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The 12 Funniest Movies of 2012

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There are all kinds of comedies, some more critic friendly than others. Stupid comedies… critics hate those. Dramatic comedies… boy, do critics eat those up. But what really matters when it comes to comedies? I have very specific criteria: a good comedy has to make me laugh.

For that reason, here are the 12 funniest movies of 2012:

No. 12. The Inbetweeners Movie

There’s nothing spectacularly great about The Inbetweeners Movie. It plays out exactly as you’d expect it to play out (a group of awkward teenagers attempt to get laid), and it isn’t explosively hilarious. But the filmmakers aligned their cards just right and turned what so easily could have been a forgettable direct-to-DVD release into a surprisingly entertaining comedy.

No. 11. American Reunion

Most of my critic pals hated this movie. But they’re old. I was in high school when American Pie debuted, and American Reunion serves as a nostalgic trip down memory lane. It isn’t original and it is most definitely a cash grab, but it’s fun to see Jason Biggs and his crew back for another adventure. Also, a life lesson: look in the cooler before sticking your hand in it.

No. 10. Jeff, Who Lives At Home

Ed Helms plays an asshole and Jason Segel his lazy, still-lives-with-mom brother. Sparks fly between the two in this clever, nuanced comedy from the Duplass brothers. It may not be the funniest movie of 2012, but it is one of the year’s most overlooked films.

No. 9. The Dictator

“Is it a boy, or an abortion?” I’m the first to admit that Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator isn’t a great movie. It’s a series of gags, racist and sexist jokes and other absurdities, but without the real-life shenanigans that made Borat so successful (and Bruno so dreadful). All I can say is that, regardless of quality, I laughed a hell of a lot.

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By Erik Samdahl
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  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    Love that ALEX CROSS is number one. That pile is hilarious. A little disappointed that BATTLESHIP didn’t make the cut. How can you not laugh at a movie where the entire plot is predicated on a stolen microwave burrito?

  • eriksamdahl

    Hi Brent, I considered Battleship but for whatever reason, I found it more agonizing than funny. Fine line, I know…

  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    Depending on your mood it could definitely go either way.

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