Best Comedy Movies of 2005

1.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

6.1

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok
Directed by: Shane Black
Release date: 2005-09-05
2.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

6.0

Cheese-loving eccentric Wallace and his cunning canine pal, Gromit, investigate a mystery in Nick Park's animated adventure, in which the lovable inventor and his intrepid pup run a business ridding the town of garden pests. Using only humane methods that turn their home into a halfway house for evicted vermin, the pair stumble upon a mystery involving a voracious vegetarian monster that threatens to ruin the annual veggie-growing contest.

Starring: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Smith, Liz Smith
Directed by: Steve Box, Nick Park
Release date: 2005-09-04
3.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

5.8

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Johnny Depp, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2005-07-13
4.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

5.6

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Starring: Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Yasiin Bey, John Malkovich
Directed by: Garth Jennings
Release date: 2005-04-28
5.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

5.6

After five (or six) years of vanilla-wedded bliss, ordinary suburbanites John and Jane Smith are stuck in a huge rut. Unbeknownst to each other, they are both coolly lethal, highly-paid assassins working for rival organisations. When they discover they're each other's next target, their secret lives collide in a spicy, explosive mix of wicked comedy, pent-up passion, nonstop action and high-tech weaponry.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody, Kerry Washington
Directed by: Doug Liman
Release date: 2005-06-07
6.

Hitch

5.5

Dating coach Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens mentors a bumbling client, Albert, who hopes to win the heart of the glamorous Allegra Cole. While Albert makes progress, Hitch faces his own romantic setbacks when proven techniques fail to work on Sara Melas, a tabloid reporter digging for dirt on Allegra Cole's love life. When Sara discovers Hitch's connection to Albert – now Allegra's boyfriend – it threatens to destroy both relationships.

Starring: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta, Julie Ann Emery
Directed by: Andy Tennant
Release date: 2005-02-11
7.

Everything is Illuminated

5.4

A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II, in a Ukrainian village which was ultimately razed by the Nazis.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin, Jana Hrabětova, Jonathan Safran Foer
Directed by: Liev Schreiber
Release date: 2005-09-16
8.

Nanny McPhee

5.4

Widower Cedric Brown hires Nanny McPhee to care for his seven rambunctious children, who have chased away all previous nannies. Taunted by Simon and his siblings, Nanny McPhee uses mystical powers to instill discipline. And when the children's great-aunt and benefactor, Lady Adelaide Stitch, threatens to separate the kids, the family pulls together under the guidance of Nanny McPhee.

Starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Eliza Bennett
Directed by: Kirk Jones
Release date: 2005-10-21
9.

The Longest Yard

5.4

Pro quarter-back, Paul Crewe and former college champion and coach, Nate Scarboro are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in a football game 'fixed' to turn out quite another way.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, Michael Irvin, Nelly
Directed by: Peter Segal
Release date: 2005-05-27
10.

Little Manhattan

5.3

Ten-year-old Gabe was just a normal kid growing up in Manhattan until Rosemary Telesco walked into his life, actually into his karate class. But before Gabe can tell Rosemary how he feels, she tells him she will not be going to public school any more. Gabe has a lot more to learn about life, love, and girls.

Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Charlie Ray, Bradley Whitford, Cynthia Nixon, Willie Garson
Directed by: Mark Levin
Release date: 2005-09-30
11.

Robots

5.3

Rodney Copperbottom is a young robot inventor who dreams of making the world a better place, until the evil Ratchet takes over Big Weld Industries. Now, Rodney's dreams – and those of his friends – are in danger of becoming obsolete.

Starring: Robin Williams, Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Paula Abdul
Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Release date: 2005-03-10
12.

The Squid and the Whale

5.3

Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.

Starring: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, William Baldwin
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Release date: 2005-10-05
13.

Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story

5.3

The major sub-plot circles around the youngest Griffin, Stewie, who has a near-death experience at a pool when a lifeguard chair falls on him, but he survives. After having a vision of being in Hell, he decides to change his ways, but this doesn't last long. While watching television, he and Brian spot a man that looks like Stewie. Brian is convinced that he is Stewie's real father, until Stewie learns that the man is actually himself as an adult, taking a vacation from his own time period. Baby Stewie visits thirty years later to discover that his adult self, going by the name Stu, is a single blue-collar middle-aged virgin working at a Circuit City-type store. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois are trying to teach their two older kids, Meg and Chris, to date. In the future, Chris, who hasn't changed much, is working as a cop and is married to a foul-mouthed hustler named Vanessa. Meg is now called Ron, since she had a sex-change after college. Written by pepperann210

Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton
Directed by: Pete Michels
Release date: 2005-07-23
14.

Breakfast on Pluto

5.2

In the 1970s, a foundling lad, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving his Irish town for London, in part to look for his mother and in part because his trans-gender nature is beyond the town's understanding.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Ruth Negga, Laurence Kinlan, Stephen Rea
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Release date: 2005-09-03
15.

Zathura: A Space Adventure

5.2

After their father is called into work, two young boys, Walter and Danny, are left in the care of their teenage sister, Lisa, and told they must stay inside. Walter and Danny, who anticipate a boring day, are shocked when they begin playing Zathura, a space-themed board game, which they realize has mystical powers when their house is shot into space. With the help of an astronaut, the boys attempt to return home.

Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart, Tim Robbins
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Release date: 2005-11-06
16.

Me and You and Everyone We Know

5.2

The feature film debut by artist Miranda July about a various comic situations and plots that intertwine. One story line is about a father who is ending his marriage and the other story is of a video artist (possibly autobiographical of Miranda July, also played by her) who is desperately trying to get her work in a modern art museum. The film won Caméra d'Or at Cannes.

Starring: Miranda July, John Hawkes, Brandon Ratcliff, Miles Thompson, Carlie Westerman
Directed by: Miranda July
Release date: 2005-06-17
17.

Broken Flowers

5.2

As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.

Starring: Bill Murray, Julie Delpy, Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton, Jessica Lange
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 2005-05-17
18.

Imagine Me & You

5.1

During her wedding ceremony, Rachel notices Luce in the audience and feels instantly drawn to her. The two women become close friends, and when Rachel learns that Luce is a lesbian, she realizes that despite her happy marriage to Heck, she is falling for Luce. As she questions her sexual orientation, Rachel must decide between her stable relationship with Heck and her exhilarating new romance with Luce.

Starring: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Darren Boyd
Directed by: Ol Parker
Release date: 2005-02-01
19.

Sky High

5.0

Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Starring: Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston
Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Release date: 2005-07-29
20.

Kinky Boots

5.0

Charles Price may have grown up with his father in the family shoe business in Northampton, in central England, but he never thought that he would take his father's place. Yet, the untimely death of his father places him in that position, only to learn that Price & Sons Shoes is failing. While in despair at his failed attempts to save the business, Charles has a chance encounter with the flamboyant drag queen cabaret singer, Lola. Her complaints about the inadequate footwear for her work combined with one of Charles' ex-employees, Lauren, leads to a suggestion to change the product to create a desperate chance to save the business: make men's fetish footwear. Lola is convinced to be their footwear designer and the transition begins. Now this disparate lot must struggle at this unorthodox idea while dealing both the prejudice of the staff, Lola's discomfort in the small town and the selfish manipulation of Charles' greedy fiancée who cannot see the greater good in Charles' dream.

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost, Linda Bassett
Directed by: Julian Jarrold
Release date: 2005-08-30

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