Best Comedy Movies of 2004

1.

Shaun of the Dead

6.3
7.9/10

Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Release date: 2004-04-09
2.

Shrek 2

6.3
7.2/10

Shrek, Fiona and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovers that Shrek has married Fiona instead of her Son Prince Charming and sets about destroying their marriage.

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas
Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon
Release date: 2004-05-19
3.

The Terminal

6.1
7.3/10

Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. While quarantined in the transit lounge until authorities can figure out what to do with him, Viktor simply goes on living – and courts romance with a beautiful flight attendant.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride, Diego Luna
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2004-06-17
4.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

6.0
7.3/10

Renowned oceanographer Steve Zissou has sworn vengeance upon the rare shark that devoured a member of his crew. In addition to his regular team, he is joined on his boat by Ned, a man who believes Zissou to be his father, and Jane, a journalist pregnant by a married man. They travel the sea, all too often running into pirates and, perhaps more traumatically, various figures from Zissou's past, including his estranged wife, Eleanor.

Starring: Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2004-12-10
5.

Mean Girls

5.8
7.0/10

Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan
Directed by: Mark Waters
Release date: 2004-04-30
6.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

5.7
7.2/10

It's the 1970s, and San Diego super-sexist anchorman Ron Burgundy is the top dog in local TV, but that's all about to change when ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone arrives as a new employee at his station.

Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell
Directed by: Adam McKay
Release date: 2004-07-09
7.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

5.7
6.8/10

Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune. This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a thrilling misadventure involving three ingenious orphans and a villainous actor named Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who wants their enormous fortune." It includes a suspicious fire, delicious pasta, Jim Carrey, poorly behaved looches, Billy Connolly, an incredibly deadly viper, Meryl Streep, and the voice of an imposter named Jude Law.

Starring: Emily Browning, Liam Aiken, Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law
Directed by: Brad Silberling
Release date: 2004-12-16
8.

Team America: World Police

5.7
7.2/10

Team America World Police follows an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability. Learning that dictator Kim Jong il is out to destroy the world, the team recruits Broadway star Gary Johnston to go undercover. With the help of Team America, Gary manages to uncover the plan to destroy the world. Will Team America be able to save it in time? It stars… Samuel L Jackson, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Helen Hunt, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Danny Glover, Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin… or does it?

Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Masasa Moyo, Daran Norris
Directed by: Trey Parker
Release date: 2004-10-10
9.

50 First Dates

5.7
6.8/10

Henry is a player skilled at seducing women. But when this veterinarian meets Lucy, a girl with a quirky problem when it comes to total recall, he realizes it's possible to fall in love all over again…and again, and again. That's because the delightful Lucy has no short-term memory, so Henry must woo her day after day until he finally sweeps her off her feet.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Strus
Directed by: Peter Segal
Release date: 2004-02-13
10.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

5.6
7.0/10

There's trouble brewing in Bikini Bottom. Someone has stolen King Neptune's crown, and it looks like Mr. Krab, SpongeBob's boss, is the culprit. Though he's just been passed over for the promotion of his dreams, SpongeBob stands by his boss, and along with his best pal Patrick, sets out on a treacherous mission to Shell City to reclaim the crown and save Mr. Krab's life.

Starring: Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence
Directed by: Stephen Hillenburg
Release date: 2004-11-14
11.

EuroTrip

5.4
6.6/10

When Scott learns that his longtime cyber-buddy from Berlin is a gorgeous young woman, he and his friends embark on a trip across Europe.

Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Travis Wester, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jessica Boehrs
Directed by: Jeff Schaffer
Release date: 2004-02-20
12.

Garden State

5.4
7.5/10

Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from various maladies - opens up the possibility of rekindling emotional attachments, confronting his psychologist father, and perhaps beginning a new life.

Starring: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Peter Sarsgaard, Jean Smart
Directed by: Zach Braff
Release date: 2004-07-28
13.

The Girl Next Door

5.3
6.7/10

Exceptionally ambitious high schooler Matthew has aspirations for a career in politics when he falls in love with his gorgeous 19-year-old neighbor, Danielle. But Matthew's bright future is jeopardized when he finds Danielle was once a porn star. As Danielle's past catches up with her, Matthew's love for her forces him to re-evaluate his goals.

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Chris Marquette
Directed by: Luke Greenfield
Release date: 2004-04-09
14.

Meet the Fockers

5.3
6.3/10

Hard-to-crack ex-CIA man, Jack Byrnes and his wife, Dina head for the warmer climes of Florida to meet son-in-law-to-be, Greg Focker's parents. Unlike their happily matched offspring, the future in-laws find themselves in a situation of opposites that definitely do not attract.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand
Directed by: Jay Roach
Release date: 2004-12-22
15.

The Lion King 1½

5.3
6.6/10

Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog are best pals and the unsung heroes of the African savanna. This prequel to the smash Disney animated adventure takes you back -- way back -- before Simba's adventure began. You'll find out all about Timon and Pumbaa and tag along as they search for the perfect home and attempt to raise a rambunctious lion cub.

Starring: Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Julie Kavner, Jerry Stiller, Matthew Broderick
Directed by: Bradley Raymond
Release date: 2004-02-06
16.

Sideways

5.3
7.5/10

Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh, Marylouise Burke
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Release date: 2004-10-22
17.

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

5.3
6.7/10

When megalomaniacal White Goodman, the owner of a trendy, high-end fitness center, makes a move to take over the struggling local gym run by happy-go-lucky Pete La Fleur, there's only one way for La Fleur to fight back: dodgeball. Aided by a dodgeball guru and Goodman's attorney, La Fleur and his rag-tag team of underdogs launch a knock-down, drag-out battle in which the winner takes all.

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller, Rip Torn, Justin Long
Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Release date: 2004-06-18
18.

13 Going on 30

5.2
6.1/10

After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. With a little magic, her wish is granted, but it turns out that being thirty isn't as always as awesome as she thought it would be!

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Christa B. Allen
Directed by: Gary Winick
Release date: 2004-04-13
19.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

5.1
6.0/10

Bridget Jones is becoming uncomfortable in her relationship with Mark Darcy. Apart from discovering that he's a conservative voter, she has to deal with a new boss, a strange contractor and the worst vacation of her life.

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones
Directed by: Beeban Kidron
Release date: 2004-11-10
20.

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

5.1
8.4/10

In the 1980s horror writer Garth Marenghi wrote, produced, directed and starred in Darkplace, a groundbreaking series set in a hospital and exploring the depths of the author's imagination. At least that's what Marenghi and his publicist/co-star, Dean Learner, claim in modern-day interviews which both bookend and interrupt the episodes. In fact the show is cheap, clichéd, full of gaping plot holes and startlingly misogynist. Garth Marenghi is a creation of comedian Matthew Holness, who won a Perrier award with the character at the 2001 Edinburgh festival.

Starring: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe, Kim Noble
Directed by: Richard Ayoade
Release date: 2004-01-29

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