Best Comedy Movies of 2003

1.

Lost in Translation

6.2
7.7/10

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.

Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, Akiko Takeshita
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Release date: 2003-08-31
2.

Love Actually

6.1
7.6/10

Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Lúcia Moniz, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Release date: 2003-09-07
3.

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
4.

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
5.

Elf

5.5
6.9/10

When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.

Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Release date: 2003-10-09
6.

Bad Santa

5.5
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
7.

The Station Agent

5.5
7.6/10

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
8.

Bad Boys II

5.5
6.6/10

Out-of-control, trash-talking buddy cops Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey of the Miami Narcotics Task Force reunite, and bullets fly, cars crash and laughs explode as they pursue a whacked-out drug lord from the streets of Miami to the barrios of Cuba. But the real fireworks result when Marcus discovers that playboy Mike is secretly romancing Marcus’ sexy sister.

Starring: Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Jordi Mollà, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 2003-07-18
9.

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
10.

American Splendor

5.4
7.4/10

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
11.

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
12.

Secondhand Lions

5.3
7.5/10

"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
13.

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
14.

A Mighty Wind

5.2
7.2/10

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
15.

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
16.

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
17.

Freaky Friday

5.1
6.1/10

Mother and daughter bicker over everything -- what Anna wears, whom she likes and what she wants to do when she's older. In turn, Anna detests Tess's fiancé. When a magical fortune cookie switches their personalities, they each get a peek at how the other person feels, thinks and lives.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Harold Gould, Haley Hudson
Directed by: Mark Waters
Release date: 2003-08-03
18.

Johnny English

5.1
6.2/10

A lowly pencil pusher working for MI7, Johnny English is suddenly promoted to super spy after Agent One is assassinated and every other agent is blown up at his funeral. When billionaire entrepreneur, Pascal Sauvage sponsors the exhibition of the Crown Jewels and the valuable gems disappear on the opening night and on English's watch, the newly designated agent must jump into action to find the thief and recover the missing gems.

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Tasha de Vasconcelos, Ben Miller
Directed by: Peter Howitt
Release date: 2003-03-14
19.

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
20.

Something's Gotta Give

5.0
6.7/10

Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother, Erica. Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle starts to take shape.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Release date: 2003-12-12

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