wanted.

Starring: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta
Directed by: Audrey Wells
Release date: 2003-09-20
19.

The Rundown

4.9
6.7/10

When Travis, the mouthy son of a criminal, disappears in the Amazon in search of a treasured artifact, his father sends in Beck, who becomes Travis's rival for the affections of Mariana, a mysterious Brazilian woman. With his steely disposition, Beck is a man of few words -- but it takes him all the discipline he can muster to work with Travis to nab a tyrant who's after the same treasure.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Walken, Ernie Reyes, Jr.
Directed by: Peter Berg
Release date: 2003-09-26
20.

Confidence

4.8
6.7/10

What Jake Vig doesn't know just might get him killed. A sharp and polished grifter, Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew. It becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark, he was an accountant for eccentric crime boss Winston King. Jake and his crew will have to stay one step ahead of both the criminals and the cops to finally settle their debt.

Starring: Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Morris Chestnut, Dustin Hoffman, Andy García
Directed by: James Foley
Release date: 2003-04-25

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