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The Funniest Films of the 21st Century

Picture of Cassam Looch
Film Editor
Updated: 12 April 2018
We all need a laugh sometimes, and given the tumultuous events around the world this century, its surprising we haven’t seen more comedies hitting the big screen in the last few years. Here are our picks for the best comedies since 2000… do you agree?

Amélie (2001)

Audrey Tautou
Audrey Tautou | © UGC-Fox Distribution

This blisteringly evocative French comedy captured our collective hearts thanks to Audrey Tautou’s fantastic performance in the title role and a wonderful, almost etherial tone throughout. Paris has never looked better, even in this heightened reality setting, and the subtle humour often catches you off guard. Amélie is as pleasant a viewing experience now as it was back at the turn of the century.

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Punch Drunk Love (2002)

Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love
Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love | © Columbia Pictures

Adam Sandler isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, his shouty, man-child persona on screen is usually an instant turn-off for most. Nowadays he can be found peddling made-for-Netflix nonsense off the back of a multi-million dollar deal that still confounds critics and analysts. All this is to put into context just how good he can be when given some decent material and the guidance of an expert filmmaker such as Paul Thomas Anderson. Punch Drunk Love demands Sandler focus on getting across a put upon man struggling with various issues. The humour comes from painfully funny scenes with his extended family. The themes are universal, but still incredibly original.

Mean Girls (2004)

Mean Girls