In the 2000s, there were many great comedies. Unfortunately, some never quite found their audience.
That is why we’ve curated this list of underrated 2000s comedy movies that you should definitely check out. These may have been overlooked, but they are worth your time if you can find them streaming or at your local corner store.
1. Observe and Report
The 2000s was an excellent decade for comedy movies, yet many of the best ones went unnoticed. Some gained cult followings years later while others were initially dismissed by critics and never gained popularity with audiences. No matter why these films were overlooked, they’re worth watching again and again.
Black Knight is a time-travel comedy from Martin Lawrence that boasts one of the greatest comedic performances ever by an actor in its genre. Lawrence stars as Jamal, a theme park employee who accidentally travels back in time to 1328 England without wearing any medieval attire. Unexpectedly, Jamal finds himself embroiled in an epic battle between his own ancestors and people from the future – which makes the movie all the funnier for it! Just the costume differences alone make it stand out from its peers!
Another hilarious movie from this era, Observe and Report is an antihero film that follows the life of a mentally unstable mall cop as they attempt to capture a flasher and seduce a makeup counter worker. Starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, and directed by Jody Hill, the cast includes Seth Rogen and Anna Faris.
Observe and Report is inspired by many great movies that attempt to explain why some people make us tick. It takes those loud, obnoxious, unrepentant assholes we encounter online or in everyday life and gives them a chance to be seen through the eyes of another human being.
For a good dark comedy this year, Observe and Report is a must-watch. Not only is it hilarious, but it also tackles important issues that need to be addressed. It’s perfect for watching on a rainy weekend.
Though not everyone may enjoy it, Observe and Report has the potential to become a classic. It features plenty of dark moments, an excellent cast, and an impressive soundtrack.
Comedy movies from the 2000s often go underrated, yet these stand out as some of the funniest and most memorable. Whether they were overlooked due to lack of funds or failure to impress critics, these movies deserve another chance.
2. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are facing mounting debts when they come up with an innovative idea to raise some cash: making their own porn movie. As they work on shooting the film together, however, feelings for each other begin to develop between them, leading them to question whether being friends could actually lead them further down the line.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno has its share of funny moments, but ultimately fails to live up to its provocative title. It’s not a bad comedy by any means, but it certainly isn’t one of Kevin Smith’s finest works either.
It’s disappointing to know the film is based on two projects Kevin Smith had in development during the 1990s: Name and Hiatus. While those endeavors were ultimately scrapped, Smith did have this concept floating around in his head for some time.
The plotline of the movie appears to have been inspired by its title. Two friends, desperate for money, decide to write, direct and star in a film that includes some sort of sexual scene. They promise their friendship won’t be affected by it but as they work on the project together, they begin to understand that they might actually be in love with one another.
But they must overcome many obstacles to make it work, and are concerned whether having sex on camera will harm their relationship. While this is an interesting premise, the movie gets lost in all the macho nonsense and many overly-theatrical jokes that don’t really add anything meaningful to the overall narrative.
But the movie does have some laughs and heartwarming scenes that aren’t overtly sexual, making it worth checking out. Though there aren’t many extras, Popcorn Porn: The Making of Zack and Miri Make a Porno provides an informative behind-the-scenes documentary called Popcorn Porn: The Making of Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Although not the best documentary you can find, it gives viewers some insight into how the film was made and what went into making it.
3. The Hot Chick
This comedy follows popular girl Jessica as she takes life for granted. She has hot girls, a boyfriend (Matthew Lawrence), and her mom. However, one day while on a shopping trip she accidentally loses some earrings that will haunt her forever. Desperate to return them, Jessica switches bodies with thief Clive Maxtone instead.
The movie is hilarious, and Rob Schneider does a great job at bringing his quirky character to life. There are plenty of belly laughs throughout the film. However, Rachel McAdams truly steals the show as she excels in her role as an awkward guy!
It’s funny to watch her go through such crazy situations. And the fact that she plays a guy and still manages to be sultry is great too. This underrated movie definitely deserves some love – I’m sure people will enjoy watching it over and over again.
This movie was one of the best experiences of my life! Not only was the humour excellent, but it had some truly wonderful characters too. I wish more people could see it; I was in the theater when it first released and think it’s an absolute must see!
I’ve seen this movie several times now and it never ceases to entertain me. I can’t wait to watch it again to appreciate all of its hilarious antics! Anyone looking for a good time should definitely give this a watch!
The Hot Chick is an entertaining movie with plenty of laughs to be had, and I don’t hesitate to say it because it’s very funny! What makes the comedy even funnier is that at some points in the film you will want to cry – making this a movie I highly recommend for anyone wanting an enjoyable evening with plenty of sultry women!
The movie runs a bit too long and there are numerous unnecessary scenes that make it seem like there will be twice as much content. Nonetheless, this underrated 2000s Comedy Movie contains plenty of humorous moments!
4. Club Dread
Broken Lizard, the quirky comedy troupe responsible for 2001’s Super Troopers, made a return in 2004 with Club Dread. Set on an island resort, this slasher comedy follows four drunken college kids as they become trapped with a psychopathic killer in paradise. Though its premise may seem too simple and silly to be true, Club Dread actually delivers on its promises.
Club Dread may not be quite as good as Super Troopers or its sequel Beer Fest, but it does manage to satirize the genre with an unusually high stick rate and some humorous jokes. The humor is more self-deprecating which may appeal to people who might otherwise avoid horror comedies.
The film follows a group of college kids as they journey to an island party with over-the-top host, Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton). Pete is an acclaimed Jimmy Buffett singer who has been singing on the beach for years. Unfortunately, Pete soon discovers that an increasing number of nubile holidaymakers are dying in horrifying ways.
In order to identify who the killer is, a team of staff members – including Brittany Daniel as Jenny the aerobics instructor and Kevin Heffernan as masseur with magical pleasure powers – must search for him. Meanwhile their lives are threatened by Machete Phil, an unsettling presence who stalks the island.
Unfortunately, this film did not fare much better at the box office; it has plenty of laughs and isn’t as bad as some critics suggest. Plus, it boasts an amazing cast and some fantastic comedy scenes I haven’t seen in a long time!
Club Dread may have come seven years late to the slasher scene, but it still manages to deliver an entertaining parody of it. It knows all the cliches and does its best to make them work for laughs – something many other slasher comedies fail at.
The movie moves a bit slowly at times, but it contains some great jokes and exceptional actors. If you enjoy good comedy films that may be hard to locate these days, this one’s definitely worth watching!